Not too long ago, I moved from New York City back to the hills of my hometown Nashville TN. I packed my bags full of my glorious vintage treasures, leaving the hustle and the bustle of the city behind me. When I first moved back I felt a strange loneliness. I still had my family and my high school buddies; however, I felt there was no one I could truly identify with in this town.
The first time I met Libby Callaway, I breathed a great sigh of relief. Not only did we share mutual friends in New York, I had finally met my match when it comes to obsessively seeking vintage clothing. As former Fashion editor of the New York Post and serious vintage clothing connoisseur, you can only imagine what her closet looks like. Throughout my three almost 4 years back in Nashville I have had the pleasure to get to know Libby and her fascinating fashion existence… Here is her story
Libby was born and raised in Cleveland, TN a small town 2 hours outside of Nashville. Her curiosity of antiques and vintage clothing stemmed from her mother’s stint as an antique dealer when Libby was just a child. From a very early age, Libby honed her treasure hunting skills, scouring flea markets and antique stores with her mother and aunt. Unbeknownst to her, a full time passion was in the cards.
Her foray into journalism began with a love for music. She studied in Knoxville with a focus in music journalism, in hopes of one day being a rock writer/critic. After a year and a half of working for her local newspaper, she moved to the Big Apple in pursuit of her dreams. Eventually landing a job at the New York Post, writing about her other main interest "Fashion"
During her time with the Post she attended Fashion Week in New York, London, Milan and Paris. She was assigned travel-shopping assignments, and collaborated on photo shoots, as stylist, with some of the world’s most famous models and designers. Sounds like a dream job no? According to Libby the glitz and glamour of working in the fashion industry is just an illusion. She loved her job and the people she worked with but she didn’t feel truly happy. With much thought and courage, Libby decided to move back to Tennessee making her new home in Nashville.
Since moving back to Nashville 6 years ago Libby has taken this town by storm. She works as a wardrobe stylist to the stars, manages to write for several publications, and curates the most amazing pieces for her vintage collection "Diamond Star Halo." When Libby is not traveling on one of her various gigs, you can find her at her self -produced vintage market "Fanny’s Choice Vintage Sale"
What sets Libby apart is her utmost generosity and willingness to share resources and inspiration. She has a natural ebb and flow of creativity and a great way of inspiring others. On a personal level I not only admire her effortless style and cool, I adore her philosophy of fashion as a way of giving back by creating community in the name of Vintage Clothing.
You can also see the video interview that Alicia did with her at her store below: