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Our Team

 

Sudhir Kakar, Founder.

The first time Sudhir held his granddaughter, Ahnika, he knew it was the beginning of something special.

When Ahnika was born, Sudhir—the owner of a successful woman’s clothing company—began searching for fashionable infant clothing for his first granddaughter. In his search, he noticed many European apparel brands touting the benefits of clothing made with organic fibers. Curious, and determined to find the best clothing for his granddaughter, he did some of his own research and discovered the many benefits of organic clothing for children.

Unfortunately, his search for fashionable organic infant clothing in the United States was difficult—he had trouble finding clothes to fit the bill. And so, combining his passion of being a new grandfather with his experience in the fashion industry, Pink Elephant was born.

Sudhir has been in the fashion industry for over 35 years—in the past ten years alone, he has managed the production of over 25 million pieces of clothing.

Courtney Coughlin, Creative Director & Head of Merchandising.

Courtney is living her dream of being a working-at-home mom to her three sons, Chase, Drew and Caden. Working in the land of little girls fashion is truly this boy-mom’s dream come true!

She made the decision many working moms do and left job after a decade in the retail industry to take on a full-time career as a mom. As a buyer for a leading national retailer, she and Sudhir had worked together in women’s fashion, and after a few years she moved into girls’ clothing. Courtney thought Sudhir would be able to make beautiful clothing for girls and asked if he would consider entering the market. The first item of girls clothing they created together was a fashion t-shirt with an elephant on it –an unknown precursor of what was to come.

When Sudhir began forming his team to create Pink Elephant, he asked Courtney to join him. She now works mainly from her home in Massachusetts and travels to Pink Elephant headquarters in Manhattan a couple times per month.

 

Liz Kakar, Head of Operations.

Liz shares a dream that many mothers do—balancing her dream job with being a mom.

As mom to Ahnika and her new baby brother Vinayak, Liz wants clothing that is comfortable and healthy for her kids. As a woman with a sense of fashion, she loves a smart piece of children’s clothing with stylish embellishments. Pink Elephant gives the best of both worlds—bringing fashion to organic clothing. She’s excited to play a part in creating a fun, fashionable, comfortable, organic children’s clothing line that she can share with mothers across the country. After all, who knows comfort better than moms? She wants what’s best for her kids – and for your kids, too.

For the past seven years, Liz has been managing production, sales, design and logistics teams in the fashion industry.

 

Katie Ryder, Head Designer & Manager of Operations.

Katie has had a passion for kids from the start—she nannied her way through design school.

She may not have kids of her own yet, but Katie has been a second mom to several children. She’s had a passion for kids ever since she took on her very first babysitting job—and went on to nanny to support herself through college and took a full-time nanny position before moving to NYC to work with a women’s clothing line. One of the moms she nannied for even hired her to make her kids’ summer clothing, giving Katie the opportunity to create and designed her very own handmade children’s clothing line that was tested by kids.

Through her experience, she gained firsthand insight to what parents (and kids!) want in their clothing—primarily comfort and quality. Combining that with her education in apparel design and eco-friendly practices, and her love of cute, tiny prints and embellishments, Pink Elephant is a true passion project for her.