Belk announces 19 finalists for its 2016 Southern Designer Showcase competition

Finalists to present May 19 in Charlotte for the opportunity to have designs sold at Belk and on Belk.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-May-02 — /EPR Retail News/ — To celebrate emerging fashion designers who embody modern, Southern style, Belk has selected 19 finalists for the company’s 2016 Southern Designer Showcase competition. The finalists, who all have roots in the South, will go on to compete for the opportunity to have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on Belk.com in spring 2017.

Finalists will present their designs to a panel of Belk executives at the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Thursday, May 19. Following the presentations, the judges will select and announce the showcase winners.

“We are excited to see firsthand the collections from these 19 creative and gifted finalists, who will help Belk bring our modern, Southern style to life,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of fashion and trend. “Each year we look forward to introducing our customers to new brands they will love, while recognizing exceptional talent within our communities.”

The Southern Designer Showcase competition was open to designers of women’s, men’s and kid’s apparel, shoes and women’s accessories, who are 18 or older and live in the South or have a strong affiliation with the region.

2016 Southern Designer Showcase finalists

Women’s Apparel
Emily Bargeron Angela Kim
Company: Mamie Ruth Company: ANGELA KIM DESIGNS
Savannah, Georgia Asheville, North Carolina
 

Gabriela Lener

 

Zankhna Parekh

Company: Gabriela Marie Company: Zankhna Designs
Richardson, Texas Cary, North Carolina
 

Tracy Nicole Prather

 

LaQuoya Robinson

Company: TRACY NICOLE Company: Q. Robinson Apparel
Atlanta, Georgia Birmingham, Alabama
 

Ashley Worrall

Company: Borough
Charleston, South Carolina
 

Men’s Apparel

 

James Barron

 

Jessica Fulks

Company: BARRON & J. Company: Laché Supply & Company
Fort Worth, Texas Charleston, South Carolina
 

Kimberlie Nguyen

Company: Tie-My-Knot
Charlotte, North Carolina
 

Kid’s Apparel

 

Jessica Agrelius

 

Hannah Ostrowski, Amanda Bolan

Company: MCKEVIANNA Company: TINY VINES
Morganton, North Carolina Madison, Alabama
 

Handbags

 

Donna King

 

Erika Lynn McKelvey

P.Sherrod & Co. Company: Erika Lynn
Columbia, South Carolina James Island, South Carolina
 

Shoes

 

Eleanor Anukam

 

Sarah Parrott

Company: Eleanor Anukam Company: Sarah Parrott
Grand Prairie, Texas Marietta, Georgia
 

Jewelry

 

Brittany and Tricia Armstrong

 

Suzette Bentley

Company: Ragazza Jewelry Company: e.b. jewelry studio
Plano, Texas Waxhaw, North Carolina
 

Rebecca McMenemy

Company: SURCEE
Charleston, South Carolina

For more information about Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase competition, please visit belk.com/southerndesigner.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 293 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Belk is a portfolio company of Sycamore Partners, a private equity firm based in New York. Belk and www.belk.com offer a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home.

Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Google Plus, and provides exclusive offers, fashion updates, sales notifications and coupons via email or mobile phone text messages. Customers can also download the latest Belk mobile apps for the iPad, iPhone or Android.

SOURCE Belk, Inc.

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