WEDNESDAY, NOV 1ST
HAPPY HOUR (5:00 pm - 6:30 pm)
Dunn Studio, 2100 Dunn Ave Nashville, TN 37211
PANEL // Honing Your Creative Vision
Hosted by Emmanuel LeGrair
Panelists will provide beneficial insight on how to tailor your specific design style to a rapidly growing city.
Nashville is evolving at such a rapid rate that it can be hard to keep up. As designers, leaders, and entrepreneurs, it can be tempting to want to capitalize on this growth, possibly losing sight of your vision and passion as a result. The Commonwealth has gathered 7 creative and seasoned entrepreneurs of diverse fields who can speak directly to growing and thriving in this city. Sit at the table with one of these creatives and have an intimate conversation regarding designing for not only what is happening now, but how to keep your values, passion, and vision intact long term.
Each ticket will include a 1-hour round-table conversation with 1 of the 7 entrepreneurs and 6 others guests. Attendees will also receive 2 drink tickets and hors d’oeuvres.
Parking is free in a small lot and on the street but is very limited. Rideshare recommended.
Emmanuel LeGrair (Host)
A native of Akron, Ohio, Emmanuel has been a Nashville resident for 10 years since receiving his M.Ed. from Vanderbilt University. He is the founder of The Commonwealth where he curates events and experiences for the Nashville men’s style community, and is a content creator and stylist. The Commonwealth has partnered with J.Crew, Oil / Lumber, Savas, Frye Footwear, City Winery, Bearded Iris Brewing, Oak + Ink Paper, Imogene + Willie, Soho House Nashville and more in a variety of formats such as panels, happy hours, and workshops.
Sartorial designer Savannah Yarborough, originally from Birmingham AL, launched Savas in 2015 in Nashville, TN, becoming known for decking out Rock N’ Roll royalty in bespoke leather. Yarborough graduated from Central St. Martins in 2012 with an Honors in Menswear Design and went on to build the Billy Reid menswear collection before starting Savas in Nashville. You can find us stocked at our legendary bespoke lounges in Nashville and Los Angeles Melrose Arts District. From Jack White to Brian Cox, Damien Lewis to John Prime, executives of car companies to high power attorneys, we pride ourselves on being the rock’n’roll country club; where everyone who makes the music happen has a seat (or a jacket).
Meet Ethan Summers: The creative energy behind Oil and Lumber and is the Principal and Creative Director, Ethan brings industrial design and fashion together in a unique way. Ethan’s all about trying new stuff. He dives into the creative community, learning and connecting with others. When he’s not working he calls Kingston Springs home with his partner Kelcee, and has two children Foriest and Hattie.
Q Taylor has more than 25 years’ experience in the hospitality industry, spanning restaurant concept, management, operations and training. His experience started at age 14 at a restaurant in his hometown of Memphis, TN. Since then, he’s managed and opened a variety of restaurants, hotels and resorts in Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Washington D.C. and Nashville. Working under renowned chef Kerry Simon, Q was the manager at Simon LA for three years, before traveling with Simon to Las Vegas to manage Simon Restaurant and Lounge at Palms Place. Q also has spent extensive time working alongside Elizabeth Blau, and served as the Director of Restaurant Operations for the Palms Place Hotel in Las Vegas. In Nashville, Q has offered his expertise as a food, beverage and management consultant for Loews Hotels and Gaylord Entertainment. He has a passion for the details necessary to make a restaurant successful, and is committed to impeccable service. As co-owner of Sinema and 8th & Roast, Q is responsible for establishing and training the full staff and providing a stellar experience for guests.
Cameron Weiss is a Swiss-trained, certified master watchmaker and founder of Weiss Watch Company. A native of Southern California and a graduate of Miami’s Nicolas G. Hayek Watchmaking School, he received training at the prestigious Swiss watch companies Audemars Piguet and Vacheron Constantin before opening Weiss Watch Company in 2013. Cameron was the co-host of “Watch & Listen,” a popular watch podcast he launched in 2018 with Matt Farah. In early 2023, Cameron introduced “The Watchmaker’s Workshop,” a webcast that explores the creative aspects of his craft. In what little spare time he has, Cameron enjoys cycling, woodworking, restoring classic cars, and exploring the outdoors with his dogs and daughters.
Co-founder and President, Derrick Moore, is a seasoned operations manager and former Tennessee State University (TSU) football player with successful startup experience mirroring his cohorts, Gray and Reed. He graduated from TSU with a bachelor’s degree in political science and studied at the Nashville School of Law. Before co-founding Slim & Husky’s, Moore was Director of Operations for The Green Truck Moving & Storage Company until he, Reed, and Gray sold the company to begin their passion project: serving up quality pizza in a hip-hop-inspired atmosphere. For Moore, the ability to provide a substantial number of jobs to his North Nashville neighborhood and beyond is the most critical part of their mission with Slim & Husky’s. If he could choose any Slim & Husky’s pizza to devour, he’d pick the Cee No Green.
Owner, Don Hardin Group
Principal and Owner, Dryden Studio