A Native Look

We were recently invited to Parlor Blow Dry Bar to attend a trunk show for the local accessories line, A Native Look.  Designer and owner, Kate Ward, had developed an appreciation for worldly textiles and tapestries.  While stitching pieces of carpets together at her dining room table, Native was born.  She began experimenting with kilims (a pileless, tapestry-woven rug or other covering made in various parts of the Middle East, eastern Europe, and Turkestan) and was determined to find a way to incorporate them into her wardrobe in a unique way.  Each piece offered in the line is one-of-kind and handcrafted by Kate herself.  Native’s current line showcases necklaces (neck adornments), headbands and cuffs.

Native Designer and owner, Kate Ward

Native designer and owner, Kate Ward, wearing an eye-catching statement piece that she recently created

Pictured below are the Hmong necklaces that are currently featured in A Native Look’s Summer 2015 Collection.  They make a great addition to any wardrobe and can be styled differently depending on your personal style.  For example, they can be worn with a classic tee, layered as a statement piece with a jacket, or paired with a statement necklace for a more dramatic look.  Aren’t the colors and patterns striking?  We love the juxtaposition of the lightweight fabric mixed with the heaviness of the suede strap that wraps around the back.  The simple addition of a gold or silver line around the suede piece makes a subtle yet special impact.

Hmong Necklaces

Hmong Necklaces

As you can see below, Native’s Hmong necklaces are easy to wear and elevate a look in seconds.  We had never seen an accessory like this before so we feel like Kate has really hit a sweet spot in the accessories market.  It is a great piece for those of us who love to pile on accessories but it also a cool gift idea for those who want a simple and quick way to accessorize.

A perfect way to wear one of Kate's Homong Necklaces is to create pattern play

A perfect way to wear one of Kate’s Homong Necklaces is to create pattern play

Close-up of the necklace

Close-up of the necklace

Notice the gold and silver stripes...

Notice the gold and silver stripes…

Two of the patterns offered...

Two of the patterns offered…

We immediately fell for these bold cuffs…so much so that we each walked away with one!  They are such a fun piece that can instantly add color to an otherwise clean look.  We both wear ours often with chambray shirts or plain colored tees.  The cuffs are fantastic statement pieces.

Fabric-covered cuffs are a great statement piece

Fabric-covered cuffs are great statement pieces

Native also offers these adorable headbands.  (Kate is wearing one in the picture featured at the top of this post.)  These look super cute when worn with your either hair up, down, styled or messy.

Check out these adorable headbands...

Check out these adorable headbands…

Below is a picture of an amazing new piece that Kate has created.  You may have noticed that she is wearing it in the photograph at the beginning of this post.  She took her Hmong necklace and embellished it with these bight pink stones.  This piece was displayed at Parlor and we couldn’t stop touching it, trying it on, talking about it…we noticed that other shoppers were equally as obsessed.

Kate's recent creation...

Kate’s recent creation…

A Native Look

A Native Look

While you can shop the pieces online here, you can also find Native pieces in the following boutiques:

Beaufort Linen Company – Beaufort, NC
Belle & Co – Wilson, NC
Butler’s Stash – St. Simons Island, GA
Charlotte’s – Cameron Village & North Hills – Raleigh, NC
Cooper & Bailey’s – Pinehurst, NC
Dogwood Collective – Moore Square – Raleigh, NC
Fab’rik Exclusive Collection- Cameron Village – Raleigh, NC
Finicky Filly – Charleston, SC
Haute Hanger – Charleston, SC
Honey & Hive – Elizabeth City, NC
Marsh’s Surf Shop – Atlantic Beach, NC
Monkee’s of Greenville – Arlington Village – Greenville, NC
Simply Meg’s – Shops At Friendly Center – Greensboro, NC
Zen & Zip – The Waterfront Shops – Duck, NC

Also, be sure to check out Native on Instagram under the username: anativelook

Wishing you all a beautiful day!


Tiffany & Lindsey


  1. I’m so flattered by this post! Thank you! It was such a fun evening visiting with y’all!


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