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Express | SoIN Style


acr472720019896321114647Trina Amos

Henryville Resident 

Photo by Christian Watson

I work as a sales/licensed insurance agent at Gary Gilstrap State Farm Insurance in Georgetown and live in Henryville. Southern Indiana is home to me. I love that I live in the country but am still close to shopping areas. Southern Indiana is home to some great consignment shops. The outfit in the photo came from Mariposa Consignments in New Albany. It is great getting high-end pieces for a fraction of the original cost. When I saw the pink sweater coat with the Tibetan Lamb fur at Mariposa, I knew I had to have it. It had such a fun and funky vibe to it.

My style is statement making with a bit of polish and fun thrown into the mix. I always accessorize even if I’m just wearing jeans and a T-shirt. And then there’s the shoes… Life is short, buy the shoes! I will have a pair of Christian Louboutin’s before I die!

I was diagnosed with breast cancer Aug. 9, 2007 but am now celebrating 10 years cancer free! I hope that inspires newly-diagnosed patients with breast cancer that this is not an automatic death sentence. Having cancer changed my life for the better. I am a happier, healthier, stronger person than I was 10 years ago. I’ve made life-long friendships, I’ve used what I learned through the process to help other women embarking on their own survival journey. It wasn’t an easy road – a double mastectomy, reconstruction, major infection and chemo – but it’s one I would do again if I had the choice. Cancer truly gave me more than it ever took away. Here’s to the next 10 years!


Express | ‘Tis the Season

Let Koerber’s Fine Jewelry help you give the gift of glam these holidays

A gift of fine jewelry can last a lifetime – and longer. Pick the perfect present at Koerber’s Fine Jewelry this holiday season and bedeck your beloved with baubles she – or he – will love for decades to come.

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screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-12-46-36-pm3095 Blackiston Mill Road

New Albany




2017 Holiday Gift Guide

The holiday season is quickly approaching. According to the National Retail Federation, more than half of shoppers start to research and plan their gifts in October, if not earlier, though by December most of us still have plenty of holiday shopping left to do. To help you get a jumpstart, we’ve featured a few of our favorite local finds. But don’t just take our word for it. Go out and frequent these locally-owned establishments now and take the hustle ’n‘ bustle out of this holiday season.

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-51-25-pmSapphire Boutique

Sapphire Boutique, which has locations in Jeffersonville and New Albany, carries the latest fashions, accessories and gifts for women and babies. Follow us on Facebook @sapphireonspring and Instagram @sapphire_boutiques.

Julie Gionatti is wearing a Pink multi color sweater dress by BCBG, Black button front rain dress by BCBG, handbag by Sondra Roberts.

Rachel Shipton is wearing a ruffle sleeve suede dress by Olivaliceous, Handbag by Sondra Roberts.

Both models wearing various styles and brands of jewelry.

326 Spring St., Jeffersonville


154 E. Main St., New Albany




Lavender Hill

At Lavender Hill, we strive to make our customers very, very happy. We offer daily deliveries to both residential and business locations. Our knowledgeable staff is here for you, be it a celebration, loss of a loved one, wedding or our favorite – for no reason at all. We’ll guide to towards the perfect florals or fine specimen plant, or pop into the shop to find the perfect piece of jewelry, scarf or artisan gift.

359 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.288.2388 | lavenderhillflorals.com



Whether you’re selecting a special gift, entertaining, or just need a little room refresh in your life, Madhouse is here to help. You will not be disappointed in the variety and uniqueness within this specialty shop that truly caters to any price range.

151 E. Spring St., New Albany | 812.924.7728 | madhousena.com


The Olivet

Locally owned and operated and situated in the beautifully developed Underground Station in the charming historic river town of New Albany, The Olivet is the only olive oil tasting emporium in the Southern Indiana area and offers the community a wonderful selection of ultra premium, extra virgin olive oils, hand selected from California groves, aged balsamic vinegars, whole spices and herb blends, Italian artisan pastas and sauces, handmade chocolates and truffles, a wide array of specialty and gourmet food items, and beautifully handcrafted, unique gifts. They also offer private tasting parties and specialize in custom gift baskets.

37 Bank St., New Albany | 812.913.4430 | www.theolivet.com


The Office Cigar Lounge

Kick back in big, comfy easy chairs and enjoy a cigar with your buds in the cigar lounge. There are hundreds to choose from in the huge walk-in humidor, as well as cigar and pipe accessories – plus we have a large selection of pipes and pipe tobacco – to keep you puffing and happy.

3700 Paoli Pike, Floyds Knobs | 812.993.0445 | www.theofficecigarlounge.com

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New Albany Ace Hardware is locally owned and happy to serve our community for more than 81 years. What better gift to yourself or someone special than a new grill! New Albany Ace Hardware offers a full range of grills – including Big Green Eggs, Traeger and Weber – and accessories – for the outdoor chef on your gift list. We also offer a variety of other items, just right for stocking stuffers and more. Plus, we receive new items every week. Follow us on Facebook by searching “Ace Hardware of New Albany.”

1905 Charlestown Road, New Albany | 812.945.6633. | www.acehardware.com & search “New Albany” in the store locator


MESA is a state-of-the-art, collaborative kitchen-classroom, featuring demonstrations by established and aspiring chefs from Southern Indiana and Louisville. The collaborative space offers cooking classes and demonstration, and also houses a bookstore, pantry, to-go cooking dinners, cookware boutique, aprons, toys for little ones and more. Stop by to pick up a gift for aspiring chefs of all ages or easily purchase a gift card for that special someone on our website.

216 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.725.7691 | www.mesachefs.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-52-44-pmHim Gentleman’s Boutique

Him Gentleman’s Boutique is a one-stop shop for every man. We provide all styles ranging from everyday casual to looking your best on a night out. Want to try a new look? Not sure how to work certain trends into your wardrobe? We are here for all your styling needs.

314 Pearl St., New Albany | 812.924.7441 | www.himgb.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-52-56-pmTop Shelf Tactical

Come and experience a different firearm retail experience. We are committed to the highest quality products, the most competitive prices and 100 percent customer satisfaction. Follow us on Instagram and Facebook – @topshelftacticalfirearms – for our weekly specials throughout the holiday season.

37 Bank St. Suite 7, New Albany | 812.725.1115 | www.topshelftactical.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-53-04-pmStrandz and Threadz

Threadz has many fashions to offer, including trendy clothing, scarves, purses and accessories, plus we carry gift items like signs, teas, candles, local items, seasonal items and more! Strandz is an AVEDA concept salon and full-service spa. So, you can complement your new outfit with a new hairstyle, blowout or add some highlights!

322 Vincennes St., New Albany | 812.945.5480 | www.strandzandthreadz.com

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-3-53-12-pmLL&A Interior Design

Celebrate Your Space!

247 Spring St., Jeffersonville | 812.282.6606 | www.leslielewisdesign.com


Express | Smith Broady Team Offers Service with a Smile (and Style, too)

acr47272001989632-2437943Smith Broady & Associates

1114 E. Tenth St. | Jeffersonville  | 912.941.0926 | smithbroady.com

Close-knit mortgage company relocates to Jeffersonville 

Sonya Broady vividly remembers when she and Leslie Smith decided to start up Smith Broady & Associates, a mortgage company located in Southern Indiana. “We opened in June 2008 in the middle of the real estate downfall,” Sonya said. “Everyone thought we were crazy.”

Now, more than nine years later, there are five members of the Smith Broady team, and they recently relocated from their Blackiston Mill Road location in New Albany to a beautifully remodeled, homey office at 1114 E. Tenth St. in Jeffersonville.

“It’s been almost a three-year process to look for something and find a right price and location,” said Leslie, who shares the principal manager/co-owner title with Sonya. “We have succeeded because of our team. We are family. Now that we’re in our new spot, we’re hoping to grow even more.

Smith Broady & Associates

At Smith Broady & Associates, we keep the mortgage process Simple so you can focus on more important issues in your life. Our experienced loan officers will personally guide you through our five-step process:

STEP 1: Loan prequalification

STEP 2: Mortgage loan application

STEP 3: Mortgage underwriting

STEP 4: Final conditions

STEP 5: Closing

Every step of the way, your Smith Broady & Associates loan officer will keep you informed of their progress toward the closing date. With the large inventory of affordable homes on the market, this is a wonderful time for first-time homebuyers to purchase a home.

At Smith Broady & Associates, we look forward to earning your business and becoming your preferred mortgage company for all your home purchases. From starter homes to dream homes, we’re there for you.

“At Smith Broady & Associates, we’re all very passionate about what we do. We have a lot of compassion for those who thought they would never even own a home. … We do a lot of hand-holding with clients on getting their financing. And we just love what we do.”

Leslie Smith 

Principal Manager/Co-owner


“We are family first (at Smith Broady), work second. We want our customers to be happy, and we go to great lengths to make sure we take care of our customers and each other.”

Angela Ross 

Senior Loan Officer


screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-12-07-07-pm“I bought my first house at 19 and (obtained a mortgage through Smith Broady & Associates). It was like a roller coaster. It makes you grow up fast, but I’m really happy I did it. … Now I’m blessed to work here. And it’s so nice to have this new office.

Lacey Kimberlin 

Processor & Loan Officer Trainee


“What sets us apart? It’s our personal touch, feel, the way we hand-hold, and we don’t turn anyone away. We will give you a plan of action. We will tell if your credit isn’t ready right now, we will tell you what to do. … I had one young woman whose dad brought her to me. I told her if she paid a certain credit card down I could close her in 30 to 60 days. She said, “I already paid it down,” and cried and cried. It can be pretty emotional and rewarding.”

Sonya Broady 

Principal Manager/Co-owner

screen-shot-2017-09-25-at-12-07-21-pm“I joined Smith Broady & Associates in February. They’re an awesome group to work for and work with. We’re like a big family. My mother-in-law passed away in April, and the love and support they extended was beyond anything I’ve seen. The way they just go over and above for the clients – I tell everyone about that. The care that they give their clients, each individual is an individual.”

Rhonda Collins 

Assistant Loan Processor/Office Manager


Brittany Wright-Humphrey & Gary Humphrey • 6.17.17

Photography by Ashley Walts

We were introduced by Todd Sharp, who thought we would be the perfect fit. We were engaged three days before Christmas. Gary kept taunting me with the presents under the tree because I kept begging ashleywaltsphotography-5-5
him to just let me open one early. He finally gave in and I had to open a huge box followed by another and so on. I had an idea once the boxes kept getting smaller, and when I finally got down to the last box he was on his knee. Everything after that was kind of a blur! We celebrated by going to watch “The Christmas Carol” at Actors Theatre followed by The Exchange to have drinks with friends

I heard about Laurie Haag of Eventful 203 through a friend of mine and contacted her about helping me plan the wedding. Little did I know that she would be the backbone of the entire thing. I pretty much gave all control to her, which wasn’t hard for me to do since I was never really into the process of planning a wedding. She was so professional and literally helped me the entire step of the way. The wedding would absolutely not have been as magical without her.ashleywaltsphotography30

It was very important to us to keep everything local (and I mean literally everything) and include the city of New Albany. It was also important to us to have a photograph of Gary’s parents on a stand by his side since they are no longer with us.
Our ceremony was awesome. I don’t think it was longer than 15 minutes but it felt like 45. Once I laid eyes on Gary, it was hard for me to hold back my tears, but I was just so, so happy that all I could do was smile. One of the most memorable moments was walking down the aisle and seeing my husband-to-be put his face in his hands to try and stop from crying.

And then, it was time to get the party started. We literally danced the night away. My dad and I had a surprise dance. We started out with our song, “My Girl,” and the broke into songs by Usher, Michael Jackson and Bruno Mars. It was a hit even though Dad forgot half of the moves. Gary and I both did a dollar dance, followed by the garter toss and bouquet toss. I also had all of my dancers and the University of Louisville Ladybirds out on the dance floor. I seriously don’t think we ever stopped dancing. It was truly the most amazing night of my life. It was everything I had ever hoped for and more. I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I am so thankful for everyone who helped make that day amazing and to Waffle House for letting me eat cheesy eggs and bacon in my dress at 3:30 a.m.


Show Us Your SoIN Style

Do you want to be featured in SoIN Style or nominate someone else? We’re looking for guys and gals of all ages who rock a style all their own, whether eclectic or elegant, funky or fierce, classic or crafty. Send an email to extol@extolmag.com with details, contact information and, if possible, a photograph.


Model Brooklyn Schrink in a dress and accessories from Sapphire on Spring, which now has two locations: 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville and 154 E. Main St. in New Albany.


The New Blak

Story and Photos by Miranda McDonald

Two years ago, Sellersburg resident Amanda Dougherty founded The New Blak, a local, eco-friendly clothing brand, with the idea that fashion can not only be created locally with sustainable fabrics, but that it can also be used as a tool to support, encourage and empower women.

“I launched my business to help spark a fashion revolution,” she said.

Each piece of clothing is handmade in the company’s personal studio space at Oxmoor Mall in Louisville by a group of women that Dougherty affectionately calls her “girl gang. We provide a very different experience… . When a customer comes into the store, they have the opportunity to meet the fashion designer and company owner, and speak with the stylists. They are also introduced to the team of seamstresses,” she said. “We want to unveil the idea that fashion doesn’t have to be an automated manufacturing process. It is a personal experience between a seamstress and the cloth itself.”


The Cost of ‘Fast Fashion’

Dougherty noticed that this personal experience and the connection customers have with the clothing they buy was completely lost when she worked in retail management for several years. She was so astounded by how quickly trendy clothing was being produced and the low price point that it was being sold at that she decided to research garment factories.

Daugherty soon realized workers in many of these establishments are exploited in order to produce poorly-made garments that are created with materials that are also harmful to the environment. In fact, she discovered that these materials are so harmful they contribute to making the fashion industry the second most damaging industry to the planet.

It was after this realization that Dougherty decided to make it her mission to help spread the word about the true cost of what’s known as “fast fashion,” and be one of the clothing brands that is striving to use eco-friendly materials.

“It can take polyester up to 200 years to break down in the environment. With the rate that we buy, throwaway and repeat, we will eventually be completely over-crowded by fast-fashion waste,” Dougherty said.

So, the designer decided to use bamboo when constructing each of the garments for The New Blak. The material is anti-microbial, helps regulate body heat and has a four-way stretch that makes each piece extremely comfortable to wear.

Start Small, Think Big

Although Dougherty is part of a global initiative that is working to eradicate fast fashion, she understands the impact starting on a local level can truly have. She plans to collaborate with local manufacturers and expand her business concept over the next several years.

“We know this cannot happen overnight. Opening the shop in Oxmoor Mall was just the first step in the fashion revolution. We hope to eventually collaborate with other companies, and build up Louisville and Southern Indiana as a self-sustaining fashion hub.”

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Hali Meeks

Kaelin Shay

Heather Rous Weeks

Amanda Haas

Krista Prak

Shelby Thomas

Tees and dresses created by The New Blak
Jewelry provided by Bloomed Roots, Oak
and Olive Jewelry, Darling Handmades and
Wood If I Could, all of which is available at
The New Blak

The New Blak
7900 Shelbyville Road inside Oxmoor Mall





@shopthenewblak on
Facebook & Instagram


Doing Derby

Model Kristen Kirsch (left) is wearing an Elan romper, $49; two chokers, $18 each; bead bracelet,
$29; stone bracelet $22; gold stick with pink stone, $18; cork clutch,
$59; and carrying a Betsey Johnson Cat’s Meow Purse, $78, all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Model Catherine Kung is in a Sugar + Lips romper, $56; trio flower choker, $16; gold bracelet with turquoise stone $18; and carrying a clutch, $50, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St.
in Jeffersonville.

Photography by David Harrison

Fashions modeled by Catherine Kung, Kristen Kirsch and Micah Cargin

Makeup and Hair by J Nicolle

Salon & Spa Apparel from Sapphire on Spring Boutique, Dress and Dwell, Colokial Boutique, Glo Spa, Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, Mariposa Consignments
and Him Gentleman’s Boutique

Vehicles courtesy of Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC in Clarksville


Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville

Kroger, 305 E. Lewis & Clark Parkway in Clarksville

Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany

The Office Cigar Shop & Lounge, 3700 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs

German American, 3660 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs

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Left: Model Micah Cargin is in a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall shirt, $108; Goff Club Collections bow tie, $40 or 2/$75; Clayton and Crume belt, $100; Levi khaki pants, $69; Goff Club Collections pocket square, $40; Goorin Bros. Fedora, $55; and Ray Ban sunglasses, which vary from $120 to $215, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany.

Right: Kristen is wearing a two-piece Sherri Hill gown that originally retails for $750 but is $390, and Catherine is in a black Sherri Hill two-piece gown that retails for $585 but is $279.99, both of which are available from Mariposa Consignments, 222 Pearl St. Suite 102 in New Albany.

df2After a morning of shopping, Kristen and Catherine posed in front of a 2017 Chevrolet Camaro SS Convertible in Hyper Blue Metallic, MSRP $54,075, which is available for purchase from Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1801 Broadway St. in Clarksville.


Micah is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall shirt, $108; The Tie Bar tie, $20; Thedf3 Tie Bar Lapel Pin, $10; Levi line 8 jeans,
$69; The Tie Bar pocket square, $10; and a Goorin Bros. Hat, $35, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany. Our model is posed next to a 2017 GMC Yukon Denali 4WD in Onyx Black, MSRP $76, 340, which is available for purchase from Coyle Chevrolet Buick GMC, 1801 Broadway St. in Clarksville.

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Left: Kristen is wearing a black dress (with pockets), $112.99; horse fascinator, $120; and earrings, $9.99, from Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Catherine is wearing a polka dot dress, $97.99; money fascinator, $90; and earrings, $9.99, from Colokial, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy.
in Clarksville.

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Left: Catherine is wearing two Dignity bracelets in gold large, $86; small stone B&B bracelet, $36; Classic bracelet in gold large, $42; medium stone bangle, $40; horse pendant by Summer Eliason, $85; blue Just Me Dress, $64; rattan clutch. By Mud Pie, $48; and fascinator Head Candi, $292, all of which are available from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Kristen is wearing a long-sleeve pink flower Everly dress, $42; Rachel Rattan Clutch by Mud Pie, $54; Cindy Borders freshwater pearl circle earrings, $98; the Vivian beaded tassel earrings, $24; small stone B&B Bangle, $36; the smallest B&B Bangle, $32; and a fascinator by Head Candi, $334, all of which are available from Dress and Dwell, 138 E. Spring St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

df8Kristen is wearing a green hat with pink flower by Tammy Sharp, $87; flower dress, $65; colorful pink, blue and turquoise necklace, $19.99; Charlie Paige Pink earrings, $9.9; and pink bracelet, $9.95, all of which are from Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany.




Right: Catherine is wearing a yellow fascinator by Tammy Sharp, df9
$66; Crystal Avenue Pearl necklace and earrings, $24; two pearl bracelets, $13 each; and yellow dress, $65, all of which are from Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany. She was photographed at Sunset Spirits, 2708 Paoli Pike in New Albany.





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Left: Catherine (left) is wearing a Sugar + Lips Green dress, $47; Sincerely Quinley bracelet, $32; green stone ring,
$28; gold bracelet, $14; necklace, $22; and fascinator by Rebecca Vance, $50, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Kristen (right) is wearing a wire cuff bracelet, $16; bracelet, $22; necklace, $36; hat by Rebecca Vance, $250; and Sangria Dress, $72, which are all available at Sapphire Boutique, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Catherine and Kristen were photographed at Lavender Hill, 359 Spring St. In Jeffersonville.

Right: Kristen (far left) is wearing an Emma & Michele orange sheath, $82; pearl choker, $14.50; pearl earrings, $10; and champagne fascinator from the Sophia Collection, $30, all of which are available at Glo Spa, 344 Spring St. in Jeffersonville. Micah (middle) is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall Shirt, $108; The Tie Bar Tie, $20; Goff Club Collections Pocket Square, $40; Goorin Bros Hat,
$35, all of which are available at Him Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany. (Model is wearing his own pants.) Catherine (right) is wearing a Sunny Taylor short tunic dress, $29.80; tassel necklace, $24; and Passion 4 Fashion Fascinator, $35, all of which are available at Glo Spa, 344 Spring St. in Jeffersonville.

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Left: Micah is wearing a Tallia Sport Coat, $198; James Tattersall Shirt, $108; The Tie Bar Pocket Square, $10; Goff Club Collection bow tie, $40 or 2/$75; Levi khaki pants, $69; and Goorin Bros. Fedora, $55. He was photographed at Kroger, 305 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy. in Clarksville.

Right: Catherine Jung, Kristen Kirsch and Micah Cargin were photographed at German American, 3660 Paoli Pike in Floyds Knobs.


All Tied Up

Story and Photos by Miranda McDonald

Starting and maintaining a small business is always a challenge. However, what if you needed to factor in homework, extracurricular activities and the usual social angst that comes along with being a teenager? Meet Ethan Thomas: a 15-year-old entrepreneur who recently launched his first company, All Tied Up, and is proving that success doesn’t have to come after a certain age.

tie3Even as a young child, Ethan had a deep appreciation for fashion. His eye for mixing fabrics and knack for building interesting outfits is something the young business owner has always prided himself on.

Wanting to add some panache to his wardrobe, Ethan bought his first pre-tied bowtie and instantly fell in love with the accessory. “I got to a point where I wore a different bow tie to school every day for a full year,” he explained.

However, as a young fashion enthusiast with limited income, his affection for the accessory became costly. So out of necessity, he decided to start making his own. “Eventually, people started telling me how much they really loved my bow ties and that I should sell them,” said Ethan. That is when he decided to setup his first booth at a local craft show last year. “I did a lot better than I was expecting, so things just kind of evolved into something much bigger from there.”

Now, Ethan regularly sets up booths at craft fairs and art-related shows – like the Flea Off Market – and fields orders for custom creations from those who hear about his company through social media or by word of mouth. This year, he is even expanding his line of products to include skinny ties, pocket squares and cufflinks that will all be made by hand.

However, even with this expansion of products, Ethan is still determined to stay tie2true to his mission of creating accessories that are handcrafted from interesting materials. Many of his fabrics are sourced from local shops, but some are so unique that they date back as far as 70 years in age. He attributes the acquisition of these one-of-a-kind fabrics to a family friend named Mary Norris.

Ethan met Norris when his first sewing machine broke down. Her husband, Bill Norris, not only gifted Ethan with a high quality sewing machine from the1940s, but he also became a mentor to the young business owner. Because of this relationship, Ethan regularly pulls from Mary’s carefully-curated collection of fabrics. He was even able to acquire a fabric which features a colorful Van Gogh print he used to construct his favorite bow tie.

Choosing the right fabric is just a first step in the process of making a bow tie though. “After I choose the fabric, I cut out the pattern. Then I sew it, flip it and iron it out,” explained Thomas.

However, the process doesn’t stop there either. Thomas also handles the marketing of each of his custom pieces. His passion for selling at such an early age is extremely rare, but it is what has allowed Thomas to successfully grow his business in such a short amount of time. His motto? Everyone should “give a bow tie a try once.”

All Tied Up by Ethan Thomas

Etsy: www.etsy.com/shop/ATUbowties

Instagram: @alltiedup_bowties

Facebook: www.facebook.com/alltiedupbowties


*Please message Ethan Thomas directly for orders and details.


Superb Style


Photos By Andrea Hutchinson, 502.299.6588, love. andi@gmail.com

Ann Dunagan Crabtree

ss2Retired civil servant whose last position was with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers I see my style as eclectic, playful and expressive of my personality. It is fun for me to create and imagine the freedom of taking simple pieces and wearing them in unexpected ways to pull together several looks with one changeable article. For example: an unadorned knee-length dress – straight or A-line – becomes a tunic over straight-leg pants or leggings. Or, add a long vest or maxi coat. Use clothes as a canvas, feature a unique scarf or necklace. Maybe try multi-layers, knit tops over or under a dress. Just because clothing is shown being worn one way, break away! Have fun! Try wearing ss3an item backwards or maybe inside out. Never be afraid to play, interchange or re-arrange. Give your wardrobe a voice – your voice! I think of my style as layer upon layer of paint, an accumulation gathered over the years experimenting and capturing the lines that best express my personality. Consider yourself a hanger and play. Simply, have fun. I am a mature woman who allows herself the freedom of expression in dressing, unafraid to explore. I live by a saying from my Mother: “It’ll never be seen on a galloping horse.” That’s my philosophy on aging, dressing and having a style unique to me. Ann Dunagan Crabtree is a yoga enthusiast with a love of creating the unexpected when it comes to her style.

Maureen Elizabeth Bacon

ss5 Office manager for Justin Graphics, a graphic arts company in Louisville My style is definitely eclectic! I can honestly say that I do not have a person that has influenced me or whom I want to emulate in dressing. I am amazed by the women my age and older who are getting so much attention in the fashion world. We’re nothing new – We’ve always been here!!! Wear what ss4makes you happy. It makes me sad when I hear women say they love an outfit or a piece of jewelry but won’t wear it because they would feel foolish. If you look in the mirror and smile, wear it! As the old saying goes “beauty is in the eyes of the beholder” that includes what you see when you look in the mirror. Wear what makes you feel beautiful and wear it boldly!

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Never be afraid to play, interchange or re-arrange. Give your wardrobe
a voice – your voice!” – Ann Dunagan Crabtree


It makes me sad when I hear women say they love an outfit or
a piece of jewelry but won’t wear it because they would feel foolish. If you look in the mirror and smile, wear it!” – Maureen Elizabeth Bacon

Most clothing and accessories are from Colokial Boutique, 219 Pearl St. in New Albany