Will Smith recognized the cameraman!
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People asking babies to undertake adult workloads is one of my favourite things
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A CONVERSATION WITH… DESIGNER ELAINE TURNER
Elaine Turner is a fashion force to be reckoned with. Her self-titled designer brand of accessories and footwear is rapidly growing with a thriving online business and new retail stores opening across the country, the latest of which is right here in Nashville in The Mall at Green Hills. We caught up with the designer to find out what inspires her and how she utilized her entrepreneurial skills to build an empire.
How did you get started in this business?
I started 12 years ago and originally, I worked in ready to wear at a private label business on the merchandising side and I would travel with big retailers like Ann Taylor and Marshall Fields and Talbots and we did product development. And so I worked with companies that would make products for these massive companies and that’s kind of where I feel like I got conditioned to learn more about what customers respond to and value versus price.
And then I got married, and I come from a family of entrepreneurs, and I told my husband that I really wanted to start my own business and I want to start creating an item to sell, and I didn’t necessarily know that it would be accessories but I started working on the idea and it just sort of all came together. I told my husband that I wanted to make handbags and I had met a manufacturer in Brooklyn that made the Kate Spade bags and I started coming up with samples with him in Brooklyn and from then on I started developing my style and what I wanted the price to be.
I started with really classic, nostalgic shapes like the Kelly bags and hardshell clutches and it just sort of evolved into doing a collection inspired by the tropics and destination and travel and then I started doing bags wrapped in raffia. And that’s really when the company started getting larger orders. We started shipping big resort orders with bags made with raffia and tortoise handles and so then the company really developed from those shapes.
How would you describe your current collection?
Right now we are in fall and holiday and every season we have a muse and a destination that inspires us and this season it was Ali MacGraw and kind of this whole idea of Americana preppy. We did very graphic, fun, bold, masculine shapes but we femanized (sic) them by adding ladylike details like the handles. We did 60s and 70s inspired color-blocking with cobalt suede and so this season it was really all about glitz and glam with sequins and Chevron velvet prints. We have some beautiful, metallic cheetah bags.
What has your experience been like opening in the Nashville market?
We have always been interested in Nashville and the South being a Texas-based company and being able to see the whole sale side of the business we can really see the markets that we do well in. And with seeing the online sales we had with people in this area responding to our aesthetic, we really started thinking about what the real, true southern gal would love. This this opportunity came up sort of really quickly with the Mall at Green Hills when the Betsey Johnson store closed and because we are expanding so much in retail, we had to jump on it. We knew we wanted to be in the Nashville market because we feel like that customer, a feminine, glamorous customer, really understands what we do. It was a good match all the way around from design to the market so we are really excited. We think it’s just the coolest, most eclectic city because people here love to dress up and look great and they love fashion.
Can you talk a little bit about the expansion of the brand and where it is headed?
We really have grown organically. I’m married, I have two kids, my husband co-owns the business with me. We kind of look at the company like a staircase and every year we climb a little bit higher. We have never been the type of brand that makes quick turnaround items in an effort to grow real fast and then plateau. We’ve always really tried to build this authentic, lifestyle accessories brand and think about our customers first and even if that means in some ways not jumping on opportunities that we feel could somehow dilute the brand or really isn’t a good reflection of the brand. We are just now, especially after the launch of our shoes which was three years ago, and was such a huge deal for our company and took a huge amount of capitol, but it is has really taken the company to another level and it gives our customer a complete lifestyle approach. I think our plan though is to expand into other categories of the accessory umbrella so watch out for a jewelry and eyewear line soon. We always want to have that sort of accent piece that our customers can count on, like a candy store, they know they can come in and find something amazing to accessorize their outfits. We are also focusing on our online store and giving our customers the opportunity to offer feedback so that they are heard. And we are hoping to open three to five new retail stores each year as well.
Do you have any advice for young entrepreneurs getting started in the fashion industry?
I would say that the biggest thing is that they have to be passionate about what they do and I feel like in fashion you really have to kind of design with a purpose. You can’t just be creative for creative’s sake. You really have to approach it with a business point of view and come up with what your angle is and find the void in the market and then create a product that fills that void. I just think that there is so much talent out there and so much creativity but at the end of the day, you have to create a product that a consumer will want and need. Obviously, everybody has to be profitable otherwise you can’t stay in business. But I also think you have to love it and give it a purpose and have a business approach to doing it and most of all you have to have perseverance. You have to believe in yourself and you can’t give up too easily. If you are going to be a designer, you have to be open minded, keep evolving and keep listening to your customer. The biggest thing I do every day is listen to my customer because it helps me learn to grow. You can’t get stuck and a big part of this business is listening and growing with your customer.
play with my hair instead of my feelings thank u