High Cotton announced the winner of its annual Collegiate Design Competition this week. Elizabeth “Lizzy” Lawrence, a junior majoring in art and design at N.C. State, earned top honors for her North Carolina-themed paisley design.
“My design is North Carolina themed; therefore it’s inspired by home,” she says. “I included acorns to represent Raleigh, the City of Oaks, and cardinals, our state bird. I wanted my design to be comprehensible when folded into a bow tie, so I stuck with a vibrant, graphic style, refraining from too fine of details.”
The competition, which challenged student designers from N.C. State’s colleges of design and textiles to create a paisley pattern using a specific color palette, is hosted each year by the downtown Raleigh menswear company. Selected each year by a public vote, the winning design is then put into production for High Cotton’s bow tie line.
“It’s quite an honor to be chosen as the winner. It’s a rare opportunity for a student’s work to be produced and sold in a store,” says Lawrence. “It’s really exciting to finally have something I’ve designed go out into the world and be used by other people. I also love being able to represent N.C. State’s College of Design. I’ve grown so much as a designer these past few years and it’s all thanks to my incredibly talented professors and peers.”
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Bow ties featuring Lawrence’s design will be available at High Cotton in February.
Cotton Creek Opens
Southern-style clothing store Cotton Creek recently opened in Durham. The shop carries preppy clothing for men and women from such brands as Southern Marsh, Olly Oxen, Lauren James, State Traditions, Criquet and Properly Tied, among others. The boutique is a partnership between Michael Bell, owner of Hunky Dory, and Rob Stover, an owner of Tyler’s Taproom. Bell says the store will continue to expand its offerings throughout next year, adding shoes and other items. Cotton Creek is at 738 Ninth St. Learn more at facebook.com/cottoncreekdurham.
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