Holmes was founded in early 2015 by Carrie Collet Holmes. Sewing was always a mainstay of Carrie's life, and she started focusing on children's clothes once her daughter, Hilma, was born. Disappointed by the selection of clothes available in stores, Carrie started designing clothes that are easy-wearing, long-lasting, and not marred by unnecessary details.
Carrie draws inspiration for her garments from old episodes of Pippi Longstocking, the Von Trapp play clothes, and the kids in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. All clothes are manufactured by hand at Carrie's home in Malden, Massachusetts, always in natural fibers.