It’s one thing to stay super tight with your friends from high school—and another entirely to go on to found a business with them. But that’s exactly what Liz Libré and Lizzy Ott did. “Liz played lacrosse with my sister, and that’s how we knew each other,” says Lizzy. That was just the beginning of their fortuitously parallel lives, though: They both went to Bates, a small college in Maine, and both moved to NYC afterward to pursue creative paths. Liz worked as an illustrator and eventually launched her own paper line, Linda & Harriet, while Lizzy became a stylist and then headed to RISD to get a masters in interior architecture.
Despite their complementary career choices and close proximity (Lizzy moved back to New York after graduating), they never considered partnering up until years later when they were both new moms in Brooklyn, struggling to find children’s bedding that suited their styles. “Everything was really typical boy-girl or cartoon-y at the time, and we were looking for something that we actually wanted in our homes,” says Lizzy. Since both the mamas and their kids (they now have five between them) found themselves stopping to admire trees, leaves, and animals, a nature-inspired textile line seemed like a a no-brainer. The two launched Lewis in 2016 with organic cotton crib sheets emblazoned with radish bunches and line-drawn oyster shells and have expanded into pajamas, blankets, and changing pads since. Now, how’s that for a friends-to-collaborators crib sheet?