Saturday, April 30, 2011


Be sure to check out the latest NFocus magazine (louisville's own)
with jockey Calvin Borel (winner of Derby 2010)
on the cover!
Old Kentucky Home scale,
typewriter, and vintage horsey
provided by The Dandy Lion.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011


This Saturday, APRIL 30th @ the NABC Bank St brewhouse, there will be a special solo performance by Martin Schneider of Aquariums, who played one of our street shows back in September. We really dig the sound!
It will begin at 7:30 and is FREE.
The show will be outside on the patio, weather permitting.
Martin will be performing new material
as well as material off of the first two Aquariums releases.
We also have their ep "...In love and Death" for sale at the shop!
Come check it out!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Get your chloro-fill!

Our friend and fellow jewelry-maker Melissa Fuller also has quite the green thumb! Check out our new little bud-dies, each housed in their own unique vintage pot. $18 and up.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

This just in.....

Calling all pop art lovers!
You're invited to preview our newest addition of vintage inspired jewelry. The Dandy Lion welcomes Gorman Studios from Canada.
$10-$20, get 'em while they're hot!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Indiana University Southeast article, April 4th, 2011

Dandy Lion boutique blooms under former IUS students

Ani Tucker, former IUS student and co-owner of The Dandy Lion boutique, works on designing a custom prom dress. She owns the store along with her twin sister, Ali Tucker.

Every college student puts a lot of thought into what they will major in and how they will use that degree later in life. For former IUS students and identical twin sisters, Ani and Ali Tucker, the majors they pursued have helped them create The Dandy Lion.

The Dandy Lion is their own, local boutique that incorporates all their interests, ranging from fashion design and art to philosophy.

Located in downtown New Albany, the boutique features vintage and handmade items, as well as acting as a platform for the twins’ beliefs and interests.

“We support independent small business, art, design, music and community — promoting all positive causes for the earth and humanity,” Ani said. “We strive in the anti-mass-production movement and strive to tread lightly.”

Ali graduated from IU Southeast last May with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy. Ani originally pursued journalism at IU Southeast but ultimately decided to attend art school in both Savannah, Ga., and New York City, where she majored in fashion design.

Returning home, however, was always in the back of her mind.

“My fellow classmates, who were all determined to move to New York and pursue their design careers, would warn me not to move home for fear that I would sit on my degree and not do anything with it,” Ani said. “I like to think I just chose the road less traveled.”

Their creation opened recently in August 2010 — the day before their 26th birthday — and it continues to grow.

With the help of social networking websites like Facebook and their own blog — — the sisters have been able to reach out to many people, customers and artists alike.

“We currently have over 120 artists and crafters at the shop — local, in the U.S., Australia, Europe and Canada,” Ani said.

The sisters also have an account on, an online store that allows them to sell products online. These can be found under the username TheDandyLionShop.

Both these products and the products in store were described by Ani as vintage-inspired and classic with the right mix of trendy.

“We are very picky about what we include in the store,” Ani said.

She said the store is about 40 percent vintage and 60 percent handmade.

“Our storefront works as a showcase for independent artists of all types and for selective vintage pieces,” Ani said.

The store acts as a showcase for the twins’ artistic talents, as well.

The entire shop was up-cycled out of found objects and recycled barn wood.

“I pride myself in the fact that half of our shelves were built from palettes we pulled from alleys on Bardstown Road,” Ani said. “A family friend even let us scavenge their old barn for rusty tin, old saw blades and wagon wheels, which I have since painted and incorporated visually in the shop.”

Ani makes clothes and accessories for the shop, as well as custom orders. She is currently designing custom prom dresses for two Floyd Central High School seniors.

Ali said she also uses her degree in philosophy to help promote the store’s social, political and economical causes.



Contributing Writer

Meatbagz are back!

It doesn't get more awesomely vintage than these upcycled air force and military bags with cool screen prints on them. With lots of character and compartments up the wazoo, (not to mention
that much loved "old" smell) these bags will go with you to hell and back.
After all, they may have already been there.

Come check out the latest selection before they're gone!

Meatbagz from Greenwich, NY

Italian Air Force bag
German bread bag

Unissued Italian Air Force bag

Czech bread bag