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Style Watch: Trunk shows, downtown retail news, bluegrass bags

Handbag designer Joanna Maxham visits Dovecote boutique in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village for a trunk show of her eponymous line Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2.
Handbag designer Joanna Maxham visits Dovecote boutique in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village for a trunk show of her eponymous line Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Courtesy of Joanna Maxham

Fall is finally here (at least, according to the calendar), and local boutiques are celebrating with a full week of trunk shows featuring new looks for the season. Here’s the skinny:

▪ New styles from Beija Flor jeans come to Certain Things in Cameron Village from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 29. Customers can enjoy mimosas and snacks as they shop, plus a discount with every Beija Flor purchase. For details, call 919-828-5055.

▪ Those with hard-to-fit shoe sizes will want to check out the VanEli trunk show at Main and Taylor in North Hills on Thursday and Friday, Sept. 29-30. The company will have booties and more in difficult-to-find sizes, including slims and narrows. Call 919-821-1556 for more info.

▪ Handbag designer Joanna Maxham visits Dovecote boutique in Pittsboro’s Fearrington Village for a trunk show of her eponymous line Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. Maxham’s bags and other accessories offer classic silhouettes in luxurious leather. To learn more, call 919-542-1145.

Fashion Carnival

Peachy Keen boutique gets festive for a good cause this weekend with their Peach Wears Hope Fall Fashion Carnival, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. The Cary boutique partners with Headbands of Hope – a local company that creates and donates headbands for cancer patients at children’s hospitals across the nation – for an evening of fashion shows, a silent auction, a braid bar, food, drinks, giveaways and more. The event benefits the Headbands of Hope Prom at Duke Children’s Hospital. Tickets are $20 for general admission, $40 for VIP, and both include a swag bag. For details, visit thepeachykeen.com.

Downtown Businesses on the Move

Downtown Raleigh men’s wear company High Cotton has moved. The business – which makes bow ties, neckties, shirts and more – has relocated from its Hargett Street headquarters to 215 Glenwood Ave. They can be reached at 919-817-9319 or highcottonties.com. DECO Raleigh’s new home goods store will soon occupy the Hargett Street space.

In other downtown boutique news, The Art of Style has relocated from Cameron Village and is now open at 19 W. Hargett St., in the former location of Nora and Nicky’s designer consignment (now at 6520 Falls of Neuse Rd, Suite 120). The Art of Style can be reached at 919-755-3333.

New Bluegrass Bags at Stitch

For the past couple of years, Raleigh handbag designer Holly Aiken has produced limited-edition bags for the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass festival, and this year is no exception. The designer recently teased a new design on social media for this year’s fest, which takes place Sept. 27-Oct 1 in downtown Raleigh. The new design will be available on a number of Aiken’s products at her downtown boutique, Stitch, during the event. For more info, call 919-833-8770.

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