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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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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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!cid_C27B213E-BA01-4B03-81DD-788FD8DA4348@gbwOur relationship with Swiftwick, a local company based in Brentwood, TN, is an interesting one, as you wouldn’t expect an upscale gift store in Green Hills to carry cycling apparel.  Their socks are the “go-to” line for many pro cycling teams, and lots of Nashville cyclists and triathletes buy from us.  Now the company markets to retailers that cater to other sports: golf, tennis, hiking, horseback riding, etc.

We were one of the first stores in Nashville to carry Swiftwick back in its infancy, in the spring of 2007.  I believe Gran Fondo, a much-loved bike store in Belle Meade, was their top seller, and we were Number 2.  The Tennessean has featured our Swiftwick socks in numerous articles, and we’ve sold them online to customers as far away as Turino, Italy.

Another plus is that Swiftwick comes up with new sock styles on a regular basis, and now they make shirts as well.  The company is kind enough to provide us with a limited supply of  custom socks: Torrey Pines (the famous golf course), various styles for Mellow Johnny (Lance Armstrong’s bike store in Austin, TX), and Nashville Striders, a local sports club for avid runners.

Full disclosure: I’m devoted fan of these socks.  Once you try them, you’ll never go back to generic department store socks.  And if you give them as a gift, expect the recipient to ask you for more.

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