Artist, musician, business owner, and designer, Kelsie McNair, sat down to talk about her brand, “With Lavender and Lace,” her songwriting process, the language of flowers, why she closed her store, her favorite cereal as a kid, Pyrrhic Whim, and more.
When she was just 22 years old, Kelsie McNair opened one of the most creative retail stores in southeastern Virginia. Her store, With Lavender and Lace, started as a lifestyle and fashion blog when Kelsie was in college in Boston, Massachusetts. While living in Boston, she began to sell vintage clothing on the online retail site Etsy.
After graduating and moving back to Virginia, she opened her storefront in Norfolk’s historic Ghent neighborhood. The store became a creative home for artists and musicians and became one of the most respected and popular vintage clothing destinations on the East Coast. Kelsie closed the store in 2015.
That same year, Kelsie, who creates custom cell phone covers that are decorated with pressed flowers and plants, made national headlines when she sued Target and one of their suppliers in U.S. District Court, claiming unauthorized copies of two of her designs were being sold by Target. The case was eventually settled out of court.
In addition to fashion and retail, Kelsie is a talented photographer, filmmaker, artist, and musician. She is currently finishing work on a collaborative music project called Pyrrhic Whim. Get to know her better here: