Unique, fresh, edgy and rugged — shoppers around Charlotte are looking for accessories with these qualities. Steer away from the cookie-cutter pieces found in the big box stores. Looking for custom-made items or accessories that reflect your personality? Check out these Charlotte offerings.
Buffalo Jackson Trading Company
100 W. John St., Unit G
Matthews, NC 28105
This laid-back, cozy environment is the first physical store for the e-tailer Buffalo Jackson Trading Company. Matthews happened to be home for owner Xan Hood’s in-laws. Besides that, Director of Photography Josh Putnam says Charlotte is a big enough city, but also small enough that it has a local feel. The southern charm appeal that emanates from the Queen City makes it an ideal location for a rugged, Southern gentleman line of clothing and accessories. Putnam says Charlotte is an active community, wanting to be healthy and involved in life.
The wooden shelves are lined with duffle bags of bison leather and waxed canvas, starting at $159. Pick up a briefcase and enjoy the fresh smell of leather. They run from $250 to $350. There are 100-percent silk ties and bow ties, sporting southern or western themes like hunting, pheasants, trout, buffalo, deer and hunting rifles. A collection of bison leather shoes and watches are among the simple, classic styles of these accessories.
Karrousel Kids Consignment and Retail Boutique
103 E. Charles St.
Matthews, NC 28105
www.facebook.com/Karrousel-Kids-Consignment-and-Retail-BoutiqueKarrousel Kids is nestled in a row of shops running parallel to the railroad tracks. The long-standing shop has serviced the Charlotte area for some 20 years. Scattered in the midst of the clothes, jewelry, shoes, hats, purses, ties and belts are the bows. It must be one of the best selections of bows to be found anywhere. Miss Linda has been making the bows for decades. Bright and colorful or delicate and unassuming, she will even custom design for sports teams and special occasions. Check out the famous colored-tag sale. Every month, a group of service members receive discounts. July honors the military.
1615 Sardis Road N.
Charlotte, NC 28270
www.villageemporiumcharlotte.comVillage Emporium offers a collection of some 62 shops under one roof featuring home decor, furniture, clothes, books, homemade delights and oodles and oodles of accessories. You can find bright summer scarves, vintage neckties, cuff links, new and gently used purses and bags, jewelry and even an array of accessories for little ones. Owner Dianne Kennedy says many items are bought new at the Philadelphia and Atlanta markets, and some come from estate sales.
Village Emporium vendor Button Up by Rory Kosanovich makes all sorts of toddler dresses and accessories from vintage fabrics, tea towels and tablecloths. She has a beautiful array of bags made from vintage fabrics. There is an adorable collection of caps she has knitted, and she makes layered material bows to decorate shoes, handbags or dresses. Find the uncommon in accessory dressing.
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www.facebook.com/leisa.j.gillLeisa Gill worked in corporate America until feeling the strong urge to stay at home with her two daughters. She began designing jewelry in her free time and partnered up with Marlene Moody to form Hoopla. This year is funky and chunky, says Gill. Most often, the eclectic pieces begin with something old, such as a shoe buckle, a key, broken pottery — items found at flea markets and yard sales. She found a beautiful, old bracelet made with leaf beads and the bracelet was then transformed into a hip, colorful necklace. Vintage buttons headed for the trash were made into a light, airy necklace perfect for summer. Gill and Moody even hammer their own chains. Died silk ribbons are popular for necklace closures, and coral, mint green and turquoise are huge.
Most customers range in ages between 40 and 60. Though, Gill says her 15-year-old daughter has started wearing some of the pieces. Clients, as far away as Canada, order and request particular pieces. Need a special piece to match a dress? Send in the picture for a custom-made accessory.
Gill and Moody travel the southeast to shows and art festivals. Check out the treasured accessories at Matthews Alive on August 31 through September 2 or ArtFest on September 28 and 29.
131 Brevard Court
Charlotte, NC 28202
www.alexanderhats.comHow about that Indiana Jones look — his classic fedora hat trademark. Alexander Hats is the Charlotte location to spiff up an image. Summertime straw hats can be found in the Stetson classic cream or dark and tan. Caps are available in tweed, patch or vintage Harringbone. Alexander Hats will also design and custom make a standout piece. Popular brands are Stetson, Capas, Selentino and Dobbs. Owner Keith Christmas will provide hat cleaning, blocking, bands and lining to refurbish a favorite.
Catherine Lash engagingly connects with people. She has learned that interested listening and thoughtful questioning are the means through which collaboration creates a story. She grew up traveling the world and learning military life in an Air Force family of seven. She currently lives in Charlotte, North Carolina with her husband and three kids. Her work can be found at Examiner.com.