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How cool are these?  Our pocket-sized Field Notes books come as a three-pack ($12), and each is saddle-stitched with 48 pages.  Inspired by vintage agricultural books and pocket ledgers, they’re printed and manufactured in the United States.  I love the company’s slogan: “I’m not writing it down to remember it later; I’m writing it down to remember it now.”  No wonder they have such a cult following.

To see more, click here for a fun video.

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Claridge & King is a collection of women’s loungewear inspired by classic menswear fabrics and tailoring.  The company was founded in 2008 by sisters, Laurann Claridge and Lizbeth King.  We now carry their popular “His is Hers” oxford cloth shirts ($105), which “you’ll live in, play in and sleep in” according to Lizbeth.  The colors are: white, pink and blue.  Sizes range from XS to XL, or 0-16.

Other features: 100% oxford cloth cotton; mother-of-pearl buttons; packaged in striped button sham; classic center placket on front; box pleat on back, under yoke; and soft collars and cuffs.  Monogram options will be available early next year.

[photo courtesy of Claridge & King]

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It’s that time of year again!  We’re pleased to welcome Nashville artist Ben Caldwell for his annual Winter Show on Friday, December 11 & Saturday, December 12, 2009.  Store Hours: 10 am – 5:30 pm.  Joining him, as their schedules permit, will be the following special guests:
Scott Witherow of Olive & Sinclair Chocolate Company, Nashville, TN — This chef-turned-chocolatier will be serving his Mexican hot chocolate, which is made from Olive & Sinclair’s artisan chocolate ($6/bar).
Luci Crow, who’ll be representing her friend Kelly Joseph of Seaside, FL — Kelly’s popular jewelry designs are made of leather cording and high-quality pearls ($60 – $650).
Mike Quaranta & Marston Maddox of Two Good Dogs, Nashville, TN — This local company makes all-natural Granola Barks dog treats ($5/bag).  Both recently graduated from the Owen Business School at Vanderbilt.
Sarah Scarborough of Partners Tea Company, Nashville, TN — Sarah will be discussing and serving tea made from her organic and fair trade tea company ($10/tin).
Bob Schatz, Photographer, Nashville, TN —   Bob recently published a book, Nashville By Design: Architectual Treasures, which is becoming one of this season’s best-selling Christmas gifts ($48.95).
[special thanks to Caroline Allison and Bob Schatz for use of these photographs]

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I love Barbour jackets.  It’s one of those authentic British brands that strikes a perfect balance between fashion and function.  We have a limited supply: two styles, three colors, all in a quilted flyweight fabric.  These are great for travel, as they’re lightweight and don’t wrinkle.  The belted one at left sells for $212; the other two are $150.

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Have you picked up a copy of Garden & Gun magazine this month?  This quality publication is out of Charleston, SC, and we’re thrilled to be included in their December 2009/January 2010 issue.  Associate editor, Haskell Harris, included us in their It’s a Southern Thing gift guide, which features 20 unique items from across the South.  At the magazine’s request, we had Ben do a silverplated magnolia leaf tray with antler handle ($450), which we shipped to Brian Woodcock’s studio in Atlanta, GA, to be photographed for the issue about a month ago.  If you have time, check out Brian’s website.  His food, fashion and product photography is truly amazing.

Note: this exact piece has been sold to a customer out-of-town, but we have several more silver trays available.  For info, call Ellen Caldwell at 615-298-5800, or send an email: ellenc@caldwellcollection.com.

[special thanks to Garden & Gun’s staff and Brian Woodcock for use of these photographs]

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