Local leather goods designer Lisa Stewart aims to make Triangle Christmas trees a little more fashionable this season with a line of leather holiday ornaments. The ornaments are handcrafted and feature art by Stewart, who creates handbags, belts and other leather goods for her downtown Raleigh shop, Lisa Stewart Designs. Stewart will reveal the limited edition collection during a reception on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the store in City Market at 323 Blake Street. During the event, attendees will be able to enter to win one of the ornaments, and the first 15 attendees will receive a gift bag. Refreshments will be served. For more information, visit lisa-stewart.com.
Effy jewelry show
Belk in Cary Towne Center will host a show of designer jewelry by Effy from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Thursday. Shoppers will get a chance to see new pieces by the designer and receive discounts during the show. To make a reservation, call 919-467-5050, ext. 281.
Shops help SAFEChild
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Shoppers can support a good cause and score deals at CT Weekends and Kristen’s Shoe Boutique in Raleigh’s Cameron Village on Thursday. With a $20 donation to SAFEChild, both stores will give customers a 20 percent discount on one regular-price item. SAFEChild works to eliminate child abuse in Wake County by providing safe environments for children and adults.
French holiday party
L’Occitane En Provence beauty boutique in the Streets at Southpoint in Durham will celebrate the holidays with the #HauteGiftsParty on Thursday and Friday. During the event, shoppers can enjoy French food and will receive a gold travel clutch with lip gloss and a recipe booklet created by the Director of Pastry at the International Culinary Center with any $75 purchase.
Belk design competition
For many aspiring designers in this region, it’s a dream to have their clothes in the venerable Southern department store, Belk. That dream can become a reality through the store’s Southern Designer Showcase competition. Southern designers can enter the competition at belk.com through Feb. 2. A panel of senior Belk executives will select a group of finalists by February 27 and will invite them to present their designs at Belk headquarters in Charlotte on April 16. The 2015 Southern Designer Showcase winners will be announced on May 14. The winners will receive a cash prize and have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on belk.com in spring 2016. Winning collections also may be featured in upcoming advertising campaigns.
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