If you're on my holiday gift list this year, chances are good you'll be receiving a gift from East Nashville's newest boutique, MADE. This shop is truly a Stella dream. It's super affordable and stuffed to the ceiling with tons of goodies made by local crafters, artists and some of our favorite designers like Amanda Valentine, Shea Steele and Shannon Lea. Our photog, Jessica McIntosh, said it best, MADE is like a real-life local Etsy.
Ashley Sheehan, owner of MADE, stocks the store with an assortment of art, housewares and jewelry, some of which is made by her, as well as a well-edited collection of vintage apparel for men and women. She can even paint a portrait of your favorite pet in a suite. This is one very busy lady! Ashley graciously took some time out of her afternoon to tell us more about MADE.
What is your concept for MADE? I want Made to be a very accessible shop for both the customers, the crafters and artists. A laid back spot where you can find one of a kind gifts that were made right here in the ‘hood.
What inspires you? Grey Gardens (the documentary), anything from the 60’s, people doing good for others (a trait I have watched my parents carry out through the years), outsider art, vintage children’s books, great magazines like Lula,my favorite bands like Belle and Sebastian and the Magnetic Fields, my friends and sisters, the little things in life like a great laugh with great friends…
Visit MADE this Saturday, December 4 on the East Nashville Holiday Vintage Boutique Crawl. Select items will be 20% off. Make sure you receive Stella in your Inbox. We have a coupon this month good for 20% off your purchase of $20 or more.
|Yes, that is a train!|
This Ivan Grundahl dress was hanging in the very back of a rack toward the front of the store. It was the ruching at the side that caught my eye. It was my size. I had to try it on.
And one more photo of the front. Since the top doesn't have much structure, there's a million ways to wear it. See how versatile it is? ;)
I have zero idea where I am going to wear this dress, which I now refer to as "my gown." This wasn't exactly going to work for my cousin's wedding, but I just couldn't say no. Are you ready for the price tag?
Designer: Ivan Grundahl
Regular Price $850
UAL Price $159.99
$160?! SOLD. Even though I don't have one bit of buyer's remorse for this purchase, I know the mimosas made me do it. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Welcome to our new monthly series highlighting some of our favorite designers, shop owners, vintage dealers and basically anyone we meet along the way who we think you need to know too. This month, we're staying in Nashville and featuring Closet Case Vintage owner, wardrobe stylist and friend of Stella Shops, Carmen Jaudon.
The Vintage Piece that Started Your Collection: A 1970's cream sweater. I was 8 and in love with the 70's... I still have the sweater!
Visit Carmen at Closet Case Vintage inside Katy K's (2407 12th Ave South) in Nashville and make sure you check out the Closet Case Etsy shop. You can also find Closet Case pieces at Pre to Post Modern (2110 Eighth Ave South).
This month Mizzie and I headed to Franklin for our June Spotlight Store. Up and down Main Street, you'll find all types of boutiques that literally run the gamut from hiking and camping gear to high-end fashion. On the fashion end of that spectrum, you'll find Gin-O Boutique. A sunny, white-walled, inviting space on 4th Ave. with everything you need to look your fashionable best without breaking your budget. We spoke to owner, Ginger Wilder about her summer faves and here's what she had to tell us...
How has Gin-O evolved since you first opened?
Describe Gin-O style in ten words or less.
What's your favorite item (or items) in the store right now?
Also, dresses are perfect to beat the summer heat. They are easy to throw on and go. You can still look great and stylish even when it is sizzling outside.
We sat down with retail maven, Marcia Masulla, to get the low down on what makes the Clothing Xchange tick. Here's what was fit for print. ;)
What item or items in the store are “must-haves” for winter?
If there was a soundtrack for the store, what are some of the songs that would be on it?
What is your message to your customers?