Stephanie Manganelli and her mother, Debbie are the fashion fairy godmothers for pregnant women everywhere! Their clothing brand, called Stowaway Collection, presents a line of simple yet stylish maternity wear that not only flatters a woman’s natural shape, but celebrates her growing bump as well.
When Stephanie Manganelli became pregnant with her first child, she was more than excited to schedule a productive day of shopping with her mother. Eager to explore the options for Stephanie and her developing tummy, the pair was quickly discouraged when they reached the maternity section and discovered a slew of poor quality items and shapeless silhouettes. Walking away with only two pieces in hand, it was then that they decided to create their own line of maternity apparel.
Stephanie had previously fallen in love with fashion upon landing her creative marketing role under the Jones New York brand. During that time she learned a lot about how the fashion industry works, how to style numerous items of clothing, and what it’s like to dress women of all shapes and sizes. It was this prior knowledge that allowed her to design for the pregnant body, and Stowaway Collection was born in the Fall of 2016.
Stowaway Collection is a contemporary maternity wear brand that offers a chic new take on traditional pregnancy options. Each piece is designed to transform from day to night, and features luxurious fabrics that are both comfortable and complimentary to a woman’s shape. The fashion label has even included thoughtful little details (such as discreet nursing access) so that items can be worn post pregnancy as well. With simple size guides, free shipping, and free returns, it’s no wonder the brand has become a favorite amongst expecting mothers!
Curious to learn more about the leading line of maternity wear, BELLA connected with the founders of Stowaway Collection…
What are some of your best selling pieces?
Dresses, dresses, dresses! We have two best sellers right now. Our Sweatshirt Maternity Dress is a luxe sweater/sweatshirt material that almost doubles in size when stretched. It’s SO comfortable but looks SO chic. We added lace detailing down the sleeve to add some femininity and dress it up a bit so you have versatility day to night. The best feature of this dress is you can wear it post pregnancy as well! It does double duty. We designed many of the items in our collection so that they can be worn during and post-pregnancy – so you can really get longevity out of your purchase. Our second best-selling dress is our Shadow Stripe Maternity Dress. It’s a great occasion dress that can transition from date night to a holiday party with ease. This dress also looks fantastic without a pregnant bump!
How does the sizing work?
Maternity sizing can be very confusing (size 1- what’s that?!) so we simplified it. Whatever size you were before you were pregnant is most likely what you are now. Our fit is contemporary which means it hugs you a bit more than other brands. If you like your clothes looser or you’re finding you’re swelling a bit due to pregnancy, size up.
What was your inspiration behind the Fall/Winter 2019 Collection?
Shapes and silhouettes! Because the pregnant body grows into the most beautiful curves, we love to create silhouettes to showcase that shape through seaming. The Gramercy Maternity & Nursing Dress is a great example. It features an invisible zipper across the belly for nursing postpartum but has multi-directional seams hugging the belly to show it off. We offer it in the most beautiful autumnal colors of Wine and Blue Steel.
What’s next for Stowaway Collection?
We have a ton of exciting things in the pipe line but our main focus is to grow, grow, grow! We want to continue helping as many pregnant women as we can feel their very best. When you look good, you feel good. It’s a time of huge transition and if we can give a woman a piece of confidence, we’ve done our job!
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