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Nature girl

Local designer Natasha Nogan has been sewing for 10 years. Her creations—mainly geared toward women—are organic both in the materials she uses and in the lines she creates. Skirts and pants are made with comfortable drawstring ties and breathable fabrics. Simple designs are embellished with appliqués.

Here, Natasha models her latest apparel. To learn more or to place an order, go to

• Rasta Trouble-Bubble skirt made of 100-percent hemp fabric with cotton appliqué in red, gold and green. The skirt features a side cargo pocket with a button closure. $62.

• Green and brown cotton muslin cropped pants are stitched with a terrapin turtle appliqué. $89

• Purple hemp and cotton cropped pants are decorated with a blue lotus appliqué on each side. The pants fasten with a rear drawstring and feature an attached side pouch with drawstring closure. $63.

Try this on

A local eco-oriented baby-apparel Web store, sells organic cotton gifts, environmentally conscious message tees for tots and cuddly toys. While it makes sense to instill planet-saving efforts at a young age, the company is reaching beyond babies … to the stars. Hollywood stars, that is. products will be included in celebrity gift bags handed out at the Grammy Foundation’s Starry Night event in honor of music legend Quincy Jones. Swag for the Saturday, July 28 festivities includes a pet tee shirt, a baby onesie and a canvas bag printed with “Paper, Plastic or Me?” Model: Beau Bianchi

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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