Name: Diane Culver Bailey
Family: Jim Bailey, my husband of 48 years, married at St. Simons United Methodist Church; two sons and their families, Chad and Rachel Bailey have Champ, Liza and Henry; Brent and Lauren Bailey have Coe and Kendall.
Years in the Golden Isles: All my life.
School: St. Simons Elementary, Glynn County Junior High, Glynn Academy and Georgia Southern University.
Occupation: Children’s clothing designer, but now designer of women’s clothing.
How would you describe your style: Classic, traditional, and simple elegance!
Where do you get your inspiration from? Children’s clothing inspiration always came from cards, wrapping paper, paper dolls, coloring books; anything that I might happen to see in my daily life. Now with Diane Bailey Designs, I get inspiration from old styles of blouses that I’ve collected over many years, old movies, stores and pieces of clothing I see in my everyday life.
From owning Bailey Boys for so many years, what made you branch out to women’s fashion? For most of the years when I was designing children’s clothing, women would ask if I could please design something for women. I would always tell them that it was all I could do to design 50 different designs twice a year and that designing and creating children’s clothing and women’s clothing requires two entirely different techniques. Although I did think about it many times. So after being retired for about two weeks, I decided I’d rather be working than staying at home and that my creative job isn’t finished … thus DianeBailey Designs was born!
What have been some of your biggest challenges with your businesses? By far, technology. When I started, the internet was just getting up and going, so everything I did I used a pencil and paper. I’m very old school and on the internet everybody has access to everything. With techniques I’ve always used, I didn’t have to worry about someone else having my designs, they were truly one-of-a-kind!
What is the best piece of advice you would give a Golden Isles newcomer: I’d say find a church. We have many wonderful ones with lots of nice people. Also join the newcomers’ club. You meet nice people from all over the world that you will have so much in common with!
How did you start your business and how can others get started in a business of their own? This is one of the questions I was continually asked throughout my years with Bailey Boys. Over the years, I came up with a list of three things. First, live by the Golden Rule. Second, in everything you do, take baby steps so if you misstep, it’s much easier to back up. Third, always be kind because you’ll never be sorry about something you’ve said or done.
Describe a perfect Saturday for you in the Golden Isles: It’s changed over the years. When I was a young girl, it was riding my bicycle on the south end of the island when there was only one red/green traffic light on the island. Now I’d say I do enjoy sitting with my husband on my back deck overlooking the Black Banks river drinking a glass of wine and enjoying the view of the marsh and Sea Island.
Favorite landmark in the Golden Isles: There are so many landmarks on St. Simons that are important to me. Almost everywhere you look on any given day you can see some of them: all of the beautiful churches, the majestic oak trees driving to the Sea Island Golf Club, Gould’s inlet, the lighthouse, especially the pier area that has it ever changed (I remember dirt roads down there), and all the rivers and beaches. They’re all my favorites!