Belk calls on Southern designers for its fifth annual Southern Designer Showcase

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2017-Jan-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fashion designers who have a deep connection to the South and want to showcase Modern. Southern. Style. can have their clothes and accessories sold at Belk and on belk.com in spring 2018 if they’re selected as winners in Belk’s fifth annual Southern Designer Showcase. Charlotte-based Belk is seeking Southern designers of women’s apparel, men’s apparel, kid’s apparel, shoes and women’s accessories to add to its existing collection of brands.

Applicants can visit belk.com/southerndesigner to submit their applications starting today through April 30, 2017. Designers must be 18 or older and currently live in the South or have a strong connection to the region. A panel of Belk executives will select a group of finalists by May 15, 2017, and invite them to present their designs at Belk headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, on June 29, 2017.

“We are looking for designers who truly understand Modern. Southern. Style. and can make it come to life in their designs,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction. “We are proud that every year our Southern Designer Showcase gives a new group of emerging fashion designers the opportunity to design collections that our Belk customers can embrace.”

The 2017 Southern Designer Showcase winners will be announced immediately following the finalist’s presentations on June 29. Along with a cash prize, they will have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on belk.com in spring 2018.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. 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.

Contact:
Jessica Graham
Belk
704-426-8333
Jessica_graham@belk.com

Stacey McCray
LGA
704-552-6565
Stacey.mccray@lgapr.com

SOURCE: Belk, Inc.

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.

For further information: Stacey McCray, 704-552-6565, stacey.mccray@lgapr.com

Winning Collections from 2015 Southern Designer Showcase launch at select Belk stores and online

Five Winning Collections Available in Select Belk Stores and on Belk.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Mar-10 — /EPR Retail News/ — Belk’s 2015 Southern Designer Showcase winners will see their new and exclusive collections debut at select Belk stores and on Belk.com this week. Selected from nearly 300 entrants last spring, each winner currently lives in the South or has a strong connection to the region.

“Southern Designer Showcase is Belk’s way of nurturing and showcasing talented designers from across the South who are able to create collections that deliver Modern Southern Style for our shoppers,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of fashion and trend. “This is our third group of winning designers, and we are very proud to have their designs sold at Belk alongside today’s top names in fashion.”

2015 Southern Designer Showcase winners include:

Katherine ToddNew York, New York
Company:  Blithe
Designs that reflect the feminine, colorful aesthetic that Southern women admire, these dresses are bright, whimsical and fun.

Amanda WilliamsonConyers, Georgia
Company:  Ennyluap
Designed with fit and flare in mind, this classic and contemporary line incorporates flattering shapes with fun fabrics and colors.

Natt TaylorAtlanta, Georgia
Company:  Natt Taylor Collections
Sassy, sophisticated womenswear that celebrates the natural feminine form with bold color, sensual shapes and subtle details, making each design, inspired by professional women, easily transition from day to evening.

Emily Reece and Katelyn Barringer Rock Hill, South Carolina
Company:  Reece Blaire
These unique jewelry pieces are inspired by the designers’ Southern roots and contain elements of sass, wit and sophistication with a modern flare.

April Moore and Courtni TyreBirmingham, Alabama
Company: three007
Contemporary collection with clean lines, statement prints and feminine touches designed for the classy, young Southern woman with a modern twist.

In addition to being featured on Belk.com, Southern Designer Showcase winner collections will be available at nine Belk stores: The Summit, Birmingham, Alabama; Phipps Plaza, Atlanta, Georgia; SouthPark Mall, Charlotte, North Carolina; Crabtree Valley Mall, Raleigh, North Carolina; Hanes Mall, Winston-Salem, North Carolina; Columbiana Centre, Columbia, South Carolina; Haywood Mall, Greenville, South Carolina; Mt. Pleasant Towne Centre, Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina; and Cool Springs Galleria (Nashville), Franklin, Tennessee.

The deadline for new designers to enter the 2016 Southern Designer Showcase is March 31. Designers can visit belk.com/southerndesigner to submit their applications.

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.

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SOURCE Belk, Inc.

For further information: Jessica Graham, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com; Stacey McCray, 704-552-6565, stacey.mccray@lgapr.com

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Winning Collections from 2015 Southern Designer Showcase launch at select Belk stores and online

Winning Collections from 2015 Southern Designer Showcase launch at select Belk stores and online

Belk seeks applicants for its 4th annual Southern Designer Showcase

Winning Designs to be Sold at Belk and on belk.com in Spring 2017

CHARLOTTE, N.C., 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Fashion designers who have a deep connection to the South and want to showcase Modern. Southern. Style. can have their clothes and accessories sold at Belk and on belk.com in spring 2017 if they’re selected as winners in Belk’s fourth annual Southern Designer Showcase. Charlotte-based Belk is seeking Southern designers of women’s apparel, men’s apparel, kid’s apparel, shoes and women’s accessories to add to its existing collection of brands.

Applicants can visit belk.com/southerndesigner to submit their applications starting today through March 31, 2016. Designers must be 18 or older and currently live in the South or have a strong connection to the region. A panel of senior Belk executives in Merchandising, Marketing and Fashion Direction will select a group of finalists by April 20, 2016, and invite them to present their designs at Belk headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina, on May 19, 2016.

“We are looking for designers who truly understand Modern. Southern. Style. and can make it come to life in their designs,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction. “We are proud that every year our Southern Designer Showcase gives a new group of emerging fashion designers the opportunity to design collections that our Belk customers can embrace.”

The 2016 Southern Designer Showcase winners will be notified following their presentations at Belk headquarters in May. Along with a cash prize, they will have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on belk.com in spring 2017. Winning collections also may be featured in upcoming advertising campaigns.

“We are excited to see what this year’s Southern Designer Showcase applicants have to offer and are looking forward to building relationships with our 2016 winners,” said David Zant, Belk’s president and chief merchandising officer.

About Belk, Inc.
Belk, Inc., a private department store company based in Charlotte, N.C., is the home of Modern. Southern. Style. with 296 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.

For further information: Jessica Graham, Belk, 704-426-8333, Jessica_graham@belk.com; Stacey McCray, LGA, 704-552-6565, Stacey.mccray@lgapr.com