In the 1980s, Pulitzer lit a fire and walked away from her successful clothing line. Not metaphorically, literally.“She had a party with a bonfire, and everything went in it: her patterns, business plans, everything,” said Jennifer Burch, who owns the shop. “People were saving their Lillys, taking care of them to make them last. When she was approached about restarting the line a few years later, everything had to be recreated from scratch.”
Burch has many fond memories of the founder and later creative consultant for the brand that shot to fame almost overnight when Pulitzer’s friend Jacqueline Kennedy was seen wearing one of her shift dresses on a vacation.
The last time Burch saw Pulitzer was at the Colony Hotel in Palm Beach. Pulitzer lived in the town for years, and a replica of her front door is next to the entrance to Palm on Park.
“We were there for a meeting, and the rep went and picked her up and brought her to the hotel,” said Burch. “Everyone crowded around Lilly, making a fuss, but Kris and I stayed back. Once there was an opening and she could see us, she recognized us immediately. She yelled, ‘How’re my Boca Grande girls?’ and came up and hugged us both.”
Pulitzer lived a life that followed her motto: “Have fun.” She was famous for her Palm Beach cocktail parties, one of which the girls from Palm on Park were fortunate enough to attend.
“Everyone had to take their shoes off and put their feet up on the coffee table when they went in her house,” said Boyden. “It was one of her rules.”
“She was a woman that we knew and loved,” said Burch. “She was a woman ahead of her time, an awesome designer and she will be sorely missed.”
Early Sunday, Lilly Pulitzer Rousseau passed away peacefully in Palm Beach, surrounded by family and loved ones.
The team at The Palm on Park wishes to extend their sincere thanks to all of their friends that have stopped into the store and offered their condolences.
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