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he was a southern gal from New Orleans who, after obtaining a degree in apparel design from LSU in 2006, had moved to New York City to make her mark in the fashion industry. Jolie Benson Hamilton landed a job with BCBG, one of the nation’s leading designers of women’s fashion. There she met another southern gal, Sarah Elizabeth Dewey, who, like Jolie, had come to the Big Apple to pursue her designer dreams. Jolie and Elizabeth became best friends, and they were destined to be sisters of seersucker. Growing up in the South, Jolie and Elizabeth had been surrounded by the lightweight, breathable fabric. It was an essential part of the spring and summer wardrobe of

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