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Local designer Ashley P. got her start as a student at Warren Wilson College. The school’s dorms encourage recycling with “free” boxes where students can discard clothing they no longer want or scoop up new finds. Ashley started trawling these boxes for materials she used in her patchwork creations. She started with quilts, then moved on to jackets. These days, she stitches intricately pieced dresses, skirts and underpinnings for her line, Tegonia, and has plans for children’s and men’s wear. “Total functionality and comfort are number one priorities,” she says of her clothing, which is available locally at Honeypot (86 N. Lexington Ave., Asheville, 225-0304) and online at

Xpress photographer Jonathan Welch shot these Tegonia gowns at Danse Macabre.

Try this on

It’s the last day to participate, but the Mast General Store (15 Biltmore Ave., Asheville, 232-1883) outerwear drive is well worth a little spur-of-the-moment participation. The local outfitter and gift shop is teaming up with Columbia Sportswear to encourage folks to recycle clean used coats, jackets, fleeces and heavy sweaters. Drop these items off at any Mast location (stores are also in Boone, Valle Crucis, Waynesville, Hendersonville, Greenville, S.C., and Knoxville, Tenn.) by Wednesday, Nov. 7, and they’ll be donated to the Salvation Army. For info, visit or call 232-1883.

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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