Nashville Fashion: Weak, or Just Not There Yet?

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Model: Chelsea Nichol; Uniform: Polly’s Service Center; Earrings & Necklace: Sleeveless
  • Photo: Eric England
  • Model: Chelsea Nichol; Uniform: Polly’s Service Center; Earrings & Necklace: Sleeveless
This week's Scene print edition anticipates the start of Nashville Fashion Week by asking a simple question: Does Nashville have what it takes to build a sustainable fashion industry? Abby White talks to Project Runway Season 11 contestant Amanda Valentine, who says all the attention she got from being on the show has been great and all, but at the end of the day, "I'm still making stuff in my apartment studio."

So where do we go from here?

Providing a variety of answers, questions, possibilities and hypothetical situations worth exploring: former New York Post fashion editor and occasional Scene contributor Libby Callaway; recent Nashville transplant Sophie Simmons, who launched the upscale lingerie line Dessous and bridesmaid line Thread while in New York; design duo Jamie and the Jones, currently operating out of Nashville and Seoul simultaneously; and Jennifer Cole, executive director of the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, who says, "There is a network of venture capital in [Nashville] that the creative community has not accessed."

Read the whole story here, and while you're at it, check out our fashion photo spread featuring some of our favorite Music City work wear. (Special thanks to the Ryman, Third Man Records, Barista Parlor, Polly's Service Center and Yazoo Brewery for lending us their unis and, in one case, their employee.)

Below, the TEDxAtlanta talk by Carrie and Matt Eddmenson referred to in the story — the one where the Imogene + Willie owners say the decline of domestic manufacturing is "killing" their dream.

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