Stylin’Jennifer Bringle keeps up with the Triangle’s evolving fashion and trends

Upscale consignment shop finds a place in downtown Raleigh

CorrespondentApril 17, 2013 

Nora and Nicky's Designer Resale shop, which has a shop in North Raleigh, has a second location on West Hargett Street.

COURTESY OF CHANDLER MILLS

When the owners of Nora and Nicky’s Designer Resale shop decided to open a second location, they knew downtown Raleigh was just the spot for the latest incarnation of their upscale consignment business.

“We began to dream of mimicking the vibe of a New York City department store on a much smaller scale,” says Chandler Mills, an employee. “So we set out to find the perfect downtown location that would really bring that experience to our shoppers.”

The new store opened last week at 19 W. Hargett St. It is owned by Cathy J. Brooks.

Mills opened her first shop two years ago in North Raleigh. The store became popular very quickly, stocking gently used clothing and accessories from labels such as Marc Jacobs, Missoni, Tory Burch and Chanel at deeply discounted prices.

“Given the current economic climate, consignment shopping is a great way for women to stay looking their best and really get the most out of every piece they purchase,” says Mills.

So far, the vibe at the new shop is exactly what Mills had hoped it would be.

“We love being able to walk along Hargett Street and feel the energy of the city around us and then pop into our boutique,” she says.

“We feel that downtown Raleigh is really growing at this moment and we are thrilled to be a part of it.”

In the trunk this week

A new week, a new batch of trunk shows at local boutiques. Here’s the schedule:

• Monkee’s of Raleigh will have summer tops, dresses and more from designer Yumi Kim in store for a trunk show Thursday. Monkee’s of Raleigh is at 4158 Main at North Hills, 919-785-1400, monkeesofraleigh.com.

• Shoe lovers can get a sneak peek at fall styles from Stuart Weitzman during a trunk show at Main & Taylor, Thursday through Saturday. Attendees can pre-order during the show. Main & Taylor is at 4421 Six Forks Road, Raleigh, 919-821-1556, mainandtaylorshoes.com.

• Raleigh jewelry designer Molly Wilkins brings spring pieces from her colorful Lucy & Me jewelry line to Uniquities in Cameron Village for a trunk show Saturday. For more info, call 919-832-1234 or visit uniquities.com.

• Kannon’s Clothing in Cameron Village will host Gasper Tirone of Coppley for a trunk show 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday. During the event, shoppers can place custom orders of suits and more with the menswear maker. Representatives from custom shirt maker Measure Up will also be on hand. For more information, call 919-366-6902 or visit kannonsclothing.com.

• Dovecote’s spring trunk show series features vintage- and nature-inspired jewelry from designer Andrea Justine Stratton’s AJS Designs Saturday and Sunday. The New York designer’s pieces include chunky earrings, necklaces and cuffs in gold with semi-precious stones. Dovecote boutique is at 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, 919-542-1145.

On the bridal path

More than 150 wedding pros will gather at the N.C. State Fairgrounds Sunday for the Southern Bridal Show and Expo. From 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Jim Graham Building, brides-to-be can meet with local florists, caterers, planners and more, while checking out the latest bridal style during hourly fashion shows. Tickets are $8 in advance at foreverbridal.net and $10 at the door.

Hair today, gone tomorrow

Just in time for shorts and swimsuit season, Ideal Image Laser Hair Removal Spa is now open in Raleigh and Durham. The centers offer laser hair removal treatments for men and women. The Raleigh location is at 141 Park at North Hills St., Suite 170, and the Durham location is at 5234 McFarland Drive, Suite 170, idealimage.com.

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