If the Shoe Fits…
Peter Kate co-founder Sissy Harris is as stylish as she is sophisticated. Plus, bounce on over to Basia and new salons open at the beach.
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Sissy Harris has an individual style that’s uniquely “Peter Kate.” The mother-daughter team of Sissy Harris and Kathy Savage founded Peter Kate in Greenville in 2001 and they have inspired women with their exciting sense of style ever since. The store, originally Peter Kate Shoes, expanded last year, selling clothing, accessories, and, of course, shoes.
Harris graduated from law school, married, and worked at Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. After having children she realized she needed a flexible job.
Kate was her first born. Peter was her second—hence the name Peter Kate. “My cousin told me it was the worst name she had ever heard,” says Harris, “and we still laugh about it.”
Harris believes family comes first. She’s considering an expansion to incorporate her third child, Margo, into the business.
The sophisticated sense of style, trust, great dynamic and different perspectives on fashion are keys to the duo’s success. “The best part of my job is being with my mother every day,” says Savage.
Harris is a woman of vision. She’s the embodiment of the word “entrepreneur.” She balances fundraising and philanthropy, working with The St. Francis Foundation, Stocking Project and the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center to name some. She senses a new awareness among her clients—they know they can come into the store and find a great quality outfit, shoe or handbag without having to go to New York City or Philadelphia.
Harris’ interest in fashion was sparked by her mother, who always had a good eye for style and design. It was a combination of expertise learned, in part, from her years in law school, and her ambition that led to Harris’ entrepreneurial achievements at Peter Kate.
Her favorite designers? Bettye Muller, Kate Spade, and Paul Green for shoes. Sissy is inspired by Yoana Barashi, and loves Vince, Diane von Furstenberg, and Theory. Her go-to is always J Brand jeans. She also recommends a new Vince linen jacket for spring and summer.
So, will Peter Kate be around for another decade?
“We will close our doors when it is not fun anymore,” says Harris.
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