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:
Alice Kathleen & Company
Timeless and sophisticated, Alice Kathleen & Company consists of pure and simple children’s clothing for infants through age 12. Designed and created by Kathryn Thomas together with Mollie Hill and her sister Glnes Hyde, Alice Kathleen has expanded rapidly throughout the south with trunk shows in over eight states and counting. www.alicekathleen.com
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. As the “little sister” line to Carlisle, expect gorgeous designs at a more accessible price point. www.etcetera.com
A nostalgic children’s line, Hannah Kate was founded by local mom Andrea Brown in January 2000 and has remained a favorite of moms and kids alike with its timeless, simple and distinctive look. The Spring shows are from January through March and the Fall shows are from July through September. You can purchase Hannah Kate clothes through a home party hostess or shop online at www.hannahkateonline.
J. Hilburn offers men’s custom shirts, personalized suits and sportcoats, 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. A hassle-free option for shopping with or for your guy! www.jhilburn.com
Founded in Birmingham by Katie Avery and now owned by Lizzie Ferguson, Little Laundry picks up where Hollywood Baby left off. Mix and match styles and patterns to create a one-of-a-kind look. Sizes start at 3 month and go up to a size 10. Trunks shows are seasonal, occurring January through February and again July through August. Each item is custom made to order and deliveries are approximately 12-16 weeks from the time the order is placed. www.facebook.com/littlelaundryclothing
Petit Trousseau was founded in Birmingham by Betsy Jinks Lefkovits. Having travelled abroad extensively as a child, Betsy brings her appreciation for fine European style and elegance combined with a dose of Southern charm to life through her line of children’s clothing. We also love that the company donates a portion of proceeds to local community-based organization that supports women and children. www.pettittrousseau.com
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
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
Happy shopping ladies and enjoy avoiding the mall this time of year.
And if you don’t see your trunk show listed here, be sure and email us so we can include you in the future! To send us information about your home trunk show, please click here.