Today’s guest blogger is Robin Keyser, founder of Project Artisan. You can find out more about Project Artisan, and all the lines featured here today at www.projectartisan.com
Ok. I will admit it. I shop at Target. There I’ve said it. I enjoy a bargain like anyone else. However, I also admit I feel guilty. I don’t know anything about my $5 t-shirt except that it will fall apart before it goes out of style. I don’t know anything else except that I probably don’t want to know anything else, and I can’t resist Isaac Mizrahi for Target.
These days, I find myself rapidly adding to a list of things I used to care about, which really don’t matter to me anymore, like being right instead of happy or owning the perfect “it” handbag of the moment. Some things are starting to matter more; I want quality in what I buy. I want to know where the product was made and under what working conditions. I want to know the story.
I started Project Artisan as a place where established and emerging designers, making products of quality and craftsmanship, can reach their customers. Customers who care about what they buy. Especially customers like myself with a bad case of Target guilt. I like to think that the story, even the DNA, of the people involved in making the fashion we wear is woven into the fabric. Clothes made by people who are treated fairly and who love what they do just feel better to buy and to wear.
I would like to introduce you to Project Artisan and our amazingly talented Nashville area designers whom I believe beautifully exemplify the Project Artisan experience. Get ready for some soulful shopping.
Imogene + Willie founders Matt and Carrie Eddmenson have been working in denim for decades. Inspired by Carrie’s grandparents, Imogene and Willie, the couple took the leap of faith and opened a boutique in an old gas station in 12 South. Matt and Carrie do everything with integrity, and we love their inventiveness as well as their spirit of tradition.
Debe Dohrer began making jewelry as a way to enhance her work as a stylist. She believes that “the right accessory can virtually make any outfit.” She employs ancient beading techniques and then adds modern flair in the creation of her lariats, bracelets, rings and earrings.
Alizah Greenberg’s jewelry is constructed with combinations of organic materials, including precious stones, wood, and precious metals that together form sensual and touchable finished pieces. Each piece in her collection is like a story in and of itself, and we want to see more!
Doug Regen comes from a family of builders, architects and contractors. So, it was only natural that he would have the urge to work with his hands to create unexpectedly rustic pieces of furniture and home décor. Doug seeks out vintage wood, with patterns of imperfection and age. Then, he recreates this wood, shaping it into farm tables, decorative boxes and trays.
Plum Vintage Jewelry is a purveyor of vintage jewelry with an eye for select pieces that transcend time. When you shop Betsy’s collection, you find high-end pieces with designer names like Hobe, Kenneth Jay Lane, Selini-Selro, and more.
Coquette by Brooke Shipley is a line of vintage-inspired swimwear designed to make a woman feel beautiful, confident and sexy. Every piece in Brooke’s collection is proudly made in the USA and sourced with American materials. Brooke’s motto is “A swimsuit is not just about an item of clothing but about women themselves.”
Margaret Ellis has been making jewelry for almost 27 years, and her work has been featured in nearly every fashion magazine on the rack. Her work in silver, precious and semi-precious stones, and gold, is refined and sophisticated.
Emil Erwin bags, briefcases, and satchels are everywhere from Imogene + Willie to J. Crew. His work is made to last for generations. With heavy construction and sturdy materials, designer Emil Congdon makes each bag a functional work of art.
Gracylu Originals couture headpieces grace the heads of children and adults alike. These adorable headbands are intricately designed and pieced together by designer Tristian Skidmore. A mother of two (and one on the way), she maintains that her work is a product of her faith and love.
Sarah Souther is an Irish-born Nashville resident. As an artist, Sarah was inspired by the music scene and set out to make a line of products for the rock star in all of us. Her guitar straps and cuffs are made from the softest skins, leather and suede, and pieced together using a filigree technique.
So will I stop shopping at Target? Probably not. Do I dream of the day that I can shop Isaac Mizrahi for Project Artisan? I do. It will be a good day for me, and I would like to think for Isaac too. Let’s see… a one-of-a-thousand dress made with a “you don’t want to know” story or a one-of-a-kind dress with a story you will want to tell over and over? Which would you feel better wearing? Which would feel better to design? I know what I would choose; now I just have to convince Isaac.
Visit Project Artisan: www.projectartisan.com