Hunter (COO) - Charlotte (CEO) - Cameron (CFO)
THE OLLY OXEN STORY
Hailing from North Carolina by way of Louisiana, we’re three siblings always in search of the best well-constructed, American-made products. We love to seize opportunities and challenge ourselves to come up with unique ideas, so, it’s fitting that the idea for Olly Oxen started with a handmade skirt…
After looking (with no such luck) for something distinctive to wear to her interview at the College of Design at NC State University, Charlotte decided to design and sew a classic-looking, NC State-themed pleated skirt that was formal enough for the interview yet would allow her to showcase her creativity, personal style and Wolfpack pride.
With the successful interview behind her, Charlotte started wearing the skirt to NC State football games. She couldn’t go to a game without Wolfpack fans chasing her down asking where they could buy the same skirt. Before too long she started getting requests to sew custom skirts, and with that, Olly Oxen was born.
While Charlotte was busy growing the business and envisioning design concepts, her older brothers, Hunter and Cameron, kept pleading with Charlotte to think about adding bow ties to the mix so they could also show off their school pride at games and in formal settings. After a quick sewing lesson, Hunter and Cameron began working alongside Charlotte, and Olly Oxen turned into a family business.
We continue to design and create apparel and accessories from our Charlotte, NC headquarters (after eight years of being based in Raleigh, where it all started). Our products are classic and versatile so that you can wear them anytime and anywhere – interviewing for college, tailgating for homecoming, attending a friend’s wedding, celebrating your son or daughter’s graduation – there’s always a time and a place for Olly Oxen. Our style is Classic. Collegiate. American.
With our Collegiate Collection, we work closely with schools across the country to give their respective logos and mascots a classic look that compliments the Olly Oxen brand in officially licensed products. Our State Pride Collection is a more understated nod to schools within the Olly Oxen portfolio, with each product giving you a game day look in your favorite school colors. We also recognize that certain settings don’t always call for showing off state or school pride. With that in mind, our Company Collection brings to life a fun, wearable alternative with Americana-related designs. Whichever collection suits you best, all of our products truly embody everything that is Olly Oxen.
MADE IN USA
Based in the American South, we strive to support our neighbors and source products Made in the USA. Currently, the majority of our products are made stateside, and for those that are not, their detail work is finished in the USA. Simply stated, we believe that American-made products are the best you can buy. We are constantly working to move all of our production stateside, because we firmly believe in supporting our communities and local businesses.
(Watch our behind-the-scenes video featured on Time-Warner Cable/Spectrum News "Made in the Carolinas")