By Meda Kessler
Photos courtesy of Noble 31
Friends, sisters, coworkers. The founders of Noble 31 believe strength and talent come in threes
As longtime friends, they’ve shared playground time, teenage angst, college anxiety and new-mom worries.
It was a shared taste for classic style with a modern twist that led to the creation of Fort Worth-based fashion line Noble 31.
Madi Davis and Mackenzie Moore are sisters; Staley Moore is Mackenzie’s sister-in-law. Madi and Staley have been best friends forever, and, yes, Mackenzie and Staley married brothers.
The other thing they have in common is a passion for giving back, which is why they and Noble 31 support The Net, a Fort Worth-based nonprofit that advocates and works with the poor as well as sex-trade survivors. Starting and maintaining a business have been hectic, with marriages followed by kids and changes of addresses for the three women, but Madi says they all wanted their support to be constant and to be a true partnership, as their company is faith-based. “We are personally inspired by and are so proud of what they’ve done and how far they’ve come,” Madi says. You can say the same thing for Noble 31.
They started with a few shirts for their first collection and have continued to grow as a team. Madi enjoys the retail side of the business, so she took a job at Fort Worth boutique You Are Here, which carries the Noble 31 lines. “I loved shopping there and had applied to work part time. I ended up staying for two years. Joanna [Bennett] and Anne Walker [Miller] were so supportive with advice and help about going to market.”
Mackenzie studied a few summers at Parsons School of Design and earned a degree in costume design at UT. She also interned with fashion designer Brandon Maxwell in New York, where Noble 31 eventually moved their manufacturing business. “Our clothes originally were made in Austin,” says Madi. “Our business grew, and we needed someone who could make time for us.”
With a few seasons under their belt, the three have expanded their line to include trousers and, for fall, two jackets: a bomber style in faux fur with a floral silk lining and a blazer with fur trim. “We’re going to spring market in September to present our spring lineup of 12 pieces, including our first dress,” says Madi. “Our designs have some year-round pieces, things we feel we could wear to a football game or a party.”
Garments are named for friends and family who inspire Noble 31. The Lolo, a classic white button-down shirt, is named for Madi and Mackenzie’s mother. The purple Carter shirt is a nod to TCU.
“We’re total Texas girls. We want Noble 31 to be seasonless, as we live in different parts of the country: Mackenzie lives in San Francisco, I live in Fort Worth, and Staley lives in Austin. But our love of travel also inspires us, and we want things that pack easily and work everywhere,” says Madi. “And, of course, they have to go well with boots and jeans.”