It’s 2012 and we can’t tell you all how excited we are to unveil all of the new collections we have waiting to be released! But first, let’s recap ‘11 shall we?
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(1) Sleeveless presents Cirque de la Mode- our Nashville Fashion Week After-Party! (2) Mary Steenburgen wearing our Byrdie Cuff while presenting at the 2011 CMT Music Awards. (3) Sleeveless SS ‘11 ad campaign shot in gorgeous Cali.
Prince wore our Athena Necklace while his bandmate shined in the Oxidized Diamond Necklace paired with Roberto Cavalli wardrobe!
But what was the biggest story of 2011 for Sleeveless?… Well, for those of you who haven’t heard, we now house our retail location (along with men’s line STATE by Abigail Franklin) out of our mobile pop-up aptly named "The Trunk".
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(1) We unveiled this labor of love while we were at the CMA lounge where we had some pretty cool customers come through! (2) Grace Potter stopped by the lounge, here with Kyah and Abigail. (3) Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott wears the Hook Wrap while performing at the CMAs (Photo by Rick Diamond/Getty Images North America).
And finally, our Holiday ad campaign was a cheerful way to end our year. Thanks for reminiscing with us, and be sure to honk when you see us in “The Trunk”!
Interested in working with fashion? Great news! SLEEVELESS is beginning to interview for Spring internships. We are looking for an enthusiastic individual who is responsible, hardworking, and has creative flair. If this sounds like you, we want to meet you!
All candidates should submit their resume along with a cover letter that answers ONE of the following questions:
- Why would you be a great fit for SLEEVELESS?
- What aspect of the fashion world are you interested in pursuing and why?
- What inspires you to create?
Please send resumes in a PDF format and any questions you may have to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 8th. Interviews will be held February 13th – 18th.
Looking forward to hearing from you!
Going once, Going Twice: Our First Auction Piece
Going once, going twice is a regular post that will give you an opportunity to own a one of a kind SLEEVELESS piece.
This shoulder chain amps up any outfit and can be worn 3 ways. Either over the shoulder, as pictured on Zarna of zarnasrunway.com, or draping in front as a layered chain necklace, or half of the chain in front and half in back with a backless dress or shirt.
Starting bid is 95.00 and the bids must go up in $10 increments. The cut off for the winning bid is Tuesday (November 29th) at 9 am. Leave your contact email and bids in the “comment” section. We look forward to announcing the first winner!
Let the bidding commence!!
Name: Kaela Kreysa
Title: Wholesale account manager/ Road sales rep
From: Lived in Nashville for almost a year! From the great state of Maryland originally
Like Brittany, you’ve been with the company almost from the beginning. For what reason are you most proud to say you’re part of the SLEEVELESS team? The experience of being a part of (and playing a large role in) an emerging fashion accessory line, and new company in general, is pretty invaluable at my young age. Seeing the ins and outs of every part of the business is exciting and it wouldn’t be the same without the wonderful team I work with. Not only are they fun, but I love how creative and ambitious each of the young women of Sleeveless is. From branding to design to sales, I am always learning something new from my job and from the girls I work with.
What feature do you like best about yourself and why? Hmm, probably my independent spirit! It certainly helps when I go on the road alone selling (and in life, in general). Physically I always get compliments on my green eyes.
What is your idea of the perfect weekend getaway? The perfect weekend getaway would begin by rounding up my 4 sisters and all my favorite ladies and gents from across the country (especially the ones from far away I don’t see as often). We’d all head out to a remote beach on the Eastern Shore, late summer. Days would be spent laying on the beach under the hot sun and going surfing in the ocean. We’d have a giant bonfire on the beach at dusk, grill out, drink red wine and play some good music as the moon rose high above the ocean into the night. We’d stay on the beach from sunset to sunrise dancing and laughing and talking. After we watch the sunrise we’d take quick and wake up and do it again.
Do you listen to your head or your heart the most? If I’m stuck I usually trust my heart.. I believe we intuitively know what’s best for us even if it doesn’t immediately make sense.
If you only had one day on earth, what would you cross off your bucket list? There are so many things I need to check off my bucket list, but if I had only one day, I’d be on a rocketship to outer space! I would love to experience the beauty of the universe and experience anti gravity. Seeing Earth from a distance would be an awesome way to gain perspective and gratitude before I died. I’d bring some good music and a really good chef with me while I’m at it.
What are some of your never-fail beauty tricks? I try to feel comfortable being myself. And I usually seem to have an eyelash curler on me.
There was an old woman that lived in a shoe….. Which pair of shoes would you live in? Can I live barefoot? When will this be socially acceptable! But if I had to choose one pair, lately I’ve been living in a pair of brown vintage oxfords I just got. They are so comfortable, have character, no one has the same ones, and they are for Fall.
If you were a cocktail, what would you be? Shaken or stirred? I’d be a whiskey and soda water.. stirred. Extra limes.
Which is your favorite SLEEVELESS piece? The Fringe Necklace in it’s original gold color. I always wear it when I am out selling. It’s sophisticated, yet edgy at the same time and it goes with everything.
We have a Name Game Winner! Our new necklace is now the “Adina” (Greek for adorned), and is available for purchase from our online store. Congratulations to Meredith Klapheke from Glasgow, KY for winning a 40% gift card to our online store!
Click here to buy your Adina now, and look for more pieces coming very soon.
Name: Brittany Dixon
Title: Production Manager
You’ve been with Sleeveless almost from the beginning- what accomplishment are you most proud of, and what are you most excited about regarding the future of Sleeveless? Since I graduated from O’More College of Design, I was very fortunate to have such a wonderful foundation already in place when I started with SLEEVELESS that taught me everything I know now. As for the future, I’m really excited for SLEEVELESS to grow into a brand where our customers are on the edge of their seats to see the new collection each season, and they can’t wait to wear it and show it off!
If you could play any movie role, which would it be and why? Is there a Martha Stewart movie yet? Seriously though, this is a tough one. I guess I would be Elizabeth Bennett from Pride and Prejudice. Cliché, I know… but she gets to live in the English countryside (GORGEOUS!), fall in love & marry the handsome and thoughtful Mr. Darcy, and then they get to live in that beautiful English manor, which is 20 minutes from the city of London in my imagination. It’s worth the silly cliché.
What beauty products can you not live without? SPF 15 moisturizer, dark purple/black nail polish, and L’Oreal Voluminous Mascara!
What would be your last meal, and would you eat your dessert first? Oh yes, I would totally eat dessert first. It would be a dark chocolate cake with blackberries, bavarian custard filling, swiss meringue buttercream frosting with fresh raspberries & blackberries. My last meal itself would be a grass-fed steak, lobster mac & cheese, with a sweet whole wheat french baguette and fresh butter. You can tell I don’t like cooking, right?
If you could be reincarnated, how would you come back to earth? I would be a wild Asian tiger. I love big cats, and I’ve always been intrigued by the beauty of the Asian landscape ever since I saw the movie The Last Samurai with Tom Cruise… which I later found out was mostly filmed in New Zealand, but I still love Asia!
What is your favorite thing about Fall? The crisp air, warm colors everywhere, and most importantly… Thanksgiving! It’s like Christmas without the hassle and stress of gifts.
Who are you most inspired by? People who fight to do what they’re passionate about, whatever that may be. Like my boyfriend for instance, he does what he loves and has owned his own business since he was 16- he’s now 22.
Which is your favorite Sleeveless piece? My hook wrap is the obvious winner, because I literally wear it all the time. My new favorites are the gemstone earrings with slinky leather fringe, and the winged pendant necklace. It’s simple but still makes a great impression.
We’re facing a dilemma over here at SLEEVELESS: We just created this amazing new fall necklace, but we’re at a loss of what to call it.
Here’s where you come in, our adoring fans… From now until Friday, September 23rd, we are having an online contest to see who can come up with the best name for this stunning necklace. Just post your vote in the comments section on our blog or on Facebook, and the SLEEVELESS Team will pick who wins. The winner will receive a 40% gift card to the SLEEVELESS online store! We’ll announce the winner Monday, September 26th on our blog and Facebook, so make sure you stay tuned in to find out if you won!
Put your thinking caps on, SLEEVELESS Fans- it’s time to play the NAAAAMMEE GAAAAMMEE. We can’t wait to hear your votes!
Name: Haven Sage Hillis
Title: SLEEVELESS Mascot
Age: 6 weeks old
From: Nashville, TN
What’s a typical day at the studio like? I oversee the goings on from my perch in my temperpedic vibrating chair. I wish they made baby gear in more fashion forward color palettes but, hey, it’s comfortable, so I can’t complain.
What are your thoughts on one day becoming the face of SLEEVELESS? Do you see a modeling career in your future? Naturally, it’s nice to be asked to be the face of Sleeveless. However, I think I’ll follow in my mom’s footsteps and work creatively behind-the-scenes on projects in the future.
What’s your favorite stuffed animal (name please), and on a scale of 1-10, how soft is it? So far, the best entertainment value that I’ve laid eyes upon is my black and white book! I can stare at that for hours. I love a strong graphic print…..bottles, bibs, keys…all in black and white. Doesn’t get much better than that! I’m not into stuffed animals just yet.
What is the best part about living in Nashville so far? Done anything exciting since you got here? Well, when I entered the world, we had a big party and popped champagne a few hours after I made my appearance. A lot of my new friends were there, and that was really fun, but I was so tuckered from being born that I slept thru most of it. Since then, I’ve hit up my favorite restaurants on more than one occasion: Eastland Cafe, Rosepepper Cantina, Silly Goose…to name a few. Oh, and I made a day trip out to Tomato Fest, but it was so hot that I had to retire early.
If you could be a rockstar for a day, who would you be and why? My friend, Greg Richardson, thinks that I’m Amy Winehouse reincarnate because I was born shortly after she passed, but I would dedicate my lungs to being Janis Joplin for a day or currently, Adele. I love her.
Which clothes and/or shoes in your mom’s closet are you eyeing to play dressup in? It’s changing all the time, but probably her Zara zebra print wedges and this ridiculous vintage white 80′s beaded cocktail dress. Not together….well, maybe all together.
Which SLEEVELESS piece can you not wait to get your hands on? The new Caesar necklace and the up-coming Fall 2011 petrified polished wood cocktail ring with lace engraving! I could probably wear the ring as a bracelet because I’m still so small boned.