Get to Know Nashville: Carmen Jaudon of Closet Case Vintage

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.

Your First Fashion Memory: The time I conned my grandmother into buying me a Little Mermaid bikini for my birthday. My mother was not pleased with such a risque bathing suit for a 4 year-old. Nowadays, I couldn't agree more!
Your Style in Five Words or Less: Empty bank account 1950's luxe.
You Can Never Have Too Many: Unspeakables. Slips, panties, pantyhose, bras...
Your Most Fabulous Fashion Moment: Being featured in the style section of Rolling Stone Magazine.

You Couldn’t Live Without: Cotton sundresses from the 50's or the 70's. I live in them.

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!

The Best Advice You Could Give Someone New to Vintage Collecting: Keep an open mind!

Thanks Carmen!

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).

Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutiques – Goodbuy Girls

I see a few lazy Saturday afternoons in Mizzie and my future spent hanging out on the couch at the Goodbuy Girls  sifting through all of their fabulous finds.  Neatly merchandised in this cozy space on N. 16th Ave in East Nashville is a pretty amazing selection of designer vintage and contemporary resale apparel, accessories, shoes and boots.  I spent a Saturday morning with GG's Tanya Coe and Kim Davison talking vintage and learning what makes up the GG's fabulous aesthetic.


We love the name Goodbuy Girls. How did it evolve and what has been your best buy/find this year?
Our boyfriends are in a band, (of course, this is Nashville right?) The Branded Sons, and they have a song called "Goodbye Girls" that we've probably heard 500+ times, so it was a spin off of that. Our best good buys this year are probably any pair of over-the-knee boots.  We have had vintage Italian red leather 5 inch stacked heeled ones, a Stella McCartney canvas and Vegan-friendly pair and an Amanda Smith black suede over the knee flat boots which you can currently find in-store and on-line.  They make any GG (Goodbuy Girl) look tough as nails. (Psst...click on the Goodbye Girls link above for a free music download!)

What made you decide to finally open a store?
The answer to this question varies depending on who is asking.  Sometimes the answer is Tanya's mom's hidden closet full of vintage stage clothes, embellished cowboy boots and suede fringe jackets.  Sometimes the answer is that we wanted something of our own to do while our boyfriends were having band practice (Sister's Doing It For Themselves a la Annie Lenox), also the books, How To Make A Living Without A Job by Barbara Winter and My Life and Other Unfinished Business by Dolly Parton were very helpful, but mainly, this is something we both have been passionate about for a long time and we were ready to make it happen!  It's now or never.

Describe the vibe of your store in four words. 

Cozy, relaxed, Dolly, Americana
If you had a mascot for your store what would it be?
A wild mustang

What is your favorite era of vintage clothing?
The Woodstock Era - Awesome styles, but also because that's when you could finally do whatever you wanted in fashion and go to the grocery store in it.

What three items should we all be hunting for this summer?
Native American style Jewelry (Beaded, Turquoise, Coral)
Modified Vintage Tees with fringe and beads
The perfect pair of Vintage Cowboy Boots with a boot-kerchief 

 

Let's talk about the cowboy boots.  We see at least a few pairs a week on your blog and you have quite a collection in the store.  What are your favorite ways to wear them?
There's only one thing you're not allowed to say in the store, "I can't wear cowboy boots."  Everyone can wear them - with skirts, dresses, jeans, leggings, shorts - no excuses.  Every GG deserves to have one cool pair!

 



There is such a variety of items in the store.  We talked about how you find a lot of them when you travel to small towns.  Is it hard to edit everything when you get back and decide which items actually make it into the store?
We are very selective on the front end, especially since we are a small store, no room for fillers.

When vintage shopping, are there any tips you can give our readers on how to spot a "good buy"?
Look for high quality, well-made and hand-made items, genuine fabrics, vibrant patterns, embellishments, etc.


What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?
1. Manuel's Studio- We stop by to say "hi" and end up staying for 5 hours pretending like we work there.  It's fun.
2. Brown's Diner- It's classy like us and there's only one beer on tap which reduces our risk of consumer anxiety
3. Robert's Western World- when we want to get our honky tonk on. They always have live hillbilly, rockabilly and classic country music playing and their veggie burger is exceptional.
4. R Squared Salon- Hair Ecstasy!  They have custom mixed organic oil and aromatherapy hair treatments that will make you not want to get out of the wash chair, and a blown-out style that will have you sporting a whole new attitude.
5. Lauren Wray's Backporch on the East Side- it's kind of like our tree/club house where we girls check in with each other.  Neil Young on the record player, pizza from Italia and cheap red wine.


What inspires you?
All the amazing people we get to meet in our everyday adventures!  Whether it's a GG customer who is kicking ass on a non-profit project to help the community, the fabulous classy Golden GG's who supply us with vintage goods or the local merchants who have taken us under their wings because they believe in us.  We don't think these people know how much of what they are doing truly inspires, motivates and helps us. We're going to have a party for them one day soon. You're totally on the invite list Stella!



We can't wait for the party!  Make sure you visit the Goodbuys Girls this month and if you receive Stella emails, you will have a sweet little deal in your Inbox very soon.  You should also check out the GG's blog and follow them on Twitter.  They post special items all the time, so you have no excuse to miss out on all of this fabulousness. 

For more GG photos, visit Stellashops.com on Facebook.
   
Goodbuy Girls 
307 N. 16th Ave in East Nashville
Hours:
Thursday & Friday 12pm-6pm
Saturday 10am-6pm. 

Photos courtesy of Jessica Rai Photography. 

Stella Spotlight: Nashville Boutiques – Clothing Exchange

 

If you've ever sipped your coffee at Fido and wondered what the line across the street was all about, we're here to tell you, it's for the Clothing Xchange.  That line means there's a buying and trading frenzy going on inside, which means soon there will be more fabulous items filling those racks just begging to come home with you.  You should probably head over there right now...well, after you finish reading this blog, of course.  
Clothing Xchange has quickly become a Stella fave (and one of Google's Favorite places too!).  There is an awesome vintage selection here, and the best assortment in the city of independent apparel and accessories labels, some of which are Nashville based.



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. ;)

How has the Clothing Xchange evolved since it’s inception? 

Clothing Xchange has undergone many updates since owner Kelly Paul purchased the business a few years ago. The original name of the business was Planet Xchange when it was purchased at it's Cool Springs location. Although the business was thriving, Kelly envisioned a more creative atmosphere that featured premium recycled apparel and accessories, unique vintage assortments, and supported emerging independent designers. The first major change was a move to the bustling, yet down to earth, Hillsboro Village neighborhood with other like-minded businesses in 2007. Next, she brought on motivated staff that included a retail specialist, Marcia Masulla, to complete her vision. Store renovations, new branding, logos, and an aggressive advertising campaign that focused on their Eco-friendly brand were put into place.

What item or items in the store are “must-haves” for winter? 

We are really thrilled with our current inventory that includes a little something for just about everyone.
Here are some picks that we think are just snazzy...
Men's vintage Western shirts - They usually don't last very long when they hit the racks priced between $14 - 24. You don't have to just be a Nashvillian to appreciate these...besides who knows what country crooner was the previous owner.
Kensie Girl booties - They are literally the most comfortable and sassy little boots a gal could own. Did we mention that they retail for a wallet-friendly $50?

Bitchcraft - We have to restock frequently on this locally designed collection of hair pins, clips, headbands, and necklaces. These fun pieces feature various materials and fabrics such as feathers, laces, pearls and are another budget friendly option to stay chic. $12 - $18 

 

What are some looks you and the staff love right now? 

The staff and clientele are a melting pot of various looks and lifestyles.

Jeffrey is flaunting his au natural Rock and Roll style but with an intellectual twist.
We suspect that the muscles may be implants however.
Dustin tweaks his questionable stache' while in deep thoughts about how much he loves his vintage faux fur coat. He is also wondering if Jeffrey's biceps are implants or if he is just happy to see Dustin...

What is Chico’s favorite item?

Chico has indiscriminating taste and is just smitten over the introduction of Pet apparel, accessories, and gift items that we introduced around five months ago. He became BFF's with Kristin of Lucky Pup Boutique and was able to negotiate us offering huge savings on her remaining items. Chico is naturally the top sales person in our "Dog City" section located near the register area.


What are you looking for in the vintage clothing you carry? 

We take pride in offering a distinct and well-priced vintage section that has grown substantially in the last six months. We now offer a dedicated shopping area for our clients who are interested in our vintage offerings. We accept items from many genres but have a strong affection for the 1950's, 1960's and the wacky and slightly tacky 80's of course. 

Are there any tips you can give readers regarding how they can get the most (cash or trade) for the items they bring in? 

As you can imagine, we are very busy with the Buying/Trading aspect of business. With the economic climate in the last few years, consumers are now seeking cash payouts at an all time high. Clothing Xchange advises that customers check our website daily for Buying/Trading updates that communicate what types of items we are in need of and our buying practices for that day. We have literally had lines nearly every morning for the last year with consumers seeking our cash payouts. All of the recycled and vintage items you are interested in selling/trading must be clean, in good condition, and stylish.

If there was a soundtrack for the store, what are some of the songs that would be on it? 

We sometimes have to arm-wrestle when we decide whose iPod gets the most playtime, because the staff's taste is all over the board. It only makes sense that many musicians are or have been employees or business associates!
We like to make them blush by rocking out to their very own tunes:
Name five of your favorite places in Nashville.
Clothing Xchange is a huge supporter of all independent businesses and we try to support them in any way that we can. Here is just a sample of some of our favorite places! 
Belcourt Theatre - Our neighbor, our friend. Independent film, music, and theatre. Nuff said.
Patterson House - Great vibe, great food and cocktails
Centennial Park - The Parthenon! Chico also digs the walking trails and all of the events that occur here that include Movies In the Park.
The Green Wagon - We take every possible step to go Green here at the shop and we love this general store.
Ryman - Music makes the world go round and this is the place to experience it. 

What is your message to your customers? 

We genuinely appreciate every person who walks into the shop and want to offer the best in Vintage, Recycled, and New merchandise. We also support the Nashville fashion scene and feature independent designers and artists. Our Buy/Sell business makes up a major part of the nuts and bolts of our store and we look forward to receiving the best in your closet! Stop by, you may be surprised by what you may find. 

What inspires you?
All creativity.....and Chico of course.

Marcia and her little man, Chico

Special Deal for Stella Readers!!
Mention Stella or Stella Shops at the Clothing Xchange during the month of January and receive 25% off your purchase.  Woo hoo!
1817 21st Ave. South in Hillsboro Village
Open Monday through Saturday 11am-7pm and Sunday 12pm-5pm.

Get in the loop on selling and trading and all the fun happenings at the Clothing Xchange.  Follow them on Twitter at @ClothingXchange and become a fan on Facebook.