Marc Nelson

When a guy finds the right cut of jeans for his style and size, it shows. A good pair of jeans is worth every penny as they can be worn for years, getting better with time and wear. 

Marcus Hall grew up in Knoxville, Tennessee- a part of the country where denim once provided a livelihood for much of the community. In 1997, 1800 workers were laid off at the Levi Strauss plant in Knoxville. When it shut down, so did many local restaurants and shops, deteriorating the community. Recently, Marcus Hall had a dream that consumed him- to help this community he called home and follow his passion for fashion. In 2011, he began Marc Nelson, his own denim based clothing line, inside that old Levi Strauss building. 

'Marc' is what Marcus' mom calls him and 'Nelson' pays tribute to his first fashion hero-his grandfather, L.C. Nelson. In just a few years, his 100% made in the USA, craft denim collection has grown in popularity to include straight, slim straight, ultra slim and slim boot styles. 

The Marc Nelson jeans are traditional and modern. As Marcus shared with Metro Pulse, "I'd call it 'conservative grunge.' I'm from the South and I know we're not as wild or flamboyant as people in LA. And I really like the workforce wear here. 'Blue collar elegance,' that's another expression I use for my line."

Marcus learned to sew at age 12 and having liltte access to new clothing as a kid, he often visited the local Goodwill to improvise. Marcus, "I'd go to Goodwill, get an old suit and tweak it- trim collars, change buttons, shorten lengths, turn a bootcut into a straight leg and I'd get noticed." His tenacity and knack for fashion has paid off. Although the denim world is a big ocean to swim in, he's slowly establishing his high quality jeans and brand. 

Find Marc Nelson jeans in over 15 locations throughout the country or through Marcus' website, here. 


Photos: Marc Nelson site; Shawn Poynter (pics of Marcus)     Content: Sweet Peach

Wdwrk Co.

Good kitchen wares are a good investment. Particularly anything handmade by Rob Laliberte from Knoxville, Tennessee. In his online shop, Wdwrk, you'll find a collection of well made, well designed, wooden pieces for the home that stand the test of time. Plus, they just look good...

Rob, "This began with the idea of creating unique and simple pieces meant for the ritual of daily use." Like these handsome black walnut hand carved spoons, perfect for stirring a pitcher of iced tea or anything inside a tall, tall glass. 

All of the items are crafted from locally sourced lumber in Knoxville. I think every kitchen can benefit from the addition of a handmade salt cellar and spoon as well as a small rolling pin...

This is a flat bottomed cocktail muddler in black walnut which is a pretty cool addition to any bar...

Woodworking has always been a passion for Rob, as well as designing and illustrating. It's nice to see his talents mingle with his ever expanding shop of small wares. May this inspire you to inquire further... and happy Manly Monday everyone. 


Photos:    Content: Sweet Peach



After dealing with an unforseen medical diagnosis and brain tumor, Brannon McCaleb left his job in the music industry and made some big changes in his life. He found inspiration in the time he spent as a kid with his grandpa, who lived near the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. As Brannon shared, "His barn was my playground." He wanted to rekindle his passion for barns, for carpentry & the simpler things in life. That's when his home furnishing company, ReBarn, based in Knoxville, was born. 

Using old barn wood, Brannon handcrafts headboards, tables and various items for the home. I particularly like his side tables that quickly add a heap of character, history and texture to a space...

Brannon's headboards can be custom made to your width, height and coloring specifications. This one comes via a 1900's horse farm and has quickly become a shop favorite. I understand their popularity as all of his headboards have an amazing look and feel, plus, they're well priced, starting at just $375. 

It's not easy to transition from one part of life that you know and feel secure in to something completely different, even opposite. But if you're brave and have a little patience- much like Brannon, good things can come. Check out all of Brannon's incredible handiwork here. 


Photos: ReBarn; Leah Bullard Photography    Content: Sweet Peach

Cachepot Floral & Garden Design

A stylish and unique floral shop is hard to find. But if you live in Knoxville, Tennessee you don't need to look far. Cachepot Floral & Garden Design is a beautiful shop that has all that you'd want in a florist- the prettiest flowers and a gorgeous aesthetic. 

Cachepot was established in 2002 by Brian Davis and Cameron Watkins. They specialize in landscaping and classic floral designs with an acute attention to what's happening seasonally. You'll often find unique seasonal additions to many arrangements, which can make the best first impression.  

When I asked Brian for a tip on creating a floral bouquet, he responded, "I tend to go with softer colors in general. Picking several shades of one color adds lots of depth to your palette." 

Just beyond the shop is their garden courtyard. You can meander and get inspired, plus they have a wide number of flowering plants, statues and containers for sale. 

One of my favorite gifts is a plant. And a pretty and interesting container makes all the difference. It's that extra touch that makes a gift uniquely from you...

I love this boutonniere. As Brian shared, "When I don't have a million boutonnieres to make, I really enjoy going to the garden and collecting a few things to create one." It's perfect. 

I asked Brian what his favorite late summer, early fall Southern blooms are. He shared, "fall blooming camellias, beauty berry and miniature white pumpkins." I think I'm starting to get excitied for autumn...


Photos: Cachepot     Content: Sweet Peach