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Changing times call for evolved ways of working with clients on home design. Click here to read more about how a design firm is reflecting clients’ styles through virtual meetings.

Amy Holt spent years working as a kitchen and bath designer, but she also had a burning desire to pursue interior design. After getting her name out in the industry, winning awards in local home shows, and building a brand of her own, she launched Designs on Madison, an award-winning interior design firm based in Cincinnati.

“Designs on Madison is home to nine talented designers with a kaleidoscope of styles and years of experience, and provides residential and commercial interior design including kitchen and bath design,” says Office Manager Lauren Olthaus. 

Olthaus says that Holt opened Designs on Madison to continue to offer clients a design process that is both effortless and enjoyable.

“With a variety of designers, our clients can be placed with someone who reflects their style,” she says. 

Trends are constantly evolving in the housing industry, and Olthaus says that Designs on Madison has seen a big increase in wallpaper, whether it’s a statement pattern and a color for a powder room or a more muted and textured look for a dining room. 

“There are so many options to choose from and it really gives a room a nice finishing touch,” she says. “As for paint colors, various shades of gray were popular for a while. We are seeing a switch to lighter shades of gray and more use of whites. Another fun trend is using black paint for accents like on a ceiling, accent wall, or door for a dramatic effect.”

And since the world is much different than it was just four months ago, Designs on Madison has evolved in its design work since the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Clients are still interested in updating their homes, but with these uncertain times, clients are gravitating toward doing a refresh of rooms rather than completely redoing them.

“This can be a new piece of furniture or updated accessories and art; or even adding wallpaper,” says Olthaus. “Also, we’re getting more calls for remodeling current homes now that people are staying in more and not wanting to move.” 

Social distancing is also applying to housing professionals, as Olthaus says the design team at Designs on Madison is utilizing virtual meetings more than ever before to meet the needs of their clients. 

Work may be different, but it hasn’t slowed at Designs on Madison. Currently, they are working with Sterling Homes on two houses for this year’s Homearama at Walworth Junction in the City of Cincinnati. “The homes in this year’s show are geared toward luxury city living and have views of the Ohio River versus the traditional large neighborhoods in the northern parts of Cincinnati,” adds Olthaus. 

You can learn more about Designs on Madison at designsonmadison.com. There you can see photo galleries and projects. Designs on Madison also has weekly posts on Facebook and Instagram showcasing current projects and offering design tips.

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The Indian ethnic clothing options are made of the highest quality fibres and designed by professional designers. These tailor-made ethnic clothes provide a glimpse of the culture and heritage of India. Every cloth print is unique and has lively colours that represent the diverse culture of the country. The main goal is that every woman wearing these stunning outfits feels more feminine and cherishes her body. Professional working women break existing stereotypes to encourage every woman in the country to work and fight for their dreams. The most fashionable ethnic clothing from Kreeva lifestyle brings people the freshest Indian fashion trends.

Choosing The Ideal Ethnic Wear

One can either choose to set trends or follow them. With the immense popularity of ethnic clothing among females, designers have set new ways to style them. A good outfit can define the confidence of a person and make a great first impression. This is why people must choose trendy outfits. There are several ways by which one can style their ethnic outfit to make it look chic and elegant by accessorizing it in several ways.

 Trending Ways To Style Ethnic Clothing:

1. Kurta with a denim jacket- A denim jacket is one way to accessorize both western clothing and Indian ethnic clothing. A new trend has been going around of styling plain short kurtas with loose-fitting blue denim jackets. There are several varieties in denim jackets too. They can be printed, ripped or have some embroidery work done on them and they also have variation in sizes- from oversized to loose fitting. It is perfect for styling winter ethnic clothes as it adds an extra layer of warmth during cold days. It makes the outfit look smart and completed. One can also wear fitting denim jackets according to their comfort.

2. Long breezy palazzo pants- These pants are a new comfort ethnic wear and are widely popular among females. Every female whether they are college-going students or are working women can effortlessly pull off these pants. They look chic and stylish. It is certainly an excellent way to upgrade mundane office or college outfits. They have also started replacing bottoms like regular leggings or salwar as the new favorite bottoms with kurta or kameez. Style a pair of comfortable palazzo pants with crop tops, short kurtas, or tuck in t-shirts for an elegant look. Complete this look by accessorizing it with earrings with a pair of heels.

3. Vibrant Jaipuri jackets- Jaipuri jackets are all anyone needs to brighten their outfit. Jaipuri jackets have intricate designs and sophisticated mirror work on them which makes it look beautiful and unique. The embroidery work done on these jackets is a skill acquired by the men and women of Western India that had been passed down for generations. These men and women work hard from home and spend hours perfecting the small details on the jacket which makes it special. It makes the jacket look lively and proudly represents the culture of Rajasthan. Style this jacket with ethnic outfits or semi ethnic outfits for an overall Indo-western look.

4. Sharara pantsThese comfortable, stylish pants have become one of the latest Indian fashion trends. They come in a variety of colors and can be styled with kurtas or blouses. These pants were originally worn during wedding functions, but because of its attractive looks and design, simpler versions of it have been manufactured for daily wear purposes. They have layered endings that add a dramatic flair to the outfit. These pants are famously worn by Instagram influencers and celebrities. One can pair sharara pants with a contrasting kurta and dupatta that is the same color has the pants to style it with statement accessories.

5. Crop top but make it ethnic– crop tops are a western element of fashion style, which has gained a lot of popularity in India. Female teenagers and young adults alike are seen styling their crop top with a pair of high waisted jeans or denim skirts. However, the latest Indian ethnic clothing trend of mixing ethnic crop tops with any bottoms, breaks all stereotypes about Indo-Western clothing. Short, printed, and beautiful ethnic crop tops are styled with jeans, colorful palazzos, used as blouses for sarees, etc. This trend is great for summer fashion outfit ideas for an exquisite ethnic summer fashion look book.

6. Lustrous and ruffled ethnic clothing- Weddings are a huge part of Indian culture. and who doesn’t want to look their best at a function as auspicious as a wedding? Everyone wants their outfits to be designer and based on the latest fashion trends. Shiny tones have started becoming a trend at weddings. Most of the wedding dresses are made of smooth and lustrous silk threads which give the outfit a subtle glow at night-time and daytime. Ruffle designs are also part of the ongoing trend. Ruffles are added to lehengas, sleeves of blouses, and kurta to give it an ‘it’ factor.

7. Floral prints- Floral print outfits and accessories are favored by most of the females as it looks aesthetic and at the same fashionable. One can wear floral prints kurta, skirts, or sarees to blend floral print and ethnic clothing in the most contemporary way. Plain and simple accessories like pendant chains and pearl studs complete the floral outfit ethnic look.

To sum up, there are many more ways in which one can choose to design and style your ethnic outfits. These were just the top seven trending ones. Indian ethnic clothing is a deep-rooted part of the Indian culture and always will be. Designing an ethnic dress to create a new style has always been an Indian specialty. Dive deep into the different and unique cultures from every state of India with ethnic clothes. Surf through the websites on the internet today, to find some gorgeous, unique, stylish, contemporary, and comfortable Indian ethnic apparel.

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Inspired by her daughters, an Ohio native launched a new handmade jewelry line, with ready-to-wear and customizable options. See how you can shop her collection from the comfort of home.

Andi Lantz Rothfeld is a mom of two, she’s also an entrepreneur and excelling at both. Lantz Rothfeld is the founder of Sophia James Designs, a jewelry line handmade by the mom of two and named after her daughters Lily Sophia and Chloe James. 

“What started out as a passion has grown into a successful business,” she says. “I started making bracelets for myself with my kids’ names on them to add a little pizazz to everyday outfits.”

What was once a fun way for her to take her mind off everything else, it then grew into something much more than that. 

“I was getting so many compliments and requests to make for friends so I graciously accepted and soon started making more and more designs to go with those bracelets,” she says. “My older daughter, age 5, was getting curious into the beading I was doing at night and now that it has turned into a business it’s been fun to teach her how to be a mom boss and an entrepreneur. Now I love to design custom stacks made specifically for the customer in mind.”

The products offered by Sophia James Designs include customized bracelets, stacks, chain link bracelets and necklaces, charm bracelets and necklaces, men’s bracelets, and children’s DIY kits, with birthday party kits available as well. 

Lantz Rothfeld says that the most important part to her in making her jewelry for Sophia James Designs is offering personalization for her customers. “We have some styles that are traditional and make for a great gift if you want to pre-select an existing style, however many customers have so much fun designing their own customized pieces,” she says. 

Customers can start with a classic bracelet and personalize it to their own unique style. The shop is also constantly adding new charms and colors to the collection and clients have the opportunity to design for their personality.

Lantz Rothfeld also creates specialized designs to resonate with current world affairs. “For example, we have a ‘Loveland’ bracelet for both Black Lives Matter and Pride Month right now, as well as a line for No Kid Hungry, where a portion of the proceeds are being donated to those specific charities,” she adds.

Sophia James Designs is always expanding its offerings, and tries to introduce a new style one to two times per week. Currently they are focusing on fun colors for summer and also making a line of bracelets with messages of love and hope to spark happiness to customers.

“Simply wearing the word Love or Hope, or having hematite, a very protective stone that can help you stay grounded in many situations, on a bracelet can remind you to take a deep breath in a stressful moment and reset,” says Lantz Rothfeld. “We will continue to focus on personalization but also will be planning our holiday lines for people who want to choose an easy holiday gift for their loved ones.”

You can shop the line from Sophia James Designs on Facebook and Instagram. They will also be launching a website soon. 

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One local fashionista launched a business to build confidence of our youngest generation through cute outfits that help kiddos look and feel their best.

A passion for fashion, glam, and everything beauty is in Aleese Alexandra’s veins. Since she was a young girl she’s loved all things fashion, so it only made sense for her to take a leap and open up her own boutique as an adult. 

Today she is the founder of Kiddy Kouture, a children’s clothing brand based out of the Queen City that offers everything fashion-forward for your littles. 

“We aspire for our minis to be just as fashionable as we are,” says Alexandra. “We offer replica, adult-like clothing, but in a friendly, kid style. You can also find a few mommy and me looks as well, because we know how much little girls aspire to be and look just like mommy.”

Kiddy Kouture launched six years ago, when Alexandra felt that there weren’t very many places to shop for unique, stylish kids clothing, aside from typical department stores. So she wanted to give those in the Cincinnati area the opportunity to shop local. 

In the boutique, you’ll find a variety of looks from chic styles to street wear, fun accessories, and so much more. “We have our house brand clothing styles and you can find a vast majority of other brands, and even some local designers that are featured in our showroom as well,” adds Alexandra.

Alexandra prides herself on the quality of products that she offers in her store. “A lot of looks that you see at our shop you will not be able to find anywhere else,” she says. “We make kids feel good in our clothing and accessories and they only want to shop at Kiddy Kouture.”

The items that are curated for the store are chosen carefully and Alexandra works closely with designers to implement the perfect look. “Not only are we just a boutique for kids, but we’ve handled a number of fashion shows for kids all across the globe,” she adds. 

In addition to being a children’s boutique, Kiddy Kouture is a styling service and modeling agency. 

Alexandra is looking forward to the future for Kiddy Kouture. “We are actually working closely with another company by the name of ‘Pink Roses,’ kids modeling agency, where they are greasing up to film reality TV,” she says. “Kiddy Kouture will be the lead wardrobe stylist for the models on the show. We have also been back and forth from Los Angeles, New York City, and Columbus for filming and cultivating different looks for all the models. It’s fun, fun, and more fun! We are so stoked for this opportunity so stay tuned!”

Kiddy Kouture is located in East Walnut Hills at 2337 Victory Parkway. You can also shop online anytime at kiddykoutureboutique.com. Kiddy Kouture is also on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a local jewelry shop spreading homemade love and inspiration, one fashion accessory at a time.

For the past three years, Faith Love & Leather Jewelry has been bringing homemade hope and love to customers all over Hamilton and beyond. The shop sells hand cut earrings, bracelets, necklaces and keychains. 

“Finding joy in the everyday life” is the foundation that keeps both the business and founder, Trisha Grantz, running. “It can be difficult as a mother of young kiddos to see the joy in changing diapers, constantly feeding, cleaning up dishes and laundry, little to no sleep or time to yourself. I struggled for years, just wishing for tomorrow or when the kids get a little older, or things get easier,” says Grantz. “I need to see each day as a gift and find something joyful in every situation. It’s not always easy to do so, but once you start working on it, you find yourself happier and more willing to see the blessings even in the hard situations.”

Faith Love & Leather offers many products that are made from mostly quality leather from suppliers out of Washington and Israel, along with a variety of metals. Grantz is also starting to explore the combination of acetate and leather for her products.

Grantz offers her robust selection of products, as well as a custom order feature as well. “For a custom order, customers can contact me through Etsy or social media,” says Grantz. “I work with them until their vision is just right. The whole process takes about two weeks to until full completion. I enjoy custom orders because they get my creative juices flowing in a direction that I wouldn’t have explored on my own.”

There are many great things about owning a small business and for Grantz, it is the irreplaceable relationships she has formed along the way. “I fiercely love people, but never quite found the right way to reach people outside of my family and friends,” she adds. “Owning a small business has stretched me outside of my introverted tendencies and I find myself making friends, encouraging strangers, and loving on people in situations I never would have been in before Faith Love & Leather Jewelry.”

Faith Love & Leather Jewelry can be primarily shopped on Etsy, www.etsy.com/shop/faithloveandleather, and at Sara’s House on Main Street in downtown Hamilton. 

To connect with Faith Love & Leather Jewelry, follow them on Facebook and Instagram. You can also email Trisha at faithloveleatherco@gmail.com.

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A mompreneur helping others look and feel fashionable grew her boutique from a small bedroom to her Milford-based storefront. Read on for all the inspiring and stylish details.

LeiMarie Limited started as an online business for mompreneur Chrissy Gedeon. It grew, and grew, until she opened up a storefront in Sharonville before eventually settling down in historic downtown Milford. 

The women’s clothing and accessories boutique is located along the banks of the Little Miami River, amongst a vibrant community of unique, family-owned businesses including shops, restaurants, and services. 

Throughout its growth, LeiMarie has remained true to itself. “From an online boutique to our first store to expanding to the Milford store, we have always remained true to who we are and where we started,” says Gedeon. “We focus on ‘comfy not frumpy.’ We strive for unique fashion pieces that you won’t find elsewhere, and that provides a sense of confidence and comfort to any woman who ventures into the shop.”

The history of LeiMarie dates back to early 2016 when Gedeon’s business was online and traveling to local pop-up shops. Then, in 2019, she opened her trial storefront in Sharonville. “We then relocated to the larger, more walkable space in Downtown Milford,” she adds. 

What started out as a naptime hustle has become so much more for Gedeon, a mother to two young children. 

“In 2014, we had our daughter, Gedeon explains. “I worked full time in finance, and craved creativity. I needed color, texture, and my own fun. After seeing several online boutiques in other states, I decided to try it out. I never dreamed we would be where we are now. We started in a 10×12 guest bedroom, and have grown to a 2600 sq ft storefront. Truly, our shoppers continue to inspire me to keep going. Seeing women feel great in our pieces, and seeing our fashion being worn to their special events, or even just date nights, is truly inspiring and motivating for me.”

As a #momboss, Gedeon says that she often finds herself doing work before her littles wake up or after their bedtime. “To tell you that keeping a balance between mom life and entrepreneur life isn’t hard is a lie,” she says. “A ton of credit is owed to our stylists. Each day, we have two in the store who handle shopper inspirations, and daily business operations. Cheryl, Shanna, Jen, Stephanie, and Emily are my rock, and the brand wouldn’t be what it is without them!”

A lot of the basis behind LeiMarie is supporting local. In fact, they have a “Love More Local” initiative, where local makers sell their items in the store. 

“Small businesses must band together in order to survive, and we truly feel the community over competition in our brand,” says Gedeon. “Currently, we host Thornwoods, a local husband-wife duo creating hand-painted signs. We also carry Lilian Grace Designs, a line of woman-created greeting cards, postcards, and stationery of all sorts as well as K&L Handmade Clay Earrings, beautiful, handmade clay earrings with natural earth tone vibes and a unique design.”

Gedeon is ready to find a new “normal” for her store, as she plans to host Love More Local sessions once they are allowed. These sessions involve a local maker hosting a DIY class. She also plans to host private parties for birthdays, bachelorettes, book clubs, or girls nights out.

“The storefront has a space dedicated to these types of events, which serves for a fun place for any group celebrating an event, or just wanting to get together,” she adds. “The store receives new inventory weekly and new arrivals hit the store each day.”

You can visit the storefront at 223 Main Street in Milford. You can shop at www.shopleimarie.com or follow along on Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about a new, eclectic online shopping experience that will satisfy your home, body and spirit. 

 

Looking for a unique online shopping experience to please your closet and spirit? Look no further. Witchy Woman Boutique is a brand new online boutique offering an eclectic mixture of handmade, gently used, and brand new items for the home, body and spirit. 

 

“Witchy Woman Boutique is about encouraging women to continue to seek their inner powers and strengths,” says Kristina Kennel, Witchy Woman Boutique founder. “The goal is to give our shoppers the opportunity to discover unique, high-quality products. Our hope is that Witchy Woman Boutique can foster a sisterhood of vendors and shoppers all coming together to enjoy a for-women, by-women experience.” 

 

The Witchy Woman retail space is currently online only, with the shipping and fulfillment done from a farmhouse in Shandon, OH. “The inspiration for the company came from the strong women I was surrounded by growing up who inspired me to be true to my journey and true to who I am with undying love and support,” says Kennel. When I decided to embark on the journey of opening Witchy Woman Boutique, the encouragement I got was humbling, magical and truly inspirational. As Witchy Woman Boutique continues to grow, I want to carry this same powerful energy within the Boutique.”

 

Witchy Woman Boutique is set to have a soft opening and launch date on June 5, 2020. To stay connected and get updated, visit their websitehttps://www.witchywomanboutique.com/, and follow them on Instagram and Facebook

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An OTR-based women’s boutique is taking their unique and personal shopping experience to a whole new, virtual level.

Since COVID-19, many things in our world look different, especially the traditional shopping experience. Idlewild Woman, located in the heart of OTR, is offering private virtual shopping hour sprees with manager, lead stylist and designer, Tessa Clark. 

Idlewild Woman is a boutique featuring ethical and sustainable clothing for people of all ages and sizes. Their goal is to enhance and empower women to look and feel their very best, while celebrating their bodies and personal style along the way. “Since the pandemic, our goal has been to stay engaged with customers as possible,” says Idlewild’s manager, Tessa Clark. “(Through virtual shopping), we are aiming to continuing building our relationships with current customers and hoping to gain new customers that might live out of state. We are taking a conservative approach to reopening – as we want our customers and employees to stay as safe as possible.”

How does virtual shopping work?

Virtual shopping is available every Wednesday through Saturday at 2pm, 4pm, and 6pm. Customers can book their appointment on Idlewild Woman’s website, similar to booking a hair or nail appointment. Tessa will contact the customerabout which platform to use and a Zoom link or Facetime call will be with them shortly after that. Before the call, the customer is encouraged to peruse Idlewild’s website so they can have an idea of what questions to ask Tessa. The customer can expect a video call from Tessa a few minutes before the scheduled appointment. Tessa will be in store video chatting with the customer, showing any garments, jewelry, or shows the customer may want to see for an hour. At the end of the call, the customer can choose to pay by phone or invoice via email after the call.

“Virtual shopping has many benefits,” says Clark. “You get personalized time to shop with me, while practicing social distancing, easier online shopping benefits, you can schedule the appointment from anywhere, and you have the ability to add three friends on the call to shop with you virtually from all over the country!” 

Why shop local during this time? Small retailers and local business need your support now more than ever. “If you love your community, think about what makes it up,” says Clark. “It is proven that more money actually stays within your community when you shop small versus big box.”

For more information on virtual shopping or to schedule your session, visit https://idlewildwoman.com/..

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See how a locally-based fashion icon is making Mother’s Day a little brighter, stylish and affordable.

While Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs is now internationally known, featured in your favorite movies and magazines, and touted by the biggest stars, Salyers always remembers her roots. As a mom, wife, and Northern Kentucky girl at heart.

“Fabulous-Furs started out as a one-woman faux fur operation, in the home basement, with Donna literally doing everything herself,” says Brian French, CMO of Fabulous Furs. “It has grown to a world-class, trend-setting business for over 30 years, that boasts 4,000 wholesale accounts in 46 countries.”

Her Covington-based Donna Salyers’ Fabulous-Furs designs feature cruelty-free, luxurious faux fur alternative selling coats, vests, throws, and much more. French says they aim to offer the most luxurious faux fur outerwear, apparel, accessories, gifts, and decor on the market, and have sold their products across the country and the world. 

“Beautiful enough to compete with nature, our products are designed utilizing only the highest quality fibers, designers, and finishing processes,” he explains. “We proudly offer a collection that is certified vegan and 100 percent animal-friendly and cruelty-free.”  

French says Salyers, the woman behind the brand, has passion, vision, and values that continue to shape Fabulous-Furs today. Because Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and as a special recognition for those moms carrying an even heavier load these days, Fabulous-Furs is offering Cincy Chic readers free shipping and $50 off orders over $200 when you use code FABMOM20. 

In addition to their luxury faux fur, Fabulous-Furs is also selling Fashionable Fabric Masks as a Mother’s Day gift option, which you can purchase here.

Due to COVID-19, the Fabulous-Furs showroom is not currently open to the public. However, they are accepting orders via their website at fabulousfurs.com or via phone at 1-800-848-4650.  “We expect our showroom in Covington will be re-opened in late-May,” adds French.

To learn more about Fabulous-Furs, visit https://fabulousfurs.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram

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Local apparel designers and entrepreneurs are teaming up to make “urban grade” masks for the community. Read on for more.

The apparel designers and entrepreneurs behind Sew Valley and Hemmer Design are answering the community’s call for more Personal Protective Equipment (PPE). “We are manufacturers, and people need masks, so it seemed obvious that we should use our skills to help during the COVID-19 crisis,” says Sew Valley’s Shailah Maynard. 

Sew Valley is a non-profit in Cincinnati’s West End that exists to provide resources to apparel designers and entrepreneurs. Their aim is to help brands grow in a sustainable and thoughtful way by offering small batch production services, studio membership and educational workshops.

Hemmer Design is an apparel and soft goods design consultancy, having expertise in trend forecasting, product development, product design, performance material development and advanced manufacturing.

“Through this collaboration with Sew Valley, Hemmer Design is really helping to strategize, design product, source materials, coordinate sales, raise funds and coordinate partnerships,” says Jessica Hemmer, Founder and Creative Director of Hemmer Design. “This collaboration has been wonderful because we are able to create a more dynamic manufacturing ecosystem here in Cincinnati by pulling our capabilities together.”

These unique “Urban-Grade” masks are being created to help slow the spread of the virus and free-up any medical-grade masks for healthcare workers who need them. “The masks are made of double-layer cotton, with fabric ties. They are reusable, washable, and meant to be washed after use,” says Maynard.

The masks are being made by a team of 12 people, with new equipment coming in to speed the process up. “Our new assembly line of machines, supported by the Carol Ann & Ralph V. Haile Jr and U.S. Bank Foundation, allows for seven people to actively work on expediting mask manufacturing at once, with others behind the scenes prepping, packing and shipping,” Maynard explains. Each day, the team is hard at work producing these creative and sustainable masks for the Cincinnati community.

“My favorite part of watching our PPE initiative come to life has been seeing how quickly our team has adapted to a new form of manufacturing, as well as being able to partner with, and work with other creatives, designers, and makers in the Cincinnati community,” says Maynard. “At the end of the day, everyone has the same end goal in mind: do what you can NOW to help.”

How can you help, connect, or donate? 

Those who are interested in joining the volunteer list to help sew or making a monetary donation to keep the Sew Valley + Hemmer Design operation going can visit their website at https://sewvalley.org/svppe. You can also support Hemmer Design’s GoFundMe campaign as they work towards manufacturing 1500 masks for the Cincinnati Homeless Coalition.

Sew Valley: Website and Instagram

Hemmer Design: Website and Instagram 

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