Less than a year ago, Raleigh designer Catherine Fain launched her womens clothing line, Ramey Rhodes, with a fall collection. Now, shes preparing to take her spring collection to the runways of Savannah Fashion Week in April as one of the first independent designers accepted to show at the event.
This is the first year Savannah Fashion Week has accepted applications from independent designers, says Fain. I jumped at the chance to be a part of it, and was thrilled when I learned that we were accepted to be in the show. I am so excited and proud for Ramey Rhodes to make its runway debut there.
A veteran of the Raleigh retail scene, Fain decided to take the plunge into starting her own line after a career change that took her away from the fashion industry.
I changed careers but really craved a creative outlet and missed fashion, she says. I also have an entrepreneurial streak, so I finally took the leap and began development of this line. It has been both exhilarating and terrifying, but in the most rewarding way.
The label, named for her parents, features sleek, sophisticated dresses with clean lines and classic silhouettes. Dedicated to keeping her clothing American-made, she sources all materials from the United States, and the garments are produced in California.
We use really fine materials and worked hard to create versatile and flattering silhouettes; its about affordable luxury, she says. Being made in the USA and being committed to using quality materials does make for a more expensive garment, but we want people to love these pieces for a long time, so its a worthwhile investment in your wardrobe and in our economy.
In addition to preparations for Savannah, Fain is in the process of raising funds for her fall 2014 collection with a Kickstarter campaign that runs through March 11. Though she knows her journey has really just begun, she has big dreams of making a name in the Raleigh fashion scene.
My ultimate goal is to join some of the other amazing fashion-based businesses, like Lumina, Raleigh Denim, Moon & Lola and High Cotton, that have sprung up here in Raleigh and are creating a real industry creating jobs and influencing style, she says. It is important to me to continue having the line produced in the USA, and it is my goal to someday be able to do that here in Raleigh.
The Wedding Affair
Local wedding businesses such as Traditions by Anna, A Southern Soiree, Charlottes and more will be on hand for The Wedding Affair at North Hills on Sunday. From 1 to 4 p.m., brides-to-be can meet with wedding vendors, taste cakes and see the latest in bridal fashion. The event will be held at the Renaissance Raleigh North Hills hotel. Tickets are $12 or two for $20 and available at northhillswedding.com.
Traditions by Anna bridal boutique in Raleigh will have the latest bridal gowns from designer Anne Barge in store for a trunk show Friday through March 1. Barges gowns feature modern shapes and fabrics with vintage-inspired details and range in price from $3,000 to $10,000. To schedule an appointment, call 919-783-8652.
Shop for a cause
Durham-based medical apparel company Wearever is raising funds for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance this month by donating 10 percent of proceeds from sales of its womens underwear line to the charity. For more info, visit weareverus.com and click on the blog link.
Sale benefits animals
Shoe shoppers can score deals on designer footwear and support a good cause at Class for Half Consignment Boutique. Through March 1, the Raleigh store (1614 N. Market Drive) will donate a portion of proceeds from its designer shoe sale to Animal Kind, a local nonprofit that provides low-cost spay and neuter services to low-income pet owners. For more information, call 919-876-5572.