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The People Who Inspired Jimmy + Maeve

A bundle of Maeves and one (T.V.!) Jimmy.

Liz Hobin is the designer behind the ultra-comfy scarf line Jimmy + Maeve. So why the hail did she name it that anyway? “Maeve is an Irish name that ladies have carried for generations in my family,” says Liz. “It means ‘she who intoxicates’ in Gaelic.” As for Jimmy—you’re just going to have to read on… —alisha prakash


“This black-and-white photo is the oldest of the Maeves that I could find. She is my grandfather’s mother, and the photo was taken in Ireland in the early 1900s. She was a knitter and a seamstress who used to make the most amazing capes. Her mother was also Maeve.”


“The newest of the Maeves is Maeve Brown. She is currently three years old and just started preschool in Arizona. She is the daughter of my cousin Jasmine, and she is as sweet as they come.”


“Jimmy means ‘a thing on ice cream’—but that’s not why I chose the name. Besides Jimmy from Boardwalk Empire being fine-as-hell in every way, the name James was going to be my name if I was born a boy. It didn’t happen, but I have always felt a close bond with that name. Maybe my first born boy—or girl—will end up being a James…”

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