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FHS grad opens NY boutique


A 2000 Farragut High School graduate just achieved the dream of many business owners — opening her own boutique in Manhattan.

Diana Warner Bundy opened 2,000 square-foot The Diana Warner Store in the Gramercy Park neighborhood in June, selling Warner’s own jewelry designs, as well as clothing and accessories that Warner favors.

“I wanted a place to bring all my favorite things from across the world and my years of travel into one place. I wanted to be able to show off brands I believed in and brands that really compliment our brand philosophy of being kind, generous, smart and stylish all at once.

Warner’s jewelry designs are “inspired by nature and people, fine arts and good stories.

“I love to make things people feel good wearing. I always test out an item; I want it to be comfortable, practical and a good value as well as super pretty or handsome,” she said.


“Our mission as a team was to bring life to the Diana Warner brand and really be a bright spot of happiness in NYC fashion. People can take themselves so seriously here and we wanted to be a breath of fresh air in the shopping world,” she added.

Warner said guests to the store don’t receive a typical New York greeting.

“Customers feel special when the walk in: they usually hear The Dirty Guv’s playing in the background, they are greeted with a smile and they are given a Moon Pie, a kiss from our shop dog, Princess, and shown extra special care when they are shopping,” she said.

“We wanted to show the fashion world you can be hip, stylish, cutting edge and super caring too,” she added.

Warner said she began making jewelry as a child.

“I was very young, taking apart the costume jewelry at my maternal grandmother’s house she gave us to play with and putting it back together. As a little girl I would also draw pictures of women and their outfits and accessories, staple all the drawings together and present my mother, Ellen Bundy, with these ... so she could pick her favorite things,” Warner said.

Warner remembers taking the maximum amount of art classes she could at FHS, then graduating with a degree in fine arts from The University of Tennessee with a concentration in painting and a second concentration in drawing.

She got her start at Elle Boutique, and then branched out with her own business.

“I grew up in Concord Hills, a great neighborhood in Farragut, and attended all the Farragut Schools. I loved all my experiences there. I have so many special friends who have supported me over the years in life and in business.

“One cool thing about Knoxville is that I feel like it was a place that taught you to dream big and supported you along the entire way,” Warner said.

For more information, visit www.dianawarnerstudio.com

 

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