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Belk Announces Finalists of the 2015 Southern Designer Showcase

Finalists compete in Charlotte for the chance to have their designs sold at Belk & on

Feb 27, 2015

CHARLOTTE, N.C., February 27, 2015 – Belk today announced the finalists of the company’s 2015 Southern Designer Showcase competition. Selected from nearly 300 entries, the 19 finalists will go on to compete for the opportunity to have their collections sold in select Belk stores and on in Spring 2016.


The selected finalists will present their designs to a panel of Belk judges at the company’s headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina on April 16, 2015. The judges will select the winners, who will be presented on May 14, 2015, during a celebration event at Belk Headquarters.


The Southern Designer Showcase competition was open to designers of Women’s Apparel, Men’s Apparel, Kid’s Apparel, Shoes and Women’s Accessories, who were 18 or older and currently live in the South or have a strong connection to the region.


2015 Southern Designer Showcase Finalists:


Ann Hoang, Grand Prairie, Texas

Company: Ann Hoang by Ann Hoang


Katherine Todd, New York, New York

Company: Blithe


Briana Long, Cary, North Carolina

Company: Briana Dione


Courtney Edwards and Allison Edwards, Dallas, Texas

Company: City + Sky


Donna Kinley, Gastonia, North Carolina

Company: Dkinley


Leslie Thompson, Byers, Texas

Company: Dusty Rocker Boots


Edward Jones, Spring Hill, Tennessee

Company: Edwards Shoes


Amanda Williamson, Conyers, Gerogia

Company: Ennyluap


Kirsten Dexter, Charlotte, North Carolina  

Company: Kirsten Dexter


Natt Taylor, Lithia Springs, Georgia

Company: Natt Taylor Collections LLC


Jerry Matthews and Francesca Viamonte, Lantana, Texas

Company: Nine Muses Collection


Catherine Fain, Raleigh, North Carolina

Company: Ramey Rhodes


Emily Gonzalez and Katelyn Barringer, Rock Hill, South Carolina  

Company: Reece Blair


Carrie-Anne Guess, Union Grove, Alabama

Company: Ruffles Around The Edges


Sofia Ivlieva, Charlotte, North Carolina

Company: Sofia Kostko Jewelry


Susannah Peddie and Jacquelyn Brooks, Gainesville, Florida

Company: Strawberry Blonde Clothing


Emme Hathcock, Fort Worth, Texas

Company: This One Woman


April Moore and Courtni Tyre, Birmingham, Alabama

Company: three07, LLC


Anthony Andrews and Jawansa Hall, Lynchburg, Virginia

Company: Twenty23, LLC


For more information about Belk’s Southern Designer Showcase competition, please visit


About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.  Its website offers 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. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. In the fiscal year ended Feb. 1, 2014, the company and its associates, customers and vendors donated more than $20.9 million to communities within Belk market areas.


Belk offers many ways to connect via digital and social media, including Facebook, Pinterest, Twitter, YouTube, Google Plus and Belk Blog, 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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