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Andrea Rodgers is a member of the Vogue 100, a hand-selected group by Vogue magazine of 100 influential decision makers and opinion leaders across the country known for their distinctive taste in fashion & culture. She has been featured in Vogue, W and Allure, CNN, Fox News, NOS Dutch Public Broadcasting, TV Tokyo, France 24, Alhurra, USA Today, Washington Post & Politico.

The Silken Thread: Making It Personal

Burp cloth & Bib Set $22 - Laura's # 1 Best Seller

Upon her wedding in 2002, Laura Swanstrom Reece wanted to place her maiden monogram inside her wedding gown as an everlasting “something blue.” She was unable to locate a couture-quality embroidery service in the DC area, and settled for a sports embroidery shop in a local mall to complete the work. She thought that she could not be the only individual wanting a quality monogram of heirloom style from a specialty retailer. After the birth of their first daughter, the Reeces received several personalized gifts, including two adorable burp cloths embroidered with their daughter’s name. Laura realized that this was something she could easily create herself, but wanted to take the gift items a step further.

In 2005, Laura and her husband Glen founded The Silken Thread, LLC, an online personalized gift company to provide exceptional embroidery and custom monogramming services on heirloom quality linens, clothing, accessories, and gifts for brides, babies, and children. Through their website, they are able to provide the highest quality to discerning clients across the country and around the world.

Before Laura and her husband started their own business, Laura worked in events, fundraising, and volunteer management at American University, The Smithsonian Institution, and for the 1996 Centennial Olympic Ceremonies. Laura holds a B.A. in Art History from Emory University, and an M.A. in Arts Management from American University. She is very active in philanthropy in Washington: a sustaining member of the Junior League of Washington, DC, a member of The Washington Ballet’s Women’s Committee, and previously has served on The Phillips Collection’s Contemporaries’ Steering Committee. She lives in Alexandria, VA with her husband and two daughters.

The Silken Thread has been featured in , Washingtonian Magazine, Daily Candy, Monogram Momma, The Daily Groove, Capitol Moms, DC Baby and other online websites.

As a Southern girl, I can’t get enough monogrammed items! I adore them! I think they make an excellent gift idea, as they show you took the extra time to personalize the gift. I highly recommend The Silken Thread for all your monogrammed gifts….and of course, treats for yourself!

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