Nashville Notes - Oxford Shop featured in MR magazine

BY KAREN ALBERG GROSSMAN 

It’s not just country music that Nashville folk are belting out these days: they’re singing the praises of fashion-forward menswear, selling well in independent stores that are competing nicely against the big guys– from Belk, Nordstrom and Men’s Wearhouse — to ever-increasing off-price and online options.

Eric Viars at The Oxford Shop has owned and managed his compelling 2,100-square-foot store for 22 years, although the store’s been around since 1961. With a tasty and focused mix of updated classics (Samuelsohn, Nikki, Peter Millar, Zanella, Gitman, Burberry, Bills Khakis, Martin Dingman), Eric notes that bold sportcoats are performing particularly well this season: plaids, checks, higher shades of blue at retails from $795-$1395. “This has been our best October ever,” he maintains, right before my husband shifts the conversation from clothing to golf, particularly the unusual putting style of Brandt Snedeker, the Nashville-based pro golfer who is an Oxford Shop customer and friend.