6 Nashville Designers To Know Now

Hailed for its iconic music roots and burgeoning arts community, Nashville has solidified itself as the creative epicenter that binds the Midwest to the South in perfect harmony. Nashville has also birthed a new wave of apparel designers with an unparalleled knack for pushing past convention to bring their designs to life.

Meet six of Nashville’s most-notable designers, and learn more about the stories behind their work.

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Elizabeth Suzann
All pieces for the Elizabeth Suzann label are sewn in its Nashville-based studio, and each garment is designed to be worn multiple ways. Founder Liz Pape launched the apparel label when she was just 22 and has since expanded her minimalist line to include versatile tops, bottoms, dresses and outerwear.

Each garment evokes a sense of purpose and utility, as the line’s pieces are meant for purposefully living in. Case in point? The Maxine Crop is a simple poplin top equally well-suited for a day at the beach or strolling through a farmers market. 
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Shannon Lea
Self-expression and uniqueness are musts in the design world, and Shannon Lea is the epitome of both. Lea is the designer behind People Like Art, a clothing-and-art label known for its unique prints that take shape as minimalist silhouettes.

Lea’s art prints celebrate all things fashion, with brushstrokes forming colorful, womanly figures. People Like Art’s clothing follows suit, as each unique piece celebrates the figure of its wearer—ie, this waist-accentuating wrap top.
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Han Starnes
Han Starnes discovered her love for textiles and knitwear while living in Wellington, New Zealand. She brought that fervent love along for the ride when she relocated to Nashville in 2013 and launched her namesake brand.

Starnes’ simple and chic pieces celebrate the versatility of neutrals: nearly the entire line consists of rich creams, greys and blacks, all taking the shape of knit dresses, cropped tops and structured trousers.
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Nisolo
Handmade shoe-and-accessories label Nisolo prides itself on intentional design that’s ethically made, with a line of sleek and simple apparel. Co-founder and CEO Patrick Woodyard was inspired to launch Nisolo after meeting shoemakers in Peru and desiring a product that was high quality and priced fairly.

Nisolo’s rich, buttery leathers take shape as distinctive loafers and huarache sandals in standby shades of tan and cream, but also as stand-out shades of scarlet and indigo. 
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Fanny & June
Who said handcrafted hats are a thing of the past? Modern-day milliner Anna Zeitlin of the label Fanny & June has taken things into her own hands, offering an array of consciously crafted woven hats, caps and fascinators. Zeitlin brings years of millinery experience to the brand, as well as her keen eye for unique touches that make each hat truly one-of-a-kind.

For an everyday hat that’s perfect for summer, consider the The Painter, which is available in five colors to complement every ensemble and personality.
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Cavanagh Baker
Luxury women’s wear comes to life through Cavanagh Baker, who celebrates drama and glamour in each of her distinct pieces. Baker opened her Nashville-based flagship design studio in early 2016 and has since curated a space of style and hospitality for clients to savor during fittings.

Baker’s current collection possesses clear bohemian influences, with floral-printed maxi dresses and side-slit skirts galore. If ready-to-wear isn’t your thing, fear not: Baker also offers custom clothing, perfectly designed and tailored to your unique aesthetic and taste.
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Cover photo by Scott Metzger

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