Today, on International Women’s Day, we celebrate Elizabeth W. Who’s that, you might ask? Well, she was a strong-willed lady who founded a ranch in the Sierra Nevada in the nineteenth century, at a time when a woman ranch owner earned about as much respect as a bunny rabbit. But Elizabeth was not just fiercely independent and irrepressibly entrepreneurial. She was also graceful and stylish, with a knack for adding elegance to the decidedly unglamorous pioneer lifestyle.
All this is why she’s the namesake of her great grandson Albert Nichols' collection of chic, functional and flattering hostess aprons. These sassy little cover-ups are just what every entertaining fashionista needs. Because when we mix our martinis and whip up our soufflés, we want to be stylish and stain-free.
The aprons are slim-fitting, made of 100-percent high-quality cotton, and have an adjustable crossover halter-style top that ties around the neck, deep, ruffle-trimmed pockets and a curve-friendly fit that enhances any look from a cocktail dress to jeans and heels. But what really gets us are the vibrant, retro-style prints, which we like so much that we were actually a bit hesitant about wearing the aprons for their intended purpose, fearing we might get chocolate sauce or red wine on them (they are however, machine washable, so we got over that). We’re offering four of our favorites: Red Cherries (photo 3), Fashion (photo 1), Lattice Olive (second from left in photo 4) and TeaTime (photo 2).
“Clothes fit well and are designed to flatter. I don't see any reason why an apron shouldn't do the same,” says Nichols. To which we say, it’s about time. Because, much like Elizabeth W, we want to do it all and also have it all. Cheers!