Sarah Flint’s eponymous line began out as a luxurious footwear model. It has since expanded to incorporate a variety of high-end equipment that, like her footwear, are made in Italy.
The direct-to-consumer firm has arrange a number of common pop-ups in New York, Washington and Dallas. On Friday, Sarah Flint’s first everlasting retailer will open in Nashville’s The Mall at Inexperienced Hills.
“We regarded loads at our e-commerce gross sales and the place that focus is, and Nashville is a extremely nice marketplace for us,” Flint mentioned. “It is also, a market that is rising so rapidly proper now. I’ve a specific affection and affinity for Nashville, having spent a good period of time there. My youngest sister went to Vanderbilt, and it was at all times one in all my favourite locations to go to.”
Trend has been Flint’s ardour ever since she was rising up in Massachusetts. The rising younger entrepreneur finally moved to the Huge Apple to review equipment design on the Trend Institute of Know-how earlier than transferring to Italy to review manufacturing.
“The rationale why I did that was as a result of I actually needed to grasp form of the match and craft that went into luxurious shoe design,” Flint mentioned.
Flint recognized an issue round how footwear that ladies spent essentially the most cash on had been additionally essentially the most painful and impractical.
“That was why I form of went over there – to be taught concerning the engineering that goes into shoe design – and I launched my assortment in fall 2013. So we’re on our ninth yr now.”
What makes Sarah Flint’s footwear choice stand out from its competitors is a heavy concentrate on particulars, like small, handmade flowers, or artisanal add-ons for consolation like arch assist or rubber paddings. These options are usually not present in luxurious footwear.
The patron who will frequent Sarah Flint’s Inexperienced Hills institution is anticipated to be just like the model’s e-commerce buyer – a girl who’s discerning by way of high quality, who appreciates craftsmanship and who has an affinity for understated magnificence. Superstar followers of Sarah Flint embrace Cindy Crawford, Meghan Markle, Serena Williams and Karlie Kloss.
To have fun the retail opening, Sarah Flint has a jam-packed calendar. The model has an intensive model ambassador program of micro-influencers, and a big group of them are based mostly in Nashville. There might be model ambassador celebrations, non-public private shopper occasions for sellers within the space and a champagne toast for all prospects that wish to cease by.
The Inexperienced Hills store might be modeled after Flint’s personal lounge, as have earlier pop-ups, giving a personal touch to the area.
“We have now our general aesthetic that is moved from retailer to retailer, and we work with totally different feminine founders for every component of the shop,” Flint mentioned. Blue and white china, eye-catching florals and cozy couches will adorn the realm.
As a by-women-for-women model, Sarah Flint can be internet hosting a particular occasion with ladies inside designers.
“We did a collaboration with Gracie Studio, and we’re doing an occasion with a variety of inside designers which are going to be bringing purchasers,“ she mentioned.
Sarah Flint has partnered with Oomph for furnishings, Royal Copenhagen for high quality china, Annie Selke for rugs and Framebridge for artwork and accent framing as nicely.
One other key attribute might be distinctive try-on partitions throughout the retailer. All sizes of the best-selling shoe types might be positioned out on show for potential consumers to simply put on earlier than buying.
Lastly, Flint mentioned that the workforce has labored with a neighborhood baker in each location as a result of tea and chocolate chip cookies are served within the retailer always.
“We’re within the technique of discovering a neighborhood baker to make my household’s chocolate chip cookie recipe,” she mentioned.
Sarah Flint has a short-term lease in Dallas that began final fall that may finish on the finish of this month. Following its Nashville debut, Sarah Flint might be transferring right into a everlasting area in Dallas that may open “in in all probability the center to finish of July.“
Forward of the grand opening of the Sarah Flint location at Inexperienced Hills, Flint remarked “I believe we’re simply so excited to be coming to Nashville.”
It is such an unbelievable market, and I’ve simply had such nice experiences there,” she mentioned. “It’s at all times so thrilling for me to see how the client differs in numerous markets, and now having been in Dallas and New York and Washington, D.C., I am unable to wait to see what the nationwide buyer is like as nicely.”