We are happy to announce Taigan’s Pop Up Shop in Nashville!
See below for the stories behind each designer presenting product:
From Hawaii, Letarte resort and swimwear presents a bohemian island aesthetic with signature prints, intricate adornments and lavish details. These are the stylish pieces all ages can enjoy on summer vacations to different beaches and resorts.
Turkish-T, based out of Nashville, presents some of the most authentic Turkish beach and bath towels and accessories. This line demonstrates an appreciation for the age-old technique and tradition of processing, looming and refining cotton. Each of their items are great hostess gifts or bath accessories for use around your home or pool.
Blessings in Disguise, jewelry designs from Santa Rosa Beach, FL, represents a passion for objects of history that are symbols of culture and tell a story. Melissa Rovner, the creator, gathers old medals, crosses, symbols and stones to turn them into fashion pieces for everyone to enjoy.
Traveling from Houston, Melissa Braniff brings her fine jewelry designs that incorporate rare and ancient coins. These pieces don’t simply make a statement but they connect history as well. These are gorgeous Mother’s day gifts and certainly conversation starters for anyone who wears these pieces.
Lizzy Couture, also based in Nashville, creates fun fashion cuffs and necklaces with an inspiration of vintage designs and styles. Her designs combine old tulle, antique French trims, and English fobs and trinkets, which result is one of a kind, eye catching pieces. These pieces are fun accessories to any outfit.
LEN Belts, based in Franklin, TN, presents the most extensive variety of luxury belts made of animal skins and leathers in today’s marketplace of menswear. Their belts are stunning and each are handcrafted one by one through a twenty-five, individual step process. These are fantastic Father’s Day, groomsmen or wedding gifts for that special guy.
Anatomie, traveling from Miami, is one of the absolute best women’s active and travel wear lines. They use all French and Italian fabrics and craft their pieces into sophisticated and flattering lines. The next time you have to run out of the house without getting all dolled up, you can certainly throw their pieces on and be stylish.
Glamourpuss, based in New York City, is a fashion line of chic, easy accessories and apparel that any woman can wear throughout the day for all occasions, from the morning errand run to business meetings to drinks with friends at night.
Brackish Bow Ties, from Charleston, presents handcrafted, gorgeous ties 100% made of feathers – perfect for this upcoming wedding and gala season.
Res Ispa – Latin for “the things speak for themselves” – is a men’s line based in Atlanta of shoes and dop kits cut from ancient Turkish rugs; therefore, each pair or bag are one-of-a-kind. They are comfortable, stylish and are perfect gifts for upcoming graduation and Father’s Day.
Armstrong + Wilson, from Philadelphia, present men’s pocket squares and neck ties. The creators behind these designs are passionate about marrying timeless men’s fashion with a splash of modern zest with their fun fabrics, accent buttons and bold colors. Also perfect for wedding season and Father’s Day.
88 by Sandy Simonian hails from Hawaii crafting her contemporary jewelry designs inspired by her exotic travels. Each of her pieces are fun, beachy and one-of-a-kind from her collection of materials along the way. These are great Mother’s Day gifts as well as graduation.
Molly Jane Designs is a jewelry line based in Atlanta. Each piece demonstrates natural minerals and gemstones while also mingling feminine flair with an unexpected edge. Each offer an elegant, timeless and dramatic lasting presentation.
La Matera, from Rock Hill, SC, creates a timeless men’s style inspired by the Argentine countryside. This line of woven belts and wallets are designed after the rustic and rugged lifestyles of Argentine gauchos and the elegance of their woven fabrics. These are the perfect accessories for a guy of any age.
Holly Hollingsworth Phillips is a residential interior designer and co-owner of The English Room based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Holly’s style is elegant, eclectic and colorful. She has completed homes all over the east coast that have ranged from super modern to very traditional while keeping it true to her style. She loves overseeing the design process from beginning to end. Her love of color, pattern and layering of old and new can be seen in all her work. She has been featured in Southern Accents, Southern Living, Charlotte Magazine, Charlotte Urban Home, Southpark Magazine and Better Homes and Gardens Windows and Walls.
Holly takes a look on Taigan and picks her favorite finds – a gathering of creative from caftans to cocktails.
Swoon! This necklace is divine. I am taken by the combination of tribal with diamond. What a mix!
“Over jeweled and underdressed” is my motto. Layer the luxury and the bigger the bauble the better.
A killer cuff never leaves my wrist as a wardrobe staple. I have a weakness for so many things but, turquoise is at top the list.
This caftan transports me to Jaipur with it’s chic simplicity.
I always keep a spare clutch in my purse in case of an emergency drinks party. The neon is so au courant.
A good buttery and oaky chardonnay completes me. Enough said.
Rocker chic in white fur is very Kate Hudson as Penny Lane in Almost Famous. Does it get any better?
Lafco House candles are the best for smell and ambiance . They last for ages and leave you with a gorgeous makeup brush holder when they are finished.
I adore pieces that feel old and modern at the same time. These plates certainly accomplish that!
Who needs wine glasses when you could have handmade colorful tumblers from Alabama? I just love the South.
No cocktail is complete without a proper monogrammed linen cocktail napkin. We must all have our standards.
Pimento cheese is a staple in every Southern household and Callie’s is so very good. Try it with her signature biscuits for serious decadence.
A perfect French sweet straight from the Big Easy, these pretty pastel delectables do not disappoint.
Every room needs a pop of black as a design rule and as an added bonus a round table makes for the best dinner parties.
Shed a little light on the party with this modern wooden carved drum pendant light.
When you need to lounge by the fire or pull up an extra seat, this graphic ottoman fills the bill while looking swank.
New pillows are the easiest and most effective way to revamp your interiors. My weakness for skulls and orange drew me to this cashmere lovely immediately.
Leopard Love! No room is complete without a touch of animal print and calf hair is a bonus.
Rodin Face Oil is da bomb. It takes my tired, dry skin to subtle and glowing overnight.
“Imagination is the beginning of creation. You imagine what you desire, you will what you imagine, and at last, you create what you will” - George Bernard Shaw
My passion is design. I have always been attracted to design because it is the act of creating something from nothing. Whether it’s designing a website or sketching up a new swimsuit line; this passion to create becomes a deeply satisfying physical act and an emotional energy that sustains me. Everyday I look for inspiration in the world and design allows me to transform inspiration.
From a young age, I’ve always loved sinking my teeth into a project with a creative team and seeing ideas blossom. Before attending design school I wanted to start my own brand. I never had a clear vision of what that brand would be until I embarked on my first adventure to Asia.
Tridente International was born far from the beach – at the base of Mount Everest. Traveling to Nepal was not only a life-long dream, but a soul-searching journey that I was hoping would help reset my internal compass. I flew to the most dangerous airport in the world (Lukla) from Kathmandu and began my trek. I woke up with the sun for weeks and walked deep into the Everest region. Surrounded by the Himalayas I reflected on my life and journey of self discovery.
The higher I climbed the colder it became. This alien landscape was exhilarating, but after many days I started dreaming of the beach. I began sketching my brand wrapped in a sub-zero weather sleeping bag with a headlamp on.
After brainstorming for several cold nights, I arrived at the name “Tridente”. The trident is the symbol of Poseidon, and its connection with the beach and ocean is a part of ancient Greek heritage. Choosing this identity would also give me a vehicle to explore my ethnicity. After traversing mudslides, dodging rogue yaks and a 27 hour jeep ride on dirt roads I arrived back in Kathmandu and began Tridente. My trekking adventure had evolved into an entrepreneurial odyssey.
I decided to begin with high-end beach paddles. Paddleball is the unofficial sport of summer in Greece and the activity captures the essence of the Mediterranean lifestyle. After months of corresponding via email with manufacturers around the globe, I found a factory that could produce the high quality paddles. The samples I received, thanks to FedEx, were incredible. To see an idea become reality solidified my energy and dedication.
Tridente was born from a love of all things classic, an appreciation of simple design and things well made. My aim is to create durable, well-crafted products that can be enjoyed for a life-time. Building a brand takes time and I know Tridente can evolve at its own pace if I follow these guidelines.
Ultimately, I envision Tridente International becoming a leading purveyor of quality beach gear. Combining my passion for design, fitness, and travel, I see Tridente flourishing as a business that provides products that make a statement. Most importantly, I see it as a brand that promotes a lifestyle of wellness, friendship, and environmental awareness.
As a travel consultant, for me personally there’s not really a line between a business trip and a leisure trip. I always mix the two. And encourage my business clients to do the same. Whether in the form of luxurious accommodation, or flying in early / staying after the business bit to explore. A recent business trip took me to Marrakech, a city I’d long wanted to see. So I took the opportunity to fly in several days before my meetings kicked off. I hired a private guide to get the lay of the land my first day, visited the sights then indulged in a traditional hammam (ok, 2 traditional hammams..), took a cooking class, mastered the souks, bought a rug, sat in the corner of the old square for half a day just to take photographs, and ate my weight in tagine. I’m sure the week of work would have been productive without my mini-vacation on the front end, but I sure was more inspired, relaxed, with not a bit of jetlag to speak of. So if you have the ability, definitely mix some leisure into your next business trip.
Below are my best recommendations when visiting the sexy city of Marrakech, and I do recommend visiting the sexy city of Marrakech at least once! One thing worth noting is that there are 3 distinct areas to Marrakech – the traditional medina, the more cosmo new town, and then the outskirts. I recommend mixing your stay – spend a few nights in the medina, then head out to one of the opulent hotels on the fringes of town. This will give you a complete flavor for the place.
Riad Tamila + Selman
Tamila is a traditional riad tucked deep within the medina. I love it because it’s quiet, and as authentic as it gets. Plus the food served there is the best I’d eaten in all of Marrakech.
Selman’s horse stables and villas with private pools sold me.
My Top 5 Must-Do List
- Arrange for a private guide, You do not want to tackle the souks without insider knowledge to the best vendors/where & what to eat.
- It’s touristy as all get-out, but ride a camel.
- Take an organic cooking class with a local tribe in the Atlas Mountains.
- Throw modesty to the wind and indulge in a traditional hammam.
- If you buy only one thing, make it a rug.
When it comes to dressing for a day in the medina, comfortable shoes and sunglasses are musts. Opt for maxi dresses with a little covering the shoulder or linen pants with a comfortable tissue tee. Go low on the jewelry, and definitely bring a great cross-body bag. Marrakech is a casual city, you’ll stand-out if you’re decked-out. You’ll have more flexibility with your modern wardrobe at the newer resorts on the outskirts of town, but out of respect for the culture, go for more conservative choices when in the traditional medina.
*This is me & Aziz, the owner of the rug shop where I found the absolute perfect rug for my home.
Lila Fox is owner of New Orleans-based Constant Tourist Travel, a travel consultancy catering to the discerning traveler worldwide. For more information about planning your trip to Morocco contact Lila at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Home is where the heart is” and while my home is Nashville (Tennessee) there will always be a special place in my heart for Round Hill (Jamaica, W.I.).
After more than 40 visits to Round Hill since 1983, I am going back for the first time in 7 years. I am going back in time, literally and figuratively (as WIFI and Verizon are sketchy there, at best).
I am already dreaming about “Chubby’s” banana pancakes, and the smell of the bonfire that roars on the beach each Monday night; and I can’t wait to go to sleep to music by Harry Bellafonte or Bob Marley or the local tree frogs. I am hoping that the afternoon games of Outburst or Taboo with new friends and fellow “bar flies” at the beach bar still take place. And I know that the sunset will still be the best on earth!
Round Hill is where I frequently saw Ralph and Rikki Lauren, tanned and toned, he, always dressed in a black speedo and “wife-beater” and she, in a black one piece. I remember watching Sigourney Weaver come out of the ocean on the small beach, looking as beautiful as ever, after a rigorous swim. And it feels like yesterday that I was sitting next to Meredith Vieira just after she learned that she had been chosen as the co-anchor of the TODAY show on NBC!!! I wonder WHO will be there next week?
So, as I pack (or more typically, over-pack) my bags, I know that my Taigan favorites will be just “what the doctor ordered” for the perfect holiday, along with Stewart’s Round Hill Special, made with Appleton rum, of course!!!
See more of what’s in Elizabeth’s Bag.