Desiree Vorel's Profile

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My mother gave me my first sewing lesson when I was about four years old. When I discovered a rip on the outside of my beloved gray-with-white-heart-shaped-polka-dots purse, rather than just chuck it in the garbage, Mom showed me how to thread a needle and sew the torn fabric back together. The stitches were terribly long, and probably a bit askew, but Mom’s sincere praise (“Look what Desirée did today!” she said to my dad. “Aren’t the stitches so straight?”) was enough to spark an interest in sewing that has yet to extinguish.

After my son was born two years ago, I quickly found that clothing & accessories readily available for little boys were limited to basic shirts and pants. In the spring and winter I could find suits and other dress wear, but the standard accessories (ties, etc.) left me wanting. The fabrics were so dull! When I did find ties in modern fabrics, the quality and attention…

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  • Joined April 30, 2012

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madras plaid, seersucker, gingham

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My mother gave me my first sewing lesson when I was about four years old. When I discovered a rip on the outside of my beloved gray-with-white-heart-shaped-polka-dots purse, rather than just chuck it in the garbage, Mom showed me how to thread a needle and sew the torn fabric back together. The stitches were terribly long, and probably a bit askew, but Mom’s sincere praise (“Look what Desirée did today!” she said to my dad. “Aren’t the stitches so straight?”) was enough to spark an interest in sewing that has yet to extinguish.

After my son was born two years ago, I quickly found that clothing & accessories readily available for little boys were limited to basic shirts and pants. In the spring and winter I could find suits and other dress wear, but the standard accessories (ties, etc.) left me wanting. The fabrics were so dull! When I did find ties in modern fabrics, the quality and attention to detail were lacking. Within minutes of putting a bow tie on him, my darling son would pull the bow out of the loop, then easily tug off the neck strap (thanks to the unreliable Velcro closure). Why weren’t these ties made with real little boys in mind?

And so stellaEM was created. Stella, my mother’s middle name, represents Mom’s early influence, her instruction, her praise, her encouragement, and most importantly, her memory & legacy. Em, the first two letters of my middle name, represents my desire to create accessories for children that are as modern as they are thoughtful. With each piece I craft, I strive to think through how a real boy or girl will treat it, then find ways to prevent its destruction. The end product is hopefully one that you will trust and your child will enjoy.

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PRESS:
Featured on DisneyBaby.com
"15 Easter and Spring Accessories for Baby Boy" March 11, 2013
Featured in British GQ
"All Tied Up" April 2014
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