Meet the team


Designer Marie Whitney is the creative force behind Two Penny Blue. She founded the company in 2010 with the dream of using fashion to educate and empower girls around the world. As the Creative Director, she is inspired by the juxtaposition of traditional and modern elements to create timeless designs with a fresh twist. On any given day you might find marie jetting off to paris to source fabric , casting models for next shoot, styling the looks for a photo shoot, or sketching the next collection. Marie has been featured in many major publications including Time Out Chicago, SPLASH, Michigan Avenue Magazine, CS Magazine, and Crain’s Business; was named one of the Most Stylish Chicagoans by CS Magazine and recently graced the cover of SPLASH Magazine.

Marie received a Bachelor’s degree from Boston University and a Master’s degree from Harvard University. She currently resides in Chicago with her husband, two sons and two pups.



Erin Gates is the founder and principal designer of Erin Gates Design, a Boston based interior, fashion and event styling firm and is also the author and editor of the popular design blog Elements of Style.Armed with a degree in studio art from Connecticut College (’01) and experience as an art gallery manager, event planner, fashion stylist and interior design assistant she broke out on her own in 2008. From large homes in the suburbs to small condos in the city and in locations nationwide, Erin works diligently to create spaces that blend new and old, high and low and modern and traditional styles on all budgets.

She has been featured in O the Oprah Magazine, InStyle, Ladies Home Journal, Better Homes & Gardens, Boston Magazine Home, Canadian House & Home, and the Boston Globe Magazine. She was named one of the 25 Most Stylish Bostonians of 2009 by the Boston Globe, and her blog was named one of the best design blogs of 2008 by the Washington Post and one of the six best blogs of 2010 by Fox News. She published her first book, the New York Times bestseller, Elements of Style: Designing A Home & A Life in October 2014 with Simon & Schuster. She lives in Newton, MA with her husband Andrew and two dogs Baxter and Oliver.


Katelynne is a Midwestern native with a flair for high fashion. A jill of all trades, her role as Sales Director for Two Penny Blue offers opportunity for a collaboration of her creative and business skill sets. You may find her setting styling appointments at the Two Penny Blue Flagship in Chicago or illustrating sketches for upcoming collections. She seeks to connect with the women who love Two Penny Blue and match them with the high quality products and experience they desire.

Katelynne received her Associate's Degree in Fashion Design from The Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and her Bachelor's Degree in Apparel Design and Technology from Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. Katelynne also completed study abroad in Florence, Italy studying Fashion Design at the Accademia Italiana. She currently resides in Chicago with her rescued Russian Blue cat named Stella.


Hailing from humble beginnings on the South Side of Chicago, Chicago Canine Rescue saved the small pup’s life and then played matchmaker connecting Winston with Marie and her family. He now enjoys the good life filled with lots of love, attention, and endless treats. He spends many days at the Two Penny Blue Design Studio where he watches for squirrels from the front window, loves to be held and snuggled for hours, and provides endless delight to everyone he encounters. He is the star of the Two Penny Blue show.