We are happy to announce Taigan’s second pop up shop this year in Birmingham, AL, co-hosted with flower magazine! It will be a fun and exciting week for all who attend! Not only will you get to meet our amazingly talented designers yourself and learn all about their refined skills and creativity, but we will also be gifting all attendees with 20% off all purchases. Bring your friends for a glass of wine and we are sure you’ll enjoy your time with us. Mark your calendars!

Read below for a sneak peek of who all we will be presenting:

Brackish Bow Ties, from Charleston, presents handcrafted, gorgeous ties 100% made of feathers – perfect for this upcoming wedding and gala season.

From Hawaii, Letarte resort wear presents a bohemian island aesthetic with signature prints, intricate adornments and lavish details. These are the stylish pieces all ages can enjoy during winter vacations with their well made cashmere toppers and ponchos.

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 holiday gifts and certainly conversation starters for anyone who wears these pieces.

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 still be stylish.

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.

Cal Breed of Orbix Hot Glass hand blows all his beautiful glass creations. His studio is based right outside of Huntsville, AL, where he creates these beautiful works of art for the table, desk, kitchen, etc. by hand. Whether you put flowers in your stunning pitcher or serve drinks out of it, his pieces will certainly spark conversation at your next entertaining affair.

The tremendously talented Jonathan Savage of Savage Interior Design not only has his successful interior design business but he has also opened up his own retail shop on Taigan with many hard to find home goods like Christian Tortu candles and Antica Farmacista and his own private label of linens. At this show he will be presenting a plethora of fine home goods that will add that extra bit of charm to your kitchen and powder rooms.

Lexie Armstrong from Franklin, TN, is a wonderful watercolorist. She has not yet been launched on Taigan but she is coming soon. This will be her first presentation with us in Birmingham and we can’t wait to share her whimsical pieces depicting sweet plants and animals. We will be presenting several original works of hers at this show.

Notti Toffee‘s delicious cheese wafers will be served throughout the entire event. These delicious, bite size goodies will be exactly what you’ll need, along with your glass of wine, to make for a great shopping experience! Thank you, Notti Toffee, for sending some of these our way!

We are thrilled to be hosting this pop up shop with our close friends from flower magazine. Birmingham is flower‘s home base and we couldn’t be more excited to work with them on this show. And for those of you who are unfamiliar with this fantastic publication, be sure to check them out online and come visit us next week to learn more!

Gallery 1930 is so graciously hosting us and our designers next week in the heart of Mountain Brook in English Village. This quaint, local gallery is full of charm and the perfect home for our event. Not only will you get to enjoy our designers presenting their craft at the pop up shop but the walls will be filled with beautiful paintings for you to view as well!

We hope to see you all there!


Our favorite finds for summer all in one place.


WOMEN’S GUIDE: from left to right

Shell Halter Bikini in Navy: Classic styled bikini with authentic shell detailing. Ties at neck with back hook for a perfect fit. Sunset Tassel Earrings: These swarovski crystal earrings will make any outfit shimmer in the sun. Charleston Dress in Ikat: This flirty dress with slightly ruffled shoulders and a zippered back will turn any ordinary day into a play date. Grass Green Knit Skirt: This rib jersey skirt is a great piece for any occasion. Dress it down in the day with a pair of flat sandals or dress it up with a pair of heels and the Sunset Tassel Earrings. Irene Wood Necklace: Add this bold statement necklace to a simple dress. Created from three strands of pale pink jade, hot pink painted wood and faceted dark cherry red quartz. Cream Silk Tunic Top: The ultimate essential tunic for your closet. Boars Tusk Beaded Pendant Necklace: A great addition for a summer look. Made from faceted speckled agate beads and gold accent wooden beads and featuring a statement boar’s tusk pendant. Infradito by Tapeet Sandals: Bring casual elegance to any summer outfit in these black flat sandals with gold details. Isotria Dress: Kimono dress in silk crepe de chine with poly chiffon pleats and a twisted back in a painted floral print.

MEN’S GUIDE: from left to right

Caiman Crocodile Belt in Gunsmoke: This belt is the finest in Caiman Crocodile and hand-finished in gunsmoke with a natural edge with no top stitch. Debra Torres Cotton Causal Shirt: Stay cool and casual in this pima cotton shirt inspired by the guayabera and meant to be worn untucked. Bay Leather BagThis is an upscale version of a sailor’s duffel bag and built strong to hold your weather gear. The straps are belt grade thickness and hand sanded on the edges for a smooth feel. The contrast hand stitch is sturdy and elegant. Everything is fastened either with stitching or with leather knots. Red’s Outfitters Sunglasses: Made by hand in the Campania region of southern Italy. Frames are made from 8 millimeter luxury-grade Italian acetates which gives each pair the durability, fit, and weight you won’t find in any other brand of eyewear.  Strange Fruit Linen Pocket Square: A timeless accessory to brighten your summer look. The wooden button is perfection. Swims Rubber Penny Loafer: The must have shoe this season! Waterproof and easy to clean (mud just wipes right off), but also brings a fun, sportive look and they are breathable, lightweight with a antibacterial mesh vamp top.

GIRLS’S GUIDE: from left to right

Pink Classic Tank Swimsuit: Made to hit the beach! Pink Stipe Ashely Circle Skirt DressThe Ashley circle skirt dress goes from the beach to a family dinner with ease. Ridiculously soft and comfy, this is a dress your daughter will love to wear over and over again! Mina Silk Shift Dress: Princess-inspired, momma-desired. The sweet Mina dress is subtle and all in the details; from the lightly gathered neckline with lace trimming to the layered, ruffle hem. Floral Silk Pauline DressNothing says summer like florals, tulle and twirly goodness plus the Pauline dress welcomes the warmer weather with it’s lightweight materials. Milkshake One-Piece Swimsuit: This swimsuit comes intact with built in sunscreen! Made out of a lightweight, breathable, imported Italian nylon Lycra and UPF 50+ protection. Lucky Charm Bead Necklace: This Jacques + Sienna charm necklace individually designed and hand made in New Zealand. Crafted from colorful beads and highest quality sterling silver, each piece has an unexpected, positive and adorable message charm. These timeless keepsakes make perfect special occasion gifts for all ages.

BOY’S GUIDE: from left to right

Coco Organic Cotton T-ShirtDis Une Couleur makes the gentlest organic cottons and the cute collar around the neck it adds a special touch to every outfit. Shark Swimshirt: This cool shark printed swim shirt will quickly become a favorite. The lightweight and quick drying fabric goes from the sea to the playground effortlessly. And since it’s UPF 50+ protection, you will have peace of mind knowing your boy is wearing serious sun protection. Classic Polo: This polo is made from super-soft cotton knit and a classic for any boy.


BEAUTY GUIDE: from left to right

Mineral Face SPF 30 Matte Tint: Naturally shield and nourish skin everyday with this antioxidant-infused, mineral matte SPF 30 sunscreen made with organic Rose Hip Oil and  rich in free radical fighting Vitamin C. Rodin Olio Lusso Luxury Fair Oil: This hair oil will not disappoint. A quintessential blend of eight essential oils- a perfect hair care alchemy is achieved when its rich base of apricot oil fused with calendula, sweet almond, and sunflower oils is innovatively married to neroli, rosemary and juniper oils. All About Red Lip Gloss: These lip glosses add a touch of glow, sheer enough for even those who think they can’t wear red. Tammy Fender Essential C Tonic: Essential C Tonic purifies, cools and invigorates the complexion with an anti-oxidant rich blend of green tea and citrus extracts of bergamot, orange peel and lemon balm. Itrestores the pH balance of the ski and acts as a natural toner and detoxifier. Groove is in the Heart: A favorite for summer and a cure for the common pink: this candy-colored cream will sweeten up any outfit. Rose Geranium Body Butter: Want smooth skin? This extra-rich nourishing and protective crème contains the highest quality shea butter from Uganda. The healing and soothing ingredients penetrate deeply to help skin regain a fresh, supple texture. Developed to treat cracked, callused and parched skin.

HOME GUIDE: from left to right

Rattan Bench: This bench will look great in any room in your house – just add some decorative pillows! Agate Coasters: These coasters will make a perfect house warming gift. Cotton Herringbone Throw: This gorgeous, hand woven cotton herringbone throw makes a great wedding gift or wonderful accessory for your summer home. Versailles Wooden Floor Mirror: A dramatically-shaped wood frame gives this large-scaled “floor” mirror its great presence. Lavender & Green Houndstooth Wing Chairs: Add some color to your room with these unique chairs in a beautiful print. Ginger Mercury Glass Tabletop: This lamp reflects light and space and is great for tiny rooms, windowless corners, or a difficult-to-match style. Optic Pitcher in Amethyst: The perfect way to serve ice-tea. This hand blown glass pitcher features a unique ribbed design, a clear lip wrap and blown handle. Custom Painted Wastebasket: This beautifully painted wastebasket is a lovely addition to your powder room or home office. Navy and White Wool Ottoman: This medallion print favorite pattern is a wonderful indoor ottoman and a must have!


ENTERTAINING GUIDE: from left to right

Nantucket Wine Carrier: Headed out for a picnic or dinner party? This gorgeous Nantucket style basket handcrafted with cherry wood holds 2 bottles of wine. Watermelon SorbetThis light & refreshing offering is a crowd pleaser. For a truly Southern delight, top it off with a dash of sea-salt. Parentesi Rectangle Placemats: These pretty placemats are made in Italy and constructed of pure linen, coated and finished with a tailored double border in mercerized cotton. Their unique coating makes them stain and wrinkle resistant. Embroidered Grasshopper Cocktail Napkin: The perfect hostess gift. Faux Bamboo Flatware: Great looking flatware for everyday. Piquant Orange Slices: Les Moulins Mahjoub Piquant preserved orange slices originate in the bitter orange tree plantations of the Cap Bon region. The bitter oranges produced by these wild orange trees are grown entirely naturally, without fertilizers or pesticides. These are great for your summer palette along side grilled meats. McClure’s Spicy Pickles: Add these to your burgers! Intermingled with cayenne and habanero peppers, these pickles have a kick and you can use the leftover spicy brine to make our bloody mary mix or as a marinade for cooking. End Grain Butcher Block: These beautiful hand crafted butcher-blocks are made out of hardwood construction that is food safe and won’t dull your kitchen knives. The choice of gourmet chefs everywhere! Colorato Bowls and Plates: These festive colors are so fun for summer.

Everyone loves to find the best holiday gifts for their loved ones… especially at a great price! – a Nashville based lifestyle publication (with impeccable taste) recently featured several of our great artisans in a story about the top 50 gifts of 2013 that are all under $50 and Southern foodie gifts. What could be better? So if you’re looking for some last minute gift solutions – see below for all their ideas with their comments on each:


“Nye’s Cream Sandwiches is located in Wilmington, NC, and was a Martha Stewart American Made Audience Choice Award nominee. We’ve sampled these and they are DIVINE. Order the following sample pack from Taigan: Pumpkin Cranberry Spice, Apple Pie and Caramel Latte and Blackberry Cobbler”



“For those who understand that a “Yes, Ma’am” and “No, Sir” are words we hand down from generation to generation, this poster is perfect. Warning: Mother-In-Laws: DO NOT SEND TO YOUR DAUGHTER IN LAW. (She will talk about you for decades if you do.) But, otherwise, this is a fun gift for a sibling, especially one who has left the South and misses it!”



“We first found out about Schermer Pecans through The Southern C Summit. The gals that run this know their Southern food and they oohed and aahed over this product, with good reason. Have your gift be likewise received! $44 for a set of three.”


grey salt

“The grey color indicates a high content of minerals and nutrients (not found in the iodized salt we all grew up with). This salt is collected using wooden rakes, ensuring that no metal ever touches it. At just $12, this salt makes a great gift.”


nugget hoops

“These earrings are a great take on the traditional hoop. Seriously, we all are kinda hoping they end up in our own stockings. Teeny-tiny metallic beads are threaded onto the fine hoops, creating these light earrings that you, or your gift recipient, will reach for time and time again. Designer: FriedaSophie”


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“Made in small batches in Montogomery, Texas, this fudge is loaded with goodness: ‘there’s more crunchy, nutty, coconutty per square inch than a Texas mile. That’s OUR fudge factor – where small isn’t really small at all. One taste and you’ll know, we’re not messin’ around.’ Intrigued? Us, too.”


cream cheese

“Made in Thomasville, GA, by Sweet Grass Dairy, this cheese has converts to GA cheese throughout more than the Southern region; the accolades pour in from all over. Send some of this cheese to your own cheese monger and then send some to yourself as well.”


ham biscuits

“We thought the price was too high until we broke down and bought some. Damn, these are good. I mean, slap your mama, open the front door and scream, bang on a pot GOOD.”


So in our opinion, you really can’t go wrong with any of these gift ideas!! Happy shopping!

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As the holiday season gets underway we’re sure your invites are piling up! We tasked Brian Barry of Nashville Lifestyles to come up with the best hostess gifts so that you never have to show up empty handed again. Read about his picks and stock up before it’s too late!


Holiday Recipe Card Gift Set – Years ago my Grandmother gave me her cookbook and I cherish it. Give your loved ones some of your favorite recipes in style.


Moisturizer- This time of year, you cannot stay hydrated enough, and everyone will love the lavender set.


Cookie Crunch Fudge- I might have eaten this whole tin… sorry, you’ll get it next year.


Dark Chocolate Pecans- These are amazing, who doesn’t love dark chocolate? Good with coffee or wine!


Dark Chocolate Toffee- This is perfect for the office party or a neighbor’s Christmas bash– goes with everything.


Desktop Calendar- So we are all addicted to our smartphones, giving someone a nice calendar is a thoughtful, unique gift. Write in your pre-booked cocktail hours!


Christmas Tree Die Cut Place Cards- You might want to keep these for your own party!


Owl Cocktail Napkins-  I love when people give me cocktail napkins, you can never have too many and they’ll think of you at the next party. You’re sure to make the guest list.


Turkish Cotton Guest Towels-  Put these in a gift bag and you have the perfect hostess OR housewarming gift.


Chocolate Chip Cookies in Chalkboard Box-  The cookies are great, but the tin is better. Give it to the kids’ teachers or have them write something special for the grandparents.


Holiday Linen Guest Towel- I love how elegant and simple these are.


Peppermint Stick Drinking Chocolate- Who doesn’t love a DIY project like this?


Custom Ice Cream Sandwiches- OK, these are the Good for any number of occasions! I would stock up for party favors, too.


Julia Reed’s But Mama Always Put Vodka in Her Sangria- Who doesn’t love a good book?  And, who doesn’t love Julia Reed?



DIY Cheese Kit- Get this for the foodie!


Table Pitcher-  This is what you get someone who has everything, it’s art and it is functional.


Bruschetta Lovers Gift Set- Another great foodie option, check out Taigan’s selection to get just the right thing.

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Letterpress Surcie Tags- Again, it’s so hard to shop for someone who has everything, this is that perfect elusive find!! And, it is a practical gift, get two – one for yourself.

To see all of Brian’s picks CLICK HERE.

Gifts for Dad- Round 2!

Gifts June 4th, 2013 — by:

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Shopping for dad can be the ultimate struggle, which is why we’re bringing you round 2 of our Father’s Day featured items!

Pictured above, top row, from left:


Help dad tee off in style with these golf balls and tees on his shirt cuffs. They are ideal for the golf lover who wants to be reminded of the peace and quiet of the golf course even when he’s trapped in his day time suit far away from the greens.


Go green and look cool with this is a one-of-a-kind, handmade, solid oak longboard. This board is designed for daily cruising and commuting and is perfect for the hip pop! 


These plastered cocktail napkins are perfect for the father with a sense of humor or an appreciation of history. At $32 for a set of 4 they are pretty easy on the wallet too!

Second row, from left:




They say the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so look no further than the Notti Daddy Tower. With toffee, sugar cookies and cheese bits there is something for all occasions!



This book is truly a whopper, not in the sense of an unbelievable fish story, but in its size (it weighs in at nearly four pounds). We think it’s an ideal gift for the sportsman who is always after that great catch!



These sunglasses don’t just block out the sun they focus the gaze of any spectator. If your dad appreciates the finer things in life then he’ll love the craftsmanship of these shades, especially the lenses made by Zeiss.

For more gift ideas see last week’s picks for daddy-o!