Shopping at a trunk show in someone’s home has its own kind of appeal—a small collection of wares, most often only available through a local rep, presented among friends, usually with a glass of wine á la girls’ night out. In addition to the great boutiques and departments stores that are permanent fixtures on the retail landscape, all of our SB cities offer a full complement of trunk shows throughout the year, as well. Today, we’re sharing a list—our guide, if you will—of ones we know you’ll love and want to know about. Note: To find out more about each show, or to contact your local rep, click on the website at the end of each listing:
A relative newcomer to the skincare scene, this line is made with proven non-toxic ingredients. Every lotion, cream or scrub has been vetted as safe, useful and a product that works. We like what founder and former Best & Co. CEO, Gregg Renfrew says: “We started with an empty bottle, because you should never have to compromise health and safety for beauty.” And, we like that their ingredients are listed on the website and that they embrace a simple approach to skincare that can work for everyone in your family. www.beautycounter.com.
An acronym for Carol Anderson By Invitation, CAbi is a women’s ready-to-wear line known for affordable luxury and easy mix-and-match separates. Great for everyday. www.cabionline.com.
This is a luxury women’s clothing line, and their website describes their product to a “t”: “Carlisle produces couture dresses, suits, separates and accessories with a sense of classic style that is modern, yet appropriate for any professional or social occasion.” Timeless investment pieces. www.carlislecollection.com
Etcetera has cultivated a reputation as a chic, everyday lifestyle brand for women on the go by creating exquisite clothing held to couture-level design standards. This is the “little sister” brand to Carlisle, with a more approachable price point. www.etcetera.com
J. Hilburn offers men’s custom shirts, personalized suits and sport coats, made-to-measure trousers, and formal wear, as well as a complete collection of ready-to-wear clothing such as sweaters, polo shirts, t-shirts, outerwear, AG Jeans, and accessories. www.jhilburn.com
Katherine Hooker London
As designer of that distinctive Kate Middleton look, Katherine Hooker’s jackets and coats are coveted by many and available here, across the pond, via trunk shows! Last year Nashville hosted its first one and it was a HUGE success. Katherine Hooker is back and you will be measured for your jacket or coat by the designer herself. It’s like getting a little part of Princess Kate right here. For our post on this trunk show last year, click here.
The Nashville show is the only one outside of New York currently, so it’s worth the drive! 2013 shows:
Tues Nov 12th, 4-8 p.m. at the home of Francie Likis: 4530 Everett Drive, 37215
Wed Nov 13th, 9 a.m.- 2 p.m. at the home of Elizabeth Spurgeon: 3501 Hilldale Drive, 37215
K. McCarthy Fashion Truck
Kathleen McCarthy’s home base is here in Nashville, but she is making her way across the South in her stylish shop on wheels. Yes, the truck pulls up and you have an instant “trunk show”! Shop inside a spacious truck complete with a chandelier and private dressing room. kmccarthyfashiontruck.com
A completely custom and customizable children’s line, Lollipop Laundry lets you put your own unique spin on your kids’ clothes: you choose the fabric, clothing style, details and embellishments, and they put together the outfits. www.lollipoplaundry.com
Known for their hand-smocked children’s clothing, Orient Expressed, is the perfect place to find outfits for holidays. They also have a great collection of everyday wear for children and a line of home decor items and linens. www.orientexpressed.com
Oscar de la Renta Childrenswear Trunkshow
If you were a fan of Papa D’Anjo, it still basically around, just under the Oscar label (but no, not Oscar prices!). It is hosted in cities across America. In Nashville, only one show is hosted for spring and fall. For the upcoming Spring 2014 trunk show, mark your calendar for Monday, November 4th from 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. and Tuesday, November 5th & Wednesday, November 6th from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. To see collection online, www.odlrlookbook.com.
Show location: 4313 Estes Road Nashville, TN 37215. RSVP to enjoy 15% off your most expensive item! rsvp: [email protected]
Rodan + Fields
This is a skincare line developed by the dermatologists who brought us ProActive products. With the amount of rep’s updating their FB profiles, we know there are many who love these products. From the Rodan and Fields website,”… patent-pending MACRO Exfoliator™ and AMP MD™ System* make real results possible at home without injections or other invasive procedures.” www.rodanandfields.com
Based in Nashville, these custom-made skirts are beautiful, and with over 200 fabrics to choose from, you can buy one for each season. www.sevierskirts.com
Stella & Dot
This is a jewelry line that is for the modern woman–it’s affordable and accessible. www.stelladot.com
Trabeautiful Designs offers gorgeous bespoke social stationery, holiday cards, birth announcements, party invitations, calling cards, notepads and more. Be sure to visit the website and click on “contact us” to be added to the mailing list for information about their early December grab-n-go show featuring monogrammed notepads, 2014 calendars, notecards, and gift tags. Time and date to be announced. Trabeautiful Designs is currently taking appointments and orders now for Holiday/Christmas cards, featuring letterpress, thermography and digital print designs. www.trabeautifuldesigns.com
This mobile shop is out and about all over Nashville. Find The Trunk at festivals, home parties and more. The mobile shop features both men and women’s clothing and accessories at affordable price point. Trunk founder Abby Franklin has been featured with her business on CNN, AOL, Lucky and more! thetrunknashville.com
Worth is a high-end women’s clothing line offering everything from casual to cocktail. “Modern, luxurious and alluring” is their tagline, and their signature brand boasts impeccably-made designs that are intended to be worn for many seasons. W by Worth also offers the expected luxurious style of their premiere line at a more accessible price point. www.worthnewyork.com
Holiday Trunk Show
Mark your calendars for December 5-6. Karen Bone Embroidery, by hand by hannah, J. Hilburn, Lauren Ossolinski Paintings in Oil and Peche Accessories will be under one roof for two days to make your holiday shopping easy and lots of fun. Here, you’ll find everything from hair accessories, original oil paintings, stationery, men’s custom clothing, and monogrammed everything. The show will be held at 112 Taggart Avenue on December 5, from 9 A – 3 P and 6P – 9P, and on December 6 from 9 A – 3P. (Click on any of the websites mentioned and sign up for their email to stay in the loop on this fun event.)
And, if you don’t see your trunk show, be sure to let us know so we can include your information in the future (these are home trunk shows, not store trunk shows)! To send us information about your home trunk show, please click here.