Raleigh Denim is a seemingly small shop that blends into the surroundings in the warehouse district of downtown Raleigh. Whenever I go there, I have to look closely at those redbrick walls to find that door that “allows” entrance. It’s just one of the many things that I like about the place.
My first encounter was last spring on a tour sponsored by a symposium at the Gregg Museum. It’s difficult to describe exactly what I felt when I walked in except that it could have been a candy shop, a toy store, a magician’s shop…a place that pulled at my inner child. It seemed it was all about indigo (my candy, my magic). It felt like another world and just right – not to mention the ceiling was origami (brown paper airplanes).
Victor and Sarah Lytvinenko also have an amazing story. A recent article in the N&O says, “The shop is a reflection of the company’s philosophy. All of the designers included in the store share Raleigh Denim’s philosophies on craftsmanship, heritage, responsibility and style.” It’s another thing I like about them.
Needless to say, it has been a magical encounter – and it’s in the indigo.