Saturday, March 24, 2012

3 Must-see Nashville Boutiques

We've met some fabulous emerging designers here in Nashville and have visited some great little shops. These three boutiques are our personal faves, not only for their shopping, but also because of the people behind the garments.

Stacy and the designer of Tuft, Jessica Jones, posing
with the Tuft installation at Nashville Fashion Week
House of Stella This family-owned shop in Cool Springs made us want to sit down for a tea party - but to a punk rock soundtrack. They carry trendy and affordable clothes, accessories and home goods. And they love cats. One of the owners, Stacy, is a young fashion designer herself and a total hoot. We were there to visit the shop and to see the Tuft trunk show, but we really had a blast chatting with Stacy over some Starbucks.

Abby Palmer and Emily of Wai Ming
at Emmaline
Emmaline For the sophisticated shopper seeking designer labels, Emmaline is the Franklin shop to see. The owner's name is Abby Palmer, and she was very friendly and engaging. Emily Brady Koplar, the designer for Wai Ming, was there for her trunk show. We were excited to talk to her and see the pieces from her runway show on Wednesday evening. The collection was just as beautiful up close as it was onstage. Come to think of it, we really loved all of the clothes at Emmaline!

Local Honey
Local Honey This consignment shop in Hillsboro is the talk of the town. Literally - everyone we've talked to about the Nashville fashion market has directed us to Local Honey. They carry local designs (hence the name) with trendy and eclectic styles. We haven't yet met the owner, Shea, but we did get to see her designs for her line, White Rabbit, at tonight's fashion show. She shares a studio upstairs at Local Honey with one of our favorites, Jamie and the Jones.

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