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Featured Designer - Ceri Hoover

Designer Ceri Hoover

Designer Ceri Hoover

What made you want to start Ceri Hoover Bags? 

It really was a happy accident. I love designing beautiful things and had been drawn to textiles and fabrics, and since I was into interior design at the time, I loved designing pillows. One day, I had made a cowhide pillow and realized it made a great clutch. I started carrying it around and then I was hooked. Before long I had half a dozen designs and was rearranging my future.

What are your current design influences? 

That's almost impossible to say. I am inspired by everything and everyone I experience. There a a number of designers that I love- many here in town-  and I'm inspired by their creativity and their spark.

Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.

Simplicity, timelessness, complementary, and artfulness

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Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That says what you're all about?

Maybe it's because it is my newest, but I think I am most proud of the Alys collection it has almost no hardware, has this beautiful shape and texture, and is completely new. It is both practical and edgy. I just love it.

What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?

It just feels like we are all in the middle of something great. Maybe not San Francisco in the late sixties or Seattle in the 90's, but similar. Like we have all found this well of inspiration in a city that is transforming right in front of us. It's really neat.  

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Featured Designer - Otis James

designer Otis James

designer Otis James

What made you want to start Otis James Nashville?

Starting this company came out of a desire to create connection, both for me personally and to anyone else interested in having a stronger connection to the source of products. I had just finished a big solo bicycle trip around the country, and I moved to Nashville with the desire to make custom clothing. I quickly got sidetracked into accessories, but I'm happy to stay there for a while. Basically, my initial idea was to have a business where the name reflects the source, where you can make a call or email and speak directly with the person who made or designed the product, and where you can physically see the scope of the operation and understand at least some of the work that goes into creation.

What are your current design influences? 

I'm kind of a filter feeder. I don't actively seek inspiration too often, but I may find ideas from films, paintings, or photography. To be honest, much of what I am pursuing now are ideas that I wrote down 5 or 6 years ago, ideas that I just didn't have the time, skill, or resources to pursue at the time. A lot of them came from my time traveling.

Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.

Simple. Textured. Subdued. Natural.

Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That says what you're all about?

In general, I'm most proud of the cap designs. They have required the most work and revision, and a lot of skilled labor goes into the construction of each one. Specifically, at the moment I am particularly proud of my latest style, which is an ivy cap. It's something I've been developing off and on for a couple years now. I'd done many iterations, but nothing that really satisfied me. I'm very pleased to finally have this in my catalog.

What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?

For the most part, being a creative here has been invigorating. I remember distinctly how welcoming and encouraging this city was when I got started 6 years ago. With all the attention the city has received of late, there have been many opportunities afforded someone like me. It's something for which I am very grateful. 

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Featured Designer - Anna Zeitlin of Fanny & June

Designer Anna Zeitlin

Designer Anna Zeitlin

What made you want to start Fanny & June?

Once I realized there were people who made hats, I knew that was for me. There was never the question of not starting my own label, I just did it.

What are your current design influences? 

My favorite milliner is Stephen Jones. He does brilliant, almost sculptural hats, a lot of the ones you see on the runway. My favorite designers right now are Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen and Giambattista Valli and I love looking back at classic Dior and Schiaparelli. Also taking a lot of inspiration right now from Renoir and mid-century advertisements.

Name four key words that describe your aesthetic.

feminine, romantic, daring, elegant

Is there one design that you're particularly proud of? That said THIS is what F&J is all about?

It’s a constant evolution. Right now I’m obsessed with making intricate silk flowers.

What is it like to be a Creative in Nashville?

It’s a mixed bag. In the US, New York is the city of fashion design. That’s where the resources are, that’s where the community is. But with the internet you can connect with your community anywhere in the world, order supplies from anywhere in the world, you don’t necessarily need to have a studio in The Garment District. Nashville is thriving right now, and it’s a very exciting time to be here. I proudly proclaim “made in Nashville.”

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