circa the art of style

the art of style is an inclusive environment that helps people discover themselves through timeless fashion. this boutique caters to men and women who have an appreciation for style therefore reflecting a well-lived life. they use clothing and accessories to express themselves which accommodates their ever-changing moods as they journey through life.  find yourself.

here you will find modern, clean, classic, yet current clothing that can fit into any aspect of your life. from work, to weekend, to vacation, we have what you need for any occasion. we carry a mix of clothing from around the world, from france, to holland, to india, to israel, to italy, to mexico, to the states, focusing on great design and fabric, but unique to the raleigh area. we work hard with our vendors to ensure that what we carry are exclusive styles with only a few sizes available so that you, our clients, feel extra special knowing that you’re not walking around looking like everyone else, but expressing your individual style.

in addition, we acknowledge local designers/artists and their talents. wanting to eventually design clothing herself, the owner encourages others to chase their dreams and hopefully teach her a thing or two along the way. in her efforts to mentor them to be successful doing what they love, several have used her store as a catapult to launch their own label. we also have a new artist who displays their artwork on our walls to compliment the store environment as we reconfigure the store monthly. supporting local artists and businesses along with the rest of the community are part of our nature and we promote that focus with our clients as well by hosting monthly events to celebrate life on a regular basis and give back. 

we want to be known for stellar service, which translates to the right type of service for each individual who walks through our doors. because style, quality, and value are at the foundation of what we do, we also offer alterations as a service to ensure the clothing fits you properly every time. we also believe that when you look good, you feel good, which tends to get you complimented- but don't let it go to your head, cause vain people suck. the only thing we ask, is that when you do receive that compliment, you let them know where you got it…

and to make gift giving easier on everyone, we have developed the style registry. basically, it allows you to pick out your own anniversary/birthday/christmas/graduation/wedding gift etc., put it on hold by putting 10% down. then, tell all of your friends/family/co-workers that if they would like to get you something for your special day, to come to see us and add to your style registry. everyone who comes in will be asked to sign a card to let you know just who contributed to your 'gift of style.' once the bill is filled, we will either call/email/text you to let you know, or if you would rather, we can wrap it up for you and let the final bidder bring it to you- your choice. anyway, just our little way of making sure you get exactly what you want for every occasion and ensuring that everyone else gets to give you the perfect gift! :)

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circa the owner

kendra has always had a passion for clothing and people. she believes in the power of positive relationships and builds loyalty through trust to make long term connections. she tends to see the beauty in everyone and sincerely appreciates the differences in each individual. she believes that each of us can make a difference in the world, in our own ways, with our own special talents, but together we can do great things. please join her in her effort to do great things and come to the art of style to watch her find herself every day.

2010 was quite a memorable year for kendra leonard. having just lost her husband to leukemia in october of 2009 and not given a final promotion with banana republic after a steadfast 11 years of working there, she decided that it was time for a change. her goal was to write a business plan by the end of march so she could dedicate her energies towards raising money for the leukemia and lymphoma society as she was nominated for the 2010 woman of the year. after ten tiring weeks and $30,000 later, kendra won the campaign. it was with this new sense of confidence and humility that kendra knew that she was on the right path. in the middle of july, she purchased her new home in brier creek so that she could live, work, and play. two days later she put in her notice. combining her love for travel and clothing, she went to milan in september. there she was inspired to continue living the dream. by the beginning of november, the art of style had arrived.

within the first year of business, kendra was named one of the top 5 most stylish people in the triangle, and after celebrating their one year anniversary, the second store was opened at cameron village on 11.11.11. by the end of the next year, store manager, natalie drennon, was also added to the list of most stylish in raleigh and on 12.12.12, kendra published her book 'you only live once.' on her third anniversary of being self employed, she decided to consolidate stores to just the one location in cameron village. eventually she would like to take over the village and have a family of brands including the art of style, taos kids, taos body, kendra michelle, and n/a once she and natalie start to design. once they take over the states, the international expansion will begin. find yourself joining them on their journey of style...