T. Madison

T.Madison Chandler, AZ

Interview with Taylor Prather of T.Madison

One of the newest boutiques in the Phoenix area is the product of a great idea by one of its youngest and most passionate entrepreneurs, Taylor Prather. T.Madison is the ultimate local destination for stylish clothing, jewelry and accessories, and Taylor has more in store for the shop in the days to come. REstyleSOURCE sat down for a Q & A with Taylor to get the details on her inspiration for T.Madison, minimalist chic, shopping local, and more.

When did you open your store? T.Madison opened officially on February 8th, 2015.

How did you get started in the business? My mom and dad opened their first home furnishings store about fifteen years ago, and have been in the business ever since. I used to work at their small boutique as a little girl, and I LOVED helping customers. I always enjoyed working in retail, especially local businesses and brick and mortar shops. As much as I love interior design and home furnishings, I have always had a passion for the fashion industry.

 

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What do you love about owning the shop? I think the thing I most love about owning my own little business is just the fact that I can look at it and say, “Wow…this is all me.” I feel like throughout my adult life so far I have always known I had potential to do something awesome, but I just hadn’t quite figured out what that would be. Opening T.Madison has been such a fun, rewarding experience, and watching customers browse and get so excited over the things that I have so carefully selected, is probably what makes me the happiest.

Where did the name T.Madison come from? I wanted something simple with an impact, something people wouldn’t forget. I knew I wanted it to be a name of some sort… So I decided to use the initial of my first name, Taylor, and my middle name, Madison.

 

T.Madison | REstyleSOURCEPHOTO: Jessica Downey

“When it comes to design, I definitely think people need to remember that less is always more. If you have a minimalist design, you can add your own personal touch with accessories.”


What sets your business apart from online shopping? I think what sets any local business apart from online shopping is the experience. I know that there are still those people who enjoy coming into a business and having that thrill of contact with another person or with the items they’re interested in–trying on clothes, testing out a chair, picking out jewelry. Unfortunately, online shopping has taken over and taken away that experience. We are all about supporting local businesses, and are committed to bringing back that personal experience that you just won’t get at a big box store or while shopping online.

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Do you have any favorite pieces in the store right now? I have TONS! That’s a tough question! I love jewelry… always have and always will. That’s why I carry such a huge selection of jewelry, for the size of my space. I like to carry specialty items, things that you can’t get just anywhere or online. I especially love Marisa Mason, an artisan from Los Angeles. I love her jewelry because it’s so unique and special, but still has that minimalist style that I love so much. Her necklaces are my favorite, as well as her simple brass cuffs.

What items are your best sellers? Probably any of the jewelry that T.Madison carries. I carry a line called Queens Metal from New York, and they specialize in handmade, unique items. I myself love their hammered gold dipped bands, also available in a teardrop shape. Those are very popular, as are their stud earrings. I have a variety of geometric shapes available, and the simple bars have been a top seller. The bands and the studs are all $29.50, so the price point is great too.

What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of the business? The most challenging impact of a business is probably just the dedication and commitment it takes to make it succeed. It’s also challenging at times to buy for many different types of people- not just what I like, but what will sell. I’ve been kind of getting a feel for what people are really drawn to. The overall concept is of course my personal style but I also want to cater to different types of women as well.

 

T.Madison | REstyleSOURCE
PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Her Goals for the Shop?

I think what I would most like for T.Madison to be recognized for is it’s specialty items and minimalistic aesthetic. When people wander in and take their time to browse and appreciate each detail, and then say to me, ‘Wow, there truly is nothing else like this! I love your vibe in here.’ That’s what makes me feel validated.

T.Madison | REstyleSOURCEPHOTO: Jessica Downey

What inspires you? So many things and people inspire me everyday. The young women who have become entrepreneurs so early on, the people who came from nothing and created empires. My mom is probably my biggest inspiration. She has a natural gift, something that you can’t learn from a design course in college. She has a gift with people, with interior design, merchandising. She has a magic touch that no one else has. The fact that she opened a boutique at the age of 26 and it has evolved into this just amazes me. Her ideas alone are just mind boggling. She continues to amaze me every day.

Do you have a favorite entertaining/design/style tip for us? When it comes to design, I definitely think people need to remember that less is always more. I have to constantly remind myself of that when doing displays and even decorating my own home. It’s hard to find the happy medium somewhere between bare and too cluttered. The same goes for style– I have a very minimalistic wardrobe, but NEVER basic. I think a plain white tee, distressed denim skinnies, and ankle booties can go a very long way. Accessorizing is the key in home styling and wardrobe. If you have a minimalist design, you can add your own personal touch with accessories.

 

T.Madison | REstyleSOURCEPHOTO: Jessica Downey

What’s a favorite quotation that really sums up your outlook? “Follow your bliss, and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” -Joseph Campbell, Philosopher

I have seen so many quotes that strike a chord with me, but this is definitely my favorite. I truly believe that if you follow your heart and do what makes you happy, you will succeed. I think that passion is the drive that will allow you to conquer things that you never even knew were possible.

 

T.Madison | REstyleSOURCE
PHOTO: Jessica Downey

Chandler, AZ

480-733-6863

T. Madison is a clothing & accessories boutique that carries specialized brands & focuses on a minimal and chic aesthetic. Sharing a location with the home furnishings and design haven FOUND, T. Madison is the perfect place to find an eclectic assortment of clothing, jewelry, and home accessories.

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