Belk Selects 19 Finalists to Compete in 2016 Southern Designer Showcase
Finalists to present May 19 in Charlotte for the opportunity to have designs sold at Belk and on

CHARLOTTE, N.C., April 29, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- 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.

Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with close to 300 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence.

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                         


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                   


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.

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