Grey. Is it technically a color? We think so. The thousands of shades that can vary ever so slightly from the mix of black and white always bring interesting results. Hints of blue, yellow, or brown often come up. Grey pairs well with everything. In fact, it seems that most designers and tastemakers these days are having a love affair with this neutral shade. Once you get used to the tasteful, instantly chic shade, it’s hard to incorporate color back into your wardrobe. Far from gloomy, think of this color as mysterious. Quiet. And always chic.
There’s no smocking to be found at Charlottesville’s Petit Bebe. If you’re interested in children clad in European, simply designed, and yes, grey threads, shop here. Favorite brands on offer include Bonpoint, Flora and Henri, and Caramel Baby. Owner Jill Tebbenkamp has done a fantastic job cultivating clothes and furnishings you really can’t find anywhere else.
Pursley Dixon Architecture clearly is having a love affair with two things: the color grey and renovated farmhouses. Above are two examples, the latter was featured in Garden and Gun. They boast several very cool projects on their website. Their aesthetic is tasteful, contemporary and all about being subtle. Based in Charlotte, they clearly take work on several places South of the Mason Dixon line.
Alexander Julian is a legendary shirtmaker and a pioneer in Men’s haberdashery. His line, while quite colorful, includes some amazing neutral shirts that have texture to them. The linen is top of the line but the cut is slightly slimmer, a more modern fit. His line Colours is available for purchase from Plainclothes in Birmingham, AL.
Gorgeous lines, high-quality materials, and a slightly modern, sophisticated details characterize the jewelry on offer at Laura Pearce Ltd. We’re partial to the silver pieces, which are slightly more affordable but just as unique. The grey pearl and diamond earrings, the moonstone and silver ring, and these woven cuffs.
Charlottesville’s Isabelle Abbot is what you would call a painter’s painter, making art that is always based on life. Her impressionistic style is loose and expressive; her palette muted. The above oil is already sold, but there are many like this. Invest in a piece of her artwork, it’s sure to have major lasting power.
Paired with white jeans, a loose grey sweater is timeless and can be dressed up or down accordingly. Blush in Denver is a boutique with a cultivated group of simple pieces, including this Alby Sweater.
We admit, this Continental Stone Garden Figure is more “greige” than a classic grey, but it’s close enough. Source, out of Nola, sells nothing but unique patina. Everything in the store is essentially beige, grey or cream; there’s an overriding Scandinavian look that overrides most of the decorative wares. Their furniture and upholstered items are all done in basic linen. See what is available here.
Mi Ossa’s jewelry is made in Haiti and sold exclusively at Eloise in Charlottesville. The authenticity Mi Ossa’s artifacts are the fruit of artisan exchange, that’s what makes it such a personal piece of jewelry. Buy a few and layer these Kolye Gravite necklaces and you’re wardrobe is set for the summer.
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