Hats off to you, Nashville! Thanks for hosting our hat launch pop-up last week. We've been feeling Nashville for a few years now- we see it as a sister city to our hometown of St. Louis. We've participated in a couple of Nashville fashion events (Hello, Nashville Fashion Week!) and basically make any excuse we can to pay this dynamic city a little visit.
We'd like to thank all of our partners for making this pop-up one for the books! First off, The Shay was such a stunning space to host the launch. We were also lucky to team up with some STL-in-Nashville vendors, Pastaria and Sump Coffee, which made us feel right at home. OSHi Floral Design installed a whimsical flower wall, and Native, a local creative culture magazine, provided a GIF photobooth by Hi-Fi Media Co! Vino was contributed by Love & Exile Wines, and there was punch spiked with Tito’s Vodka. A percentage of all sales went to Nashville Fashion Week's Nashville Fashion Forward Fund of the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. It would be an understatement to say we are beyond grateful for everyone's support.
Celebrating our hat launch in Nashville wasn't even a question for us, considering our caps are actually made there. We've been toying with the idea of expanding into an accessory line for a couple years now- it had just been a matter of finding the right maker to grow with. Enter Anna. She's the Nashville native we've partnered up with to handcraft our hats! Get to know more about Anna and her favorite things about Nashville in the Q + A below.
How do you remain inspired?
Travel is the most inspiring thing. Stepping outside of your everyday routine allows you to examine the world with new eyes.
What are some of your most significant challenges, and how do you overcome them?
Learning to say no to things I don't want to do. It takes practice but makes life so much more enjoyable. You don't have to be everything to everyone. But also saying yes to things you want to do but aren't sure if you're capable of, then rising to meet the challenge.
Coffee or Tea?
Iced coffee with almond milk.
Do you have any daily rituals, or are you energized by spontaneity?
I've started doing yoga in the mornings, and it's given me a lot of focus and energy to start my day.
What can't you get enough of right now?
Coconut oil. It makes a great moisturizer, make up remover, and you can cook pancakes in it!
Favorite place you've ever traveled?
My favorite city is London. I love the value they place on arts and culture. The museums are free, and even fashion magazines there have big sections dedicated to visual art. I also love the architecture and how walkable it is.
Best advice you've ever received. Go!
I often think of The Beatles line from All You Need Is Love, "There's nowhere you can be that isn't where you're meant to be." It reminds me to live in the moment and not worry about missing out.
What do you love the most about Nashville?
It's a very friendly and collaborative city. I love the positive energy.
Where's your favorite place to catch brunch?
Graze. Great breakfast burrito and $5 vegan Bloody Mary's!
The best place to have dinner?
The Wild Cow. Obsessed with their bowls, try the buffalo beans and greens.
Where would you go to satisfy a sweet tooth?
Donuts from The BE Hive. They're only open on Saturdays, but they always have the most inventive flavors. Their Jasmine almond is to die for!
Your favorite coffee spot?
The Falcon Coffee Bar . This vegan cafe just opened in an old church down the street from my house, and it is a dream come true. Venice Beach vibes and great sandwiches too.
Where do you go to grab a drink?
Avo, they have avocado margaritas!
A great place to have a day-date?
Where are some of your favorite places in Nashville to shop, and why?
Pangaea. It's a staple that's been around since the 80s, the best place to find gifts. Parnassus. Anne Patchett saved Nashville from being a bookstore-less city with this great indie bookshop. Wilder has the coolest furniture in town.
What does a conscious consumer look/feel like to you?
Someone who makes a conscious effort to purchase ethically made items. Look for a "Made in America" label, or shop second hand.
What changes in the fashion industry do you hope to see within the next decade?
I think a lot of the problems with the fashion industry would be solved if we stopped participating in unfair wages on a global level. The reason so much of fashion is cheap and disposable is because we've agreed as a society that it's okay to pay people dollars a day for their work as long as they live far away and we don't have to think about it. Paying people fairly would solve a lot of the issues with globalization and environmental impact. It would mean buying fewer, but more high-quality pieces.
What sparked your interest in creating hats, and how did you get to where you are now in the industry?
I grew up loving hats and love to sew. I took my first hatmaking class in the fashion department in college.
How long does it usually take to produce one by hand from start to finish?
It averages about three hours spread over a couple of days. The straw needs time to dry on the hat block before it can be sewn.
Thank you, Anna, for sharing all of your favorite places in Nashville.
We're also grateful for Adrain of Snappy Lifestyle for photographing the event!