[ moh-deest; French maw-deest ]
A female maker of or dealer in women's fashionable attire.

our story

Welcome to MODISTE™

MODISTE is a limited-quantity collective of designs from leading and independent makers. the brand aims to honor the designers making a difference in the fashion industry— Those defying odds, standing out, and paving the way for change. MODISTE aims to bring light to those capturing the zeitgeist of the present, and in turn introduce them to nashville, and beyond.

MODISTE is proud to be the sole retailer in Nashville for a majority of the labels within the brand matrix, and the same holds true for many labels in the Southern United States, and some for the entire United States. MODISTE's current and upcoming Designers include AMI Paris, Isabel Marant, American Vintage, JW Anderson, Anna October, Manu Atelier, By Far, Acne Studios, Missoni, John Elliott, Blumarine, Toteme, Marni, and more. While we primarily sell womenswear, we’re now beginning our foray into menswear as well.

What began as an e-commerce concept in November of 2020 has, in less than one year, become a retail experience and destination for stylish Nashvillians and visitors alike. In July 2021, we opened our first Nashville Showroom, and less than four months later opened a second location within the May Hosiery Mills Co-Op. The local support has been overwhelming, and has allowed us to open our dream Flagship Store in the heart of Downtown Nashville, at 219 2nd Ave N.

considered curation

At MODISTE™, we take great care in selecting the brands we offer. Some labels you may recognize, while others may be new to you; we’re proud to sell every single one of them! For some, we’re the sole retailer carrying them in Nashville; for others, we’re the sole retailer in all of North America, and we think that is pretty special! We’re working hard to introduce unique brands to Music City’s shopping scene and cannot wait for you to see what we have in-store and online!

limited quantities

For each piece we offer in-house and online, we purchase only 1-2 per size/per color. For accessories, we purchase anywhere from 3-5, so if you see something you like, we’d recommend you add it to your cart since pieces go quickly! We strategically operate this way to reduce excess, as our founder has made it her priority to limit the MODISTE™’s environmental impact.

exceptional care

While our prices are on the higher end, we always like to remind our clientele that the brands we offer manufacture their pieces in an ethical manner (this is across the board!). Not only that, but their pieces are made of the highest quality materials and fabrics. When you make a well-thought-out purchase that you appreciate in the long run, you’re helping to reduce fashion’s large footprint – as opposed to buying into ever-so-tempting ‘fast fashion.’ It is for this reason that MODISTE™ is committed to supporting smaller labels and female-led companies that design and manufacture with tremendous care and love.