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STICK & BALL envisioned a casual-luxury fashion brand inspired by polo played across the globe.
ELIZABETH GOODWIN WELBORN
Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn
fter five years online, Stick & Ball, a luxurious apparel and lifestyle brand, opened its doors in downtown Mill Valley, California, last December. Elizabeth Goodwin Welborn launched the brand and website in the fall of 2011 out of her combined passions for travel and playing polo. Stick & Ball is an amalgam of her experiences in the Deep South, coastal California, Europe, Latin America, and Asia. Her list of inspirations is long and varied: Ponchos, knits,
leather, espadrilles, and cowboy boots; Latin, country, and bluegrass music; Argentine asados; pig roasts; the Tango; and the polo fashion of Italy, Argentina, Peru, and Mexico. The original Stick & Ball alpaca poncho, handmade by artisans in Peru, is the brand’s signature piece, and it’s also the first item Elizabeth designed. In addition, the brand features leather belts, wallets, bags and weekenders, handmade boots by Texas-based Lucchese, gold and silver jewelry from artisans around the
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world, and cotton T-shirts and scarves for men, women, and kids. In addition, there are beautiful pieces for the home that include alpaca throws and pillows, candles, artwork, and books. “I have always loved the way European women dress and approach style,” says Elizabeth. “They have classic core wardrobe pieces accented by a brilliant scarf or a large piece of jewelry. Our items let you capture that elegant, effortless, and chic way of dressing.” PAGE 113