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September marks the first anniversary of The Label, the unique boutique that brings singular style to the modern Nashville man. Of course, for some guys the word boutique may conjure up thoughts of frilly, lacy, ephemeral objects and fru-fru pieces. The Label smashes that image with a sledgehammer. This is a store for men.
Located in the 12th South district, The Label is as eclectic-yet-put-together as the stars that stylist Renee Layher, owner of the boutique, has worked with. The artfully bricked building was chosen for its proximity to Music Row, along with its easy parking in the rear and side of the building. Featuring reclaimed wooden furniture and statement pieces from DAO, walking into The Label is impressive.
The store almost has the feel of an art gallery, and everything is for sale. With whale vertebrae in the window, a chandelier made of Shure microphones, furry cowhides on the floor in lieu of rugs, and weathered guitars by Allan Tomkins custom made for Gary lining the walls, this is a store that quietly proclaims its confident rebellion against the status quo from the door.
That rebellion is carried even further in the stack of Out and About newspapers located in the center of the room – a proclamation that The Label is not only friendly to the GLBT community, but actively welcomes everyone.
Then, of course, there are the clothes. “These designers are artists, really,” Layher said. Featuring exclusive lines and collections from notable designers such as Antonio Barragan (Demon Riff), Jeff Garner (Prophetik), Frank Rodriguez (V22) and Elon Ahol (5150 Leathers).
The Label emphatically brings the art of masculine fashion to Nashville. Using a huge variety of textiles and textures such as leather, wool, cotton, denim and even bamboo, these artists create one-of pieces that are original and beg to be worn.
That Layher has such close relationships with designers of this caliber speaks volumes about her success in the fashion industry. The close relationships also bring another benefit: 90-95 percent of these clothes are designed and manufactured in the U.S.
If clothes make the man, then accessories are what complete him. The Label features the work of leather and jewelry designers just as exclusive as the clothing lines they carry.
Along with the leather cuffs and belts of 5150, and the solid and intense vintage silver jewelry by Christian Evans, you can also find highly useful-yet-stylish bags from Tucker and Bloom, and hats from the “Hollywood Hat Maker” Baron Hats (think “Indiana Jones,” “True Grit,” “Madmen” and “Public Enemies”). The options for creating your unique, signature look are almost endless.
For some, the range of styles and designs available can become somewhat overwhelming. “Guys don’t shop,” said Monica Thompson. “They buy.” Thompson is the manager of The Label, and she is the force that drives the day-to-day business.
With 18 years in both ladies and menswear, she is well-suited – pardon the pun – for her role as caretaker of The Label. That knowledge, understanding that so many choices and options can become overwhelming, is The Label’s secret weapon.
A gentleman’s first visit will result in measurements being recorded, greatly saving time on subsequent trips. Those who feel intimidated or irritated with shopping for clothes can confidently walk into The Label, access celebrity-level stylists who will efficiently help achieve the look desired, and get you on your way.
Those who like a slower pace of shopping will find lots of fun little details on the clothes, and staff who honestly love to talk about what they do. How have shoppers responded? “Once they come in they are returning clients,” Layher said.
She is casual cool, with a down-to-earth confidence that makes it easy to understand why she has been so successful in the fickle world of fashion. After cutting her teeth with Ralph Lauren in New York in the early ’90s, she relocated to Nashville later in the decade.
Finding herself feeling boxed in by her corporate job, she began to look for other options. With encouragement and assistance from the creative director of Warner Brothers, Janice Azrak, she began her career as a wardrobe stylist.
Her first job was with the Lynns. In the years since, she has worked with celebrities and bands including; The Band Perry, Journey, Brooks and Dunn, The Dixie Chicks, Martina McBride and her business partner Gary Allen.
She remarks the store came about in answer to her frustrations in finding the right pieces for the celebrities she served as a stylist for. “I found I was always traveling to New York or L.A. to find those signature pieces,” Layher said.
While the constant travel brought its own personal frustrations, she was finding that style budgets for her stars were being slashed, and the travel costs were eroding her ability to procure the pieces she needed.
One afternoon about two and a half years ago, while having lunch with Allen, she remarked that she was thinking of creating a store that would carry designers she had developed relationships with over the two decades she has been in the industry. “Let’s do it,” Allen replied. And so began the partnership that culminated in The Label.
The Label will be hosting a gathering to celebrate its first anniversary on Sept. 13. Layher lights up when she talks about the event. Demon Riff designer Antonio Barragan will be in attendance, along with other designers carried by the store.
She hints at perhaps a celebrity or two as well. At the event, Layher will announce details of a rental option from The Label that will be starting soon. Renting the same unique and artistic clothes the store is known for will allow even more Nashville men to experience The Label.
Whether you need to stand out in the office with professional yet whimsical suits from Moods of Norway, or want to soak up every bit of the spotlight on stage with jewelry from Jennifer Jesse Smith, The Label is where you go to create the look that gets you looks.
The Label is open Tuesday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
If you prefer to set up a private appointment, call (615) 394-1541.
For those with a thirst to celebrate, Red Bull Unlocked is the key. In city after city, the most exciting bars, clubs, mixologists, performing artists, and more take over a local landmark building to showcase their signature ambiance while also collaborating for a must-see mashup. And now it's Music City’s turn to seize the spotlight, as the event brings 10 bars together in East Nashville’s Five Points neighborhood.
Fueled by the best of Nashville’s thriving music scene, Red Bull Unlocked has curated an eclectic night of show-stopping entertainment performances including a pop-up Whiskey Jam show, DJ sets, musicians, and more. The full lineup is here:
- Whiskey Jam (feat. Dozzi, Willie Shaw, and Johnny Hayes)
- A.B. Eastwood
- Daisha / Rap Girl
- Boom Bap (DJ Collective feat. DJ-Rate, Case Bloom)
- Whiskey Disco (DJ Collective feat. Coach, Jim O'Shea)
- Old Crow Medicine Show’s Jerry Pentercost (DJ Set)
- DJ Stretch
- DJ Griffin Green
- The Play Mates (Drag Show feat. Sasha, Vanity, Deception, Aura Mayari, Corlis Todd, and Carmin Triple C)
Counting down to the epic celebration, Daisha shares, “I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform in so many of Nashville’s top spots all in the same night. Fans can expect a lot of bops and high energy. I want people to dance and have a good time.”
Ward Guenther, Whiskey Jam Founder, adds, “Red Bull has been enjoyed at Whiskey Jam since the very first night, so it's only fitting Whiskey Jam is enjoyed at Nashville's first Red Bull Unlocked. Looking forward to this!”
Red Bull Unlocked Istanbul
Photo courtesy of Red Bull
Local favorites including Pearl Diver, Tin Roof, Lipstick Lounge, White Limozeen, and more will join forces for one epic night. Full list of bars and partners below:
- The Dive Motel
- Lipstick Lounge
- Pearl Diver
- Play Dance Bar
- Rosemary & Beauty Queen
- The Stage
- Tin Roof
- Whiskey Jam
- White Limozeen
- Woolworth Theatre – Opening Fall 2022!
- Eleven Eleven - Opening 2023!
Date: August 21, 2022
Time: 6 PM – 11PM CT
Location: 1102 Forrest Ave, Nashville, TN 37206
Entrance: Ticked event
Rumble Boxing, the boxing-inspired group fitness studio, opened its doors for the first time in Nashville on June 20 at 609 Overton St, Nashville, TN. The hottest workout on the block is hosting its official grand opening from August 4th-7th with daily classes, membership specials, and prizes from local vendors. The new Rumble Boxing studio is currently offering a buy one class, get one free promotion for the Nashville community.
Rumble Boxing delivers 45-minute, 10-round, strength and conditioning group workouts, crafted around teardrop-style aqua boxing bags and high-intensity strength training circuits. This brings all fitness levels together to experience what Rumble is known for: combining the sweet science of boxing with high energy and positive vibes.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
This boutique fitness brand offers serious benefits like increased stamina and strength, with cardio that’s actually fun. The seasoned trainers at the new studio are thrilled to serve their local community while offering this fun, new modern approach to boxing and welcome members of all fitness levels to the Rumble family.
The new Rumble Boxing studio is owned and operated by Blake Baskin and Antonio Compton. With their background in the fitness industry, this dynamic duo is excited to bring their passion for boxing and group fitness to Nashville. As business and life partners, Blake and Antonio aim to create a strong community within their new Rumble Boxing studio and share their message of non-apologetic inclusivity.
Black and Gay-Owned Business
Rumble Boxing Store with Dolly Parton Mural
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“We own who we are, and this brand aligns with that perfectly,” said Antonio. “This is what we want to create and bring to this community: a fitness class that is designed for anyone and a place for people to be who they are. As a Black and gay-owned business, we want to help lower the division we see in the world right now. Our goal is to bring people together through Rumble, set everything aside, and have fun.”
To echo their message of acceptance and inclusion, Blake and Antonio commissioned a local Nashville artist to paint an 11 X 6-ft. mural of Nashville icon and philanthropist, Dolly Parton. The massive portrait features the country star in Rumble Boxing gear in the lobby of the studio.
The excitement and buzz around Rumble allowed Blake and Antonio to recruit top-tier trainers to head up the new studio, including Head Trainer Oronde Jones, a well-known celebrity trainer in the Nashville market.
Rumble Boxing Fitness Studio
Photo courtesy of Rumble Boxing Gulch Nashville
“Compared to other fitness classes, Rumble is a class you can truly get lost in for 45 minutes. With the dark room, you don’t have to worry if anyone is paying attention to you. The music is awesome and inspiring, and the beat drops right when you need it the most. Also, with boxing being a sport you can never truly master, you’re always improving and crafting your skill. On the floor, you’re consistently doing something new, which prevents you from ever hitting a plateau.” Said Oronde Jones about his favorite part of Rumble.
Rumble has massive brand loyalty and widespread appeal, partly thanks to attracting top names like Justin Bieber, Selena Gomez, Kendall Jenner, Hailey Baldwin, Jason Derulo, David Beckham, and Kevin Hart to its studios.
About Rumble Boxing
Founded in New York City in 2017, Rumble is a group fitness concept delivering a mix (or combination) of boxing-inspired circuits and the transformative power of resistance training. Pro and amateur fighters glove up together, no matter their fitness level or skill, to reveal their inner fighter. The experience is a 45-minute, 10-round, full-body cardio and strength workout crafted around specially designed water-filled, teardrop-style boxing bags. Rumble was founded by Noah Neiman (former Barry’s Bootcamp Master Trainer, and cast member of Bravo’s Work Out New York), Eugene Remm (Co-Founder of Catch Hospitality Group (Catch Restaurants, CATCH STEAK, Lexington Brass), Andy Stenzler (Co-Founder Cosí, Kidville), and Anthony DiMarco (13-time IRONMAN, former Managing Director, Google).
Who would have thought that we would have to get through a pandemic in order to appreciate the small things we have, such as the ability to simply pack our bags and hit the road?
For two years, there’s been nothing left for us travel junkies to do but sit at home and try to find new destinations that we will conquer once we defeat what appears to be the biggest villain of the 21st century. But once that happens, hold your bags tight because we will be up for some of the most interesting travel experiences. Take a look at some ideas for your post-COVID traveling plans:
A Gay Cruise
One of the best options to have in mind when all of this passes is a good, nice and long (pun intended) gay cruise. Or cruise in general, for that matter. Bear in mind, social distancing will still be a thing in the post-COVID world. But COVID-19 likely doesn’t mean that cruises will cease to exist. On the contrary, though cruise ships will probably keep the number of passengers smaller than before, it is believed that they will become an even bigger hit in the following period, especially because they are all going to go a lot more environmentally-friendly. On the bright side, is there any better way of celebrating the end of the pandemic than by cruising around some magnificent seas, stopping by at great cities and having romantic dinner nights at nice restaurants?
A getaway in nature
On the other hand, there is always the option of stepping away from the hustle and bustle of large cities, and spending some time in a place that’s not only healthy, but also beautiful. Some of the destinations that plenty of people will look for are the ones that can cater for both peace of mind and amazing things to see or do. One such destination is New Zealand, one of the greenest countries on Earth right now. Not only will you be visiting the magnificent country that gave us the beautiful Shire from Lord of the Rings; this is also a destination that’s excellent for everyone who prefers relaxing to partying. If you’re up for some partying, you will be able to hit Auckland, while if you’re for something calmer, there’s plenty of amazing places that you can see and visit.
Dancing Around at Pride
Pride parades are also events that you want to have in mind for the post-COVID world. Such events have always been quite important, but it seems that they are now more important than ever. The virus has canceled more than 75 Pride parades all around the world, which is one of the reasons why we must support the ones that will see the light of day once the pandemic stops. Truth be told, the upcoming Prides will perhaps be the best Prides ever organized. Give the gays a couple of weeks of quarantine, then let them outside and see what kind of party they are able to throw!
A road trip
If you’re, as well, waiting for the day to wake up and say “long gone are the days when we were not allowed to go wherever we wanted?”, and if staying at one place gave you a lot to think about, then your first post-COVID travel experience should definitely be a nice road trip. You can practically choose which country you want to tour, and you can either take your own car (you have probably missed it so much), or rent one at your destination. Australia is an amazing country for this, though, as it offers the possibility of seeing the Great Ocean Road, which is an amazing thing to see and experience. On the other hand, if you do not want or cannot leave your country, you can also choose to go on a domestic road trip – there are amazing things to see in your vicinity as well.
Holiday for a single guy
If you’re single, or you’re traveling someplace with another single friend, then you should definitely organize a nice vacation for yourself or for you and your single friend, and hit one of the best European cities. Europe has been greatly affected by the virus, which means that now it’s time to pay it back and get it back on its feet by traveling there and seeing all the amazing things it offers. Any city you choose in Europe – you will not make a mistake. Apart from being able to see great landmarks, you will also have the chance to have a drink at great gay clubs and pubs, and join unforgettable gay parties. And if the gay scenery is not your forte, worry not, as Europe indeed has to offer so many different and magnificent things.