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Hill House Founder Nell Diamond on Her Career and The Nap Dress

  • August 19, 2023
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In ELLE.com’s monthly series Office Hours, we ask people in powerful positions to take us through their first jobs, worst jobs, and everything in between. This month, we spoke to self-proclaimed nap enthusiast Nell Diamond, founder and CEO of Hill House, and the brains behind the viral Nap Dress® (yes, she trademarked it). It was aligned with my whole idea that I’m like a Victorian ghost who can nap anywhere—like, I need a fainting couch,” she tells ELLE.com of the brand’s unexpected hero piece. I wanted a dress that, at any moment, I could take just lay down and take a nap in, because I’m that comfortable. I never thought the name would catch on like it did.” Diamond recalls the first time her brand sold out of its tartan Nap Dresses in December 2019. “We thought it was a mistake. We didn’t know what was happening. We were stressed, then we realized it was a good thing.Ahead of Hill House’s pre-fall collection launch today, Diamond discusses everything from her first job at Abercrombie to giving up on the idea of perfection.

My first job

I worked at the first Abercrombie ever on Savile Row in England. At the time, I was so deeply, darkly obsessed with Abercrombie. For context, I grew up in the U.K., but with an American accent and American parents. This was in the era of movies like Bring It On and Americana—Abercrombie was this completely foreign, amazing thing to me. And nobody at that point did brand identity quite like them, with the perfume as you walked into the store. They recruited at my school, the American School in London, because they wanted people with American accents.

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Royal Poinciana Plaza in Palm Beach is new home to fashion and lifestyle brand Hill House Home

  • March 21, 2023
One of three female-owned businesses at The Current, which opened Jan. 26 at Royal Poinciana Plaza, the fashion and lifestyle brand Hill House Home offers bedding, bath, baby, accessories and apparel.

One of three female-owned businesses at The Current, which opened Jan. 26 at Royal Poinciana Plaza, the fashion and lifestyle brand Hill House Home offers bedding, bath, baby, accessories and apparel.

Palm Beach shoppers can thank Nell Diamond’s mother for one of the island’s newest retail destinations for fashion and beauty.

When the New York City-based entrepreneur was considering expansion locations for Hill House Home, her 7-year-old fashion and lifestyle brand, her mother, Jennifer Diamond, had a suggestion.

“My mom was saying to me that Palm Beach was at the top of her list for opening a store, because she wanted to shop there,” Diamond said. “This is really a gift for my mom.”

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Hill House Home, which also has locations in Nantucket and New York City, debuted Jan. 26.

One of three female-owned businesses at The Current, a new retail incubation concept at The Royal Poinciana Plaza, Hill House Home offers bedding, bath, accessories and apparel.

Hill House Home, now open at The Current in The Royal  Poinciana Plaza, is a digital-first lifestyle brand offering fashion, home and accessories.

Hill House Home, now open at The Current in The Royal Poinciana Plaza, is a digital-first lifestyle brand offering fashion, home and accessories.

Diamond launched the brand in 2016 as a direct-to-consumer bedding and home business, and has grown it to include fashion, accessories and shoes.

The brand, which has been featured in Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and other fashion publications, is best known for its Nap Dress, a loose-fitting, flowy dress that can be worn in the home, at the office or on the town.

“The Nap Dress is a dress that you can wear all day long,” said Diamond, a mother of three who worked as a fixed -income

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