Meet the Nominees

 
 

Member Voted Awards

 
 

NFA Emerging Talent Award Nominees

This award is presented to a creative individual or company, in the fashion business for five years or less. Nominees may be designer-led brands, photographers, models, stylists, HMU artists, textile designers…anyone you feel deserves to be recognized as an emerging talent in our industry.

 
 

Savannah Yarborough of Atelier Savas

Savas makes unique, one-of-a-kind pieces from the finest hides and furs in the world. It is steeped in a tradition all its own, where blues and rock music mix with stardust and mystery, like the sound of ancient cultures and old magic echoing across space and time. Savas is committed to creating bespoke leather pieces of superior quality and design that far exceed anything else available on the market today. A Savas jacket conjures the inner power of its wearer.

Savannah Yarborough opened Savas in 2014. Her work is as equally influenced by her Southern native roots as by her formal British education. Think hot nights and whiskey on ice; the scruffy, decadent, pulsing electric energy of rock & roll. In the years prior, Yarborough refined her craft working as the senior menswear designer at Billy Reid, where she created the elegant tailoring, rich materials and subtle charm that earned the American label critical and popular acclaim. Her strength comes from this extensive training in menswear clothing, where fit and function are paramount. She has a mental and emotional connection to the material and an innate, visceral connection between her hands and her mind. The tips of her fingers coax raw matter into trappings fit for (rock) gods. Yarborough attended Central St. Martins, where she graduated in 2012 with First Class Honors in Fashion Design for Menswear.

 
 
 

Liz Hodder of Liz Hodder Studio

Even as a child in Richmond, Virginia, Liz Hodder always created art. "Leonardo DaVinci was my rock star when I was growing up" she remembers. She studied human ecology, social work and philosophy, collaborating with nonprofits and organizations including cancer support communities. An opportunity to study the Maker Movement in California in association with Harvard University led her to revive to her own fine art practice and found it informed her other work in unanticipated, positive ways. Hodder refined her practice with a focus on connection—visually, thematically, and socially.

 
 
 

Nancy Youssef of Curves with Purpose

Nancy Youssef is a Nashville-based global entrepreneur and fashion designer creating a fashion movement for women of diverse shapes and sizes to celebrate themselves! 

Curves with Purpose is an omni channel retail start-up ascending the movement of shape diversity, curating global brands for women sizes up to 5X, utilizing an online fit tool to ease the shopping experience and most importantly and fundamentally true to our foundation we continue to support our charitable partners in an effort to help disrupt the cycle of poverty.

 
 
 

Natalie Busby of Natalie Busby

The Natalie Busby Collection was born out of the desire to create timeless building blocks for a modern and versatile wardrobe. We don’t chase seasons, or trends. We chase only that feeling when a garment strikes the perfect balance between ease and luxury. 

Natalie is the founder and designer of the womenswear line, Natalie Busby. When she began the collection, her philosophy was simple: Women want to be busy living life, not dressing for it. Each piece is designed with the mission that women should feel both comfortable and confident in their clothes. All of the collections are sewn ethically in the United States and the line focuses on incorporating many natural and sustainable fabrications.

 
 
 

Lindsey Stewart Sherrod of Lilyan James

Born and raised in Tennessee, Lindsey Stewart Sherrod established LILYAN JAMES with dual intentions; honoring the women in her family and exploring fashion production within rural communities. Taking cues from a mother who underscored a kind treatment of the earth and a father who spent his childhood in Japan, she found her own aesthetic fused in their worlds and her own design practice while working for humanitarian organizations recognized by The New York Times. Her desire to continue learning collided with a deeply-rooted past when she met a third-generation leathermaker in a rural community and decided to immerse herself in the process, launching a line of equestrian inspired, casually elegant handbags from luxurious leathers. 

Our vision continues to be creating versatile products that encapsulate the condition and fluidity of what it means to be an American woman today. We value timeless techniques, yet also the environment and the craftsman. We value community, yet also exploration and redefinition. Each handbag is individually cut and sewn in the United States and made within rural communities by leather workers keen on applying a renewed sense of durability and character to modern handbag silhouettes. Each design is grounded in the belief that a woman ultimately defines what she carries.

 
 
 

Lindsey Walker of Walker Jewelry

Walker Jewelry is made by hand in the village of Old Hickory, TN by Lindsay Walker, designer and metalsmith from Charleston, SC. Making jewelry by using traditional silversmith techniques learned while earning a degree in fine metals design while studying in Copenhagen, Denmark, Walker creates pieces that are meant to be worn through every season, and is focused on sustainable material sourcing and production. The designs are inspired by buildings, bridges, subcultures, and beauty found in the South.

 
 
 

Womenswear Designer of the Year Award

This award is presented to a women’s wear designer/brand that has been in business for at least five years, has an e-commerce website and has at least one full collection or product line. This brand must show exceptional growth and promise within the field of women’s apparel design.

 
 

Amanda Valentine of Amanda Valentine

Amanda Valentine has lived and worked in Nashville for 12 years.  You will find her designing color blocked maxi dresses and graphic t-shirts or dressing rock bands for music videos and the red carpet.


 
 
 

Caitlin Stolley of Lily Guilder

Caitlin Stolley is the designer and owner of Lily Guilder Design. She earned her BS in Theatre at Northwestern University with an emphasis in costume design, dance and art.  Her career began as a costume designer working in television, film and off- Broadway theatre in NYC and LA including gigs on “Law and Order” and “Rescue Me.”

Lily Guilder’s day glam garments brighten up a room.  The line is inspired by vintage style lines but rendered in performance fabric allowing the wearer maximum “danceability” and comfort in motion.   Made proudly and with love in Nashville, each statement piece can be worn several ways (coats turn into capes, hoods into bags) and turn heads in any crowd. You are beautiful…slip into something more fabulous! 

 
 
 

Cavanagh Baker of Cavanagh Baker

Cavanagh Baker is a luxury women’s wear designer based in Nashville, Tennessee. As a rising name in luxury designer wear, her pieces showcase a unique boldness, focusing on individuality, textures, and silhouettes. Her designs have been featured on Americas Got Talent, Elle, The New York Times, and many other notable publications.  Her designs have been worn by celebrities Heidi Klum, Lucy Hale, Camilla Mendes, Little Big Town and Maren Morris to name a few.

Her namesake brand, which received high honors, was developed when she was still attending Savannah College of Art & Design, where she earned her fashion degree in 2014.  Before starting her first design studio in 2016, Cavanagh worked in Reebok’s athletic design department in Boston. At 25, Cavanagh’s success in fashion at such a young age is credited to her eye for bold but classic silhouettes and unique, sophisticated fabrics, sourced from France, Italy, and Spain.  Until recently, Cavanagh’s designs have only been available exclusively at her atelier in Nashville. Cavanagh has since launched a direct-to-consumer ecommerce strategy to establish herself as a strong online brand. 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. She designs everyday wear for women who still practice the fine art of dressing.

 
 
 

Ashley Balding of Ona Rex

Ona Rex was established in 2014 and seeks to provide unique, luxurious garments to the bold, independent woman. Saturated colors, rich textures, and careful silhouettes invoke a sense of serene strength amidst the chaos of the modern world. Ona Rex is designed and produced in-house in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley Balding received her fashion education at O'More College of Design.  Amidst working for companies such as Otis James and Ceri Hoover post-graduation, Balding began her own endeavor with a purposeful path of creating fearless garments for fearless women.  

 
 
 

Women's Accessories Designer of the Year Award

This award is presented to an accessory designer/brand that has been in business for at least five years and has an ecommerce website and at least one full collection or product line. This brand must show exceptional growth and promise within the field of accessory design for women.

 
 

Mclaine Richardson of Margaret Ellis Jewelry

Mclaine Richardson, the owner/designer of Margaret Ellis Jewelry, is an artist at heart and an entrepreneur by choice. The native Nashvillian’s love of art and design was fostered from a young age through a variety of medium. It was while studying abroad in Florence, Italy that she first discovered her interest in metalwork and jewelry design. Mclaine joined Margaret Ellis Inc. in 2009 as a production metalsmith and quickly took on more responsibilities in studio management and design before ultimately purchasing the business from Margaret in December 2012 upon her retirement. Mclaine chose to honor her mentor's 30-year design history and long-time collectors by keeping Margaret’s name, but it’s now often referred to simply as ME. Margaret Ellis Jewelry utilizes strong shapes and textures to bring new relevance to classic handcrafted designs made-to-order in their Berry Hill studio showroom. Precious metals, individually select pearls and stones form modern and timeless works of art designed to be worn for years to come.

 
 
 

Ceri Hoover of Ceri Hoover

“I don’t really fit in with the “fashion scene.” I didn’t train to be a fashion designer. I didn’t intern for Vogue, and I didn’t spend a summer abroad in Milan. I grew up in the Outer Banks of North Carolina, the land of sea oats, wild horses, and driftwood. From North Carolina I moved to the Panhandle of Florida and traded in a pebbly beach for sugar-white sand, and wild horses for alligators. In neither place could I have been farther away from 5th Avenue or Rodeo Drive had I been on the moon… but I had beauty all around me, and it seeped into my soul like the salt in my skin.

I became a designer late in life, after starting a family and realizing that if I wanted to surround myself with that beauty, then I would have to make it myself. So, I learned to sew, began sourcing materials, and started down the path that has led me to the creative hub of Nashville, and to the handbags, shoes, and apparel I create today. My style is not complicated or revolutionary. I make what I want, and I want materials of the finest quality, with rich colors and textures, and with no unnecessary adornments. I want products that last a lifetime, can be dressed up or dressed down, and make me feel special. And I want that for my customer, too.

If you are looking for the latest trend or the hottest seasonal wear, then maybe I’m not for you. But if you are looking for classic quality, with a style that adapts, then I encourage you join me on my path.”

 
 
 

Barrett Ward of ABLE

Barrett Ward is the CEO and visionary behind ABLE, the rapidly growing Nashville-based lifestyle brand disrupting the fashion industry with a social conscience. Ward and his wife Rachel started ABLE in 2010 to create sustainable economic opportunities for women overcoming extraordinary circumstances in Ethiopia. Under his leadership, ABLE has grown from a single collection of handwoven scarves made in one community to a lifestyle brand with beautiful leather bags, jewelry, clothing, and shoes made globally in Ethiopia, Peru, Mexico, Brazil and locally in Nashville, TN. 

ABLE is a lifestyle brand on a mission to end generational poverty by providing economic opportunity for women. We are the first fashion company to publish our lowest wages because we believe complete transparency is the only way to empower and protect the most vulnerable workers, most of whom are women.

 
 
 

Anna Zeitlin of Fanny & June

Fanny & June creates limited run and custom hats. From casual, everyday hats to heirloom bridal pieces with couture details. Each Fanny & June hat is consciously crafted by hand in Nashville, TN using traditional millinery methods.

A lifelong hat lover, Anna Zeitlin has been making hats since 2009. She worked for a hat designer in Los Angeles before fine-tuning her skills through studying with milliners and other couturiers in Paris, London and New York. Anna has a degree in Film from Columbia College Chicago. She lives in Nashville, where she also helps run Zeitgeist Gallery and Arts & Music at Wedgewood-Houston.

 
 
 

Menswear and Men's Accessories Designer of the Year Award

This award is presented to a menswear or men’s accessory designer/brand that has been in business for at least five years and has an ecommerce website and at least one full collection or product line. This brand must show exceptional growth and promise within the field of product design for men. 

 
 

Eric Bornhop of Eric Adler Clothing

After graduating with a degree in Psychology and Spanish from Emory University and unsure with what to do with his career, Eric Adler Bornhop moved abroad to Spain to teach English. While abroad, Eric was intrigued with the well dressed Spanish culture and decided to pursue a career in fashion.  Returning to Nashville in 2012, Eric began his design career as an apprentice to the legendary Mexican Designer and Tailor to the stars, Manuel. 

Eric Adler Clothing is a mixture of the influences of Southern American style on his upbringing and the eccentric, star spangled style of his mentor Manuel. Although EA is predominantly a custom clothier, Eric Adler Clothing is an eclectic collection of tastefully bold menswear. 

 
 
 

Denton Hunker of Hunker Bag Co.

Hunker Bag Co. supplies an exclusive range of handcrafted leather and waxed canvas bags. Founded in Nashville, Tennessee in 2015 by Denton Hunker, Hunker Bag Co. was born out of a desire to provide people with functional yet trendy travel bags.

Each bag that bears the Hunker Bag Co. label is specially handmade and designed from locally and ethically sourced, high quality materials, made in small batches for you and your lifestyle. 

 
 
 

Christina Chapman of Brownlee Bathing Corp

BROWNLEE offers clothing that aim to embody the simplicity, quality, and essence of clothing from times-passed, while reinterpreting them to meet the needs of the modern-day man.

From Good Grit: “The company prints its own textiles, cuts its own fabric, and sews the pieces together right here in the U.S.—a first for a men’s luxury swimwear line. The textiles are proprietary to Brownlee, designed in-house by Christina and her team. The fabrics are sourced from only the best mills in the world. The textiles in Brownlee’s newest collection have been made by an artist in collaboration with Christina, and they exist only in Brownlee’s studio.”

 
 
 

Otis James of Otis James

Otis James, the man, is a self-taught artisan capmaker who currently resides in the hills of East Tennessee. He’s been known to make a few ties, as well.

Otis James, the brand, was founded in 2010 on the heels of an epic solo bicycle trip that took Otis 4,000 miles around the United States. During this journey, Otis discovered his passion for creating goods of quality and character and facilitating connection between an item and the the hands that made it. 

 
 
 
 

Patrick Woodyard of Nisolo

Patrick is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo, an E-Commerce Footwear & Accessories brand striving to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss, where he studied Global Business, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. After graduating, Patrick took a micro-finance job in Peru, where he met a group of shoemakers who, regardless of their talent, faced the grim reality of low wages and unsafe working conditions that many people within the fashion industry face today. Patrick co-founded Nisolo with the vision to offer customers high quality products at competitive prices and manufacture them in a manner that champions people and the planet in the process. For his work with Nisolo, Patrick has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, an “Innovator Changing The South” by Southern Living, and a Global Accelerator Entrepreneur by the United Nations. Patrick resides in Nashville with his wife, Sally Ward, and the pair are happily expecting their first baby girl, Anna Campbell, in January of 2019!

 
 
 
 

Outside the Lines Award

As with all creative endeavors, there are some things that don’t fall neatly into one category or another. We celebrate these innovative pioneers who excel outside the traditional lines of the fashion industry with this award. 

 

Liz Hodder of Liz Hodder Studio

Even as a child in Richmond, Virginia, Liz Hodder always created art. "Leonardo DaVinci was my rock star when I was growing up" she remembers. She studied human ecology, social work and philosophy, collaborating with nonprofits and organizations including cancer support communities. An opportunity to study the Maker Movement in California in association with Harvard University led her to revive to her own fine art practice and found it informed her other work in unanticipated, positive ways. Hodder refined her practice with a focus on connection—visually, thematically, and socially.

 
 

Jennifer Luckett of January Moon

Artist, jewelry designer, and mother, Jennifer Luckett, founded January Moon in 2016 after her son, Shep, began teething and dismantled her most beloved accessories. She applied her knowledge in jewelry construction gained working under acclaimed designer, Judith Bright, with her vision as an artist to bring the first complete line of premium-quality, luxury teething accessories to life. Scoring collaborations with celebrated style gurus like Oh Joy! and features by British Vogue, Pregnancy & Newborn Magazine and DesignSponge Everyday, January Moon delivers elevated teething essentials to every member of the fashion forward family.

Having worked everywhere from a puppet workshop, to the galleries on 5th Avenue, to the studio of jewelry designer, Judith Bright, Jenny has deep roots in Nashville’s art and fashion communities. As an artist and designer, she is dedicated to celebrating modern motherhood, crafting high-quality, contemporary teething jewelry and accessories that are as functional as they are fashionable. Jenny lives on the Eastside with her 4 year old son Shep, baby girl Delaney and husband, Mike where she enjoys adventures in camping, cooking, and creating.

 
 

Sarah Bellos of Stony Creek Colors

Stony Creek Colors exists to catalyze the transition from unsustainable synthetic dyes towards renewable plant-based dyes in textiles and the fashion industry. They develop and manage seed-to-harvest agricultural supply chains to integrate with innovative industrial processes and deliver safe and reliable bio-based dyes to textile mills and dyehouse customers. Stony Creek’s strategy relies on innovating and building partnerships with farmers, mills, and brands to achieve their dream of making pure, vibrant, consistent and scalable dyes. 


By taking what’s good about synthetic dyes (consistency, vibrancy, and scalability) and leaving out what’s harmful (toxins, industrial pollutants, and nonrenewable carbon sources), Stony Creek is innovating natural dyes that clean up the fashion industry and sequester carbon through sustainable agriculture. Their dyes improve profitability and ecosystem health for farmers, while empowering designers, brands, and mills with greater transparency and traceability. The company has launched their first product, natural indigo for the denim industry, with a goal of producing 15,000 acres of indigo in the USA in the next four years. This means they will replace 2.8% of synthetic indigo dye globally. But this is only beginning: R&D and partnerships are already underway into their next colors and sources.

 
 

Creative Collaborators

Awarded to individuals, teams, or companies that have worked together to create products, campaigns, or events that speak to the inherently collaborative spirit of Nashville. 

 

Natalie Busby x HONOR | OF

Jessica Robertson is a 31 year old, native Nashvillian who started HONOR | OF after the tragic loss of her brother two years ago. Looking to find beauty within all the pain, she fell in love with working with plants & the therapeutic nature that is the art of natural dyeing. Nature has always provided her with the incredible opportunity to explore herself & dig deeper into the world around her. In return, she has found tremendous healing, necessary solitude, endless inspiration, as well as the appropriate space and medium to practice mindfulness while working towards reducing her environmental footprint. The art of natural dyeing has strengthened her connection with the natural world while helping her understand her place in it.

The Natalie Busby Collection was born out of the desire to create timeless building blocks for a modern and versatile wardrobe. We don’t chase seasons, or trends. We chase only that feeling when a garment strikes the perfect balance between ease and luxury. 

Natalie is the founder and designer of the womenswear line, Natalie Busby. When she began the collection, her philosophy was simple: Women want to be busy living life, not dressing for it. Each piece is designed with the mission that women should feel both comfortable and confident in their clothes. All of the collections are sewn ethically in the United States and the line focuses on incorporating many natural and sustainable fabrications.

 
 

Brett Warren x Ona Rex

Ona Rex was established in 2014 and seeks to provide unique, luxurious garments to the bold, independent woman. Saturated colors, rich textures, and careful silhouettes invoke a sense of serene strength amidst the chaos of the modern world. Ona Rex is designed and produced in-house in Nashville, Tennessee.

Ashley Balding received her fashion education at O'More College of Design.  Amidst working for companies such as Otis James and Ceri Hoover post-graduation, Balding began her own endeavor with a purposeful path of creating fearless garments for fearless women.  

Brett Warren is a photographer in Nashville, New York, and beyond. Exploring both utilitarian and fantastical worlds using photography, set creation, and story telling as tools to do so.

 
 

New Hat Project x ELT Collective

New Hat Projects is an art and design studio based in Nashville that specializes in custom wallpaper and immersive interior installations. Founders Kelly Diehl and Elizabeth Williams began working together in 2016 out of a shared passion for creating environments that both pay homage to traditional decorative forms and present a fresh vision of contemporary indoor living. This past May the duo released Collection One, their first line of wallpaper products and accessories that showcases bold patterns built from the interior problem solving of their custom work practice. 

ELT collective is a Nashville­ based fashion design company that specializes in all-purpose, contemporary leather handbags and small accessories. Erin Leigh Christie is a local, Nashville-native fashion designer—founder of ELT collective, her own leather handbag company. Her line features modern functionality with minimal classically inspired designs.

 
 

The Callaway x Keep Shop x Domino Magazine

The Callaway is a Nashville-based communications agency that helps creative companies tell their stories. Our international clientele include businesses in the areas of fashion, beauty, design, retail and hospitality who come to us for services ranging from brand strategy and public relations to retail curation, and event management. 

Keep Shop is a luxury retail experience in Noelle, a reimagined hotel in downtown Nashville. The store is curated by Christine Visneau, the retail director of the Dallas-based management company Makeready, and Nashville creative consultant Libby Callaway. Together, the women enlisted the city’s top fashion designers, makers and artists to design exclusive and one-of-a-kind products. The result is a vibrant, ever-changing mix of distinctive clothing, accessories, home goods and print media, in addition to a thoughtfully edited range of vintage and antiques goods. Keep Shop’s influence extends beyond its 600-square-foot selling floor. Throughout the year, the store hosts pop-up events designed to provide our local creative partners and other dynamic fashion companies from across the United States with a unique platform to share their work with the Nashville community.

Domino is the go-to resource for design lovers who want to bring their personal style home.  We inspire customers to create a happy home by celebrating their individuality, providing them with need-to-know information, and empowering them to shop for what they love.  Domino magazine is published four times a year and fresh content is updated continuously on domino.comand Domino’s app. In addition to its editorial and commerce offerings, Domino recently launched a successful real estate staging business where it creates model homes in concert with developers, advertising brands, leading designers and unique artisans and makers.

 
 

NFA Champion Award

This award is given to a talented and dedicated industry leader who embodies the values of the NFA and champions our creative community. This individual’s product or service has had a positive impact on our regional fashion community through advocacy, working sustainably, and/or innovating local fashion and design.

 
 
 

Cara Jackson

Cara Jackson is a business manager and former intellectual property lawyer. Cara began her career at Rodale Inc., a health and wellness publisher, working in corporate communications and business development/business affairs in their New York office. In 2007, she relocated to Nashville to work at Bass, Berry & Sims--first, as a lawyer in the Intellectual Property & Technology Group, where she counseled clients ranging from start-ups to publicly traded companies, then as a Managing Director in the Corporate & Securities Group, where she led business development efforts. An enthusiastic supporter of the Nashville creative community, Cara currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Nashville Fashion Alliance and Nashville Opera.

Cara Jackson provides business management services to fashion companies, artists and other creative businesses. Drawing on over a decade of experience working with creatives, Cara consults on strategic, financial, operational, marketing and legal matters. Her clients have included womenswear, menswear, jewelry, handbag and textile designers, retailers, ceramicists and installation artists.

 
 
 

Liz Pape of Elizabeth Suzann

I’m Liz, the designer and founder of Elizabeth Suzann. I live here in Nashville, TN with my husband (and business partner) and our two dachshunds, Odie and Oscar. I studied Art History and Political Science in college, and I graduated with a liberal arts degree from Flagler College in St. Augustine, FL. During our first year in Nashville, I started selling the clothing I'd sewn as a hobby here and there - and the snowball was off and rolling! I fine tuned and polished my philosophy about building an intentional wardrobe after I had started selling at craft fairs and on Etsy. I then developed a real business model and set goals about eight months into it. Over the past five years Elizabeth Suzann has grown into something I am so proud of.

 
 
 

Elise Joseph of Goodwin

Goodwin is an online women’s retail concept based in Nashville, Tennessee. Their unique collection includes exclusive designs from independent and emerging designers both locally and across the globe. As a purveyor of meaningful beauty and design, they seek simplicity and mindful consumption and are proud to partner with artists who share in their belief of intentional, thoughtful and quality design.

Elise Joseph is a Nashville-based art director, creative consultant and shop owner. She founded her retail concept Goodwin in the fall of 2016, and has previously collaborated with leading brands such as Nordstrom, West Elm, Madewell, L’Oreal Paris, Ulta Beauty and more. She has been featured in InStyle Magazine, The Sartorialist, Domino Magazine, Refinery29, Fashionista and WhoWhatWear.com, and her blog Pennyweight has become a resource for all things style and design. Elise has amassed over a million followers across her online outlets and her expertise in marketing, branding and social media has helped develop several fashion and lifestyle companies.

 
 
 

Patrick Woodyard of Nisolo

Patrick is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo, an E-Commerce Footwear & Accessories brand striving to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss, where he studied Global Business, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. After graduating, Patrick took a micro-finance job in Peru, where he met a group of shoemakers who, regardless of their talent, faced the grim reality of low wages and unsafe working conditions that many people within the fashion industry face today. Patrick co-founded Nisolo with the vision to offer customers high quality products at competitive prices and manufacture them in a manner that champions people and the planet in the process. For his work with Nisolo, Patrick has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, an “Innovator Changing The South” by Southern Living, and a Global Accelerator Entrepreneur by the United Nations. Patrick resides in Nashville with his wife, Sally Ward, and the pair are happily expecting their first baby girl, Anna Campbell, in January of 2019!

 
 
 

Social Enterprise Award

This award is presented to the individual/brand/organization who represents an outstanding commitment to supporting causes greater than the merchandise itself. Whether that is an environmental or humanitarian effort, the award winner is demonstrates exemplary dedication to purpose for the good of their community and activation of that community to support their cause. 

 
 

Emily Mahoney and Lauren Carpenter of the BRANDED Collective

Emily Landham Mahoney and Lauren Carpenter are the founders of the BRANDED Collective. The company was born in 2012 out of a desire to provide economic independence and professional empowerment to survivors of human trafficking currently in recovery in Nashville. Our hope is to inspire survivors of trafficking to rediscover the dreams they have lost along the way and be motivated to go forth and pursue them. Learning to design and build jewelry beside these brave, determined women continues to be a profound joy.

Emily is an honors graduate of New York University Tisch School of the Arts where she majored in Dramatic Arts. When she isn’t making jewelry, she’s likely playing pretend. Emily currently lives in Nashville with her handsome husband Houston.

Lauren is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Kentucky where she majored in Integrated Strategic Communication and minored in Business. Previously, Lauren worked at the Williamson Chamber and the Social Enterprise Alliance. When she isn’t at BRANDED, Lauren enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and their nine-month-old baby girl, Holland Rose.

 
 
 

Christiana Afotey of Threads by Dreads

Christiana Afotey is the designer and owner of the Threads by Dreads LLC Apparel Line. TBD produces bespoke clothing for the social conscious shopper that strives to look bold while making a global impact. Ten percent of sales from our pop up events goes towards the Threads by Dreads Foundation. 

The mission of the foundation is to empower exemplary students into pioneering leaders of tomorrow. Since 2016, the Threads by Dreads Foundation has been offering scholarships to high school and college students in Ghana, financial literacy and entrepreneurial consulting services to our Nashville family. Our Foundation also offers grants for STEM based and Energy Efficient Architectural  Designs geared towards economic development and the preservation of the Ghanaian culture.

 
 
 

Barrett Ward of FASHIONABLE

FASHIONABLE is a lifestyle brand focused on ending generational poverty by working with women, both locally and globally, who have often overcome extraordinary circumstances. The brand has grown from producing a single collection of hand-woven scarves to a full offering that includes leather goods, hand-made jewelry, denim, and footwear. Whether your purchase is produced in Ethiopia, Mexico, Peru or at their headquarters in Nashville, each item has one thing in common: through working with women, it is leading all of us a step closer to the end of generational poverty.

While living in Ethiopia, Barrett Ward saw firsthand how extreme poverty forced young women, generation after generation, to resort to prostitution as a means of supporting themselves and their families. Barrett sought to provide an alternative that would provide these women with the opportunity to earn a living, empowering them to end the cycle of poverty that kept them trapped. Barrett is a graduate of Indiana University and currently resides in Nashville, Tennessee with his wife and four beautiful daughters. 

 
 
 

Patrick Woodyard of Nisolo

Patrick is the Co-Founder & CEO of Nisolo, an E-Commerce Footwear & Accessories brand striving to push the fashion industry in a more sustainable direction. Patrick graduated from the Croft Institute and Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College at Ole Miss, where he studied Global Business, Latin American Studies, and Spanish. After graduating, Patrick took a micro-finance job in Peru, where he met a group of shoemakers who, regardless of their talent, faced the grim reality of low wages and unsafe working conditions that many people within the fashion industry face today. Patrick co-founded Nisolo with the vision to offer customers high quality products at competitive prices and manufacture them in a manner that champions people and the planet in the process. For his work with Nisolo, Patrick has been named a Forbes 30 Under 30 honoree, an “Innovator Changing The South” by Southern Living, and a Global Accelerator Entrepreneur by the United Nations. Patrick resides in Nashville with his wife, Sally Ward, and the pair are happily expecting their first baby girl, Anna Campbell, in January of 2019!