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Orchestrating Success

When they’re getting ready to work, some designers sharpen their pencils. Others take a few deep breaths. Anthony Liggins heads for his sound system — and loads it up with jazz or classical music. “Music gets me in the right frame of mind,” explains the Atlanta-based designer.

Contemporary styling and clean lines harmonize in Liggins’ three-year-old line, with counterpoint provided by such details as French cuffs on blouses, single straps dividing the back of otherwise-backless vests and buttons etched with faces. “My clothes are simplistic with an avant-garde edge,” he notes.

Liggins’ new agreement with the mart’s Williams and Barnes showroom, has the duet making sweet music together. Liggins scored 10 new accounts during the January market, his first. Stores include Agenda, N.Y.; America, South Miami Beach, Fla. Mademoiselle, San Juan, and 319 King, Charleston, S.C. Wholesale prices range from $40 for a vest to $140 for a jacket.

A Lovable Cause

Money-saving “buy two, get one free” tags are common sights on bras these days. But The Lovable Company has a different kind of tag promotion — one that’s designed to save lives.

The Buford, Ga.-based firm is joining forces with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, a nonprofit organization that promotes research funding, education, screening and treatment, to fight the disease. This spring, all Lovable bras will include a pink collar tag containing the Komen Foundation’s toll-free information line, plus a shower card illustrating proper breast self-examination techniques.

The program was introduced — along with Lovable’s new line of bras and panties called Rumours — at a tea at the Hotel Nikko. Guests received a pink lace bra and the Komen Foundation was presented with a check for $1,500.

“We approached many lingerie companies with our message, but nobody listened until now,” said Maureen Lok, president of the Atlanta chapter of the Komen foundation. “Everyone except Lovable thought the message was too negative.”

A Taste of Tom Tom

With its separate rear entrance and valet parking, Tom Tom might as well be tucked away in one of Atlanta’s trendy neighborhoods. But don’t look for the city’s newest bistro in Buckhead or Virginia Highlands. It’s located in the Lenox Square Mall.

The latest venture of Azalea owner Tom Catherall, Tom Tom has an upscale, casual atmosphere with high ceilings, Italian tile on the floor, marble columns and colorful artwork. An outdoor patio contributes to the feeling of a European sidewalk cafe. And once you’re ready to order, the menu is loaded with fashionable — yet sensible — choices.

“I try to make the food healthy,” says Catherall. “It’s food for the Nineties with less fat, less meat.” It’s hard to go wrong with the signature catfish appetizer and the spinach ravioli. And when the friendly staff offers dessert, indulge. The macadamia nut key lime pie and three-flavor creme brulee (the flavors change almost daily, but one recent version combined chocolate mint, Bailey’s and orange caramel) are irresistible.