Log in if you have an account
Having an account with us will allow you to check out faster in the future, store multiple addresses, view and track your orders in your account, and more.Create an account
CIRCA THE ART OF STYLE
2010 was quite a memorable year for owner and founder Kendra Leonard. Having just lost her husband to leukemia in October of 2009 and not given a final promotion with Banana Republic after a steadfast 11 years of working there, she decided that it was time for a change. Her goal was to write a business plan by the end of March so she could dedicate her energies towards raising money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society as she was nominated for the 2010 Woman of the Year. Ten tiring weeks and $30,000 later, Kendra won the campaign. It was with this new sense of confidence and humility that Kendra knew that she was on the right path. In the middle of July she put in her notice. Combining her love for travel and clothing, she went to Milan in September. There she was inspired to continue living the dream. By the beginning of November, The Art of Style had arrived.
Within the first year of business, Kendra was named one of the top 5 Most Stylish People in the Triangle, and after celebrating their one year anniversary, the second store was opened at Cameron Village on 11.11.11. By the end of the next year, Creative Director (and Kendra's partner-in-crime), Natalie Drennon, was also added to the list of Most Stylish in Raleigh and on 12.12.12, Kendra published her book 'You Only Live Once.' On her third anniversary of being self employed, she decided to consolidate stores to just the one location in Cameron Village. And in the fall of 2016, they relocated to Downtown Raleigh as the first men's and women's retailer.
Here you will find modern, clean, classic, yet current clothing that can fit into any aspect of your life. From work, to weekend, to vacation, we have what you need for any occasion. We carry a mix of clothing from around the world, focusing on great design and fabric, but unique to the Raleigh area. We work hard with our vendors to ensure that what we carry are exclusive styles with only a few sizes available so that you, our clients, feel extra special knowing that you’re not walking around looking like everyone else, but expressing your individual style.
We strive to acknowledge local designers and their talents. Every month, we have a new artist who displays their artwork on our walls to compliment the store environment as we reconfigure the store for a fresh look to all. Each artist hosts their very own showcase during Raleigh's First Friday where folks can mix + mingle with local talent as they shop.
To make gift giving easier on everyone, we have developed the Style Registry. Basically, it allows you to pick out your own anniversary/birthday/Christmas/graduation/wedding gift etc., put it on hold by putting 10% down. Then, tell all of your friends/family/co-workers that if they would like to get you something for your special day, to come to see us and add to your Style Registry. Everyone who comes in will be asked to sign a card to let you know just who contributed to your 'gift of style.' Once the bill is filled, we will either call/email/text you to let you know, or if you would rather, we can wrap it up for you and let the final bidder bring it to you - your choice. Anyway, just our little way of making sure you get exactly what you want for every occasion and ensuring that everyone else gets to give you the perfect gift! :)
The Art of Style's journey is far from over. With plans to expand the current store concept, the team hopes to have a location in major cities across the globe. But it doesn't end there - the team also would like to have a family of brands including Taos Kids + Taos Body, and, when they start to design, Kendra and Natalie's respective labels, kendra michelle and N/A. Once they take over the states, the international expansion will begin.
Find yourself joining them on their journey of style...