Holiday Fashion Finds

Tap into Local Designers for Style

Eric Adler, head designer/master tailor and creator of Eric Adler Clothing in Nashville, creates garments that can be worn to black-tie celebrations or events, such as weddings, the symphony, charity gala or red carpet showings. His eclectic style is "tastefully bold."

In two of the pictorial examples accompanying this feature, EAC partner Jason Jarrett is wearing a burgundy houndstooth three-piece tuxedo ($1,975, Eric Adler) and a white button-down ($185, Eric Adler) with a Movado watch ($995) and Brush Gold Cuff Links ($35, Gent Street). In the same photo, Eric is wearing a black two-piece tuxedo ($1,525, Eric Adler) and a white bankers stripe button-down ($185, Eric Adler) with a matching pocket square ($26), a midnight blue silk ascot ($55, Eric Adler) and Dice Cuff Links ($40, Gent Street).

In the second picture, Eric is wearing an ivory wool cardigan ($395, Eric Adler), a white bankers stripe button-down shirt ($185) and an autumn brown plaid scarf ($65, Eric Adler), which he says could be worn in style to any fall or winter family party, while holiday shopping about town, or while relaxing with loved ones at home. 

For Women's Holiday Fashions

Cavanagh Baker, a 27-year-old Nashville-based luxury women's wear designer, dresses celebrities for red carpets, musicians who entertain, businesswomen who know what clothing they like and females whose work is motherhood—all with flair, bold tastes and standout styles. Her designs have been featured via The BachelorElle, The New York Times and other publications. All Cavanagh Baker garments are sourced from the finest textiles originating in France, Italy and Spain to provide longevity and supreme quality.

Since starting her business in 2016, Cavanagh quickly attracted performers and celebrities seeking memorable looks, such as Maren Morris, Karen Fairchild, Kimberly Schlapman of Little Big Town, Miranda Lambert, Kelsea Ballerini, Heidi Klum, Lucy Hale, Camila Mendes, Michelle Rodriguez and Angela Bassett.

Cavanagh's breakthrough came three years ago when she met a stylist who was working on Kelsea Ballerini’s "Peter Pan" music video, and she was asked to make a charming but edgy outfit for the singer. The video of Kelsea wearing Cavanagh's customized rompers with flowing trains has been viewed more than 52.4 million times on YouTube. Kelsea says they used a parachute and the song's lyrics as inspiration.

"Being in a relationship with someone that is never going to grow up can make someone feel tied down, so the straps used in the designs are to signify that feeling, but the flow of the skirts are symbols of freedom as she is finding out that this isn’t a healthy relationship and walks away.”

From her Music City brainchild setting, Cavanagh, along with a pattern maker and a seamstress, creates prototypes that are then produced in small-batch quantities in the heart of New York City’s fashion district, ensuring the most opulence quality on the market. She fits private clients at her design atelier in Nashville’s historic Cummins Station and also sells online at, as well as to a limited number of boutiques around the United States.

She's known for using interesting fabric, creating new silhouettes and for clothes that fit well and are solidly constructed. The Alabama native started at Vanderbilt University and got fashion technical training at the Savannah College of Art and Design, graduating with a fashion degree in 2014. At that time, her all-black senior collection, inspired by Edgar Allen Poe’s The Raven, received many honors upon its debut, including coverage in Women’s Wear Daily and Fashionista. She also worked in Reebok’s athletic design department in Boston before relocating to Nashville.

She now designs “for women who appreciate the fine art of dressing,” who typically are 40 to 65 years old. She says it's how these women put their looks together that sets them apart.

“The woman who wears our clothing doesn’t care what celebrities are wearing. She sees her style, knows what she wants, and buys it no matter what the fads are,” she adds. “They’re finding what they like as trendsetters. And they're travelers, artists, doctors, business professionals and mothers who focus on a lot of charity work.”

Nashville residents like to drop by Cavanagh’s eye-catching boutique front to get glimpses of her limited edition, made-to-order garments, which she confides are inspired by individuality and textures.

Her new collection offers a ready-to-wear line composed of classic silhouettes and unique, sophisticated fabrics. Luxury, drama and glamour are the visual hallmarks of the designs of Cavanagh Baker. 

Cavanagh says clothing trends are leaning toward more casual, however it's easy to "glam up" casual outfits with one statement piece, such as overcoats. 

Eric Adler Clothing
709B Main St., Nashville

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