Have a soft spot for Jack Rogers sandals? Is no outfit complete without a pair of pearls? Then southern retailer Belk is looking for you. The department store has announced its fifth annual Southern Designer Showcase, a design contest for those who hail from below the Mason Dixon or simply have a deep connection to the South.
Categories are open to women’s apparel, men’s apparel, kid’s apparel, shoes and women’s accessories. All entries will be judged by a panel of Belk executives to narrow it down by selecting a group of top finalists, who will then be invited to present their designs in June 2017 at Belk headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina.
“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.
Designers can click here to submit their applications, open now through April 30, 2017.