Nashville is having a moment. They’ve always been a destination for country music ‘s best but now, this Vegas of the South is experiencing the kind of growth that puts cities on the map globally.
In the political realm, they just elected the first female mayor. They have record low unemployment rates(3.1%), and the growth in the area is unprecedented –with a current 3.7 billion dollars in building contracts alone.
And now, it’s easier than ever to get there. JetBlue just launched direct flights from Boston and Ft. Lauderdale. The best part? Nashvillians know how to be gracious hosts and show you a fabulous time. But what’s surprising is the area’s budding fashion scene. Yep, Nashville has more entrepreneurial style stars that any other US city – excluding NYC and LA, of course.
Here are brands to shop in the Athens of the South.
Located inside of an old gas station, Imogene and Willie creates and sells perfect-fitting denim. imogeneandwillie.com
Nisolo shoes might be made in Peru but they are designed in Nashville. The comfy hipster footwear is luxurious but affordable. Nisolo.com
Designed by a husband and wife design duo, Emil Erwin is knows for gorgeous leather bags and small leather goods.emilerwin.com
For preppy feminine frocks head to Nashvillian Reese Witherspoon’s Draper James. They also have sweet home decor items that make for perfect gifting. draperjames.com
White’s Merchantile’s owner is not only BFFs with Gwyneth Paltrow, she has a fantastic eye. This modern-day general store is a treasure trove filled with gifts like candles, home decor clothing, hats, handbags, jewelry and gourmet food items from the area. whitesmercantile.com
Judith Bright’s baubles have adorned the likes of J-Lo, Catherine Zeta Jones and Eva Longoria. Find pretty geometric chandelier earrings, sandalwood beaded bracelets, and wire wrapped gemstone rings priced at around $38-$398. Judithbright.com
Shop vintage-inspired leather boots, bags and accessories at Peter Nappi, located inside a former meat packing warehouse. You’ll also find a selection of Italian bath and body products, home items and furniture for sale. Peternappi.com