Lumina Clothing opens a store in downtown Raleigh

jenniferbringle@newsobserver.comOctober 31, 2012 

Lumina Clothing shop, which is located at 123 E. Martin St., opens Friday.


Just a few short years ago, Lumina Clothing was a small, Raleigh-based outfit designing neckwear sold online and in a few specialty shops. This weekend, the label – which has expanded to include shirts and pants – will open its first store in downtown Raleigh.

“We want our shop to be a home away from home for our customers,” says Barton Strawn, Lumina creative director. “When you come in, you will find a lot of warm colors, old wood industrial furniture, chairs to relax in and a beverage for you to sip on while you look around the shop.”

In addition to Lumina designs, the store also will carry a carefully selected collection of accessories and toiletries from other companies, such as North Carolina-based Ebbets Field Flannels hats and Parrott Canvas Co. bags.

“We really had two major criteria for picking other brands for the shop,” says Strawn. “Number one, we looked for people who held U.S. manufacturing in high regard; all of the brands in our shop are made right here in the USA. We also looked for brands that could fill voids in our product lineup, such as socks, and we tried to find companies with a similar aesthetic.”

The shop, at 123 E. Martin St., opens Friday. Strawn hopes it will help satisfy a need for locally produced menswear in Raleigh.

“If you think about stores that sell menswear, you often think about shops in the mall or more formal suit shops,” says Strawn. “We are hoping to offer a more local, unique option for those who live in Raleigh and want more casual wear. We believe that men in Raleigh want to dress well, but often don’t have somewhere they can go to shop or get advice, and that is exactly what we hope to be.”

This week in the trunk

• Lavender and Lace hosts a Kassatex trunk show Thursday, featuring plush robes, towels and other bath accessories. Shoppers can enjoy refreshments and giveaways. Lavender and Lace is at 1902 Bernard St., Raleigh, 919-828-6007,

• The latest Hobo handbags and wallets will be at Peachy Keen in Cary for a trunk show Friday. New fall colors will be available and special orders made during the show are guaranteed to be in by the holidays. For more info, call 919-678-0092,

• Gypsy Jule celebrates the land down under this First Friday with an UGG event, 6-9 p.m. The store will have the latest styles in boots, wedges and more from the Australian designer at 20 percent savings, plus Australian wines, snacks and more. Gypsy Jule is at 520 N. West St., Raleigh, 919-753-7444,

Lunch and a show

The Woman’s Club teams up with Saks Fifth Avenue for the All Dressed Up with Places to Go fashion show, luncheon and auction on Friday. Held at the Woman’s Club of Raleigh, the event kicks off with a silent auction at 10 a.m., followed by the luncheon at noon and then a fashion show featuring winter and holiday looks from Saks. Tickets are $50 and proceeds benefit Dress for Success and other Woman’s Club projects. For more information, call 919-781-1019 or visit

Buy it, fix it

Durham’s Main Street Shoe Repair is back. Recently bought and renovated by local couple Kieran and Kim Ionescu, the store is now a hybrid repair/retail space featuring leather goods designed by Kieran (who previously designed leather pieces for Raleigh Denim). The shop will celebrate with a grand opening 8-10 p.m. Saturday. The public is invited to stop by to meet the Ionescus and learn about the shop’s custom work. Main Street Shoe Repair is at 117-A E. Main St., Durham.

Let Bobbi help

Certain Things in Raleigh welcomes a quartet of Bobbi Brown makeup artists to the store for the annual Bobbi Brown Makeover Party Nov. 8. During the event, 11 a.m.-7 p.m., customers can reserve 45-minute makeover consultations, plus free refreshments, door prizes and more. Appointments are limited, and reservations must be made by Monday. To reserve a time, call 919-828-5055 or email

Your reward

Dress designer resale boutique recently introduced a new frequent shopper program, Dress Bonus Bucks. For every $200 spent in the store, customers will receive $10 in Dress Bucks. Dress is at 3528 Wade Ave., Raleigh, 919-699-6505,

New York debut

Next time you’re in the Big Apple, stop by Raleigh, the new store owned by Raleigh Denim’s Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko. The store, nestled at 211 Elizabeth St., held its opening Oct. 26 in SoHo, where it’s surrounded by swanky neighbors like Tory Burch and Jamin Peuch.

The debut was a Southern affair; about 100 guests snacked on pulled pork, pimento cheese and crackers, pickled shrimp, and even South Carolinian yellow flint popcorn, courtesy of chef Ashley Christensen. They washed it all down with Pabst Blue Ribbon beer, Blue Ridge Manhattan drinks, and Old North State Punch (moonshine included), thanks to Will Alphin, co-owner of Foundation, the Fayetteville Street bar.

The store echoes the Raleigh Denim downtown curatory with a white wrought iron cage, adorned with paper airplanes and the signature jeans displayed along the sides; a wheel barrel churning within a left wall filled with more denim. And true to its Southern, rustic brand---a sewing machine is front and center.

Angele Dixon contributed.

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