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Ole Mason Jar men's clothing store

Bradley Rhyne and co-founder Filipe Ho started their men's clothing store Ole Mason Jar in 2013. They moved to their second floor space at 148 Brevard Court near Romare Bearden Park in uptown Charlotte about a year ago. The pair designs clothing that is made in the USA and often in North Carolina.

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Want gifts made in CLT? Try CLT Made page

Trying to find gifts that come from your Charlotte-based heart? Try the Observer’s Pinterest page, where we’ve gathered stories from our CLT Made series, highlighting local designers and makers. It’s at http://pin.it/c-U9ngX.

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Fashion designer Aubrey Busek

Aubrey Busek in her workspace at her Charlotte home where she makes women's clothing, hand sewing all her embroidery and beadwork and using distinctive fabrics in her creations.

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Recover Brands

What: Recover Brands makes apparel and accessories out of recycled and upcycled materials. Their core products are t-shirts, performance wear, hoodies, and polos made from recycled plastic bottles and recycled cotton. They also make backpacks from upcycled biketubes and coozies from upcycled wetsuits. Eight plastic bottles makes one t-shirt.

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On Style with Nina Harrison, intentionally cultivating elegance

Nina Harrison was born in Huntsville, Alabama. She and her brother were raised by their single mom, who was enlisted in the army. A self-described military brat, by high school graduation Harrison had attended 13 different schools. “I loved it,” she said. In 2010 Harrison, 41, moved to Huntersville, when her employer, Electrolux, relocated its North American headquarters to Charlotte. She lives with her husband, Mike, and their three children.

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5 questions for Best Made’s Peter Buchanan-Smith

Peter Buchanan-Smith is a guy with serious graphic design chops – a CV that includes art direction at The New York Times, writing two books and a Grammy for his work on an album cover for the band Wilco. But it’s the artisanal axes and luxury outdoor gear that make up his Best Made Co. that bring him to Myers Park menswear clothier Tabor on Saturday, Nov. 12.

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Bella Notte

Opera Carolinas signature gala, Bella Notte, has been one of most elegant galas in Charlotte for the past 12 years. About 300 guests dined onstage at the Belk Theater Oct. 29, amid sets for the operas production of The Barber Of Seville (and orange trees!). The evening was capped off by performances from cast members and an after-dinner performance by the Big Swing Dance Experience.

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Sarah Flint

Luxury NY-based footwear designer Sarah Flint discusses her shoes during a visit to Coplon's in Phillips Place.

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On Style: Charlotte leader Jill Dinwiddie talks about ‘prissy,’ ‘conservative’ and letting one thing lead to another

Detroit native Jill Dinwiddie spent three months as an exchange student in Turkey when she was 16 years old. “It opened my eyes to the world,” she says. Dinwiddie’s career spans teaching kindergarten at a U.S. Defense Department School in Germany to director of the International Center of UNC Chapel Hill to deputy finance director for Dianne Feinstein’s Senate campaign. She just finished two years as board chair of Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, which under her leadership grew to a $20 million organization operating in four states. Dinwiddie is a feminist and a political activist who advocates for reproductive health care and the prevention of domestic violence. This year she celebrates her 75th birthday, and her 25th year of marriage to Bernie Hargadon.

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Bella Italia

The people and the culture of Italy were on proud display at this years gala benefitting International House of Charlotte, Oct. 15 at the Hilton Center City. Patrons listened to Opera Carolina singers performing songs by Italian composers, amid food, wine and an auction.

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JDRF Hope Gala

The parents of country music superstar Eric Church, Ken and Rita Church, took the spotlight at the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundations Hope Gala Oct. 22 at the Westin. The gala raised money for JDRFs Greater Western Carolinas Chapter, and honored the Churches for their work with JDRF, which raises money and awareness for Type 1 Diabetes research. Patrons also had the chance to bid on a host of items, including a Goldendoodle puppy, and enjoy wine and food with some 700 attendees.

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On Style: Torrence Shealy

Torrence Shealy grew up in Clinton, S.C., and earned his MBA from the University of South Carolina. After a 38-year career with Springs Global, Shealy went into the cleaning systems business in 2010. This is his second tour in Charlotte; he and his wife, Marcie, and their college-student twins have lived here since 1993.