Remember last October when we told you about that day that a rad airstream filled with shoes from Austin was going to be parked outside of Imogene + Willie? Well, unfortunately, the BOOTLEG shoe trailer is not here right now, but our friends at BOOTLEGmarket.com definitely have Nashville on their minds.
BOOTLEGmarket.com, a global, peer-to-peer social, news and e-commerce shoe marketplace offers users the opportunity to buy, sell, rent, trade, or just admire some damn incredible footwear, including many hard-to-find brands or one-of-a-kind vintage scores. I hate to use the term "shoe porn," but, well, it's shoe porn.
But it's not just shoe porn. As with most e-commerce sites, the BOOTLEG folks, powered by founder and stylist extraordinaire Sarah Ellison Lewis — whose CV includes Conde Nast, Barney's, Intermix and Target — has lots of pretty things to look at if you don't feel like pulling out your credit card quite yet. You can flip through the stunning BOOTLEGNewsprint, a photo-packed paean to styling without commercial influences, or peek into a fashionista's closet, or read about the latest gossip (as in, fashion and culture gossip, not US Weekly gossip) on the blog.
Based in Austin, BOOTLEG has a foot (I know, I couldn't resist) in Tennessee with Nashville Market Director Stephen Drummond (purveyor of vintage shop Nashville Boot Union), which explains why there's so much love for Nashville on the site.
There's a great piece on local designer/former Project Runway contestant Amanda Valentine.
And musician/model Pap Shirock.
When the airstream was traveling across the country last fall, they documented the trip through a video diary. The Nashville stop featured Otis James, Emil Erwin, Katy K/Closet Case Vintage and Peter Nappi.
The site is still in the BETA, so expect many more cool things to come from this group. In the meanwhile, enjoy your shoegazing.