Authenticity, creativity and energy are at the heart of the designs we've long invited into our homes and also directly into our closets. Those qualities are equally expressive in newcomer Kimberly Barratt, who in 2011 launched her couture, made-to-order riding shirt collection Middy N’ Me, which she ultimately expanded into luxe resort wear and more— all with cuts and prints that capture that Town & Country feel (even if you don’t own a horse or a Park Avenue flat!)
Shifting the ho-hum market of formal equestrian whites toward bright colors and patterns—with unheard of corals, fuchsias and teals; plus ginghams, stripes and dots—Barratt’s debut at (The? Chagrin Valley Grand Prix link?) caused a fashion stir. What started as “Just a little company making beautiful riding shirts,” with her beloved horsey prints has now grown and continues to enjoy ever more acclaim with Barratt's bespoke resort wear collections.
Barratt's flare for sophisticated whimsey is curated from the life she shares with her husband, Tom; their pups (Slipper, Flurry, Olive and Henry); and Barratt's horse, Ms. Middleburg “Middy”. Barratt's passion for color play and her respect for everyone's personal shape, and the stitching, structure and the nuance of the female form, guide her one-and-only desire: creating couture designs that push the envelope of conformity while respecting the classic details that make hear pieces so darn special.
You’ll recognize Barratt's signature designs by their quality fabrics and playful prints, always highlighting her flare for color that steps beyond the traditional. Just look for the logo with the pretty little horse. (No, not that one, Silly. This one.)