Stylin': Raleigh designer has mothers in mind

CorrespondentMay 14, 2014 

Though she worked for more than a decade in health care, Raleigh designer Zankhna Parekh always knew she wanted to work in fashion.

Born in India and raised in Kenya, Parekh began designing clothes at age 14.

“I always designed outfits for myself, as well as for special occasions for friends and family,” she says. “It is just something that I’ve always had an affinity for doing.”

In 2012, Parekh started designing again and debuted her first collection last fall under her eponymous label. A mother of three, Parekh designs her clothes with mothers in mind, creating styles and silhouettes that flatter all shapes.

“After having three kids of my own I realized that things don’t always go back to where they’re supposed to be, even if you’re in great shape,” she explains. “I also think as moms, we have different body types and we dress differently than when we did as young girls. So based on that, I started accentuating different body parts, such as the shoulders and neck, while using my designs to hide problem areas.”

She recently released her spring and summer line, which features flowy dresses and skirts, along with separates in vibrant hues.

“The spring summer collection is inspired by light fabrics in pastel colors that conform to the cool summer breeze,” she says. “It also includes bright colors, as well as prints, to give moms a fresher look even though they may not feel it.”

Parekh’s clothing can be found at the Art of Style in Raleigh’s Cameron Village, Gioia on Ninth in Durham and at

Feelgoodz partnership

Raleigh-based footwear company Feelgoodz recently launched a partnership with musician Jack Johnson to design a collection of flip-flops to benefit charity. Johnson, who will perform in Cary on Wednesday, designed two styles, one for men and one for women, for the collection. Proceeds from sales of the shoes will benefit the Kokua Hawaii Foundation, which supports environmental education in schools in Hawaii.

To learn more about the collection, visit

Trunk shows

• New bridal gowns from the Legends by Romona Keveza collection will be at Traditions by Anna bridal boutique in Raleigh for a trunk show Friday and Saturday. The gowns feature sleek silhouettes in silk and lace, priced between $3,000 and $4,500. To reserve an appointment, call 919-783-8652.

• Victorian Rose Bridals in Cameron Village will have gowns from the Tara Keely spring collection in the store for a trunk show Friday-Sunday. To make an appointment, call 919-833-1898.

• Cute Buttons Gift and Paper Boutique will host a monogramming trunk show 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, with local embroiderers in the shop to personalize shoppers’ purchases. Customers can enjoy discounts and complimentary wine. Cute Buttons is at 115-A W. Chatham St., Cary; 919-462-9618 or

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