Raleigh handbag designer Holly Aiken has a history of partnering with local artists and groups to create limited-edition collections. The designer is at it again, this time creating an exclusive collection for DECO Raleigh, a downtown retailer specializing in locally made products.
The Holly Aiken DECO Raleigh collection features a textured honeycomb vinyl bag in black and white with a hand-cut diamond motif. The collection includes five bag styles, such as the Coupe medium tote and Blast wallet, along with newer silhouettes like the Auxiliary cross-body bag, among others.
The partnership came about through the friendship between Aiken and Deco owner Pam Blondin.
“With Stitch and DECO just a couple blocks apart and drawing a similar clientele, it made perfect sense to make an exclusive collection for DECO,” said Aiken.
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The bags will be available at DECO in September.
Garnish Hair Studio and Extension Bar on Creedmoor Road in Raleigh celebrates its one-year anniversary Thursday with a soiree from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Attendees can enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres, as well as prize giveaways. Call 919-793-4008 to RSVP.
Gather, a retail space/coffee shop/event and co-working space based in Cary is moving to downtown Raleigh. Owner and IndieNC founder Michelle Smith will move to the new space, which will primarily serve as her studio and also will host a monthly pop-up shop, on Oct. 1. Before that, Gather will celebrate two years in business and bid farewell to its Cary space with a party this Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. The event will include food and a 20 percent discount on everything in the store. For more info, visit gathernc.com.
Dovecote boutique continues its fall trunk show series this weekend with ready-to-wear women’s apparel from Shanghai-based OUDIFU, Friday and Saturday. Designed by Zhuliang Li, the line offers relaxed looks for a variety of body shapes. Dovecote is in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village, 919-542-1145.
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