Like the stylish mother-daughter duo who opened it, this laid-back Highlands shop combines timeless with trendy, casual with cocktail, fun with fierce. And it only looks expensive.
Inspiration is everywhere once you step into the chic, light-filled space known as Caden on the corner of Longest and Bardstown. Whether it’s the enviably-outfitted mannequins in the window, co-owner MacKenzie Gordon’s look du jour, or the constantly morphing décor (the fresh throw pillows on the pink leather couch!), the place is a treasure trove of style ideas.
Thanks to a smart layout—where clothes are grouped by color and pattern into potential outfits and racks are organized so there’s room to browse— it’s easy to turn those ideas into outfits. “Really, we just want an effortless shopping experience with a range of modern and classic pieces,” says MacKenzie.
“We call it classic but quirky. We try to give our customers items they won’t find anyplace else.”
This season, those items include high-waisted denim from Australia, two-piece dresses from Kendall + Kylie, piles of cozy sweaters and a well-edited selection of coats, long cardigans and jackets. MacKenzie and her mom, Anne, are careful to be inclusive in their selection. “High-waisted jeans are a big trend, but not everyone can pull them off,” says MacKenzie. “So, we also have a mid-rise that’s easier to wear… and we have straight cut, boot cut, skinny and flares.” (Many are from Rolla.) It’s the same with fall knits. “Sweaters are huge for us every fall,” she says. “But we have a range. We carry chunky knits and lighter ones. We also have great long cardigans coming this year.”
The clothes not only reflect a wide range of body types, they also cater to a sophisticated aesthetic more than they do an age. “We have a lot of mothers and daughters who shop here together,” says MacKenzie. “We try to be ageless. We do carry some things like cropped tops or sweaters that might be considered younger, but then we have moms who come and buy them. They may wear them differently than their daughters, but they make it work.”
Caden is a place where you just might try that top you’d be afraid to look at elsewhere. The vibe is laid back and there’s plenty of room (and furniture) for friends or daughters to kick back while you head to the dressing rooms. Meanwhile, prices are so reasonable that they take sticker shock out of the equation. Dresses start around $60, sweaters at $30 and denim is priced between $80 and $120. While you can find some pricier items, there are always plenty of options that fall into the guilt-free impulse category. And if you’re really searching for bargains, head to the sale rack in the back where the deals are almost legendary. No matter which rack you spot the latest Caden find on, you’ll be glad you went.
If you go: Caden is located at 2013 Longest Ave and open Tuesday through Sunday. Call 502-384-2155.