Meet Trollied Dolly!

After interviewing the super sister-sister team at Trollied Dolly, I now get an involuntary smile when I see their adorable dresses on the site. The charismatic duo were a joy to talk to, and you may guess that from their enthusiastically designed frocks.

Nicole and Louise at their first music festival to promote Trollied Dolly

Producing clothes may have come naturally to Trollied Dolly’s Louise and Nicole. Their mother has always been a “keen dressmaker” who made unique clothes for her daughters from unusual fabrics or up-cycled vintage pieces. The Dollies, as they refer to themselves as, also spent a lot of time as teens in London’s Brick Lane area, which they say is full of creative, edgy, and vintage styles.

Though their wardrobe was atypical, they grew up to find themselves in the familiar nine to five grind of London. Unfulfilled by this life, they each decided to “go off globetrotting to refresh [their] tired corporate minds, bodies, and souls.” With their strong desire to find a more enjoyable way to live, the dollies took their obsession with “beautiful fabrics and fantastic fiestas,” combined it with Louise’s newly earned degree in textiles, and created the fun and fabulous label, Trollied Dolly.

The Dollies shopping for fabric in Thailands wet season.

The Dollies shopping for fabric in Thailand's wet season.

The Dollies joined forces with a family run sewing business in Thailand who now produce the fine frocks. Not only do the Dollies appreciate the familial nature of this sewing business, but they get the benefit of delicious, homemade Thai food as well. Well, I’m jealous.

The sisters also have a great time working together. Each feels a powerful sense of sisterhood in their company. “With my sister by my side,” Louise says, “I feel like I can achieve anything!” No sibling rivalry here, just a wonderful work environment!

Starting your own business is no simple venture. Trollied Dolly took a big, brave step in dumping their office jobs to find true love and freedom in their own business. “I think the change of scenery, pace, and lifestyle helped us to have the courage to take a risk and follow our hearts,” they say.

ModCloth is happy that Trollied Dolly took the plunge. Why not get “dollied” up with one of their dresses?

Itching to make a major career move in your life? Feeling inspired? Just remember, “nothing ventured, nothing gained!”

About Angela

Someday, Angela will be tending to her sheep, llamas and alpacas on the “Yarn Farm” and raising award winning honey bees. Until then, the native Pittsburgher is enjoying all things related to knitting, her cats, Mr. Spock, red lipstick, and creativity. Writing is her first true love.

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14 Responses to Meet Trollied Dolly!

  1. danielle 07/30/2010 at 8:50 pm #

    love their clothes!

  2. Hannah 07/30/2010 at 11:25 pm #

    Too cute. It has watermelon festival written all over it!

  3. Amelia 07/31/2010 at 12:21 pm #

    so, so cute! i really love the Share the Berries Dress. wish i wasn’t a poor college student haha

  4. a 07/31/2010 at 12:58 pm #

    i love the clothes but hate the lack of xs size:(

  5. Jo 07/31/2010 at 1:12 pm #

    @Amelia. I’m a poor college student as well. I just like to log on and admire. haha!

  6. Amelia 07/31/2010 at 1:35 pm #

    Ooo — I’ve admired a few of those dresses before. Great to hear the backstory; those patterns are simply delicious! (This is a different Amelia. But I am also a poor college student! haha)

  7. Ann 07/31/2010 at 2:21 pm #

    So cute!

  8. Sydney 07/31/2010 at 4:01 pm #

    Lovely dresses, and a very inspiring story to follow a dream!

    XO~Syd

  9. danielle 07/31/2010 at 9:07 pm #

    I have the rosey the riveter dress- on my blog (along with many other Modcloth clothes…ahem, just sayin’)
    http://www.cococricketsmama.typepad.com

  10. Amanda 07/31/2010 at 11:35 pm #

    Aw, how awesome to do what you love…with family right by your side! I love the Ready to Retro dress, super cute!

  11. Emily and Abigail 08/01/2010 at 12:31 am #

    lusting this adorable dress!!! I can see myself wearing this to brunch very soon :)

    http://www.lovelywanderlust.com

  12. A.Co 08/01/2010 at 9:01 am #

    Wow – what an adventure to get where they are today!

    Their stuff is soo cute – nice to see them featured.

    A.Co @ A.Co est. 1984

  13. Mary 08/01/2010 at 5:01 pm #

    I love the clothes on this site but, I think that I’m too “big” to wear any of it.

  14. Eleanor 08/01/2010 at 5:47 pm #

    They are adorable, as are their clothes!
    Great feature.

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