Fig & Dove Gifting for Washington Mardi Gras


The Good Times were rolling in Washington, DC, last month, and Fig & Dove enjoyed being a part of that special joie de vivre. This year, Congresswoman Julia Letlow was selected as the Chair of the 74th Washington DC Mardi Gras, a traditional celebration of Louisiana, its politics and its people. She chose the theme "Louisiana: The Steel Magnolia" for this year's festivities.

To know Congresswoman Julia is to know that she is a true Steal Magnolia. Magnolias symbolize perseverance, beauty, purity, and nobility. The people, especially the women of Louisiana, are known for their uncommon fortitude and abiding love for the place they call home.

She took office in April 2021 after receiving 65 percent of the vote in a special election to win the seat previously won by her husband, Luke, who passed away from complications of COVID-19 just days before taking office. Julia also serves on the House Committee on Appropriations, which determines all discretionary spending and has broad oversight over almost all expenditures made by the federal government.

Congresswoman Letlow is someone the members of our team greatly admire. She epitomizes what it means to be a "steel magnolia," so it was only fitting that her team approached Fig & Dove to source her Krewe gifts. We are honored to have played a small role in her year as Chair by supplying custom wreath sashes, Mardi Gras Chica Tumblers hand-painted by Windy O'Connor and our new Mardi Gras "Pin Pillows." Julia's request provided the opportunity for our founder and creative director, Colleen Waguespack, to produce the Mardi Gras "Pin Pillows" – a timeless keepsake she has long wanted to design.

New to our collection this year, The Fig and Dove Mardi Gras Pin Pillow is an exclusive velvet pillow designed to collect pins given as Krewe favors from Mardi Gras balls. The crown in the center of the pillow is appliquéd using iconic Fortuny fabric, which is also integrated into many of the items in the Fig & Dove collection. Choose from an Antique Gold appliquéd crown with Antique Gold trim or a Gold appliquéd crown with Gold trim. Available for purchase now!

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