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Sister Act

NEW YORK — As Irving Berlin once wrote, “Sisters, sisters, there were never such devoted sisters.” Like any pair that spends a little too...

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To date, the Mulleavys say they’ve had a good response from Roopal Patel, women’s fashion director at Bergdorf Goodman, and Joan Kaner, senior vice president and fashion director at Neiman Marcus.

But it’s Cameron Silver, owner of L.A.’s Decades, who’s been their biggest champion since the duo showed him Rodarte a few weeks ago.

“If I were a traditional retailer, I’d buy the collection in a minute,” Silver says. “It’s very sophisticated. It looks like it has international standards of fashion-forward design, and yet it’s made by two young girls from Pasadena.” He’s just as charmed by their story as he is by them. “They’re totally classy, sweet, somewhat nerdy girls,” he adds. “That’s a nice mix in fashion — nice and nerdy.”

The sisters, meanwhile, are delighted by Silver’s endorsement and send him regular e-mail updates of their adventures in New York on the eve of fashion week. Looking at Laura, Kate says, “I mean, we’re like the Little Old Ladies from Pasadena.”
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