Nestled in the shops at Bandywood Center in Green Hills, next to one of our favorite shoe stores and former Spotlight Store, The Perfect Pair, sits Habit & I See London. This quaint shop has a white-washed, relaxed, shabby-chic feel, and it's stocked full of the perfect essentials for every season. We had to know more about this nicely edited store and recently caught up with owner, Meg Blackney.
What inspired you to open Habit/I See London?
I saw a need for up and coming, smaller designers in the area. We like to only bring in one piece per size of a piece of clothing. That way it is not seen all around town!
How has the store evolved since you first opened?
When we first opened we were trying to do too much - be too many things for everyone. We have settled into our current role of providing Nashville with different, amazing pieces that are actually wearable in real life. I have kids, and my customers have kids (not all of them, of course!) and there is a real need to dress in a way that inspires you, but also is not dainty and breakable.
What's the inspiration behind the name of both stores?
A habit is a nun's headwear. We were just looking for terms that address clothing, and we liked the way it sounded. It can also been seen as a "good" habit or a "bad" habit.....depending on your budget :) For I See London, we just loved the cheeky-ness of the old "I See London, I See France...."
Describe the vibe of Habit/I See London in five words or less.
Comfortable. Light. Cozy. Open. Friendly.
What items that you carry should be in everyone's closet this Fall?
Ponchos, stripes, lace trimmed dresses, wide leg cords.
What are some of your favorite lines you carry?
Rebecca Taylor, Splendid, Ella Moss, Joie, Eberjey
Rebecca Taylor Agean Discover Me Dress ($345), Velvet Faux Fur Jacket ($232), Virgins, Saints and Angels Tribal Charm Mila Grosa Necklace ($356) - courtesy of The Perfect Pair
Describe the customer experience at Habit/I See London. What should they expect when they arrive?
We want people to feel comfortable. Fashion should be fun, and hands on. We like for people to take a tons of options to the dressing room, as questions, get opinions. We want people to expect great service and honest answers.
If Habit/I See London was a cocktail, what would it be?
Probably a dirty martini. We are about the real ingredients....not trends and showboating. Like a martini, we get straight down to business - the business of getting you looking your best.
What are five of your favorite places in Nashville?
We’ll have additional photos from the Habit & I See London shoot on our Facebook page this week. Visit Habit & I See London in the Bandywood Center in Green Hills (2209 Bandywood Drive) and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.
All photos courtesy of Daniel C White.