local designers

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.

New sweat-proof shirt has local ties

Sweat Seal
There’s a new type of shirt on the market that can protect you from getting too sweaty - and it’s produced right here in Cleveland.

Handbags designed for everyday adventures

Ellie Jane Bags, Cleveland, Ohio
Sarah Larson is the mastermind and designer behind Ellie Jane Bags, a local line of handcrafted waxed canvas and leather bags. To say Larson is a busy is an understatement - she is not only an entrepreneur but also the mother of three children - but she was kind enough to make time to answer some of our questions about starting a business, being a fashion entrepreneur in Cleveland, and finding inspiration.

Rethinking Retail in Cleveland

JumpStart's Startup Scaleup 2017: Rethinking Retail
The local retail landscape is rapidly evolving, and Cleveland-area business owners shared their journeys during a panel discussion at JumpStart’s Scaleup Startup event. The panelists, all fashion entrepreneurs, shared how they best reach their customers through having physical storefronts, ecommerce and a combination of both.

Bold Beauty, Resin Resilience

Cleveland Street Glass
At the intersection of the finest art and fashion, lies the bold ingenuity to elevate materials from ordinary to gorgeous, and Cleveland-based jeweler and artist, Deanna Dionne, accomplishes that and more with her unparalleled company, Cleveland Street Glass.

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