This month sees luxe T-shirt label, Livotte London unveiling their collection online at Harvey Nichols.com.
Launched in Autumn 2016 by Beth Pollak and Delphine McNeill,
“Livotte is a glamorous silk blouse made in an organic cotton jersey. It’s a new wardrobe staple, meant to be paired with one’s own favorite designer pieces.”
Hailing from New York, both Beth and Delphine worked in fashion for many years. They saw a gap in the market and their wardrobes for practical, chic, machine washable tops that would take them throughout their day. Their bespoke fabric has been professionally tested to withstand over 200 washes.
Livotte is designed and produced in London. Delphine and Beth add: “We love London. It’s where we live, (where we love and where we lunch) so growing a business anywhere else was never a consideration. We source our organic fabric in the UK from one of the top mills in the world. Our factory specializes in small run production; this ensures top quality and finishing from sample room to production to consumer.”
Crafted to a very high standard from luxurious organic cotton, Harvey Nichols will be stocking a selection of styles from Livotte.
Live in It. Love in It. Lunch in It.
Meet the Founders.
Delphine McNeill is a product of a French mother and American father and grew up living in Paris and New York City. She was first hired by Peter Lindbergh as part of his production team and after a few years, Delphine was offered an opportunity producing International runway shows for designers including: Donna Karen, Michael Kors, Nina Ricci, Carolina Herrera, and The Gucci Group.
In 2003 Delphine moved on to oversee PR, events, and private client sales for Tuleh, a small New York based label.
In 2005, when Barneys New York expanded, they tapped Delphine as Head of Special Events. She produced charity and influencer events for the opening of 7 new flagship stores and over a dozen Barneys New York Co-Op stores nationwide with designers including: Alber Elbaz, Nicolas Ghesquiere, Raf Simons, Alexander Wang and Proenza Schouler.
In 2011, when her son Hugo turned two, Delphine decided to enjoy motherhood. She and her British husband, Robert, moved to France for a year before settling permanently in London.
After studying fashion design at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City, Beth Pollak began her career at Condé Nast when Lucky magazine launched.
Beth was offered a position in the fashion department. Lucky was the first glossy to promote young and up and coming designers and provide a link between the reader and the retailer. It was revolutionary and proved tremendously successful. Working for the Creative Director, Andrea Linett, and her team exposed Beth to trend spotting, styling, and creating impactful images. After nearly five years she exited Lucky as the Associate Fashion Editor to continue her career path in a slightly different direction.
Her next move was at a start- up premium denim brand as a wholesale sales manager before landing a job in late 2005 in the New York office of LA based Joe’s Jeans. Working with large department stores as well as over 200 independent retailers across the east coast of America offered a big picture experience of the business and a keen insight on the commercialization of product across markets.
In 2009 Beth and her husband, Michael, moved across the pond and she was introduced to shoe designer, Camilla Skovgaard. Skovgaard had a cult following and was sold in top stores across the world. It was a small and tight team and Beth was involved in all parts of the business from production to PR and sales.
After having her daughter, Olivia, in January 2014 Beth became inspired to create something that was lacking in her wardrobe and had meaning and integrity.
Having spotted a place in the market for well made organic, locally sourced luxe cotton jersey tops, Beth and Delphine set out to make dressing well, both effortless and sustainable in one simple step.