Birmingham is excited to have a new place to shop! Tell us about yourselves and how Le Weekend came about?
Courtenay: My father owns Harrison Limited, a men’s clothing store in Mountain Brook Village. At an early age, I learned to appreciate well-tailored, thoughtful clothing. After studying fashion design at Auburn University, I moved to New York City with my husband, Zach, and worked for brands like Milly, Roxanne Assoulin, and Theory. It was then that I reconnected with Molly. She was completing a summer internship in public relations.
Molly: After graduating from Mississippi State University, I had intended to live in New York, but God had other plans. An internship with Birmingham Home & Garden led to my three-year-long career with KC Projects, a Birmingham PR firm, where I worked with clients such as Full Moon BBQ, 1818 Farms, and Nequette Architecture & Design. I married my husband, Matthew, in July 2021. Soon after, Courtenay asked if I would be interested in being her business partner. I said yes, of course! When I was growing up, my mom owned Mustard Seeds, a retail clothing store, and I was always interested in returning to that field. Plus, I had always admired Courtenay’s creativity.
What kind of outfits will customers find at Le Weekend, and where will they wear them?
Courtenay: All of our pieces are transitional and buildable. A Kule T-shirt with a cashmere cable-knit Derek Lam sweatsuit is perfect for croissants and coffee at Continental Bakery. Citizen jeans and a pair of Ann Mashburn buckle shoes will take you shopping through the villages in style before lunch at Chez Fon Fon. For drinks with friends at Paper Doll and a late dinner at LeFresca, you can’t go wrong with a Rhode silk skirt and a chunky Baum sweater. Evenings at home are best served with a glass of red wine and our favorite Sleeper Party Pajamas. (They’re trimmed in feathers!)
How about accessories?
Courtenay: We love the rule of three. By simply adding one more layer to your outfit, it allows you to showcase your personal style. It could be a belt, blazer, purse, or necklace—really anything! We have shoes, jewelry, and casual bags to help. Oh—and don’t forget a pair of Chimi shades—always!
What inspired you to choose the lines you carry?
Courtenay: When I lived in New York, my favorite Saturday activity was stopping in all the shops along Madison Avenue. The store clerks never made me feel like I had to purchase something; I just enjoyed the unique experience and atmosphere each store offered. For Le Weekend, I wanted to bring back that feeling and create a replication of the places I loved in my hometown.
What was involved in making your store so inviting?
Courtenay: It was a dream to collaborate with friend and designer Jeremy Clark (Jeremy D. Clark Studio). I want each person who walks in to feel immediately welcomed—much like you are trying on clothes in your living room with your best friends. Jeremy’s focus is residential design, which is exactly why I wanted him to transform this space into something familiar yet sophisticated.
Why English Village?
English Village is really being revamped by a new wave of entrepreneurs and businesses—Jeremy D. Clark, Sarah Stewart Consulting, The Atelier, Keystone Commons. Molly and I both live within a mile of the store, and it just felt right to create something in our own backyard. We also have amazing neighbors such as Continental Bakery, Vino, Chez Lulu, and Monkee’s that have been a staple in the village for a long time. It was the perfect concoction.
“Every piece in the store embodies the free spirit of the weekend—whether you are lounging around or enjoying lengthy dinners with loved ones. Le Weekend is a place where Mondays don’t exist. We truly have something for everyone, even if it’s just conversation.”Courtenay Pyburn Bullock
Le Weekend: 1917 Cahaba Road • 205.767.6857 • Instagram: @leweekendstudio