Once a source for cowboy hats and belt buckles, the shopping scene in Nashville has evolved. The bar’s been raised, as an increasing number of major celebrities, producers and other notables flock to relocate here. Along with this influx of affluent residents, there’s a stream of retail openings offering upscale goods and services. Long-running businesses have also shifted gears, carrying more luxury and current designs than ever.
Diamonds from King Jewelers, Nashville — Photo courtesy of David King / King Jewelers
When Miami’s King Jewelers opened Nashville doors in 2008, it was huge. Brands like Cartier and Chopard weren’t available in Tennessee. Excitement continues, as King Jewelers surprises clients with exclusives like Harry Winston and their Rock Royalty line of fine guitars and accessories customized with diamonds and rare alligator or stingray skin wraps. These instruments are unlike any in the world.
Nashville loves their local designers. Many celebrities and fashion personalities seek the team at Margaret Ellis for signature pieces. Belle Meade's Cindi Earl Fine Jewelry is also a select spot for finding custom creations. And 150-year-old Levy’s carries select lines, including inventive and affordable vintage crystal baubles from Sue Surdi Designs.
Vincent Peach launched his flagship accessories showroom inside Galerie Ravin when it opened in mid 2013. His signature leather and pearl designs and new diamond equestrian line are being sold in top designer boutiques throughout the world. You'll also see stars like Connie Britton wearing them often. But, you’ll only view the extensive collection at this locale.
Galerie Ravin deals in investment caliber art. The modest, historic structure in The Gulch houses a surprisingly extensive collection of authentic Andy Warhols, among other wow-factor work. Galleries like Nina Kuzina are also hot spots for sought-after paintings and other original pieces.
The newest Pierce & Co., located on McEwen Drive — Photo courtesy of Stacie Standifer
Nesting is big business, giving buyers access to top talents like acclaimed Ray Booth (noted favorite of both Elle Décor and Architectural Digest) of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, who calls Nashville home.
HGTV personality Jonathan Pierce decorates for repeat clients like LeAnn Rimes. He’s now opened a second, bigger Pierce & Co. store in the Franklin area. Expect eclectic home accents, gifts and furnishings. It’s an ideal place to find the perfect token from your visit.
Fashion here is evolving, with a record-setting Fashion Week completed in April and stores adding designer lines at a rapid pace. Celebrity stylist Claudia Fowler’s anticipated Hope, sister to her popular Haven Sanctuary of Style, is now open in 12 South. Stylish celebrities and budget-minded fashion bloggers are instant devotees to the range of price points and styles at Hope.
For custom leather goods and boots, Peter Nappi in Germantown is outstanding, with live music often as a bonus.
Hope, a new designer boutique in 12 South — Photo courtesy of Stacie Standifer
Before hitting The Mall at Green Hills, stop into nearby Beloved Intimates for gorgeous lingerie. It’s an indulgence for the senses and still new enough to be under the radar. Items you peruse might be peeping through blouses on this year’s award-winning music videos, as stylists favor the fashion-forward selection. For daring or romance - Nashville style - Beloved Intimates is a must-stop.
Speaking of stopping, unusual autos now frequent cross walks since the arrival of Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley of Nashville. Trucks still reign, but the Hollywood influence is evident.
Auto enthusiasm attracted the "dream team" behind new Music City Dream Cars. They rent exotic models for a few hours, the day or week. Arriving in a Lamborghini, Ferrari or vintage Excalibur makes anyone feel like a rock star. It’s a fun addition to any weekend celebration or visit.
Exploring expensive goods in Nashville is never a hassle. Artists are discovered daily, with today’s waiter being tomorrow’s headliner. Jeans and t-shirts are attire of choice for many wealthy residents, eliminating pretentious environments or snobby salespeople.
Feel free to browse for fun. Nashville’s a rare place where everyone’s treated like the next "big thing."