In the last two years, national-level publications have listed Athens, Georgia amongst the best cities nationwide to live or retire. Athens’ unique restaurants, walkability, and music culture are often cited as its best features. But if local stylist Rachel Barnes has anything to say about it, Athens’ fashion culture will one day be as famous as its music.
When Barnes first arrived in Athens in 2004, options for buying, selling, and learning about fashion were limited. “I wound up majoring in art instead of fashion because the fashion program at UGA wasn’t nearly as awesome as it is now,” she says. But all of that is changing.