Guest post: I Love Memphis Blog

 I’m really excited to announce a guest blogger today, Kerry Crawford!  Kerry lives in Memphis and runs the I Love Memphis blog, which features the best of Memphis arts, culture, music, sports, food and style. When she’s not writing, Kerry skates for Memphis Roller Derby’s Women of Mass Destruction, bakes pies and plays the ukulele.

She’s sharing with us some great Memphis fashion designers and shops so if you’re ever in Tennessee be sure to check them out. I’m also sharing with her readers my top 5 New Orleans designers so visit her blog to read my post. 

 

Memphis is a city with a decidedly independent spirit. Memphians don’t follow the rules – we make them up as we go. Our DIY ethic is present in our music, our art and our style. Check out these five Memphis shops that are keeping the Bluff City stylish.
All of Sache’s butter soft jersey t-shirts are designed and screen printed at their airy shop in the South Main Arts District. Designer Eric Evans’ logo tees and Renaissance-inspired prints are printed on adult and kid-sized t-shirts. They’ve also got dip-dyed tees and tanks with a charitable bent – a percentage of their sales goes to GulfAid. 


Shalisha Franklin isn’t so much a designer as she is a curator. Her shop, Strange Fruit Vintage, is stocked with hand-picked threads from the 80’s and 90’s. Don’t worry about looking ridiculous – the collection is way more Lisa Turtle than Urkel. While Strange Fruit is primarily an online shop, Shalisha occasionally hosts pop-up shops and fashion shows around Memphis. 

Sometimes, it’s not what you wear, but what you wear it with. Andrea Fenise’s Style Junkie Boutique carries shoes, bags and jewelry for ladies who aren’t afraid to make a statement. Fenise hand-makes some of her jewelry (like her dangly feather earrings). 

Those looking for something completely unique (and super cute) should check out South Main’s newest boutique,  Hoot + Louise. The shop, which is named after the owner’s grandma, carries vintage clothing and housewares as well as pieces by lesser-known and hard-to-find designers. 

 The coolest t-shirts in Memphis come from Five in One, a little artists collective in Midtown. All of their t-shirts are printed in-house and sold at their weekly Social Club and at art events around the city. A few times a year, they host printing parties where anyone can bring clothing in for custom prints. They also carry handmade knits, jewelry and embroidered track jackets.

Big thanks for doing this Kerry!

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