Talent, Passion, & Persistence
Laverne Anderson-Elliott, (“Miss Laverne,” as she is affectionately called) recognized her gift early in life. In 1968, inspired by fashions from old movies like Casablanca & The Maltese Falcon, as a freshman at Chicago’s Harlan High School — without any formal instruction — she took a 25¢ Simplicity pattern, two yards of fabric, and her mom’s sewing machine and made a skirt to wear to school for a special occasion. Her schoolmates were so impressed and raved over the skirt so much, that the next day, they were begging her to make them skirts and other garments. There, the spark was lit.
By 1974, she had achieved the coveted “Master Tailor” designation and received her Associate of Arts degree in Fashion Design & Merchandising from Chicago City College. By 1976, she had so many loyal customers asking her to make their wedding gowns, prom dresses, and tuxedos, she decided to launch her own formal wear design studio. For 38 years, despite overwhelming competition from cheap foreign labor, rapidly changing fashion trends, and having to overcome several personal challenges, she has remained true to her brand identity by crafting elegant sophistication into literally thousands of wedding gowns, men’s business suits, dress shirts, and formal wear for her custom apparel clientele.
In 2013, Laverne’s design studio and brands were acquired by Supreme Capital Group and renamed Anderson Apparel, Ltd. Today, she continues to serve on the Board of Directors, overseeing the design and production functions. Operating from our production facility in Norcross, GA, we have continued to expand her operations, producing the highest quality luxury brands for her loyal customers, which now include several exclusive boutiques and high-end specialty shops in Chicago, New York, Tampa, & Miami.
Retired from the day-to-day grind of the fashion business, “Miss Laverne” remains active, serving in the Career Development & Advising Center on the campus of Georgia Gwinnett College in Lawrenceville, GA, providing fashion advice to students entering the job market and learning to “dress for success” in their careers.