Charlotte Observer

True to its name, High Cotton has made a mission of helping to revive the state’s textile industry with its N.C.-sourced and -made bow ties, neckties, button-downs and more, in a rainbow of colors and patterns. A family-run business, it operates out of a downtown flagship boutique. There, customers find regular events, such as First Friday soirees, plus the annual Collegiate Design Competition, which gives up-and-coming talent from N.C. State a chance to have designs put into production.