About Pearly Vine
I am Heidi Ackley and I am the owner and designer of my clothing line, Pearly Vine. My career in fashion did not start in New York or Hong Kong but in my basement in Columbus, Ohio. I had 4 year old twins, a black cardigan, and nothing exciting to wear under it. That is when I had the idea to take a plain white woven shirt and pair it with some exciting fabric. I added french cuffs to my basic shirt and it created the perfect pop of color. I wore that shirt to complete my outfit and received more compliments than I could understand. A business had begun.
Within this website, you will see some of the ideas that have come from that first dabble into a fiercely competitive and awe inspiring industry. You will see my variations on the woven shirt, along with swatches of fabric that I (or my kids) choose.
The basic white shirt is where this company started. I LOVED it then and I LOVE it now. Every woman has one in her closet and when it is time to dress it up, she can wear pearls under it OR a great sweater over it. Now she doesn’t have to wear anything else (not literally). I have dressed up that basic white shirt and it can go from the office with a pencil skirt, out to dinner with slacks, and then out to party with jeans. That shirt will become that wise old sage in a woman’s closet that they keep coming back to for years to come.
From that shirt I have gone on to expand with a punch of color. I LOVE the idea of getting dressed...going to the closet on my way out the door...grabbing a scarf or a wrap...and POW my entire outfit has changed. No matter how many chocolates I have eaten that day, how my hair is behaving, what my kids brought home from school, I know that punch of color will not let me down!