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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

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 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

Morganton, North Carolina Madison, Alabama



Donna King


Erika Lynn McKelvey

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



Eleanor Anukam


Sarah Parrott

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



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

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 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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