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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

• 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


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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