In 1909, New Orleans clothier Joseph Haspel started a Southern fashion revolution.
In search of a suit fabric that could stand up to the oppressive Crescent City heat, Haspel began experimenting with a puckered cotton cloth that had its origins in British controlled India. More than 100 years later, his seersucker suits (along with dresses, separates and nearly everything in between) have become the de facto summer wardrobe for stylish Southerners.
Raleigh Denim, a brand with its own roots in Southern fashion tradition, teams up with the iconic New Orleans brand for a line of seersucker jeans which should be available by the end of April.
Raleigh Denim’s Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko collaborated with Haspel designer Sam Shipley to create the seersucker jeans for men, which come in four washes: sage, driftwood, blue and indigo. The pants come in Raleigh Denim’s 5 slant pocket style with Haspel’s proprietary 7.5-ounce seersucker cloth. They will be available at Nordstrom and raleighworkshop.com for $250.
Gypsy Jule party
Gypsy Jule celebrates the grand opening of its new shop on Davie Street in downtown Raleigh with a soiree Friday, starting at 6 p.m. Attendees can check out spring styles and enjoy cocktails during the event. Call 919-753-7444 for more info.
Belk-Junior League benefit
Belk Crabtree and the Junior League of Raleigh team up for the Love My League Fashion Night, 6-9:30 p.m. Sunday. The private shopping event will include a first look at new spring designs, discounts, heavy hors d’oeuvres, drinks and more. Tickets are $20-$90 (VIP packages include gift cards, gift bags and more), and all proceeds benefit the Junior League’s programs. For more details, visit jlraleigh.org/fundraising/love-my-league.
Spring trunk shows continue this week with a spate of events:
▪ Additional spring styles and a preview of fall looks from Donald J. Pliner will come to Main and Taylor shoes for a trunk show Saturday. Attendees can pre-order fall styles during the event at the store’s North Hills location. For details, call 919-821-1556.
▪ Dovecote boutique’s spring pop-up shop series continues this week with Greensboro native designer Blair Stanley, who brings his tailored womenswear collection to the Pittsboro boutique Saturday and Sunday. Stanley will be on hand to answer questions and provide styling advice. Call 919-542-1145 for an appointment.
▪ Twig boutique in Chapel Hill will give shoppers a preview of its eco-friendly Cut Loose summer collection, 6-8 p.m. Sunday. Light refreshments will be served, and raffle prizes will be given. For more info, call 919-929-8944.
Peachy Keen fashion show
Cary’s Peachy Keen boutique goes Hawaiian for its Aloha Fashion Show at 7 p.m. April 20. In addition to a runway show of spring and summer looks, there will be a braid bar, silent auction, live music and refreshments. Tickets are $20 general admission, $35 VIP (with a swag bag, front row seat and private entry), with proceeds benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Triangle. Visit alohapk.eventbrite.com to buy tickets.
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