Story by Cassandra Kaye | Photos by Petite Simone Photography
Vermillion, a women’s boutique in Raleigh, N.C., is celebrating its 10-year anniversary this weekend with a night of fashion and gourmet Southern fare at the Merriman-Wynne House. With RSVPs from a few familiar names — like Lela Rose and Atlanta-native Wes Gordon — the night is shaping up to be an event to remember.
Ashley Harris, owner and founder of Vermillion, opened the boutique in 2005 after noticing a lack of designer fashion destinations in Raleigh. Although the store has always carried collections from the likes of Proenza Schouler, Isabel Marant, Balenciaga and Chloe, Harris has made a point to stay true to the boutique’s mission of also offering a number of items at a contemporary price point. At Vermillion, you’ll find everything from a Rag + Bone blazer to vintage jewelry and jeans from local Raleigh Denim.
“Vermillion is really a one-stop-shop,” says Harris. “We carry everything from T-shirts and denim to designer gowns and fine jewelry, so you can really revamp your entire wardrobe here each season.”
The boutique threw a big art gallery party for the fifth anniversary, but Harris wants things to be even bigger and better this year. Vermillion’s tenth anniversary will be an evening of jazz music and Southern bites by James Beard Award-winning chef Ashley Christensen (complete with pimento cheese favorites and bourbon cocktails) for local tastemakers and loyal customers this Saturday, March 14.
In addition to Saturday’s event, Harris wanted to commemorate the milestone with a vermillion-hued collection by some of the boutique’s top designers. Thirteen exclusive items will be on display at the event, and the unique pieces will be on sale through the House Account app and in store at Vermillion. Pieces include a color-blocked silk Wes Gordon dress, a set of three rings by Irene Neuwirth and a Figure beaded handbag, among others. The items are only for sale in limited quantities, so pieces are expected to sell out quickly (but don’t worry, Harris can call in a few special orders if you ask her nicely).
You can preview the exclusive collection below or visit the boutique online at vermillionstyle.com.