We’ll tell you what: Nashville is so ridiculously lucky to have a resident like Libby Callaway. The former New York Post fashion editor headed south and totally took the city by storm—girlfriend seriously knows everybody and everything happening there. On top of doing a slew of cool projects for the likes of Billy Reid and the very-new hotel The 404, she launched an art-slash-music-slash-food pop-up series along with Susan Sherrick called Joint that we’re itching to check out. Get to know Libby right this minute. —monica derevjanik
Q: What’s the one place you take everyone to when they visit you in Nashville?
A: One place I tell everyone to go—and it doesn’t matter if you like country music or not—is the Country Music Hall of Fame. It’s like a pop-culture experience. I learned a lot about the United States just by visiting it. And they have loads of Nudie suits, the spangly stage outfits that all the country musicians wore with all the rich embroidery and rhinestones.
Q: How about for tasty food? And great shopping?
A: I looooove Mas Tacos. My friend Teresa Mason first opened it as a taco truck, and now she has a brick-and-mortar location. It’s just great food, and you always run into everyone you’ve ever met when you’re there. For shopping, Imogene + Willie on 12th Avenue South is a beautiful store with wonderful product. And, for vintage, I love this chain called Southern Thrift. First of all, it’s the best name ever, and it has the best stuff. Sometimes you go into a Goodwill, and it just feels so edited—but there’s no editing going on at Southern Thrift.
Q: What’s the most incredible piece you’ve found while thrifting?
A: That’s reeeeeally hard! I especially love finding handmade pieces. There’s a chain in Boise called Deseret Industries where I found a gray-and-pink woven poncho with fringe at the bottom and 3D fabric work at the top. I love finding weird stuff like that.
Q: The Selby did a pretty amazing tour of your home, and we need to know: What’s the story behind those awesome portraits hanging all over your walls?
A: I have about 80 lady paintings. I first bought a quartet of them, my first batch, from a thrift store about 20 years ago, and they were 97 cents each. None of them are great—some of them are pretty bad and weird, but that’s kind of the beauty. I set parameters about buying them, like I try not to pay over $20 for them.
Q: Tell us a little bit about your time in NYC.
A: When I got started in New York, I managed to fall into a group of really smart women. Laura Brown at Harper’s Bazaar is one of my best friends—she was living with me when she first moved to New York. Janet Ozzard and Kerry Diamond are both pretty incredible, too. Kerry’s magazine Cherry Bombe blows my mind. I knew it was going to be good, but it’s even better than I expected.
Photo courtesy of Heidi Ross.