Off to the Races

Fashion April 22nd, 2014 — by:

Mary Catherine McClellan, Founder of Taigan, fills us in on some of her favorite trends in preparation for the upcoming Kentucky Derby and Steeplechase Races.

“After such a chilling winter, the pastel colors anticipated for spring collections are more inviting than ever! All shades of pink and lavender are my personal favorites and perfect for the upcoming Kentucky Derby and Steeplechase Races.”

See some of my favorites below.

“My ‘sundress’ for Nashville Steeplechase this year comes more in the form of separates such as wide leg pants and a great white blouse. I adore these fresh pink pants by Jules Reid and this white top from Yeohlee. I would wear them high and low brow. Paired with a classic clutch and a fantastic white hat and you have the perfect white ‘beginning’ backdrop to accessorize with a fabulous necklace or earrings.”

SEE ALL of Mary Catherine’s Horse Race Trend Picks for Women.

“Pastels are fresh and updated for men as well this Spring and when it comes to dressing for the races, the accessories are definitely the differentiator. My favorite right now are pocket squares and I especially love the spring colors of the linen collection from Armstrong & Wilson. You can’t go wrong with a neutral like this one in toffee, or any one of their beautiful spring colors. Add a ‘themed off to the races’ tie, some classic sunglasses, like these new ones from ‘red’s outfitters’  and a pair of loafers, and you are all set. I am a believer in style with a hidden agenda of comfort and these loafers from Cicada fit the bill.”

SEE ALL of Mary Catherine’s Horse Race Trend Picks for Men.

“Happy spring and enjoy the races in style!”

-Mary Catherine McClellan

PS. Don’t miss our ‘two bits‘ cuff links featured in Southern Living Magazine this month just in time for the races!

Paying Tribute to the Grand Foyer

Design April 21st, 2014 — by:

Jonathan Savage, the Nashville based interior designer of SAVAGE Interior Design and an alumnus of O’More College of Design participates in the 2nd Annual O’More Alumni Show House.

“O’More College of Design was a building block to my career in residential interior design. I appreciate the skills and competencies honed at O’More; I use the knowledge that I gleaned while there each and every day.”


Upon walking into the grand foyer, I immediately knew that I wanted to pay tribute to the classic architectural elements while mixing in a transitional palette. An entrance or foyer is typically a pass through and often cast aside, but I wanted this area to be an interesting space where everyone would want to gather. We worked with Vintage Millworks to create a custom tracery ceiling that plays off of the original moldings. We wanted a paint color that would let these moldings pop, so we opted for the fantastic Benjamin Moore Chelsea Gray. The long, narrow shape of the foyer is the perfect stage for a Steinway Baby Grand piano that anchors the back of the room. An oversized handkerchief planter sits atop a custom Giacometti-style hall table in the center of the foyer created by Ironware International. Local art consultant Betsy Wills helped us find artwork that works nicely with the soft and comfortable pieces upholstered in a fabulous silk gray and mustard yellow ikat from one of my favorite fabric lines, Carleton V.

The show house is located in a ca. 1904 Queen Anne Victorian home, a 6,000 square-foot residence. O’More College of Design is dedicated to educating both its students and the community on the importance of quality design to the human existence. The 2014 Alumni Show House highlights not only the talent that O’More’s interior design school continually produces, but also the latest from top manufacturers in the context of a modern historic restoration.

The O’More Alumni Show House is located at 1009 West Main Street in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee.

From April 4-27, the home will be open for public viewing. Tickets are $20, and will be available at the door.

See below for several items showcased in the show house for sale today on Taigan.

Urn on Tapered Pedastal

Pineapple Candelabra

Custom Ikat Pillows

Mid-Century Brass & Black Umbrella Stand

Handkerchief Planter

Custom High Back Settee

Bobby McAlpine designed his first house at the age of five and hasn’t stopped since. Architect, romantic, poet, and entrepreneur, he has gathered an eclectic family of professionals for his distinguished firms, McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors in Nashville, Atlanta, and New York, and McAlpine Tankersley Architecture in Montgomery, Alabama. These two firms, listed on both Architectural Digest’s AD100 and Elle Décor’s A-List, work both independently and in collaboration, attracting clients from across North America and beyond. Their extensive portfolio has been widely published in several books and many periodicals including VERANDA, ARCHITECTURAL DIGEST, HOUSE BEAUTIFUL, SOUTHERN ACCENTS, ELLE DECOR, SOUTHERN LIVING, HOUSE AND GARDEN, GARDEN AND GUN, COASTAL LIVING and TRADITIONAL HOME.  Bobby’s popular furniture line, McAlpine Home, is available nationwide and his critically acclaimed first book, The Home Within Us (2010), remains a Rizzoli bestseller. His second book, Art of the House, co-authored with Susan Ferrier, is fresh off the press this month.

See what Bobby is coveting from Taigan right now.

Brackish Bow Ties “the original snakeskin.” This makes me feel like the “best of show!”

Melissa Braniff Designs “coat of arms” cuff links. These double as tools, a wax seal, utility and grace.


Oyster Bamboo Fly Rods “Barbour Harbour” tote. Quiet and handsome, this thrown in a corner or at home in the wilderness, hides in the shadows.

Peter Elliot Blue silk scarf. This is a precious garment, a ribbon of sorts, and best wrapped around a loved one.

Armstrong and Wilson, monotone pocket square. This takes the thunder out of a good suit and makes you more approachable.

19th Century narrow console. A great prop in any room for something priceless above, on top or under.

Cast iron lion’s head on custom steel plate mount. The blue oxidation brings this to life.

Ann Koerner Antiques three-piece place setting in Astier de Villatte. The simplicity of this flatware makes these charmingly unfinished pieces more handsome.

And George, Emma Velvet Chair. I want this beauty in my court.

REVIVAL’s Twin Beaks Giltwood and Rush Chair. Gorgeous petite artful, practically petrified beauty.

Caribiana Sea Skiffs. “Bond” was always falling sideways into sexy props and situations on the heels of escape. Sign me up!

Fire Pit Art, Manta Ray Fire Pit. Lebanon Tennessee. Elemental elegance.

Absolution, Luxe Tumblers. These make it impossible to lose your drink. I’m #7.

REVIVAL, Lake Dining Side Chair. The color alone grabs me here. The complex Prussian blue is a jewel.

Imperio Vida Pillow, Thai Silk Ikat in silver charcoal. Pretty and Vogue.

Found, Resin Champaign Bucket. This is a great organic complement to any elegant bottle itself.

Maison & Co., Collection of 19th Century Mercury Glass. These are “physical dappled light.” Who wouldn’t want that!


Shops April 18th, 2014 — by:

We are happy to announce Taigan’s Pop Up Shop in Nashville! In addition to presenting these amazing designers, Julia Reed will be here signing her latest book collaboration – One Man’s Folly: The Exceptional Houses of Furlow Gatewood on Wednesday night. Mark your calendars!

Below are 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 Brooklyn, NY, 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.