Friday, May 27, 2011
Whether creating fabric design for Television shows like Trading Spaces, costumes for theOpera, designing the homes and studios of country music stars, or an urban cottage, Daniel Hawks is always creating designs that are custom tailored to each and every individual situation.
Having worked in the United States and Europe for over 20 years,Daniel has built not only the craft and skills to work with any vision, he has cultivated an unstoppable sense of humor that has helped him develop the balanced temperament of a seasoned professional in this ever changing world of fashion and design.
Thursday, May 26, 2011
Jewelry Designer: Kathy Crisp
An attorney, Kathy lives in the Nashville area with her husband and youngest son. Kathy expresses her creative side in jewelry design. She especially likes working with natural materials including, semi-precious stones, coral, wood, nuts, bone, and cords made of leather, linen, or waxed cotton. She enjoys the challenges of making custom, made-to-order pieces and once made a necklace and earring set to convey the beauty of the patterns found on giraffes. She has made-to-order pieces and once made a necklace and earring set to convey the beauty of the patterns found on giraffes. She has also had her worked featured in the Tennessean by Cathi Aycock, the Shopping Diva! Kathy sells her designs at Nashville Clothing at 606 12th Ave S. in the Gulch or on a custombasis under the name Boris & Maizie. To view pictures of her work, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/kathycrisp . Kathy may be contacted by email at email@example.com or cellphone 615 496-8200
Charles Lord was founded in 2005 by Charles Brownas a solely custom-design apparel firm. Today, Charles Lord offers both a Couture collection and a Boutique line of limited edition, hand-made, ready-to-wear. With the historical influence of the business and beauty of the Parisian Haute Couture, Charles Lord is known formaintaining a unique balance between vintage inspiration and contemporary relevancy in design; the clothing has a definitively classic style of elegant exuberance and supreme sophistication.Charles Brown was born and raised in Nashville, TN. He first showed a talent for fashionaround the age of nine, but it wasn't until in high school that he decided to make his passion his career. Devouring every morsel of information he could ascertain about fashion history, design, textiles, andthe business of fashion, he set out to study fashion design and merchandising/marketing in Atlanta, GA, and later in Franklin,TN. Since college, Charles has gained much insight and experience by working in the industry in a variety of areas and locations, including Nashville, Atlanta, Miami, and New York, and with such institutions as the Atlanta Apparel Mart and New York Fashion Week.
She enrolled in the pattern making program at The Fashion Institute of Technology in NYC and also scored a job in the city's top fabric store, Mood Fabrics.
It was in 2004 when the concept of a skirts-only line using fabulous fabrics took hold!
Suzanne's friend Haley was visiting from out of town and went nuts when she saw the number of skirts that Suzanne had sewn in her free time. Haley wore them everywhere she went, inspiring Suzanne to create more. Sevier Skirts was born out of the effort to keep up with the steady stream of demand for one-of-a-kind custom skirts that she and her friends generated that Spring!
The home party concept developed in 2005. The first few parties were friends helping her out, but by year two, parties began to fill the calendar booked by strangers that had just discovered the "girl who makes skirts". Sevier Skirts' sales doubled every year thereafter and in 2010 the sales trainee program was developed. There are 4 Skirt Schools each year to teach women how to grow Sevier Skirts businesses in their own city and how to measure customers for that perfect Sevier Skirts fit. The Skirt Shop is staffed with assembly trained seamstresses, cutters, managers, and quality controllers who are accurate, fast, and who take pride in their work.
Suzanne doesn't see herself as a designer, but she sees her occupation as an entrepreneur. "My intentions are to continue to grow my sales staff and production staff to a point in which it will run itself. Currently I am free of all production responsibilities. My responsibilities lie in doing out of town sales and finding and training new sales reps. I feel that this role is also one that can be delegated out in due time. Therefore, my inspirations are business owners such as Tony Hsieh of Zappos andmy old boss at Mood Fabrics, Philip Sauma, who started as a fabric jobber but now has grown his empire to include silk and cotton printing and manufacturing and design and manufacturing teams in Vietnam and China whose biggest clients are amazon.com and Anthropologie."Suzanne has an economics degree from UT Knoxville and went to fashion school in Atlanta at AIU for two years and also attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York for over a year.
The proudest moment of her design career was winning Entrepreneur of 2010 in the City Paper. It was also the year that pushed her company over $1 million in sales.
Her designs are available for purchase at www.sevierskirts.com and through home parties in dozens of cities nationwide.
Bonita Dudley Scott has been a designer for over 20 years. She first began sewing in her hometown of Dallas, Texas in 1960, under the instruction of her elementary school teacher. In 1962, Bonita and her family moved to Nashville, where her interest in sewing started to grow to include costume and original design.
Bonita draws inspiration for her eclectic and diverse designs from her clients positions, styles and tastes. Her designs are exclusive and one-of-a-kind.
You can view Bonita's designs at www.sewsavoir-faire.com.
For consultation and fittings, contact Bonita at (615) 337-9235 or at www.sewsavoir-faire.com.
The model for Bonita Dudley Scott is Beth Alexander. Beth is the Vice president of Private Banking and Community and Investor Relations at CapStar Bank. She is also an Nfocus columnist and the President of the Nashville Public Library Foundation. Beth has two sons, Dave and Cal.
Sarah as been sewing since she was 4 and designing and making garments since she was 12. Her inspiration is all around her, from fabric, a beautiful sunset, an old jazz song on the radio -- she never knows when something will inspire her to sketch or just start sewing.
Laura started designing clothes for her dolls and teddy bears when she was 4. Her mother sewed professionally and she spent a lot of time in the shop creating clothes from drapery remnants. Her mother, Patti, inspired her to learn dressmaking. She taught her how important the details areand that the inside of the garment should be as beautiful as the outside. Her stepmother, Vicky, has a passion for fashion and her unique, current and utterly chic style is totally contagious.
"I was raised by the gentlest and most humble couturier in existence. She would never admit it, but her skill and depth of knowledge far surpasses my own, and rivals the quality of any design house that can be found."
Laura describes her designs as "wearable." Her designs are available for purchase at laurafauna.etsy.com, the laura fauna atalier in Louisville, Cherry Bomb, Louisville and many juried fine arts and crafts fairs throughout the country.