Andra Eggleston is one of Nashville's hottest designers. The Memphis native returned to her home state of Tennessee in 2012, after living in New York and Los Angeles.
Eggleston wasn't sure what her next move would be. She and her family moved to Nashville for her husband's music career. Eggleston is a trained textile designer. She'd worked as an actress (you may have seen her in A Time to Kill or Baby Mama) and in computer user design.
But she has aesthetics in her blood. Her father is William Eggleston, a reknown photographer who is thought of as the father of color photography. If you see color photographs as part of an art exhibition, it is the senior Eggleston who paved the way.
After moving back to Nashville the younger Eggleston started spending time with her dad in Memphis. Inspired by his drawings (not his photography), in 2014 she started Electra Eggleston, a textile company. Andra took her father's drawings (with his blessing, of course) and created high-end fabrics in bright colors with strong graphics. The company name is even a family inspiration, coming from what her father wanted her to be named. Electra Eggleston fabrics are sold only to the trade, although pillows made from the fabrics are available in local stores including Wilder in Germantown and Dig Interiors in Green Hills.
As Eggleston is as stylish personally as she is professionally, we asked her what in the local market inspires her aesthetically.
We wanted to know where she likes to browse, and how she shows off Music City to visitors from out of town. Here are a few of her favorites for shopping and eating (you gotta stop for a snack).
• The aforementioned Wilder is a stylish home décor shop in Germantown, run by two transplants with great taste.
Here you'll find furniture, gifts, art, stuff for kids, and of course, those coveted Electra Eggleston pillows.
• Owned by Holly Williams (yes, the singer/songwriter and the daughter of Hank Williams, Jr.). White's Mercantile in 12 South is a browsers paradise. The general store glassware, toys, clothing, jewelry and handbags.
• East Nashville's Two Son is named because the owners each have two sons. The shop is minimalist and well-edited. Like the two picks above, Eggleston liked it because it shows the personality and influence of the owners. "In all three places there is a wonderful price range, from $12 to over $1,000," she says. "I feel its always important to be able to take away something, anything as a reminder of the experience of being there."
• After that browsing, Eggleston likes to head to East Nashville's Mas Tacos, a small and very popular taco shop with excellent tortilla soup and other Mexican delights.
• She's also a fan of East Nashville's Dino's, a long-time watering hole (self-proclaimed as the oldest dive in Music City) and restaurant that got new owners in 2015. "I do love dives with great food and a gritty aesthetic," she says.
Electra Eggleston also collaborated with local bowtie-maker Otis James.
The Otis James shop is now only open by appointment, but the limited-edition ties (great for graduation or Father's Day) are available online.