A Fresh Perspective: S’well and Lilly Pulitzer CEO’s Talk Inspiration, Color and Collaborations

Thursday, June 14th, 2018

The latest collection from Lilly Pulitzer x S’well will make its big debut on Monday at 8:00am EST, unveiling six new prints radiating with summer getaway vibes. We went straight to the powerhouse women leading these two brands to get a glimpse into their approach and inspiration.


Q&A with Michelle Kelly, CEO of Lilly Pulitzer

What do you love about the Lilly Pulitzer x S’well collection?
I love that our customers have brought so much excitement and joy to our past collections and I’m happy that we can offer new prints, a swellbottle.com exclusive, and offer new places to shop. It’s also great to team up with a women-led company that shares an entrepreneurial background, like our brand history does.

Where do you plan on taking your Lilly Pulitzer x S’well bottle this summer?
My Lilly Pulitzer x S’well bottle will spend its summer “down the shore” with me in Avalon, NJ, where I like to spend long weekends with my family (and check out our Lilly seasonal location!). My bottle will also have some “work trips” to great summer vacation spots where we have Lilly stores like Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, and Watch Hill.

Where do you find inspiration to keep your ideas fresh?
Scrolling and strolling! There’s so much to read and discover online yet I find I am inspired the most when I look up and see what’s happening around me at Lilly and out in the field.


Q&A with Sarah Kauss, CEO & Founder of S’well

What do you love about the Lilly Pulitzer x S’well collection?
I love how the designs and bright colors evoke an instant sense of joy, and of course the metallic gold caps on this new collection!

How does collaborating with another brand like Lilly Pulitzer add to your inspiration?
I like to say, two heads are better than one, especially when it comes to collaborations. Prints, patterns and colors are something both S’well and Lilly Pulitzer do right, yet our individual approach is both unique and entirely our own. We look for partners that have a similar entrepreneurial spirit and tenacity – like Lilly – but take a distinctive approach, inspiring us to think differently and continue to evolve.

What is your perfect Lilly Pulitzer moment?
My perfect Lilly Pulitzer moment is being outside by the water, disconnected. This is when I am relaxed, my mind is clear and I become inspired by my surroundings.


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Shop the new Lilly Pulitzer x S’well collection this Monday, 6/18, at 8:00am EST, right here on swellbottle.com. And be sure to share your Lilly Pulitzer x S’well moments with @swellbottle, @lillypulitzer, and #LillyPulitzerxSwell.