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Stylin': Raleigh T-shirt designer displays city love

CorrespondentJuly 31, 2013 

Joe Fitzpatrick has created a popular line of t-shirts that pay homage to Raleigh.

COURTESY OF FOURYOU DESIGNS

Joe Fitzpatrick loves Raleigh. And like so many others in this area, he wanted to show that city pride with a T-shirt representing his town. While Fitzpatrick found plenty of options, there wasn’t one shirt that felt exactly right for him. So he made his own.

“I originally created the Raleigh tree ‘Raltree’ design because I wanted an original design not found in the Raleigh area,” he says.

The shirt garnered plenty of compliments, and pretty soon, Fitzpatrick’s T-shirt business, Fouryou Designs ( fouryoudesigns.com) was born.

“So many people loved the shirt and kept asking where I got it, so I decided to see if it would sell,” he says. “(The Raltree shirt) actually became one of my top designs.”

Along with the tree (a nod to Raleigh’s Oak City nickname), Fitzpatrick created several other designs featuring iconic Raleigh emblems, including the skyline and an acorn. The Raleigh shirts have become so popular that he’s creating new designs for other areas.

“I’m starting to expand my designs by encompassing other cities and have a few Durham designs using the water tower, brickyard and bull,” he says. “I even have a couple of designs for cities as far west as St. Louis.”

After just a year, business is booming. Fitzpatrick’s not surprised, though, since he knows many people want to rep their city just as he did.

“People love being able to show pride in their city and show what they love by wearing it on a T-shirt,” he says. “It combines comfort, as well as the ability to show where you are from.”

Fouryou Designs will have a tent outside the Morning Times on Hargett Street for First Friday this week. Fitzpatrick also will have his shirts for sale at the upcoming downtown Raleigh food truck rodeo on Fayetteville Street, 4-9 p.m. Aug. 11.

Pop Shop

During August, Raleigh shoppers will have a new place to find clothing and accessories from some of the area’s best up-and-coming designers. Sponsored by Redress Raleigh and the Raleigh Fashion Association, the Pop Shop in North Hills will feature pieces by Symbology, Judah Ross, Good Girls Studio, Zass Design, Leopold Design, Selvyn, Kendal Leonard Designs, Zac Schell, Mallory Robinson, Brittany Whealon and Casey Crespo. The Pop Shop will be open in a space across from the Black Cat Café, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays through Aug. 31.

For more information, visit redressraleigh.com/markets.

Inventory sale

Dress for Success Triangle will hold its next quarterly inventory excess sale from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday at Northgate Mall in Durham. Shoppers can score new and gently used women’s suits, dresses, shoes, purses and more at deep discounts. Those looking for a first crack at the deals can donate $20 at the door to get early access at 9 a.m. There also will be a community appreciation event noon-5 p.m. Sunday.

Proceeds from the sale will benefit the local Dress for Success affiliate, which provides clothing and support to disadvantaged women searching for jobs.

For details, call 919-286-2128 or visit dressforsuccess.org/trianglenc.

Fashion Show

Local designers will debut their latest creations at the annual Blue Pasura Fashion Show at 7 p.m. Sunday. Presented by the Naudre Agency, a local modeling agency, the show will be held at the North Raleigh Hilton and proceeds benefit the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Tickets are $15-$40 and available at naudre.com.

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