by Brian Lipton
Belk in Jacksonville, Florida
Belk in Jacksonville, Florida

Charlotte-based department chain Belk is seeking fashion designers in all categories, including menswear, as part of its fourth annual Southern Designer Showcase. Winners will have their apparel showcased at Belk and on in spring 2017, as well as receive a cash prize.

“We are looking for designers who truly understand Modern. Southern style, and can make it come to life in their designs,” said Cynthia Washburn-Nester, Belk’s vice president of trend merchandising and fashion direction. “We are proud that every year our Southern Designer Showcase gives a new group of emerging fashion designers the opportunity to design collections that our Belk customers can embrace.”

Applicants can visit to submit their applications through March 31. Designers must be 18 or older and currently live in the South or have a strong connection to the region. Finalists will be invited to present their designs at Belk headquarters in Charlotte, North Carolina on May 19.