A Quick Chat With…Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

I’m always so excited for new posts in this series but I’m SO excited to share this chat with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens! If you’ve been following me on here or on Instagram, you know that I fell hard for this sustainable fleece brand and in the past year, have amassed a (rapidly growing) collection of seven pieces. While they’re on the investment side, I’ve found the quality to be unmatched–they don’t wrinkle, don’t show wear after being machine washed, air dry insanely quickly, and are so easy to dress up or down. If comfort is a priority to you when it comes to style, I promise this brand will become your new bff. We’re running straight into “Dudley season” with fall temperatures and I hope you enjoy this Q&A as much as I did!

And before we start, I have to mention their newly launched rewards program, Dudley Devoted. I’m not huge for signing up for “programs” and having one more login to remember (who else hate saving their payment methods?!) but the rewards here add up quickly! Plus, if you’ve shopped before, your previous purchases under the same email address will count towards your “tier” even if you’re just creating an account for the first time.

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

The Cobble Hill turtleneck


Hometown: Darien, CT (both)
Currently live in: Greenwich, CT (Lauren) and Darien, CT (Kaki)
Current profession: CEO & Co-Founder of Dudley Stephens (Lauren), COO & Co-Founder (Kaki)

Can you talk a bit about your backgrounds before starting Dudley Stephens?

Lauren: I worked in advertising post college for two years, switching to Celebrity Public Relations at Calvin Klein and then left for Gucci for a few years, and then back to Calvin Klein. I worked for a few years in PR for beauty brand Lancome at L’Oreal, before leaving to start Dudley Stephens.

Kaki: I previously worked in the sports and entertainment marketing world focusing on events and sponsorships for brands. Most recently I worked at Starwood Hotels, building out customer experiences for guests and their most loyal customers.

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

The Oxford Vest–size down!

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

I love that all your pieces are made in Brooklyn, NY! Can you give us an overview of the manufacturing process and why you decided to start a sustainable business?

We truly wanted to reinvent how people view fleece fabric! Our initial concept was that simple, we felt there was a void in the market where stylish fleece clothing was concerned, and felt that we could design wardrobe essentials in fleece fabric that would serve a greater purpose than casual wear. We wanted these styles to go from home, to gym, to lunch, to dinner, and beyond. When sourcing fabric, it was a no-brainer to use recycled fleece fabric.

What would you recommend as a good starting piece for someone looking to start building their Dudley collection?

Our Cobble Hill Turtleneck in Black!

What’s been the biggest “pinch me” moment so far?

Lauren: December 1st, 2017, we had one of our biggest sales days yet! It was a turning point for our business.

Kaki: Launching the website and getting our first sale!

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

Lauren + Kaki with their mom, Bonnie–the brand just celebrated 4 years today!

What’s your favorite part about working together as a sister duo?

Lauren: Having someone to bounce ideas off of, talk through problems, talk through strategy… knowing someone always has your back no matter what.

Kaki: I love that our strengths and weaknesses work well together. I definitely have a behind the scenes mentality and love working on the website, researching, studying analytics and all that nerdy stuff that Lauren could do without. She has been amazing at getting the brand name out there and networking in addition to the creative designs and ideas.

What is your favorite Dudley style?

Lauren: Right now, our Bijou Bubble Cardigan

Kaki: Brighton Boatneck

You guys have been releasing so many great products over the past couple of months, including your first tee, a coverup, and joggers! Can you give us a glimpse of what’s next?

We have a something REALLY exciting launching in December – we cannot wait!!

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

The Highland High-Low–one of my most worn year-round. It’s perfect for travel days!

Organizational tool you can’t live without? Google Drive

Last place you traveled? Georgetown, DC [Editor’s note: Can confirm Lauren + Kaki are just as lovely in person!]

If you could majorly splurge on a vacation, where would you go? Aspen (hint, hint!)

Favorite restaurant in NYC? L’Artusi

Go-to weekday lunch? Salads from Ada’s in Greenwich

Go-to cocktail? Margaritas

One piece of advice? Failure is the best thing that can happen, it will always lead to something positive.

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

The most incredible wraps–I have one in navy!

Interview with Lauren and Kaki of Dudley Stephens

Photos via the DS blog, Pineapple Street.

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  1. Erica wrote:

    As a fellow fan of Dudley Stephens, this was such a fun quick chat to read! I didn’t realize Kaki had worked at Starwood Hotels at the same time I did, albeit in different offices and departments. Very excited to get out my fleece for fall and winter!

    Posted 10.7.19 Reply
    • Monica wrote:

      That’s so cool!! I love that connection :) Yay for fleece weather…we’re finally getting it here (to say) starting tomorrow!

      Posted 10.7.19 Reply
  2. Rakela wrote:

    Loved reading this Monica! I learned a few things about the rewards program that I didn’t know – like the fact that I have a bunch of pineapple point from my previous purchases!! woot woot! <3

    Posted 10.9.19 Reply