Breathing new life into old clothes

Fred McCormick

Since high school, Mari Hawkins has possessed a unique sense of style. Over the years, her knack for converting articles of clothing into something completely different has become even more of a passion.

Hawkins shared her excitement for fashion and local art with the rest of the community when she opened the doors to her Cherry Street boutique on Thursday, Oct. 1.

The store - Miss Daisies, named for Hawkins’ dog - promises be unlike any of its neighbors in downtown’s retail district. Most of the space will serve as retail space for upcycled clothing created by Hawkins.

“I have a skirt that I have made out of a curtain,” she said. “I do upside-down sweaters with big, comfy collars. I can’t go shopping without thinking ‘I’m going to cut it up and do this and this to it to make it cool.’”

To coincide with the opening of Miss Daisies, Hawkins is focusing on a line of fall styles.

Leading up to the opening of the store, individually commissioned items have been popular for Hawkins as well.

The shop’s large windows will give customers a clear view of the studio Hawkins uses to create her designs.

“The studio is great,” she said. “It gives me a chance to have space in here where I can work and greet people as they come in.”

Miss Daisies will additionally function as a gallery for local artists. There is no other store like it in Black Mountain, Hawkins believes.

“This is definitely not your average Cherry Street store,” she said. “There are a lot of artists right here in Black Mountain.”