Meet Carrigan our Summer Intern!
Carrigan is 16 and this is her first job. We keep giving her odd jobs and things we never get to…and she gets them done quickly and efficiently. She says she enjoys heat-setting printed items and printing. She got to print bags for the store one day and loved it!
We asked her to pick out an outfit for her photo and she picked the Raglan Top and the Poetic Cardi!
Carol a sometime model and frequent Blue Fish shopper loves popping in the store and finding great deals.
She tells us “My husband loves me in Blue Fish – The compliments just flow when I wear these clothes, and that makes me feel wonderful!”
Margaret in a Lucky Red Dress
Margaret came in to try on a few things…and then saw the Lucky Red Dress.
“Forget the little black dress!” Margaret said “I am all about red dresses now. There’s just something about this color.”
She left feeling like a million bucks and planning her outfits for the summer. Musing on whether to dress it up or put on leggings for every day wear. Fun, fun!
Brigitte and her book the Homegrown Gourmet
In 1993 I lived on the outskirts of Nashville, TN. I was in my 30s then, and into comfortable clothing that was made of all natural material and traveled well. It was extremely hard to find garments that combined these qualities and also looked great. Working as a business executive, I should have worn suits and probably a much more understated look, but I did discover this newly emerging all cotton made in the U.S. brand in one of the most unlikely places in the West End, across from Centennial Park and the Parthenon – Nashville’s most hip part of town because it was close to Music Row and Vanderbilt University. Next to the store was a varsity shop. It was called – of all things – “Wild Animals.” Owned by a former lawyer and his quirky wife. They carried an eclectic mix of toys, kitsch classified as art, clothing made from flax – and they had just had a Blue Fish trunk show. Apparently, the owner of Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, where numerous major country artists were discovered over the years, shopped there as well and had just bought a load of the new organic cotton line. Being what the industry refers to “plus size,” I instantly liked the brand because I could wear a size 2! Size 2 is a concept that is totally inconceivable for me to wear in any other line and I simply got a kick out of being able to say that I was a size 2. The clothes had yet another unique feature: they were hand painted. Each item was different and entirely unique. I tried on a whole range of pants, t-shirts, jumpers and dresses and eventually walked out with two huge paper bags filled with clothing in hues of pale blue, Lake Placid blue, mint green and black. The designs were painted with kindergarten-style flowers, taxi cabs, tools, coffee and tea cups. They had handmade strings to tie them into personalized fits, but most importantly, they featured generous, flowing cuts that actually made me look a lot thinner than I was although they were voluminous.
In the years that followed, I eventually bought suitcases full of Blue Fish outfits, and some of them I still have today – some 20 years later. They have accompanied me on business trips around the globe, they have sat with me in uncomfortable airplane seats for 15 – 16 hours at a time and kept me comfortable, they have been crammed into suitcases – sprayed down with water upon arrival – and worn to meetings with key accounts. They helped me close a deal with Target and Lowe’s. They’ve been to my brother’s wedding. Now I live in Taos, NM at an altitude of over 7000 feet, near the ranch where Blue Fish has a large store and still hand paints its American made garments. I still wear a size 2 and I’m proud of it.
Hanging out at the Overland Ranch
My next big adventure will be a trip to New York to participate in Chopped, a cooking competition on the Food Network and Blue Fish will once again be at my side on the trip, before and after the taping… I’ll even wear Blue Fish pants to cook in. I’ll wear Blue Fish on my book tour for my new publication “The Homegrown Gourmet.” Blue Fish was great for me in my 30s, and it has become a trusted companion who will keep me looking good in my 50s, 60s and way beyond… Because it’s homegrown. I love quality in food and I adore things that are made beautifully. Blue Fish is art and when I wear it, it brings out the best in me.
Brigitte Pauli-Barlos, writer/translator/editor
Author of: The Homegrown Gourmet
The first day I wore my new Blue Fish outfit it felt wonderful. I was walking into a local store when I noticed a woman smiling from ear to ear at me. I did not know who she was… As we approached each other she said “you look beautiful.” She loved my outfit! (This never happens to me.) That left me smiling from ear to ear because I DID feel pretty.
Tracy in Hawaii
Blue Fish isn’t just the most comfortable, easy to wear, fun clothing line ever. Blue Fish has a special something that other clothing does not – it is the “mana” (spiritual energy or healing power) that comes from the artists and designers who put so much of themselves into the pieces. Wearing Blue Fish makes you feel nurtured, and the organic fibers assure you that you won’t have an allergic reaction to some strange synthetic. Blue Fish is flattering for all sizes. The staff at Blue Fish are willing to help you find the best fitting and looking styles and will tell you if something isn’t for you. What a unique and wonderful concept! I have worn and loved Blue Fish for more than 15 years and am still excited by each new collection.
Moniquee in her own designs!
I have always enjoyed looking at Blue Fish Clothing. As a textile designer and former painter I am inspired by the designs, lines and fabric Blue Fish uses. I also enjoy the backdrops and photography on the website.
Each new line is so unique and yet has that Blue Fish quality that sets your line apart from other clothing designs.
Your website and photography bring me peace and I often imagine myself among the backdrops with the models as if we are friends.
Recently I was delighted to read the story of Blue Fish’s beginning and to see the actual barn where it all started. It made me want to go there and work amongst you designers and artists as I design and produce my own things.
On another note I am equally glad that your line is produced with all natural fibers that local artists take part in the process as I love to see the local artistic community at work.
Bliss, love and light to you.
Cynthia and Elmo
One Fish Two fish Red Fish Blue Fish. How many times did I read this story to my nephew when he was a little boy? Dr. Seuss was his favorite author and this book always was his first choice for our read aloud. What a story! Fun, clever, so familiar – comfortable. Did Andrew know his aunt would be lucky enough to find clothing whose name and attributes were similar to this happy book’s title?
It has been nearly 20 years since I bought my first piece of Blue Fish. How did I first learn about Blue Fish? I wish I remembered! Was it when I saw Jennifer Barclay on Oprah? Or in People Magazine? I’m not sure But I believe I owned my long printed violet coat dress with the rich red wooden buttons by then.
Andrew- that special Dr. Seuss loving nephew – graduated from New York University. My family spent two days in the city celebrating. I wore Blue Fish to dinners for walks in Times Square, and to his Baccalaureate ceremony. My clothes were as unique, comfortable, beautiful, and appropriate for every situation. They received compliments at Radio City Hall, a Turkish restaurant – even Elmo admired my four squares in Times Square!
Blue Fish is more than clothing – it is a feeling, and experience, a habit of mind. For those people who have yet to wear Blue Fish – Don’t postpone joy! Start with a single piece, blend it with other favorite clothing, and don’t look back. Clothing should be interesting, comfortable, and fun. If should feel good and make you feel good in return. Dr. Seuss, again, says it best:
Oh me! Oh my!
Oh me! Oh my!
If you never did
These things are fun
and fun is good.
Dulcena in Blue Fish
My Blue Fish story starts with a day at the mall in the 1990′s. I’m wandering from store to store looking for something different than what everyone else was wearing. I walked by this hemp shop that sold all organic products. The manager was standing at the front of the store wearing flowing natural colored silks with interesting angles and funky prints. I had to go in and ask what she was wearing. She replies. “Oh, it’s BLUE FISH CLOTHING”! Then she showed me the few racks that she had. I must have one of garments I said to myself! But that wasn’t the best part. I think we chatted for a good hour about everything under the stars. Although I did not make a purchase that day, I headed home with a Blue Fish Catalog full of whimsical ideas and a new friend. I called Blue Fish few days later and took the plunge and ordered my first piece of clothing. I remember sitting on the phone for a good amount of time talking about styles and colors and what goes with what. The gal on the other end of the phone was so pleasant and we talked liked we had known each other for ages. I awaited the package to come, and from that day on I was hooked on Blue Fish!
Through the years I have met the most beautiful, creative, intelligent women all with the same love as me, for Blue Fish. What makes it so special to me isn’t just the clothes. When you walk down the street 90% of the time I get stopped and have someone ask me what I’m wearing. We would start chatting on and on while I usually got eye rolling from my husband. I have formed bonds with the people that wear Blue Fish that have lasted YEARS. If I had not discovered Blue Fish Clothing that day, I would not have that amazing friends in my life that I do now.
For me, my clothing hold memories and experiences that will stay with me for the rest of my life.
Thank you Blue Fish!
Judith at the Taos Store
I knew from a very young age that I was different. My first sisters were following the fads but I was searching for my own style. That never changed even as I got older. I discovered Blue Fish after their doors had already closed. I fell in love with the uniqueness and creativity and expression of this line of clothing. I searched the internet for any and all information I could find about Blue Fish and I was amazed with Jennifer Barclay’s story and the beginning of this fabulous company. Needless to say when Barclay Studio opened, I was overjoyed. I finally had a place that gave me what I wanted —unusual styles and creativity. A year ago, I had a life changing event, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. It was even more important for me to feel good about what myself, to express myself through my clothes, to show my strength. I also made the decision to take a trip to Taos, New Mexico which had always been a lifelong dream of mine. I got to see the shop, was able to tour where all the painting takes place. But sadly I did not get the chance to meet Jennifer.
I get lots of compliments on my Barclay outfits and when I am asked where I purchased it, I begin by telling them about this girl, Jennifer, who started painting in her parents garage at a young age and the rest is history. Blue Fish not only has helped me to express my creativity through clothing but it has also inspired me to express myself through my artwork and open up my own little shop on Etsy. I have developed a wonderful relationship with Frani at the Frenchtown store. Although Frani has never met me, she seems to know what I would like and what would work for me. You certainly don’t get that kind of treatment anywhere else. So, thank you Blue Fish, for allowing me to express myself creatively!