Window Shopping

Magnolia Pearl at Niche

Magnolia Pearl at Niche

Jacket, Dress & Bloomers (i think!)

I'm including this post in Window Shopping even though I ended up taking pictures indoors at Niche in The Grove Arcade. These pieces are by Magnolia Pearl, based in Texas, for which Niche is the only local source.

Magnolia Pearl at Niche

"Suit" with Jacket Open

Though I tend to avoid upscale shopping settings, I was drawn in by similar examples of clothing from Magnolia Pearl that were in the window due to a somewhat rough-edged, handmade aesthetic that fits what I'm enjoying from local designers as well. Owner Colleen Hoerner quickly put me at ease and I had a really nice chat with her about Niche, Magnolia Pearl and fashion in Asheville.

Magnolia Pearl at Niche

A Bit of Color w/a Unique Accessory

I'm really a N. Lex Ashevillain even though I age out of the typical crowd one finds on my favorite blocks. But I'm used to being a bit of an outsider wherever I go so I'm glad I left Hipster Hollow for a visit to the Grove Arcade!

In the Window of Vintage Moon

Marco Polo

Work by Gigi ReneƩ

This delicate layered work caught my eye in the window of Vintage Moon at 82-B N. Lexington, in part, because I couldn't tell if it was one piece or two.

Turns out that it's a combination of a petticoat from 1892, i.e. a real antique, and a piece by designer Gigi ReneƩ. I could see the top being quite sexy on its own though I'm feeling my photo doesn't capture it very well.