An Afternoon With Troubadour Clothing

Written by on April 2, 2013 in Fashion, Line We Love - 14 Comments
An Afternoon With Troubadour Clothing

We recently took a trip down south to Charleston, South Carolina to check out the spring collection from Troubadour Clothing, a clothing line designed by Lindsey Carter. We teamed up with several successful, creative, Charleston based entrepreneurs (and all around great ladies) for a day in the sun modeling the new collection. We had such a great time and we know you’ll love these perfect spring looks.

Photography: Oliva Rae James
Clothing & styling: Troubadour Clothing
Glasses & tray: Eclectic Design
Models: Lindsey Carter of Troubadour Clothing, Jackie Thomson of LeapFrog PR, Hanna Seabrook of Gadabout, Chassity Evans of Look Linger Love, Lindsey of Cynthia Rowley, Deirdre Zahl of Candy Shop Vintage.
Beverages: Zonin Wines
Location: Vickery’s

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  • Tell us about Troubadour Clothing, how you started your company and your background.
    Troubadour is a women’s contemporary brand I started in 2009. After finishing design school at FIT in 2004, I was hired at J.Crew a few weeks later. Originally, I was on the men’s side, and at that point in time Mickey Drexler was starting the highly secretive concept “M,” which turned out to be Madewell. I was hired over to the start-up design team at Madewell and needless to say I was a pretty “green” (as in young in my career) designer handling multiple categories, including marketing and trim development, I must have done 100 back pocket jean sketches for the Madewell jean! Looking back, it was truly an amazing experience. I rekindled with my high school and college sweetheart and got engaged in late 2007. We moved back down South (after a short stint in the Dominican Republic, long story!) and a couple years later Troubadour was born.

  • How would you describe your style?
    I would say classic and quirky with a hint of the unexpected.

     

  • Do you have any advice for aspiring fashion designers?
    Definitely to get some training under your belt, learn as much as you can and listen to your inner voice. Running your own brand takes a lot more than just knowing how to sketch and sew.

  • Has living in the South reflected itself in your design aesthetic?
    I think living in the South has brought more color to my repertoire. Two years out from moving back down South and I was still wearing too much black, but I finally adopted some color. There’s so much beauty in color, and in the way certain colors can make you feel when you wear them. I also think living in the South has brought about a sunnier disposition in my design. I think it’s what brought about the quirkiness. If I still lived in New York I’d probably have a harder, edgier design direction. And honestly, as soon as the warm weather hits I get so inspired, and for me, inspiration these days is not about designing a bunch of black dresses. Not to say I don’t love my skulls, especially a pink skull Alexander McQueen scarf, but I’m geared more towards the light, abstract, color, quirk, and spaciousness of my own designs.

  • What was the inspiration behind your spring line? We love the colors and patterns!
    Thank you! I love designing Spring. It’s my fave! The inspiration came from the feeling of being at the beach; the sand and waves at your feet, the way an outgoing tide makes wrinkles in the sand, leftover footprints from people and birds on the beach, sun bleached bathing suits, the carefree feeling of seeing only a cobalt blue ocean for miles ahead. There are neutral tones of sand and dune balanced out with washed out neons, and different shades of blues, bright cyan and cobalt, which are all representations of this feeling (Well, to me at least!).

  • Where are some of your favorite places on the web for inspiration?
    Pinterest! I love pinterest. I get so inspired by imagery, usually nature imagery and the “feeling” of being somewhere, and the sights, smells, and colors that you would see. Images can evoke so much emotion, and in tandem with music, you can create a whole world. This is normally the spring board for me into creating the mood board, and from there the collection starts to develop. Before Pinterest, I used to spend hours on Getty images just looking for the perfect pictures.

  • What’s the biggest milestone in your career so far?
    Being on your fabulous site!

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  • How do you sparkle?
    With lots of green juice smoothies and yoga.

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