I just finished reading Lisa Cohen’s book All We Know: Three Lives, which is basically a biography of three relatively forgotten women who crossed paths occasionally in the 1920s and ’30s. I’d already read about Mercedes de Acosta (you can’t get through a biography of Greta Garbo or Marlene Dietrich without finding Mercedes lurking on the pages), but I hadn’t heard of the historian Esther Murphy (pretty much only known today for being the sister of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s friend Gerald Murphy) or of the fashion editor Madge Garland.
All three women traveled around in artistic circles and had friends more famous than themselves: everyone from Virginia Woolf, to Nancy Mitford, to Gertrude Stein, to–of course–Greta Garbo makes an apperance. There were names I’d heard of and then names, like Eyre De Lanux, that had me hitting up Google.
Eyre De Lanux was an American-born artist/writer/designer. She painted modern portraits, wrote for magazines, and designed art deco furniture in Paris during the ’20s and ’30s. She lived to the age of 102, her work practically forgotten, but a lot of her designs look so modern now, especially the rugs she made with her partner Evelyn Wyld. And then there is her look: sleek and angular, simple clothes and bangles and slicked back hair. De Lanux was a tastemaker for magazines like Harper’s Bazaar and Town & Country, and there was a reason for it.
Well, the Porter Flea Holiday Market turned out to be even better than I thought it would be. I knew it would be fun, if only because it’d give me a chance to hang out with Lauren for a whole day and a half. I had no idea how huge the market would be, or how many good booths there’d be or how many Nashville creatives I’d get to meet.
I came away loving Nashville even more than I did before, if that was possible. It’s exciting to live in a city where so many things are happening and where so many people are doing really inspiring, creative things. Also, people are just so nice and supportive. I’m still getting used to it.
I met lots of talented people: our booth neighbor Elizabeth Suzann (I’m in love with everything she makes, but maybe this coat most of all), Courtney from Hey Rooster General Store, the designers behind local labels Annie Williams and Josi Faye. I bought a necklace from Consider the Wldflwrs and traded Auraria things for yarn from Camellia Fiber Company and a copper bangle from Jennifer Jeremias.
Our own booth was a mix of our styles: Lauren’s rugs and furniture from our house. Drew made a bookshelf and a sign, and I brought lots of plants (did I mention that I’ve become obsessed with them?). Lauren’s winter collection sold out, and I’m hoping that she makes more pieces because they really were beautiful. And I need to get shopping again, because most of my fall and winter stuff at Auraria sold too. That’s why the shop is pretty bare (and summery) at the moment.
Top photo taken by Lauren (I completely forgot to take pictures)
I haven’t updated Auraria since our move to Nashville, and the shop might seem like it’s on hiatus, but really it’s not. I’ve just been busy gathering winter things for the Holiday Porter Flea Market, where I’ll be sharing a booth with Lauren.
If you’re in Nashville this weekend you should definitely come on by! I haven’t been to a Porter Flea before, but I’ve heard great things from Lauren, and the lineup looks great. Lots of designers and vendors selling handmade and vintage wares, plus food trucks and a new food tent. I’m especially excited to see Lauren’s new collection (still haven’t seen it yet), and to check out the Elizabeth Suzann and Camellia Fiber Company booths.
In the Auraria booth I’ll be selling vintage holiday dresses, coats, lots of silk pieces and necklaces. I’ve also been tracking down lots of ceramic pots and ’70s design books, and I’ll be selling some mini hanging planters too.
Track One Building: (4th and Chestnut), 1211 4th Ave S, Nashville, TN 37210
Friday, Dec 6th, 6 – 9 PM: V.I.P. Preview Market. 21+. (you have to have tickets for this one and I’m pretty sure they’re sold out, but maybe they take bribes?)
Saturday, Dec 7th, 10 AM – 6 PM: Main market. Free admission.