Odd McLean is a curio shop for the 21st century shopper

Photography by the Made Shop

Owner Kwynn Everest makes every inch of her new 1,200 square foot studio work: the floors are hand-painted by Hayden Gregg, the art is by Charlie Hanavich, the merchandising is by Stephen Tancibok and the design by interior is by Helen Davis Interior Design – all Atlanta- based. They have created a colorful canvas for an eclectic and informed collection of tableware, home décor and gifts.

About that name: “Odd McLean is my grandfather. His name is Mack,” says Everest, a Florida native who moved here seven years ago. “None of my cousins ​​or I will name a child Odd, so I wanted to honor him by naming the store after him.”

Odd McLean
Kwynn Everest

Photograph by Mary Catherine Brownfield

Opened in March in the Ansley Mall, the store reflects Everest’s obsession with hospitality. A veteran of Four Seasons marketing and sales who lives nearby and is a frequent entertainer, she felt the neighborhood lacked a high-quality gift destination. “There was a need for something funky and different and unique here in Midtown,” she says.

Think Aerin Lauder and Tory Burch with maybe a touch of Iris Apfel. “Our client is elegant, inviting, outgoing and whimsical,” says Everest. “He is someone who is confident, who likes unique things and who appreciates quality. I feel like I’m bridging the gap between generations and between styles.

She works directly with many suppliers, such as Myto Design Ritual, a collection of raffia accessories based in Colombia. There are also neon Lucite pieces by Alexandra von Furstenberg, understated frames by Addison Ross and hand-painted ceramic table pieces by Themis Z, a Greek company that has collaborated with bold brands like Dior Maison.

Retail can be a tough business, but Everest wanted to bring interesting items that spark conversation in its community. “It’s really important to me that when you show up to a party with a gift, not everyone will show up with the same thing,” she says. Oddmclean.com

This article originally appeared in our July 2022 issue.

Laura J. Boyer