Q&A With Designer catherine burgess, founder of burgess sweaters

Tell us about yourself. Where are you from and where do you live now?

I was born and raised in Rhode Island and currently call the city of Newport my home. As a native Rhode Islander, I've always had an appreciation for New England's effortless charm, and living here I'm continuously inspired by my surroundings. I enjoy spending time with my son, Jack, and my two black labs, Guiness and Carly. 

What did you do before starting Burgess Sweaters?

At an early age I realized how important it is to do what you love, and I've always loved fashion and worked in the industry. At 26 I was running a showroom out of Boston representing several different brands of women's clothing. 

Tell us about your company. When did you launch? Where are you based? Why did you start it?

As a brand rep for many years, I found myself in search for a knitwear line that provided quality, was timeless but not trendy, and that evoked luxury. After falling short of discovering that, I decided it was time to create it myself, and in 2017 BURGESS sweaters was born. Since then, I've tried to stay true to what initially inspired me to create the line and I take pride in utilizing sustainable techniques in the process. All of my sweaters are composed of sustainable cotton, with a touch of cashmere, to create styles that feel cozy, comfortable and luxurious. 

Congratulations on launching your latest collection! What was your inspiration? Favorite piece(s)? 

This collection was a real labor of love. I wanted it to embody my classic style and spirit, rooted in travel, family, friends and celebration... I wanted every piece to feel wearable, yet special. In Newport, boating season isn't over until it's over, and I've been loving the Charli Sweater for Fall days on the boat. The Travel Coat has been a staple for me since launching BURGESS and I love our new shorter take on it with the Leah Knit Jacket!

You can shop all of Burgess pieces on Modatrova here.

Below are Catherine's Modatrova favorites.