Second Annual Belk Southern Designer Showcase Winners Announced

Belk to Sell Winning Designs in Select Stores and on Beginning Spring 2014

Jun 21, 2013, 09:00 ET from Belk, Inc.

CHARLOTTE, N.C., June 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Belk has selected 13 winners from nearly 300 entrants in the retailer's second annual Southern Designer Showcase competition. The showcase winners listed below were announced at an event at Belk corporate headquarters.

Kari Bryde

Little Rock, Ark.

Annabelle LaRoque

Columbia, S.C.

Lori Cunningham

New York, N.Y.

Elle Parkinson

Raleigh, N.C.

Darrius Curry

Lithonia, Ga.

Diane Wallace

Knoxville, Tenn.

Lucy Dang

Dallas, Tx.

Regina White

Chesterfield, Va.

Charlene Dunbar

Lilburn, Ga.

Anne Hughes Windmueller

Charleston, S.C.

Heather Menzie Gressette

Columbia, S.C.

Rhonda Wyman

Asheville, N.C.

Ali Howell

Atlanta, Ga.

"We are so excited to add these impressive designers to our Belk family," said Kathryn Bufano, president and chief merchandising officer for Belk.  "This year's winners truly represent the Modern. Southern. Style. that we deliver to our customers every day."

Discovering new Southern design talent and featuring their products in stores is an important element of Belk's Southern Designer Showcase competition.  This year's designers offer fresh new looks in women's apparel, jewelry, handbags and children's apparel. In 2012, fifteen designers were chosen as winners of the inaugural competition and in spring 2013, their products launched in select Belk stores around the country and on

"We are thrilled to be able to introduce new brands that represent the talented South and look forward to bringing these wonderful designs to our customers next year," said Arlene Goldstein, vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction for Belk. 

About Belk, Inc.
Charlotte, N.C.-based Belk, Inc. ( is the nation's largest family owned and operated department store company with 301 Belk stores located in 16 Southern states and a growing digital presence. Founded in 1888 by William Henry Belk in Monroe, N.C., the company is in the third generation of Belk family leadership and has been committed to community involvement since its inception. Each year, Belk gives a portion of its pretax income back to the communities it serves. In fiscal year ending Jan. 31, 2013, the company and its associates, customers and vendors, donated more than $19 million to those communities. offers a wide assortment of national brands and private label fashion apparel, shoes and accessories for the entire family along with top name cosmetics, a wedding registry and a large selection of quality merchandise for the home. To connect with Belk go to Belk Get Connected.

Modern. Southern. Style.
Belk seeks to satisfy the modern Southern lifestyle like no one else, so that our customers get the fashion they desire and the value they deserve.  Our vision is for the modern Southern woman to count on Belk first – for her, for her family, for life.


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