Lauren Lail carved out a new category for shopping in the south with Library – a traveling anthology of vintage finds showcased in a sun-drenched showroom in Lail’s historic downtown Charleston home.
After garnering retail experience as the manager of a high-end contemporary boutique, Lail pinpointed one overwhelming theme – every woman’s desire for her style to be one-of-a-kind and distinctively her own. For Lail, that is not solely dictated by current trends coming down the catwalk, but about storied pieces that transcend time and inspire the imagination.
Her own closet is full of such pieces – romantic dresses, whimsical hats and an array of tops and blouses – all proudly preserving memories from the day they were first worn. “I’ve had this kind of obsession with clothes – not only for their fit or fabric, but also for the memories they evoke. Vintage pieces have a story to tell – they are the books that make my library; each garment chronicles stories of the past and the women who wore them.”
Over time, Lail amassed an awe-inspiring collection of vintage pieces and accessories and friends began to take notice of her eclectic style – part vintage, part hot-off-the runway.
She became the go-to girl for special occasion and everyday ware not found online or in local boutiques. It was not long before a spare bedroom was turned into a showroom space that housed her beautiful fashions.
With Library, Lail has set out to scour shops across the country to cultivate a vintage collection unrivaled in the southeast. She still searches for those rare finds to add to the anthology and those pieces that will tell a story as romantic and nostalgic as any great novel.