Oliver + S products are designed by Liesl Gibson. After starting a career in publishing and finance, Liesl returned to school and earned a degree in fashion design from New York's Fashion Institute of Technology. Before having a child, she worked as a designer for Tommy Hilfiger and Ralph Lauren.
While staying home with the baby, Liesl began designing her daughter's clothing. "People were asking if they could buy the patterns for the dresses I was making," Liesl says. "One thing led to another, and I had a new career." In 2008 Liesl launched Oliver + S, a new brand of sewing patterns for children's clothing. Today Liesl also designs a line of Oliver + S fabric. She published her first book, Oliver + S Little Things to Sew in 2011.
In 2011 Liesl created Lisette, a line of sewing patterns and fabric for women's apparel that is now available at Jo-Ann stores in the USA and Spotlight stores in Australia. In 2012 Liesl debuted Straight Stitch Society, a collection of patterns for gifts and accessories. The brand's tagline, "Life is hard. Sewing is easy." expresses its quirky and sometimes irreverent personality.
In 2010 Liesl was given the FabShop Network's Rising Star Award, an honor bestowed by independent fabric store owners across North America. Liesl lives in Manhattan with her husband and daughter and commutes daily to her studio in Brooklyn.
Oliver + S patterns couldn't be produced without the efforts of a team of talented people, too numerous to name here. But if you're interested, you can read a bit more about what's involved in developing an Oliver + S pattern and the people who contribute.
For answers to other questions, please see our frequently asked questions page.
For information about the Oliver + S Boutique Sewer Program, see our boutique sewer program page.