The new carpetbaggers
Carpetbagging used to be a bad thing, referring to opportunists and outsiders in the war-tattered South. These days, carrying a tapestry tote is an insider prerogative. These bags, seen around town, are the best in summery style.
• A multicolored tote by local artist Ruth Ingram (contact the designer at firstname.lastname@example.org).
• Colorful bags spotted at Asheville’s Downtown After 5 celebration.
• A mint-green dragonfly tote at Cat in the Tub (63 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 255-5250).
Try this on
Fighting breast cancer – long a worthwhile cause – is taking on a fashionable flair, thanks to the contributions of the Carlisle Collection, a New York company specializing in direct sales of women’s fine apparel. Carlisle supports the Komen Foundation through its Fabric of Hope program by offering a different silk scarf each season, available for a minimum donation of $125. This season’s show runs through Monday, Aug. 6. To make a contribution to the Fabric of Hope program or view the Carlisle Collection, contact local representative Nedra Wilson at 216-2752 or email@example.com.