Top drawer

Finders keepers

Kathy MacCrate, Emily Barrows

• Who they are: Kathy MacCrate (left) and Emily Barrows

• What they’re wearing: On Kathy, a handmade, hot-pink skirt; boots from a thrift shop; yellow ’80s jacket from Honeypot; belt from Goodwill. Emily’s retro ski jacket, black jeans and shoes are from Goodwill. Both wear vintage glasses frames found in thrift shops.

• Why we love it: In the vein of Tokyo street style (as photographed by Shoichi Aoki), Kathy and Emily have a knack for turning castoffs, vintage-wear and found items into art-inspired (and inspiring) outfits. That, and they’re not afraid of bold colors. But our heroines one-up Aoki’s subjects (check out his books Fruits and Fresh Fruits) by pulling together unique, fashion-forward looks without depending on designer duds.

Try this on

Heads up, seamstresses and costumers: On Saturday, Jan. 21, MakeMe! Fabrics (108 N. Lexington Ave., 225-6005) will close its doors. The shop, staff and materials will be moving to the Costume Shoppe‘s new location (243 Haywood St., 252-8404) while MakeMe! owner Lisa Shoemaker embarks on a fabric-collecting world tour. Shoemaker promises to send choice materials from such locales as Thailand, Eastern Europe and Los Angeles back to the Costume Shoppe. But first there’s MakeMe!’s big send-off: A 3 p.m. parade on Tuesday, Jan. 24 will take costumed revelers from the old Lexington location to the shop’s new digs on Haywood Street, where fabric enthusiasts can get first dibs on more than 4000 yards of vintage ’70s prints to be released.

About Alli Marshall
Alli Marshall is the arts section editor at Mountain Xpress. She's lived in Asheville for more than 20 years and loves live music, visual art, fiction and friendly dogs. Alli is the winner of the 2016 Thomas Wolfe Fiction Prize and the author of the novel "How to Talk to Rockstars," published by Logosophia Books. Follow me @alli_marshall

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