Modern Women Making Waves: Lesley Evers


I first met local designer Lesley Evers when she brought her beautiful dresses to a fundraiser at the Junior League of San Francisco. Classic and feminine, with a playful nod to the 60s and 70s, Lesley’s dresses are chic (and flatter women of all ages, shapes, and sizes). She soon opened her flagship store on College Avenue in Oakland — perfectly located near Market Hall — and I can’t stay away. I love her California-cool style, with pieces as versatile and vibrant as the designer herself. Lesley designs many of her own textiles, and her artistic flair (she’s also a talented painter) is evident in her designs. Bonus: it’s all made in Oakland! Stop by and visit her in Rockridge, or at her other boutiques located in Burlingame and Corte Madera. Good advice is a gift — what is the best advice you’ve been given?

From my dad- he always said that there are no mistakes when you are creating something, it’s a process. Figure out how to turn what appears to be a mistake into an opportunity. Learn to see things differently. Really it’s just a good life lesson.

What is on the top of your bucket list?

A safari in Africa. I love animals and I love beautiful landscape. But for now-- I just want to go to Yellow Stone Park next summer.

Who would you invite to your ideal Girl’s Night?

My best friends from Penn, or from Elementary school. I’m attached to both.

What is your go-to piece of clothing?

My Stella top from my line. I wear one almost every day.

What do you sing when you are alone in your car?

I don’t listen to music in the car. I listen to NPR. Or nothing. I actually enjoy the peace and quiet when I’m driving. I listen to music in my studio when I’m working, but not in the car. And I don’t know the words to songs. My husband makes fun of me for that.

What was the best compliment you have received?

Something like- “your dresses make me feel so pretty when I wear them.”

How has your life been different than you imagined?

Everything is just a little harder than I expected. I’m an optimist and never think about how difficult reality is. Other than that I really haven’t had any major surprises so far.

What is your most-used word? (And what word do you wish everyone would stop using?)

Lately I’ve caught myself saying SUPER all the time. I don’t know why and I need to stop.

Who is your celebrity crush?

Eddie Redmayne

What is your guiltiest pleasure?

Dulce de leche ice cream, but it gives me a stomach ache

What is your favorite museum?

I’ll say the Guggenheim since I’m a fan of Frank Lloyd Wright. Museums that are on my list to visit: Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain and the new Aspen Museum because it looks fantastic! (and my college roommate is the Director).

What is the first thing you notice when you meet someone?

Smile, warmth and connection. That’s kind of one thing-- I just needed three works to describe it.