Award-Winning Women in Austin Fashion Industry Unite to Host One-of-a-Kind Sample Sale

Michele Utt of MK Events is partnering with local Texas designers, artists and business owners to host an exclusive sample sale on August 11, 2011 at Linda Asaf Studio in Austin, TX.
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July 30, 2011 - PRLog -- Local jewelry designer Micah Yancey Rust, the mother-daughter duo of Cahoots Handbags, award-winning jewelry designer Catherine Nicole, clothing designer Michelle Weisman, and wardrobe stylist Sandra Antoun will be participating in this unique shopping event.   Linda Asaf of Linda Asaf Studio quotes, "I am pleased to host this great sample sale featuring some of Austin's best designers.  It continues the annual 'Austin Designer Sample Sale' tradition I have hosted for the past 5 years.  Austinites are great about supporting our creative class and getting unheard of deals on original designs will be a huge bonus."

About Micah Yancey Rust
Micah Yancey Rust, nominee for Best Designer: People’s Choice in the 2010 Austin Fashion Awards, is one of Austin’s most innovative and young jewelry designers and creator of Bon Bon by Micah Yancey.  Micah will preview her collection of jewelry which includes semi-precious stones carefully chosen by Micah and unique vintage items. Combining her passions for art and fashion, Micah successfully creates a palate of originality.  Many of the stones in this line look good enough to eat, which explains Micah’s inspiration for the name, BonBon, meaning “candy” in French. The collection, retailing from $38–$256, includes “confectionery” couture and upcycled earrings, necklaces and bracelets – each enticing, bright, luscious, and unique, as no two pieces are alike.   A portion of the proceeds from her jewelry trunk shows is donated to one of these non-profit organizations. For more information about BonBon by Micah Yancey, visit:

About Cahoots Handbags
The Cahoots Handbags line originated in 2003 when Texas artist Paige Davidson and her mother Marsha Davidson began making bags from vintage textiles such as 1950s frieze upholsteries and 1960s English draperies and vintage buttons. Cahoots Handbags welcomes custom orders from heirloom textiles such as your grandmother's wedding dress or grandfather's WWII US Army uniform.  Not just your average handbag, these handmade designs are originals and add volumes to an already overflowing industry of fashion. The Cahoots Handbags line was given to Oscar nominees in their goodie bags at the 83rd Annual Academy Awards Red Carpet Style Lounge and to attendees at the 2011 MTV Movie Awards.  Nowhere in the world of handbags will you find such creativity that makes such a bold statement. The line can be explored at

About Catherine Nicole
Hailed by Women’s Wear Daily as an emerging designer to look out for and voted “Best Designer by People’s Choice” at the 2009 Austin Fashion Awards, Catherine Nicole is a local jewelry designer whose collections are inspired by her many travels abroad and fueled by her constant craving to create. Made for everyday ornamentation, each Catherine Nicole style exudes an effortless, timeless and bold statement of femininity. Her pieces are responsibly cast with recycled metals, hand fabricated in sterling silver, 14 karat gold fill or vermeil, and feature brilliant, multi-faceted crystals and gemstones. Additionally, each stone and style has been selected with special consideration to the interplay of light and movement. The collection was met with immediate praise and attention from both the national buying community and media.
Now, based out of her green studio in Austin, Texas, Catherine is merging her love of design with environmental and social responsibility. Her Chicks Against Child Brides program gives $5 from every purchase to support her joint efforts with BRAC to prevent young girls from becoming child brides. Catherine is also incorporating a greater variety of non-precious metals into her designs and avoiding the use of non-renewable materials.  The line can be found at

81POPPIES designer, Michelle Weisman,  launched 81 Poppies in Austin in May of 2010.  The name comes from her birth year, 1981, and one of her favorite flowers that also happens to grow wild in Texas. The 81Poppies brand personifies modern, feminine, cool and sexy women from around the globe. The collection is a study in contrast, that juxtaposes feminine details and vintage-inspired prints with classic menswear inspired pieces. With her meticulous eye for detail and love for color and pattern, Michelle is dedicated to making clothes that stand the test of time and that make women feel confident about themselves. The line can be found at

About Kitsch Trading Co.
As the founder of Kitsch Trading Co., local wardrobe stylist Sandra Antoun seeks to provide an opportunity to recreate people’s closets with their own items, bringing forth attires that match the upcoming fashion seasons.  Furthermore, she ventures to offer the voguish-at-heart--no matter their style-sense--a dash of her discerning taste for timeless, sustainable ensembles tailored to each individual. She has been hired to style for new singer songwriter Sarah Overall’s first music video to debut in January of next year.  She has also been asked to consult and dress Ed Kowalczyk, former lead-singer for the musical group Live, for both his debut album photo shoots and a DVD ‘Living Room’ series, to be locally-filmed in January.  

The sample sale will be going on from 11am until 7pm on August 11th with 40-70% off items.  Come out, shop and enjoy sweet treats by Delish and Ruffino Prosecco.

To learn more about this event, contact Michelle Weisman at
For media inquiries, contact Michele Utt at

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