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Stylin': Raleigh designer wants bow sashes to become a staple

CorrespondentApril 2, 2014 

Raleigh designer Nichole Turner’s business South Sail specializes in colorful bow sashes.


When she was a student at N.C. State, Raleigh designer Nichole Turner found herself facing a very typical college scenario – not being able to afford the wardrobe she’d like on a student’s budget. So Turner decided to refresh her closet by creating sashes with bows that could be wrapped around the waist of a dress to give it a new look.

“I found inspiration in the classic men’s bow tie,” says Turner. “Boys could have a whole new look just by changing their bow tie – this is how ‘the Southern bow tie for a lady’ got its start.”

Today, her bow business – South Sail – is thriving. Via her website,, Turner sells her colorful bow sashes for weddings, sororities and anyone who wants to inject a bit of color and old-school Southern style into her wardrobe.

Turner chooses the colors and patterns for each bow, which are then hand sewn by a local seamstress.

“Picking out the fabrics is so much fun,” she says. “I started with the classics, inspired by timeless prep fashion – seersuckers, oxfords, plaids – and then mixed in the modern prep patterns like Chevron and houndstooth.”

Turner is in talks to bring the bows to several local boutiques later this year.

“I hope to see South Sail bows become a true Southern style staple,” she says, “in the same way the Lilly Pulitzer shift, Jack Rogers sandals and monogrammed everything did.”

Dior beauty event

Dior celebrity makeup artist Ricky Wilson will teach master classes on how to achieve a day-to-night look at Belk Crabtree on Thursday and Friday. To reserve a spot in a class, call 919-782-7010, ext. 265.

Impeccable Pig turns 1

The Impeccable Pig boutique celebrates its one-year anniversary with refreshments, games and more on Friday. During the event, shoppers will get a 15 percent discount on all purchases. The Impeccable Pig is in Cameron Village, 2043 Cameron St., Raleigh, 919-834-1113.

Trunk shows

• Galatea Boutique in Raleigh will celebrate First Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. with a wine and cheese preview party of a trunk show of accessories by local designers and Ellington bags. The show continues Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. For more info, call 919-833-8565.

• Dovecote boutique’s spring trunk show series continues this week with jewelry from Bittersweet Designs, New York-chic women’s clothing from Anarkh Designs and leather totes from Lance Wovens. Dovecote is in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village. For more information, call 919-542-1145.

• Sofia’s Boutique in Carrboro welcomes designer Roxi Sugar of Angelrox clothing for a trunk show Wednesday. During the event, from noon to 6 p.m., Sugar will offer personal styling consultations. A cocktail party will be held after the show from 7 to 9 p.m. During April, 10 percent of Angelrox sales will benefit the Cornucopia House and The Peru Project charities. For details, call 919-942-9008.

• The Worth New York summer collection comes to Raleigh for a trunk show April 9-16 at a private home at 1909 Reid St. To schedule an appointment, call 919-833-6833 or 919-417-6455.

LeBlanc wins award

N.C. State professor and recent “Project Runway” contestant Justin LeBlanc earned the People’s Choice Award during the Charleston Fashion Week Emerging Designers Competition last month. LeBlanc’s collection included garments for men and women made with wool, hand-designed contrasting silk prints and 3-D printing textural elements.

Raleigh designer competes

Raleigh designer Barton Strawn, of Lumina Clothing, will compete this weekend in the inaugural Wilmington Fashion Weekend Emerging Designer Showcase. Strawn is one of six designers chosen to compete in the juried fashion show at the Wilmington Convention Center on Friday.

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