One on One: Milo Beloved and Carrie Montgomery

The rich rewards of collaboration and the renaissance of downtown Birmingham kept our One on One conversation between Milo Beloved and Carrie Montgomery lively.


Photos by Beau Gustafson

Milo Beloved is a a stylist, designer, and shopkeeper who created Harold & MOD, a vintage lifestyle brand and shop in downtown Birmingham, which focuses on making new clothing, decor, and accessories out of once-discarded materials.

For Beloved, the success of his new enterprise has been inspiring, to say the least. “I was working a corporate job and felt very constrained. It was seeing the success of Rev Birmingham’s REVIVE project that opened my eyes and inspired me to take this chance. I see downtown starting to grow, and it inspired me to make Birmingham a downtown destination.”

Harold & MOD grew out of Beloved’s role in opening up pop-up shops in different areas of town, showcasing clothing, furniture, and art. “We did fashion shows and Art on the Rocks, but we always wanted to do something bigger than expected. That is one of the things I love about Birmingham. In so many ways it is a blank canvas giving us a great opportunity to do the things that we love to do,” he says.

“One of the key reasons I love Birmingham is seeing the unified force of artists and designers ready to work together and collaborate. It is really easy to network because Birmingham is a smaller city and that provides opportunity. We were able to open a retail space in less than a year because of that kind of collaboration,” Beloved says.

Carrie Montgomery is the events manager for the development department of the Birmingham Museum of Art. Montgomery works on events such as the Museum Ball and Art on the Rocks, and works with individual curators on specific support groups within their area. She also serves as a liaison between junior patrons and the museum.

“A lot of what I do has to do with introducing the younger demographic to the museum and the cultural arts scene in Birmingham. I get to do that not only through Art on the Rocks but with the Junior Patrons throughout the year, engaging young professionals in the arts world,” she says.

The 10th season of the BMA’s popular summer series, Art On The Rocks, presented by Dales’s Seasoning, unfolds on this summer on June 13,  July 11, and August 15. Headlining the live music this year is Seryn (in June), the Kopecky Family Band (in July), and Matrimony (in August).

Many of this season’s activities will be centered around Japanese culture, inspired by the museum’s upcoming summer exhibition, Lethal Beauty: Samurai Weapons & Armor. “The 10th season of Art On The Rocks is shaping up to be the best one yet, and that has a lot to do with our community collaborations,” says Montgomery. “We’ve got so many cool Birmingham businesses involved this year, from printmakers and animators to beer brewers and donut bakers. This year is all about celebrating our city’s creativity.”

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