Take a lovely home, add an eclectic mix of curated fashion, invite all your friends, and you have a new Charlotte retail experience. Call it a domestic pop-up, or a personal trunk show; the coined name of this fanciful way to shop is yet to come.
Target’s latest swimsuit campaign is drawing attention for featuring photos of women that have not been Photoshopped. “It was important to us to use photography that represented their true beauty without filters,” the company said in a statement.
BALTIMORE - Dorothy Lievers marveled at herself in the mirror just before she got her beauty shots taken in the brightly lit Mount Vernon studio of fashion photographer P.A. Greene. Her smooth, mahogany skin glowed. Smoky eye shadow with a tinge of shimmer danced across the ridge just under her eyebrows. Her lips had a hint of matte pink lipstick.
What: ShoeBeeDo carries handmade shoes, bags, baby booties and laptop messenger bags, made from a variety of quality leathers – including stingray, buffalo, crocodile, elk, deer and ostrich – and unusual findings.
MIAMI - As a kid in Venezuela, Miguel Lozano helped his father make promotional products for such well-known names as Mercedes-Benz and Bacardi. By the time he was 12, he had hired himself out as a graphic designer and web developer for a barbershop, and while in high school in Orlando, he and a friend had an online sneaker boutique that sold limited edition - and high-priced - sneakers to collectors.
Say the word "Ultrasuede" and women of a certain age will immediately think of Halston, a quintessential American designer of the '70s and '80s, who used the humble material to design, arguably, the chicest shirtwaist dress ever.
What: Rustic and Main offers rings made with historic and symbolic woods, antler and other unusual materials – even rings which incorporate coffee grounds from the 1950s and wool from a WWI infantry uniform.
What: jula offers custom crocheted hats and accessories for adults and children. They are made of soft, non-scratchy acrylic, polyester and cotton fibers. Customers may also choose the materials they want used in the pieces.
Major news in the plus-size fashion world this week: Online personal styling giant Stitch Fix launches Stitch Fix Plus on Monday, and the company says it already has a waiting list that’s 75,000 women deep.
Instagram is regarded by some as an endless stream of vapid selfies and unchecked narcissism. But there’s also no denying the social media app’s influence, and Asheton Brown – aka “Smasheton” – is on the cusp of eclipsing 20,000 followers, putting her in the top tier of fitness-focused Instagrammers in Charlotte.
What: Emmy Eff Designs sells original handcrafted jewelry. Genuine stones and crystals are handpicked and ethically sourced, says artist Emily Powell. Rings, earrings, bracelets and necklaces are crafted using metalsmithing and precious metal wire wrapping with stone beads and polymer clay.
There are three career to-dos on the bucket list of celebrity NASCAR wife and fashion/lifestyle blogger Samantha Busch, and she crosses a big one off Thursday as she launches Murph Boutique, an online clothing e-tailer with trendy styles, affordable prices and a range of regular and plus size pieces.