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About Quail

Michelle Nguyen Williams’ fun, frothy clothing label is called Quail because in the 1960s, "quail" was slang for “young woman.” Given that her garments recall an era of jazzy organza skirts and girlish chubby jackets, the name seems more than fitting. Without formal training, Williams learned to tightly tuck and gather silk into intricate rosettes — a design element often repeated in Quail’s fluffy, feminine separates. For good measure, some reform-school attitude is also thrown in, like handcuff-printed slips and tees emblazoned with the words “Sweet, Sweet Rebel.”

Past Sales Featuring Quail

Sale Ended December 28, 2010

Last Chance: Women's Final Sale up to 90% off!

Consider this sale your go-to source for an extensive range of designer apparel. From floor-sweeping dresses, to artful downtown-style separates, to relaxed loungewear, find nearly every sartorial need addressed by a slew of of-the-moment labels.

Sale Ended November 08, 2011

Sunday Night Steals: Apparel & Accessories

We’ve got just the thing for your Sunday night blues: A selection of top-notch belts, shoes, handbags, umbrellas, and other must-have accessories from Furla, Tumi, Mark + James, Cynthia Rowley, and more. Scoop up a steal to help you finish your weekend in style!

Sale Ended May 12, 2011

Here Comes the Sun: Spring Tanks & Shorts

Music festival and beach season is upon us, and to mark the occasion, we're showcasing our favorite go-to summer looks—shorts and tanks—in this sale. Expect to find denim and silk shorts, as well as tanks that range from racerback to ruffled. Accessorize with a colorful bucket bag and a wide-brimmed hat, and you're good to go.

Sale Ended June 15, 2010


Founded by Michelle Nguyen Williams, Quail is named after a ‘60s slang term to describe young women. Her garments reflect just that. From ruffle-tiered vests to gathered skirts and silk blouses in vibrant shades, her designs weave fun, playful elements into each piece.