These Designers Told Anna Wintour Their Jacket Would Change Her Life

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Armed with experience in finance and fashion buying, respectively, sisters-in-law Veronica Miele Beard and Veronica Swanson Beard started their fashion brand with a single jacket style and no business plan. They created their signature Dickey Jacket combo, which is a jacket plus a vest-like piece that looks like a second layer but without the added bulk (see an example here). A decade later, they have a successful label—dubbed Veronica Beard, of course—with seven brick-and-mortar stores. 

The Beard sisters-in-law agree that they couldn't have succeeded without each other, as they've leaned on one another through the ups and downs of their company. "The big decisions we've always gotten right because we've really gone with our guts and have put our heads together and tried to separate from the family, from the rest of the people that we work with, from the investors, whatever it is, and come together and make a decision," Miele Beard says. 

In November 2013, the Veronica Beard brand was named a CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund finalist, which put them in the path of none other than Anna Wintour. "I'm telling Anna Wintour that every woman needs to own a Dickey jacket and that it's going to change her life and all this stuff. And then she was like, 'Did you guys go to design school?' That was her question," Miele Beard said with a laugh. "And I was like, no." She says she believed Wintour was asking a question she knew the answer to, but it didn't stop the sisters-in-law from fighting through imposter syndrome and the feeling that they weren't worthy of the recognition. 

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Shop the Veronica Beard Dickey Jacket

This version comes complete with both the blazer and the Dickey layering piece. 

The brand makes killer jackets that can, of course, be worn without the layering piece. 

This piece looks like a second layer but doesn't add bulk, so it can be worn seamlessly under a blazer. 

This tomato-red color definitely packs a punch.