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Raleigh Denim founders selected for CFDA

CorrespondentJune 26, 2013 

SS13 RALEIGH DENIM NEW YORK FASHIOM WEEK

Raleigh husband-and-wife design duo Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, center, made their second New York Fashion week presentation with their Spring 2013 collection and opened their second boutique, Raleigh, in New York's NoLita neighborhood. They have now been selected to join the prestigious Council of Fashion Designers of America.

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Raleigh husband-and-wife design duo Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko, founders of Raleigh Denim, join such fashion luminaries as Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors and Diane von Furstenberg as members of the Council of Fashion Designers of America. The pair was recently selected to join the nonprofit fashion trade association that counts America’s best and most iconic designers among its membership.

“It’s a wonderful organization of designers we respect and admire, and it’s an honor to represent Raleigh among them,” says Victor. “We appreciate all of the support from our hometown and the design community in North Carolina."

The CFDA works to support the American fashion industry and promote fashion design as an art form through scholarships and endowments, such as the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund (which supports emerging designers), programs like Fashion’s Night Out and the annual CFDA Awards.

“The CFDA’s mission is more important than ever, and we are grateful for the opportunity to be more involved in the community it supports,” says Sarah.

This is just the latest development for the Lytvinenkos and their Raleigh label. After expanding their line to include a full collection of men’s and women’s wear and accessories, the pair made their New York Fashion Week debut last year and opened a second location of their store in New York’s NoLita neighborhood.

“Joining the CFDA is a huge step for our company,” says Sarah. “We hope it will help us grow in the best possible ways. ”

Apricot Lane Fundraiser

Shop for a good cause at Apricot Lane boutique during their fundraiser for Women for Success. From 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, the store will donate 20 percent of its sales to the local nonprofit, which is an offshoot of Dress for Success, a charity that offers clothing and support to needy women trying to return to the workforce. Apricot Lane is at 4321 Lassiter at North Hills Ave, Raleigh, 919-783-7594, apricotlanetrianglenc.com.

H&M Grand Opening

H&M opens its second Triangle location in Raleigh’s Triangle Town Center mall at noon Thursday. As part of the grand opening celebration, the first 200 shoppers in line will receive a free H&M T-shirt and an Access to Fashion Pass, worth $10-$300. In addition, customers can bring in bags of unwanted clothing as part of the store’s garment recycling program to receive a voucher for 15 percent off purchase of one item. For more information, call 855-466-7467.

Tommy Bahama Event

Tommy Bahama celebrates its 20th anniversary on Friday at the Crabtree Valley Mall location. From 3-7 p.m., customers can enjoy live music, refreshments and gift card giveaways and discounts. For more information, call 919-783-8884.

Local Designer in Book

Raleigh jewelry designer Megan Clark is a cover girl. One of her Megan Clark Jewelry necklaces was chosen as the cover image for the latest edition of the Showcase 500 Art Necklaces book. The book, which hits stores on July 2, highlights artistic jewelry that exemplifies technical excellence, diverse forming techniques and exceptional beauty. The book will be available at major bookstores and online.

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