Busy Bees


Busy Bees is an American Prep brand for boys and girls age three months to 16 years. Polished but not precious, comfortable but not fussy, traditional but not dated, Busy Bees clothing combines classic American style elements like crisp stripes, vibrant colors and unique details with a modern preppy twist that’s just perfect for today.

Founded by two moms who met working in fashion in New York (one a boarding school prepster, the other a Southern Belle) Busy Bees drew inspiration from American style icons Jackie O, Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.  They wanted a clothing style that’s sophisticated and timeless, high-quality and easy to wear. The result is a seasonal collection of preppy-chic clothing that work for every day and special occasions, that stand-alone and coordinate perfectly. Our collection includes must haves, instant favorites, stylish fun pieces that kids can really live in -- country club to playground, holiday party to family vacation, wherever kids go.

"Dressing kids in a way that is polished, but not precious, striking just the right balance for today. Timeless."

Meet Busy Bees Spring 2018

With eight children and three husbands between us, we know what it’s like to juggle kids, careers, families, and responsibilities. We love family, friends, holidays, vacations, parties, great handbags and of course, fashion particularly American prep. Here’s our team:

Maryam Barrett

Maryam Barrett

Co-Founder & Designer - Boarding School Prepster

Maryam's background is in public relations and marketing. Before founding Busy Bees, she had her own successful PR agency and spent more than ten years working at Laforce & Stevens. The daughter of a couture cashmere designer, Maryam grew up in the fashion business. Her passion for preppy enjoys a long history starting with perfectly pressed smocked dresses leading to collar-up polos and top siders and continuing today with a closet full of navy and white and enviable collection of fabulous scarves.

  • Favorite US city: New York, New York.
  • Favorite holiday: July 4th.
  • Fashion must-have: Celine handbag.
Genevieve Chapman

Genevieve Chapman

Co-Founder - Southern Belle

Genevieve also worked at Laforce & Stevens in New York and was a model in Europe before she founded Busy Bees with Maryam. Queen of the Cottonbowl, Genevieve came by her amazing fashion sense early on and understood from an early age the joy of dressing up, she truly is a Southern Belle.

  • Favorite U.S. city: Oxford, Mississippi.
  • Favorite holiday: Christmas.
  • Fashion must-have: Statement necklace.
Shannon Spotswood

Shannon Spotswood

Partner & CFO - Finance Girl

Shannon's background is in investment management and research but at heart, and in her closet, she's always been a fashionista. She joined Busy Bees in 2011 after almost two decades working in San Francisco at hedge funds Symphony Asset Management and EGM Capital and boutique investment bank Volpe, Brown, Whelan.

  • Favorite US city: San Francisco, California.
  • Favorite holiday: Thanksgiving.
  • Fashion must-have: Schoolboy Blazer.
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Commited to Quality.

Busy Bees works with a children's clothing manufacturer in Hong Kong with a reputation for fine hand-smocking that goes back decades.

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Charity Involvement.

Busy Bees + Miss b supports several charities serving children.

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Meet Miss b. She's a girl on the go who is growing up fast! With the many hats she wears -- student, musician, animal lover, volunteer, athlete -- she wants clothes that fit her lifestyle. Sophisticated yet playful. Stylish but not too fussy. Adorable and functional.

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