local designers

Local designer shines at New York Fashion Week

Anderson Couture at NYFW
Local designer Jonathan Anderson brought some Cleveland style to New York Fashion Week earlier this month. Anderson showed his Anderson Couture collection at the NYFW Fashion Takeover event.

Fashion line helps human trafficking victims

Tourmaline Designs, Cleveland, Ohio
Tourmaline Designs is a local clothing line with a mission: to help victims of human trafficking. Founder Tiffany Halverstadt donates a percentage of her total sales to a local charity that provides a safe human trafficking victims. She talked to us about choosing her clothing line's mission, what she's learned from running a business in Cleveland and what inspires her.

Kent State students receive cotton grant

Fashion students at Kent State University have been awarded two grants totalling nearly $70,000 - and they have cotton to thank for them.

Ursuline Innovations '18

Ursuline College Innovations '18 fashion show
Fashion students from Ursuline College presented their annual fashion show, Innovations '18, on Sunday, April 29.

Clothing company finds inspiration in Cleveland

Cleveland Swag Co., Ohio fashion
Local couple Rory and Brenda Haehn had a hard time finding Cleveland-themed clothing they liked, so they decided to design their own - and Cleveland Swag Co. was created. See what Brenda had to say about starting an apparel company, entrepreneurship in Cleveland, and finding inspiration.

Fashion entrepreneur designs for CLE

CLEVE STUFF, Ohio
Jameson McMaster had been working as a graphic designer for more than a decade when he decided it was time to share his appreciation for Cleveland by way of an apparel business - and his company CLEVE STUFF was born. CLEVE STUFF offers a variety of Cleveland-themed apparel that celebrates Northeast Ohio. We chatted with McMaster about entrepreneurship, design and his love for Cleveland.

Bringing African fashion to Cleveland

Chimu fashion, Cleveland, Ohio
Chioma Onukwuire's fashion line, Chimu, was created when she discovered a local need for African fashion. The savvy Cleveland-based entrepreneur was kind enough to answer some questions for us about filling a gap in the marketplace, naming her business and fashion in Cleveland.

Local shop specializes in custom jewelry

Wanderlust Jewelers, Cleveland, Ohio
Heather Airgood and her husband, Wes, opened Wanderlust Jewelers in Cleveland Heights in 2011, after both had studied fine arts and worked for other jewelers. Since then, they've grown their company to include not only custom jewelery designs, but also heirloom rebuilds and repairs. Heather was kind enought to answer some questions for us about being a local fashion entrepreneur, business advice and finding inspiration.

Local boutique celebrates unique artists

Fra Angelica, Cleveland, Ohio boutique
Fra Angelica Studio is more than a boutique - it's a showcase for wearable pieces of art. Owner Linda Damiani opened shop with the intention of selling knitwear she created and has grown it to represent the work of more than 60 independent artists. Damiani was kind enough to take the time from her busy schedule running her store to answer some questions about entrepreneurship, working in the fashion industry in Cleveland, and her favorite style advice.

Local shirt designer stays true to his values

My Top 3 Shirt, Cleveland, Ohio
Bryan Straniero's love of lists and entrepreneurial spirit led him to launch My Top 3, a line of fair trade tee shirts, earlier this year. We chatted with Straniero via email about starting a t-shirt line, opening an Etsy shop and why fair trade is important.

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