entrepreneurship

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.

Blog Spotlight: Sylvie Style

Blog Spotlight: Sylvie Style
Sylvie Hart left a corporate career in marketing to become a personal stylist and blogger and hasn't looked back since. The busy entrepreneur and mom of two took some time to answer a few questions for us about blogging, her influencers and her best style advice.

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.

Fashion entrepreneurs share their journeys

JumpStart’s 2017 Startup Scaleup: Mastering the Side Hustle
Local entrepreneurs converged on the Gordon Square Arts District for JumpStart’s 2017 Startup Scaleup event, an annual event that consists of workshops and educational sessions designed to help entrepreneurs and small business owners build their businesses. This year, one of the sessions featured a panel about side hustles, and two prominent members of the local style scene served on the panel.

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.