During my Nashville Fashion Week experience, I managed to get a lot of networking done. One of the people that I automatically had a connection with was Menswear Designer Eric Adler. Now, when I say connection, I literally mean it felt like we had known each other for years! Its hard to find people like that in this industry. After the madness of Fashion Week, we got the chance to go to lunch at the Frist Art Museum downtown and just talk.
Eric Adler , who originally grew up in Texas, made his way down to Nashville for high school with his family. He soon graduated from Hillwood High to start his college journey studying Psychology and Spanish. After college he was able to drop everything & fly overseas where he received the amazing opportunity to teach English in Spain. When he told me this, I literally was jealous. I have always wanted to go overseas, hopefully one day that will happen!
Eric has always had a design eye for cars but he knew that he could take his talents to higher heights. In that he knew he wanted to use his design talents as a menswear designer, he just didn't know where to start. After reaching out to a friend , he was able to connect with Nashville's very own designer Manuel. He took him under his wing and taught him how to sew and design to perfection. If you aren't familiar with Manuel Cuevas, he has been in the fashion industry for over 60 years and has designed for Elvis, Johnny Cash and many more. With having learned from one of the greats, nothing was going to stop Eric. He soon began to work on his own collection that would take the Nashville fashion scene to another level.
Eric had the honor of showing his first Fall 2014 collection during this year's Nashville Fashion Week as an Emerging Designer. This show was absolutely flawless. Adler's extraordinary talents for clean lines and structure really shows that he was born with a keen eye for fashion. His passion that I got to experience during our time together was just inspiring. He really wants to make his mark in this world. One thing that stuck with me is that he isn't looking for fame, he just wants to be successful. When you find something you love to do, It shouldn't matter how hard you have to work as long as you achieve personal success. Eric's journey has just started and I can't wait to continue to see what he brings to this industry.
Check out some pictures from the interview that I snapped while Eric was working on a jacket for the famous Little Richard. I also got to take a tour of the new location of Manuel's boutique that is downtown and its literally beautiful! You might even get to see me in a couple of Eric Adler originals soon. Make sure you follow him on Twitter : @_ericadler & Instagram : _ericadler.