A recap of the inaugural Southern Design Week

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Tonight, May Gallery hosts a fashion presentation by Hi Lo designer Zaily Keiffer. It is the final event in Southern Design Week's (SDW) Spring 2015 presentations.

The bulk of SDW's fashion shows took place Nov. 3-9 at the Old New Orleans Rum Distillery and other venues throughout New Orleans. Created by Andi Eaton, the organization replaces NOLA Fashion Week, which also was created in part by Eaton. "We are focused on guiding designers to a place of sustainability with their businesses," Eaton says. "It is what happens after [the runway shows] that is so important."

Eaton lists a number of successes following SDW. Brooklyn designer Caroline Kaufman presented her knitwear with designer Aza Ziegler of Calle de Mar, hoping it would be noticed by Solange Knowles, who co-owns Exodus Goods (518 Conti St., 504-309-2995). The Exodus buyers arrived late, as the show was just ending. After the crowd cleared, the designers ran the show a second time. "Caroline got picked up by Exodus Goods," Eaton says. "She said, 'I am coming with this intention,' and that happened for her." Two of Kaufman's three hats have since sold out at Exodus.

Models at the Calle de Mar show. - GIOVANNI VELASQUEZ
  • Giovanni Velasquez
  • Models at the Calle de Mar show.

Eaton, who also is a designer, showed her Hazel & Florange line and will take it to the Atlanta apparel market in January as part of its emerging designers program. "It is my first time going to market," Eaton says. 
Highlights from the Hazel & Florange show - GIOVANNI VELASQUEZ
  • Giovanni Velasquez
  • Highlights from the Hazel & Florange show

From noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, designers Matthew Arthur, Courtney Marse and Eaton will sell their designs at a trunk show hosted by the Hotel Modern (936 Saint Charles Ave.) "You could shop for anyone that’s a fashion lover and find something there," Eaton says.


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