Top drawer: fashion news and views

Looking for unique fall-wardrobe pieces? Try mixing in vintage finds from local antiques malls. Here’s what Xpress dug up at Lexington Park Antiques (65 W. Walnut St., Asheville, 253-3070).

[right] Faux fur is warm, glamorous enough for going out, and smugly ironic when paired with jeans. This women’s coat only costs $15.


• [left] Fedoras never go out of style. This Dobbs creation is rendered in furry fabric for the chilly months, and comes with its original hatbox for safekeeping.

• [right] Bowling-bag practicality and exotic tapestry meet in this leather and fabric carryall.


• Preppy is back, but these are the original Ivy League shoes. Moccasin loafers in polished oxblood leather and barely-worn plaid sneakers.


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In most parts of the country, spring is the time for big changes. In Asheville, things get hopping in October. Check out these new shopping options:

Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina just opened a retail store in Black Mountain. Located at 3018 Highway 70 West, the secondhand retailer offers clothing, furniture, shoes, toys and housewares. Goodwill raises funds for career development and job-training programs for those with various disabilities. The Black Mountain store is open 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Saturday, and 1 to 6 p.m. on Sunday.

68 Lexi (68 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 251-1170) announces the opening of a second boutique, Virtue (58 N. Lexington Ave., 254-4200). The new store continues 68 Lexi’s commitment to stylish, affordable clothing, and also will focus on casual wear, jeans and menswear. Labels include Moto Jeans, Skinny Minnie, Funky People and more.

• Online eco-boutique TheOkoBox.com has added a line of “re-wear” or vintage items for men and women. Items are hand-selected for bold colors and lines, ‘70s-era attitude and conservation-minded reusability. Also check out the Web site’s new line of necklaces, featuring stone, gemstone, metal and glass pendants strung on 100 percent organic cotton cord ($16.50 each).

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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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