Annie Griffin – 2013
Sisters and Memphis, Tennesseans, Annie Griffin and Robin Gerber never dreamed at ages 27 and 23 they would be running their own business. Annie, a life long artist with an eye for design, and Robin, an outgoing and gregarious sort, saw an opportunity to combine their talents and forge into the world of fashion. They are Southern girls first and hope to invoke that Delta spirit into their designs.
Annie Griffin Collection was founded in August of 2009, and the line is being sold in nearly one hundred and fifty boutiques nationwide. The collection provides a feminine, classic alternative to women who love to look their best. Annie’s designs are inspired by her artistic background, love of color, and personal desire for comfortable, yet flattering clothes. The Annie Griffin Collection is distinguished by a retro flair, channeling soft and feminine silhouettes from an earlier era.
Anthony Ryan – 2013
Anthony Ryan Auld is a Louisiana-based fashion designer who won the second season of Lifetime’s Project Runway All Stars, along with the title of Fan Favorite. He was also previously featured on the ninth season of Lifetime’s Project Runway. A Louisiana State University graduate known for his unconventional use of fabrics and raw outlook, Anthony Ryan has been recognized nationally for his award-winning designs. He has also studied design techniques in Paris, France, under the creative minds behind Vivienne Westwood, Basil Soda, Elie Saab, Jean-Paul Gaultier, and Anne-Valerie Hash. A cancer survivor, Anthony Ryan is the founder of ROAR, a non-profit foundation that gives voice to those with inspiring stories of survival in the face of adversity. Why whisper when you can ROAR!
With his label Anthony Ryan, Anthony Ryan Auld creates fashion to inspire the modern woman with clean lines, definitive shapes, and bold fabric selections. His innovative use of bright colors and simple forms continues to bring forward-thinking women striking pieces that are current yet amaranthine.
By Smith – 2012
Launched in Spring 2010, by SMITH, is a collection of sophisticated, chic apparel for women. by SMITH, is recognizable for the use of Thai Silk, vibrant colors and bold patterns. The contemporary designs with geometric shapes place a spin on classic looks. by SMITH, is designed with the everyday woman in mind allowing her to look her best while still feeling sophisticated and sexy.
The designer of by SMITH, Smith Sinrod, is a graduate of the University of Alabama’s Apparel Design program. Honing her skill through stints with set designer Mary Howard, who produced photo shoot sets for iconic fashion magazines such as Vogue, “W”, and Vanity Fair, Sinrod received valuable experience to the workings of the fashion world. Always the little girl in the boldest outfits and unique accessories, Smith realized her passion for fabrics and bright colors as a child. Now designing her next collection, Smith Sinrod brings glamour to everyday with her by SMITH, designs. by Smith, rocked the runway at the Gen Art “Miami Fresh Faces in Fashion” show March 10, 2010. Miami New Times says, “the hit of the [Gen Art] show was easily by SMITH. Her designs were whimsical pieces inspired by bygone eras, sort of like Victorian-meets-mod with lots of color.” Sinrod brings a fresh “pop” to spring with a collection Women’s Wear Daily touted as “bright, high-waisted and silk skirts with pockets.” by SMITH, was featured on MTV’s hit series, The City, in June, 2010.
In Spring 2011, Sinrod moved her business and home to New York City from Atlanta. The by SMITH, Inc. Corporate Office now resides on The Lower East Side of Manhattan. You can find by SMITH in contemporary specialty stores worldwide.
Christopher Collins – 2012 Sponsored by The Clothes Tree
As a Gen Art honoree and a “Resident Talent” for Lucky Magazine, Christopher Collins is becoming an unstoppable force in fashion. Currently enjoying his role as the the resident designer on ABC Family’s “Jane By Design”, Christopher Collins is making his mark and proving that he is here to stay. Made in San Francisco with European and Japanese textiles, each garment demonstrates quality, luxury, high fashion and femininity with a fit that rival the greatest in the industry. In Fall 2008, Christopher Collins founded Christopher Collins™ with lifetime friend and award winning filmmaker, Erica Filanc Tanamachi. As Tim Gunn noted on Project Runway, Christopher Collins is “redefining American Sportswear.”
Iota – 2012
Machteld Schrameijer attended the prestigious Ecole de Couture de Charles Montaigne. The Ecole de Couture emphasized the techniques that went into the making of a couture garment. Machteld’s teachers had worked at venerated French couture houses such as Chanel, Balenciaga and Lanvin. In 1997, she introduced her leather and shearling collection and has developed this line into a group of one of a kind and limited production pieces. Using the finest European skins, in her designs, she developed a flowing, light and natural style, embellished with fabrics collected on her travels. Luxurious textures and colours in unusual patterns and forms evoke far away cultures and places, but remain elegant, comfortable and modern.
Ecological issues also factor into Machteld’s work. The skins that she uses are all by-products of the food market. They are durable, renewable, recyclable, bio-digradable. The chemical alternatives like fake fur, to real leather and shearling are not as effective nor environment friendly. For her, a product made out of animal skin, ties into a very old feeling of luxury, adornment and protection.
Joshua McKinley – 2013
Joshua McKinley is motivated to create design that has an ability to be audible without conversation. The designer and brand focuses on experimenting with classic cuts in innovative high-tech fabrics while infamously being known for a “more is better” aesthetic.
Lauren Leonard – 2013
Lauren Leonard is the creative mind behind Leona. Her entrepreneurial spirit and adoration for fashion were recognized at an early age. She had an intuitive eye for fashion trend forecasting and loved to inform her family and friends of the next big fashion movement long before it appeared in stores. At 16, she began working in luxury fashion boutiques and quickly became a women’s buyer. In college she decided to further pursue her fascination with fashion, and eventually she made the move from her deep southern roots to the bustling streets of New York City. While working in New York, her confidence in her vision grew as she excelled in the world of design.
Lauren returned to the South determined to take her experience and passion and evolve them into her very own contemporary luxury line, Leona. A true forerunner in the industry, she purposefully branded her company from within the Southeast. Leona is redefining the term southern belle with fashion girls from Manhattan to Tokyo. Every piece of Leona achieves the perfect balance of whimsical detailing and sophisticated silhouette. Wearing Leona means winning the adoration of your boyfriend’s parents and making him swoon all in one dress; the perfect balance of charm and allure. Lauren realizes the Leona look with fanciful custom prints and the very best in luxurious fabrications.
Since Leona’s debut in the spring of 2008, it has quickly gained a faithful following and is sold at more than a hundred of the most discerning and renowned retailers internationally. With celebrity fans like Taylor Swift and Giuliana Rancic, sightings in Lucky, Elle and People magazines, and hit television shows Gossip Girl and 90210, Leona is becoming one of the fastest growing contemporary labels in fashion today! Lauren was recognized as the Young Entrepreneur of the Year from the University of Alabama in 2008, and as one of Apex Society’s Atlanta’s top 30 under 30 for accomplishment in business in 2009. The Leona love continues to spread across the world, as Lauren creates from her studio in Nashville TN.
Prophetik by Jeff Garner – 2013
The Princess Grace Tribute Collection “A Dress to Change the World” launched in Monaco for Ladies in the City “Grace, A Symbol of Change” under the high patronage of His Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco for the 30th anniversary of Princess Grace, takes the iconic simple style of Her Highness Princess Grace Kelly and transforms it into modern day with sustainable fabrics and plant/earth based dyes all made in Tennessee. This collection is not a replicating of what the amazing designers of her time created for her but with respect this collection is inspired by those looks Princess Grace wore so effortlessly both on screen and in real life. The show will consist of 42 looks that will bring you back to a time of simple classic Hollywood. Romantic visual artist, pioneer, and unconventional designer Jeff Garner and his sustainable, eco label Prophetik are on a path of transformation, leading the evolution of fashion and changing our perception of luxury. Mr. Garner was just named one of 40 top artists in the US and works were placed into the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery July 20th for the 40 under 40 Exhibit. Prophetik will soon be launching its first concession in Nashville, TN. An offering that will complement the over 10 high-end boutiques that carry the line including Fred Segal, LA; Eco Age and My Sugarland in London; and stores in Japan and Switzerland. A press favourite and a prominent voice in the ethical fashion arena, Jeff regularly dresses Sheryl Crow, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, Kings of Leon, and other musicians.
Southern Proper – 2012
Style, Tradition and Authenticity are the Southern pillars that inspired the creation of Southern Proper, Haberdashery for the Southern Gentleman. Emilie Claire Howard (fondly known as Emmie) and Reagan Hardy Howell co-founded the company in late 2005 and planted their roots in Atlanta. By combining their appreciation for heritage and fashion, they infused that passion into a men’s accessory line that is much deeper than their southern accents. Reagan was born and raised on the porches of the Carolina coast, while Emmie grew up on a cotton farm in the Tennessee Delta.
By launching their brand based on men’s décor and dress, each bowtie (Beaus™) and necktie (Gents™) is adorned with hand-drawn designs, made of superior king twill silk, and the neckties are even hand crafted in the South. And although neckwear is the best way for a man to add a splash of color to his suiting’s, the Southern Proper line has expanded to include boxers shorts, belts, hats, oxfords and pocket squares. You can find these fancies in over 250 specialty men’s retail shops around the Southeast and online at southernproper.com.
State Traditions – 2013
We created State Traditions in the summer of 2007 in order to offer state-inspired apparel and accessories that reflect individual tastes and lifestyles.
We began by designing polos for a handful of states, and in the past few years, have expanded to include items such as t-shirts, hats, visors, ties, belts and more, for every state in America.
What makes State Traditions unique is that we focus on something people already have a connection with: their home state. Our products conjure up favorite memories of times spent there–backyard barbecues in Georgia, afternoons on the lake in Michigan, twilight nights in Tennessee, fly fishing in Colorado, or Saturday football games in Texas. After all, the places we come from and the things we love to remember make us who we are.
Three07 – 2013
Three07 presents Summer 2013 designed by April Moore, Melissa Grimes and Courtni Tyre. These three friends were brought together by their love of fashion and similar southern values. They met at The University of Alabama and graduated with degrees in Apparel & Textiles Design in 2007. After four years of collaborating in school they knew they were destined to become a team and pursue a career in fashion. That dream became a reality in 2010 when they formed three07.
Moore, Grimes and Tyre design for the classy, young southern woman with a modern twist. The fit of their clothing is comfortable yet chic, and each piece offers versatility. The latest collection showcases a more casual Bohemian vibe. Their use of floral prints and crochet textures creates an effortless look. All three ladies currently reside in Birmingham, Alabama.
Tibi – 2013
Amy Smilovic, fashion designer and entrepreneur, started Tibi 15 years ago in Hong Kong, after she and her husband relocated to Asia from New York. Borne from her childhood days of watching her artist father paint, Amy’s creative energy found a new home in the fabric markets of Hong Kong. Soon, Amy’s sketches and fabric selections transformed into a contemporary clothing line warmly embraced by the expatriate community. This early fanfare culminated into Tibi’s first order from Lane Crawford.
From its first collection of four styles in 1997 to its current portfolio of 11 ready-to-wear collections a year, Tibi has strived, from the start, to make it easy for women to look confident and effortlessly polished. Each season, the collection is inspired by the character of the modern woman. Tibi delivers key elements of a versatile wardrobe: clean and relaxed separates and iconic pieces that express a unique design perspective on the season. Tibi is sold at over 600 retailers worldwide including Neiman Marcus, Harrods, Net-a-Porter, Harvey Nichols, and Saks Fifth Avenue. *You can find Tibi locally at Laura Kathryn in Crestline.
What Goes Around Comes Around – 2012
Founded by college friends Gerard Maione and Seth Weisser, What Goes Around Comes Around (WGACA) began as a meticulously edited vintage boutique in SoHo, New York. After more than a decade spent traveling the globe in search of the finest vintage clothing and antiquities, Maione and Weisser launched the WGACA Collection, a vintage-inspired line for women and men. The founders’ vast knowledge in fashion history coupled with their keen focus on current trends inspired a modern collection with a vintage aesthetic.
WGACA has become a renowned name in the vintage clothing industry since the opening of its SoHo store. With over 17 years of experience collecting and selling vintage, the co-founders expanded and opened a second retail store in Hollywood, CA, created a wholesale division and developed an appointment-only Archive in New Jersey to service the fashion industry. WGACA’s creative hubs house one of the most extensive vintage clothing and textile libraries in the world. Vintage aficionados from across the globe, editors, stylists and the industry’s top designers frequent WGACA to delve into its world-famous collection.
In 2010 WGACA introduced a new concept to complement its contemporary brand, the Custom Vintage collection. Custom Vintage is created from authentic vintage, recycled and uniquely handcrafted to enhance the original piece. Designed and curated each season by the founders, the Custom Vintage collection completes WGACA’s vintage portfolio and cements the company’s reputation as a true vintage lifestyle brand.
The WGACA Collection has enjoyed a tremendous response since its launch. Some notable fans include Nicole Richie, Robert Pattinson, Victoria and David Beckham, Brad Pitt, Katy Perry, Jessica Simpson and Lenny Kravitz, among others. The Collection is sold in more than 100 of the top specialty stores around the world, including Bergdorf Goodman, Harvey Nichols and Fred Segal.
*Gus Mayer is hosting a What Goes Around Comes Around TRUNK SHOW featuring Vintage Chanel Jewelry and Bags on FRIDAY Feb 11th from 10 am to 5pm