When Chelsea Gunn got her driver’s license, she didn’t pick her friends up and go to the local mall. Instead, she drove her Jeep down Worth Avenue to shop at Tiffany & Co. and then made her way over to the iconic C. Orrico. “It was my favorite store, and I’d shop all the sales racks because I was 16,” says Gunn, reflecting on how she’d spend her paychecks at the Palm Beach boutique on South County Road.
Nearly 20 years later, Gunn still frequents C. Orrico, but one thing has changed—she designed a clothing line, The Chelsea Gunn Collection, the store carries. “I would tell my husband when we first started, ‘If my clothes ever ended up in C. Orrico that would be a dream,’” she recalls.
“I was just a mom who liked to play with fabrics,” Gunn remembers of the time before she decided to turn her hobby and outlet for creativity into a business. With help from her husband, Ryan Gunn, the mother of two young boys created her contemporary resortwear line about three years ago.
Each piece is designed for women to feel classy and empowered, which coincides with the company tagline: “She is clothed with strength and dignity,” which is borrowed from the Bible.
The Chelsea Gunn Collection facilitates a day-to-night transition through a selection of dresses with ruffled to simple sleeves and necklines, along with rompers in an assortment of bold colors and prints.
“I don’t like people to know what brand I’m wearing just by looking. I like unique diversity,” she says. “It’s exciting to be unique and different, and give women confidence in their dignity while wearing the line.”
Another important factor about her brand is that the clothing is made in Miami. “Due to all the off-shore production, we feel the responsibility to help the textile and manufacturing industry continue to grow here domestically to support local manufacturers,” she says.
In addition to C. Orrico in Palm Beach and Jupiter, Gunn’s designs stretch across the southeast coast and can be purchased online and at local boutiques, resorts and clubs, like PGA National Resort & Spa and Juno Shoe Girl Boutique.
The Chelsea Gunn Collection / chelseagunndesigns.com