Five Questions on new Louisville store Messie Shop

By SHANNON COGAN | WAVE 3 News

A local woman who found success with a pop-up shop is now setting down roots in downtown Louisville.

Messie Shop ribbon cutting

Jessie Patterson just opened her Messie Shop this week, which features a blend of women’s clothes by American and international designers.

Patterson decided to open her store at 555 South Fourth Street. She chose the area for the revitalization she says she’s excited to see happen.

If you stop by on Friday, April 19, you’ll be treated to a Steel City Pop while you shop.

Here are my five questions with Messie Shop owner Jessie Patterson on her store and also what to look for this season.

1. How did you come up with the name the Messie Shop?

In 2006, my best friend and I were living together and we wanted to start a fashion label. We combined both our names, Melida and Jessie, to make Messie.

2. How did you choose the SOFO location? What drew you there?

Two years ago I was searching for a permanent location in the Highlands or St. Matthews. I wasn’t very keen on either area, but as luck would have it a realtor showing me a space on Bardstown Road recommended downtown. I began doing research and got very excited about the possibility. Then I came across the listing for this retail space.

Messie Shop
Messie Shop is located at 555 South Fourth Street.

3. What are the looks for this year’s Kentucky Derby?

Prints, prints, prints. Floral print dresses in all lengths.

4. If people buy one thing for the summer, what should it be?

Shell jewelry. It’s a huge trend this season and I can’t get enough of it.

How did you source out your designers and is that difficult to find names that aren’t currently in the area?

I’m a huge fan of Moda Operandi and matchesfashion.com. They both do a fantastic job on sourcing up-and-coming designers, so I get a lot of inspiration from them and Instagram is also a great discovery source. At the moment I’m carrying Tao Company Jewelry, a line of raw emerald jewelry from Colombia which I found on Instagram. Another line arriving soon is Beck Bags, a line out of North Carolina known for their very colorful everyday leather bags, also an Instagram find.

For more information on the shop, go to messieshop.com.

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