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