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MELROSE AVE: Sarah Jessica Parker isn't the only one qualified to thrust undiscovered artists into stardom—Harvey's, that purveyor of fine seatbelt bags, is also hoping to transport some talent from no-name to notoriety. The brand is sponsoring a new competition called INTRO, in which budding artists will compete to win an exhibition at the Melrose boutique, plus a tote with their work emblazoned on the front. Guest judges—including Paper magazine editors, reps from Tarina Tarantino and Paul Frank, and artists like Sujean Rim—will narrow down the initial pool of entries to ten semi-finalists, who will then design their own Harvey's tote. The public will vote on their favorites in November, and three winners will be chosen to show in the Harvey's space and have their bag put into production. Enrollment starts September 4, but the entry forms are already available to download from the project's website if you're the teacher's pet type of art star. [Racked Wire]
MALLS: Could Rachel Roy be cheating on Macy's with JC Penny? That's the speculation coming out of Racked NY, where one correspondent has spotted similarities between Roy's Macy's line and a JC Penny collection called "Twelfth of Eleven", whose designer apparently wishes to remain anonymous. Per Racked NY, "...both lines boast relaxed T-shirts with a decidedly slouchy pocket and use of two different materials. The Twelfth line also has a grey dress like the discount version of a Macy's Rachel one that comes in black and a darker grey." We're not totally convinced—after all, who's not doing relaxed tees with slouchy pockets these days?—but it makes for some scintillating end-of-day reading nonetheless. [Racked NY]