Born in Berkeley, California and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina Lesley spent most of her childhood enjoying the simple pleasures of life - sleep away camp, sewing, and painting. In 1989 she received a BA in Design of the Environment from the University of Pennsylvania. After graduation she made her way to New York far from the slow, savored life in the south.
At 26, she held the first solo show of her paintings in a Madison Avenue gallery. Like all struggling artist she worked numerous odd jobs between shows. She dabbled in fashion, textiles, and sewing- practicing pattern making with the tailor in the basement of the Peter Elliot clothing store where she worked part time.
In 1997 Lesley married and returned to the San Francisco Bay area where she juggled marriage, motherhood and a busy career as a graphic recorder traveling the globe working for companies including Google, Microsoft, the Gap, Levi's, Citibank and U.S. government agencies. Her obsession with textiles and design never waned, and out of frustration for what she felt was missing from current fashion choices – graceful, artful, easy to wear dresses she set out to design her own. She pulled out her sewing machine and it re-sparked a passion. Strangers on the street paid compliments and friends started requesting she make dresses for them. In 2008 Lesley held her first trunk show and the Lesley Evers dress line was born.
Lesley’s inspiration pulls from her experiences - nostalgic days in the South, clean design principles from studying architecture at Penn, relaxed looks from California and her love of bold graphic textiles and mid-century aesthetic. Described as classic, feminine and versatile Lesley’s dresses are designed to move from day to night with ease and grace.
Now in her fifth year of business Lesley Evers dresses, skirts and tunics can be found in boutiques from San Francisco to New York.