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Trunk Show

When: Fri., June 18, 5-8 p.m. 2010

It all started with a bow and a disco ball. A staple in the local fashion community, Mike Grady designed his first headpiece featuring the previously mentioned items for a friend to wear during this year’s Charleston Fashion Week. It was met with such a positive response that by April he had a whole collection for sale at the latest Style Swap. Grady affectionately named his company Nevelin y Renee after two of the most important influences in his life: his great-grandmother and aunt. He likes to incorporate classic textiles, like vintage fabrics and, especially, men’s ties (used for bows), as well as nontraditional materials, including galvanized wire and car upholstery. Prices range from $15 for bobby pins to $100-$150 for more involved creations. Grady cut up his fingers when making a crown of broken glass, so he thinks it’s worth a little more, but most of the headpieces cost around $30 to $35. “I just think it’s so much fun to put something fun and interesting on your head,” he says. “It’s a conversation piece. It draws attention to yourself.” Also at the trunk show are designer and vintage label Cavortress and Taashki Handbags, which will give a portion of its sales to the Behavioral Medicine Clinic at MUSC. —Susan Cohen


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