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A regional resource for Cincinnati's fashion designers is joining forces to create new jackets for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

Conductor John Morris Russel gets measured. (Photo courtesy of Cincinnati Symphony)

Sew Valley and Cincinnati Pops are teaming up to create a new look for the group’s talented musicians. Cincinnati Pops is a group at the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra that strives to be a dynamic orchestra in the heart of the city with an ambitious and diverse group of musicians.

Then there’s Sew Valley, an organization that offers regional resources when it comes to helping designers and entrepreneurs in the fashion industry build a brand for a sewn product or fashion line.

Together the two groups will work to design and manufacture new Pops jackets in their signature Pops Red color.

Although it may seem like a long way off, the jackets will be revealed, new look and all, at the Pops Holiday Concerts on December 13, 14, and 15. 

The jackets are still in the pre-production stages but you can follow along with their progress and see the jackets as they come to life on Instagram and Facebook.

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A company expanding to the Cincinnati market is focused on empowerment and development of women to find their diamonds within. Read to find out more.

Diamond Companies Limited, the parent company to various brands focusing on the empowerment of women, aims to empower and develop women by engaging in acts of community service, self-awareness and networking. Diamond Companies encompasses both for-profit and non-profit sectors.

“Currently, we are focusing on our ‘Ladies Night Out’ initiative where we take the concept of a ladies night and create a space for women from all walks of life where we gather on a set evening with food, conversation, networking, and uplifting,” says Dayona Turner, CEO and Founder of Diamond Companies Limited. Turner has had her focus on the engagement of people from all walks of life and backgrounds. She has a strong passion for building youth and women.

“Motivated by own life experiences and the experiences of others, I developed this brand to serve women in more ways than one,” Turner explains, adding that her educational background is a bachelors in Sociology and Psychology, a Master of Arts in Human Services and she is currently completing her Doctorate in Educational Leadership.

The concept of Diamond Companies came to Turner when she began to reflect on her personal life experiences, and how a Diamond’s journey of development and discovery is similar to her own. 

“When we think of a diamond, we think of the process that it goes through; to the core of a diamond its carbon, the heat is turned up and then there is intense pressure, at the end of the process the diamond rise to the surface to cool,” says Turner. “So is the same with the human experience. We go through life experiencing the heat and intensity of our journey but after that experiences we rise to the surface with more value than what we may have started with.”

The mission of Diamond Companies is to maintain a solutions-oriented enterprise where they empower and develop women by engaging them in acts of self-awareness, community service, and networking. Diamond Companies strives to provide strategic consulting services for individuals, business, corporations, non profits, and more.
 
“What makes us unique is that when we come together, we solve problems. Our women not only get the chance to network with one another but when we are together, we are strategizing about life, family, and business,” Turner explains, adding that her participants leave with solutions, as they not only address life’s experiences, but also find ways to overcome, enhance, and build on life to become the best individuals they can be.

Turner says she is currently in the process of expanding into creating a staffing agency. “By creating a sound business model for an employment agency, we can develop and grow the economy of our city and providing capable individuals with opportunities for employment,” she explains, adding that the agency will specialize in assisting women and youth, but they will provide opportunities for everyone. 

To learn more, follow along on Facebook or send an email to diamondcompanieslimited@gmail.com

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Sneakers can be extremely stylish, as long as you don’t decide to wear them with a gown of course! Nevertheless, the stylish fashionista can pull off a pair of good sneakers at any casualevent, and even some semi-casual occasions effortlessly. In order to do that though, she needs a proper collection of sneakers to choose from, which is why we have this list of five sneakers for five different occasions that you will appreciate.

Veja V10

Veja is a Brazilian brand which prioritizes sustainable production above all. Therefore, you won’t have to feel guilty about wearing their gorgeous, but functional leather Nauticosneakers. While being stylish and of high quality, the V10 sneakers are also perfect for hikes, tennis and light exercise.

Nike Air Max 97

If you know anything about sneakers, you probably knew that this one was going to make it onto the list, because how can a pair that’s so beautifully feminine, and yet athletic in typical Nike fashion, not make it in here? The Air Max 97 is the perfect combination of both, and you need to have it in your collection.

Gucci GG Screener Sneakers

You know you can’t really go wrong with a pair of Gucci sneakers, and sites like SSENSE have the whole collection. Whether you like the Black Ace, the White Ace or the GG Screener we are suggesting here, SSENSE probably has it in your size.

In case you are curious as to why we are suggesting the GG Screener, then that’s because it will add that all essential variety to your collection. Other than that, Gucci sneakers are among the most premium in the entire industry, so feel free to choose any pair that catches your fancy, or that you think would be more appropriate for your needs.

When you want a pair that will attract instant attention due to its sheer brand value, while keeping you stylish and comfortable everywhere, this is the sneaker you just need to have.

Golden Goose Superstar

The Black & White Superstar is a popular choice, but feel free to choose them in a different color combination. The deliberately old-ish look has a subtle charm to it, and the pair looks classy. It would be a unique addition to your sneaker collection and they are quite sturdy.

Converse High Top

Let’s end the list with a pair of sneakers that became extremely popular about three years ago, and is also the most affordable one on this list.

Quite simply put, the Converse High Top is a simple, white sneaker, with the brand logo being the only break in the white. Can it replace any of the sneakers we have mentioned? No, it can’t, but the High Top from Converse still looks amazingpaired with a simple pair of blue jeans and a washed, white top.

Each time you decide to buy a pair of sneakers, make sure that it serves a different function or comes in a different color or design than any of the sneakers you have already. It will give more value to your shoes, and your options for each attire will be much wider.

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This ethical and sustainable clothing, art, and home goods store has big goals to impact the fashion industry. Keep reading for more.

Want your purchases to support independent artists and woman-owned businesses while also being eco-friendly and sustainably made?

Wolfpack, a new store in Over the Rhine, carries ethically and sustainably made clothing, art, home goods, and gifts. “We focus on supporting independent artists, woman owned businesses, and other creatives trying to make the world a better place,” says Katherine Dalton, owner and operator of Wolfpack.

Wolfpack carries mostly women’s clothing, though they do carry some unisex tees. “We have a wide range of clothing, from graphic tees to dresses, jumpsuits, denim shorts, blouses, sweaters, and one of a kind vintage finds,” says Dalton.

Everything they do has a purpose behind it, Dalton says, as all of their clothing and art is ethically made. “Many people don’t know what that means, but the quickest way to explain it is that all of our goods were made by people who were paid a living wage and worked in a safe & fair work place,” Dalton explains. “It is sad to say that this is something we have to distinguish, because most people probably assume the people making their clothing and home goods were treated with basic human dignity, but unfortunately that is not the case.” 

Dalton says they strive for sustainability as much as possible in the products they sell and their business. “Whether that means reusing packaging to reduce waste, sourcing clothing that is made from eco-friendly fabric, stocking reusable straws and bamboo toothbrushes, or selling vintage and second hand clothing and home goods to help slow the cycle of over consumption, we are constantly aiming to take the best care of our environment as we possibly can,” Dalton explains.

”Wolfpack is more than just a shop – it’s a mindset. It’s looking out for one another, it’s taking responsibility, it’s accepting that we are all beholden to our earth and our fellow human kind. because the lone wolf dies, but the pack survives,” Dalton adds.

After reading about the fashion industry a few years ago, learning how people were treated in the garment industry, and how it impacted the environment, Dalton says she was inspired to do something about it. Enter, Wolfpack.

Dalton says Wolfpack has lofty goals rooted in sustainability and making a change. “I hope that we can empower people to be more conscious consumers – to care about their impact on their fellow man and the home we all share, and to have that change the kind of consumers they become,” Dalton explains. A few of the business goals she has for Wolfpack is to carry more size inclusive styles, carry more men’s clothing, to one day have their own line of original clothing, and to aim to bring sewing and production jobs to Cincinnati to support the local economy.

Wolfpack is located at 1342 Main Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202. To learn more, visit www.shopthewolfpack.com, or follow along on Instagram.

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Creativity, adventure and style is what you’ll find with this local blogger. Read on for all the fun details.

Coming in Clutch is a fashion blog that showcases creativity, adventure, and style by Bryanna Bach.

You can never have too much creativity or adventure in life, according to Bryanna Bach. That’s why she launched Coming in Clutch, a Cincinnati-based lifestyle blog full of creativity, adventure and style with breathtakingly colorful and spontaneous photography at an array of locations.

“Coming in Clutch is a destination for creative introverts to have more fun, to trust their creativity, and be confident in themselves,” Bach says. “This site covers fashion and travel minded topics on styling, trend forecasting, branding and life adventures.”

Bach says the most unique thing about Coming in Clutch is the willingness to think and step outside the box. With a desire to help you reach you your inner most creative self, Bach likes to practice what she preaches. Mix that in with a quirky and innovative style and showcasing outfits with a backdrop of unique locations – many of which from around the Tri-State – and you have the secrets to success for Coming in Clutch.

Bach is a content creator, blogger, fashion merchandising graduate, digital marketing specialist, stylist, adventurist, and self-proclaimed millennial creative introvert. The blog, she says, is always encouraging her to explore new places and meet new people. “I’m always down to explore the local beers of Cincy, so don’t be scared to give me a holler!” says Bach.

Coming in Clutch provides a variety of content for its readers. “The materials covered on Cominginclutch.com offer creative tips on channeling inner creativity and showcases these tips through the hidden gems of Cincinnati, blog posts, tutorials, travel guides, and visual storytelling,” Bach explains. Plus, she adds, with a degree in Fashion Merchandising, she shares her fashion tips with posts about what to wear, how to wear it, where to find it, and how it incorporates your wardrobe.

“Coming in Clutch’s mission is to be that creative cheerleader to help you find you inner-most creative self,” says Bach. 

With a love for travel, Bach says she loves to go on spontaneous road trips. Whether she is embarking on an international adventure or jumping in the car and exploring the Midwest, she always enjoys bringing her virtual friends along. “Factor in some more video content — cue the visual styling guides, fashion hauls, clutch finds roundups and travel journals — and you just might find the fresh inspiration that you didn’t even know you needed in your life,” says Bach. 

To learn more about Coming in Clutch, check out her website cominginclutch.com. You can also follow along on Instagram, Pinterest, Twitter and Facebook. You can contact her at cominginclutchblog@gmail.com

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Read about a college student who launched an Ohio-based business that’s helping to build a hospital in Haiti one beautiful bracelet at a time.

Mercy Bracelets help support the building of a hospital in Haiti.

Hannah Lamarco, a student at Cedarville University, launched Mercy Bracelets as a junior in college nearly a year ago. 

“Mercy Bracelets is an online shop that sells bracelets to raise awareness and money for a hospital that is being built in Les Cayes, Haiti,” says Lamarco. 

“I started the business a month after I came back from a mission trip I took with the university,” she explains. “Our project on this trip was to help build Mercy Hospital. I fell in love with the ministry and the people while I was there.”

Once she returned to the United States Lamarco says she felt obligated to connect more people with the ministry.”

That’s when she had the idea to sell bracelets and help others get connected with the same cause she was invested in. 

“The bracelets are prayer reminders for people to pray for the ministry while they wear the bracelet,” she says. “With every bracelet, customers also get a prayer card with the name of a Haitian child who is waiting for the hospital to be built. This give everyone specific names to be praying for.”

Proceeds from the bracelets as well as donations go to the hospital. Lamarco says that so far she has raised over $11,000 for the hospital just this year. 

For every bracelet purchased, $5 goes directly to help build the hospital. “This goes to buying bricks and other supplies that the hospital needs to be built,” says Lamarco. “This directly benefits the community of Les Cayes not only by providing jobs for builders, but it gives the community a cause that they are supporting that will benefit them in the end.”

Lamarco says that Mercy Bracelets doesn’t just sell bracelets. “Our cause is greater than ourselves, and we give our audience the opportunity to be a part of this cause, too,” she says. “We invite people to become a part of the Mercy Team not by just buying a bracelet, but by praying for these people in Haiti. And we give you specific people to be connected to through prayer.”

The mission behind Mercy Bracelets isn’t just about the beads themselves but the hearts of the people buying the bracelets and those who benefit from their sales. “This hospital has affected so many people’s lives already, and we can’t wait to see everything it is going to do when it is fully operating,” she adds.

You can purchase bracelets at mercybracelets.com or visit The Farm Table in Grove City. Lamarco says that anyone who owns a boutique and would like to sell Mercy Bracelets can reach out to do wholesale at mercybracelets.com. To follow along with the mission behind Mercy Bracelets, check them out on Facebook and Instagram.

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A successful locally-based online store opens a new storefront in Sharonville. Read on for all the fashionable details.

LeiMarie Limited, a former online-only boutique, recently opened a storefront in Sharonville.

LeiMarie Limited recently opened their first free-standing store in downtown Sharonville. 

What once started with a passion for fashion and an online store, Chrissy Gedeon owner of LeiMarie Limited, says having a goal to sell quality clothing and accessories for all ages and sizes is what made them a success from the starting block.

“Ranging in sizes small to 3XL, we’ve really got something for everyone,” she adds. “If casual tops and distressed denim is your thing, we’ve got you covered. If you’re a graphic tee and joggers type, we’ve got you covered. If you’re looking for a sundress for a baby or wedding shower, and also need a cute gift, we’ve got all of that! Stop in, and you’ll see why we were voted Online Boutique of the year. We’re so happy to have a home for our online tribe to gather and claim cuteness.”

The store, LeiMarie Limited, is named after Gedeon and her daughter Anisten’s middle names. Anisten’s is Lei and Gedeon’s is Marie. “We strive to incorporate family into everything,” she explains. “Anisten is five, and does live videos on our Facebook and Instagram announcing winners of giveaways and new style pieces hitting the floor, It’s very entertaining and viewers truly look forward to her magic tricks and unpredictable antics each week.”

Gedeon says a lot of time and thought goes into every piece selected for the store. “We’re unique in that the owner hand-chooses each style piece and gift brought into the store,” she adds. “If we wouldn’t wear it, we won’t bring it in store. If we wouldn’t give it as a gift, we won’t bring it in store.”

The new store is located at 11090 Reading Road in Sharonville. Gedeon says she selected downtown Sharonville because of its charm and because the surrounding businesses have been so welcoming. “Our neighbor, Game On Fitness, is such a complimentary clientele,” says Gedeon. “There is a focus to bring life to the downtown area, and we’re honored to join that effort.” 

 

Gedeon says she immediately knew when she walked into the space that is now the boutique. “When touring properties, we literally had the “this is home” feeling when stepping into the space.”

In addition to the new storefront, Gedeon says she also just brought on two Stylist Champions to help with the shopper experience. “We’ll strive to bring unique fashion, increase our fashion choices in plus size, and be a one stop shop for all your special events needs — babies, weddings, engagements, teachers,” says Gedeon.

LeiMarie Limited hosts monthly Featured Vendors, where they bring in new handmade items and other local business as spotlights. They also do a girls night out once a month, with a variety of amazing surprises themes, giveaways, and charity focuses. “New clothing and gift arrivals happen weekly, which makes it new each and every time you stop in!”

To learn more and follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and their website www.shopleimarie.com.

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Learn about the locally-based non-profit that’s freeing and empowering women in South Asia through their athleisure lifestyle brand.

Aruna is an athleisure lifestyle brand creating functional luxury accessories for their customers and for their mission in empowering women and supporting them in their access to freedom, rights, and opportunity. Their focus is to create lifelong freedom for the sexually enslaved who they free, empower, and employ in South Asia. Aruna, the US non-profit, has developed a plan that addresses the issues these women face on a daily basis and creates a solution to free and employ to build opportunities.

“We have two goals for two groups of people,” says April Berg, Co-Founder of the Aruna Project. “Our goal for our customers is to offer them a sense of confidence both in how they look with functional luxury products made with eco-friendly fabrics and trims and also in how they feel, knowing that they are now linked to the freedom story of the Artisans who handcrafted their Aruna products. Our goal for the Artisans is to create lifelong freedom through empowerment and employment in a community of wholistic care creating a sisterhood of those who have overcome. We envision a day where each young woman is free to choose her own adventure.”

Aruna raises awareness and funds their mission of long term freedom through volunteers across the U.S and using income earned from the selling of their products and applying that to aid the women in South Asia.

“We combine the best of non-profit and for profit to create lifelong freedom. Through volunteer led Aruna Runs across the US, we mobilize thousands to raise awareness and funds to accelerate the freedom process,” says Berg. “Through our Freedom Business in South Asia, we create functional luxury products that generate earned income to ensure Artisans earn a living wage, retirement savings, health care, and ongoing counseling.”

The Aruna projects focuses on a model that allows them to reach as many women as they can and create a path for their success and guidance. Not only do they focus on generating a living wage for them, but they also give them valuable training and skills to help further them in their quest for lifelong freedom.

“Through our US non-profit we mobilize thousands across the US to Run for Her Freedom in Aruna Runs,” Berg explains. In running for a specific exploited woman by name, each Aruna Run participant raises awareness of her need and raises money to help bring and sustain her freedom.”

“Those funds are primarily utilized in our Training Center, in the heart of the brothel system in South Asia, to help free the women through daily visits in the brothels, Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and financially incentivized Skill and Trade Development to accelerate the freedom process.”

“Through our Indian Private Limited Company (for profit business owned by the US non-profit) we employ those set free from the brothel system through our Training Center and bring them into an environment marked by holistic care,”says Berg. “Each Artisans earns a living wage, health care, retirement and on-going counseling. In purchasing from Aruna each customer receives an exceptional product and joins in the freedom story of the very Artisan who handcrafted it.”

Aruna creates and sells functional luxury accessories. “From the Kushi Duffel to the Sonu Backpack to the Bharti Backpack Tote, each product is designed for everyday all-day use. From the gym to the office to afterwork drinks, Aruna products have you covered. Each made with Blue Sign certified fabric and strength tested trims, our accessories provide confidence in how you look and the good you’ve done. We also have a collection of Headbands to keep those flyaways out of the way. With our super soft recycled polyester Reshma Headbands and a variety of color options, these no stick headbands will have you coming back for more. Next up? We’re exploring apparel options, but you’ll have to wait to see!”

The inspiration behind Aruna is, “We believe every woman and girl should be free to choose her own adventure.”

To learn more and follow along, visit www.arunaproject.com. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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The Cincinnati-based franchisee behind the local Clothes Mentor stores opens a new Beavercreek location. Read on for a peek inside!

Clothes Mentor will soon open a new location in Beavercreek, Ohio.

Hyde Park, West Chester, Fields Ertel, Anderson … and now, Beavercreek.

These are the area Clothes Mentor franchise locations owned by a locally-based family business, according to its Chief Operating Officer Kate (Finger) Paynter.

Paynter says Clothes Mentor takes pride in distinguishing themselves in the category of consignment. There, you can find name brand and designer clothes, shoes, and accessories up to 70% off of retail prices.

“We are a women’s resale store for all women, carrying sizes 0-26, petite, plus, and maternity,” says Paynter. “We buy and sell gently used, brand name and designer clothes, shoes, handbags and accessories in current style and great condition. We make selling what you are no longer wearing easy – we pay cash on-the-spot, 7 days a week, no appointment needed!”

What makes Clothes Mentor so unique is their evolving inventory and customer oriented decisions, Paynter says. “We get new inventory every day, so we are never the same store twice. You never know what you might find,” Paynter adds. “And unlike consignment stores, where you may wait weeks to receive payment, we pay you immediately for items that we would like to purchase.”

Their new Beavercreek location will help to expand the success they’ve seen in Cincinnati, Paynter says. “We have been hoping to expand to Dayton for about a year now, and we finally found the perfect location in Beavercreek next to our children’s and teen resale stores,” Paynter adds. “It’s a great location with the mall across the street and other new businesses in the area.”

According to Paynter, the new location also extends their company’s mission to make life easier and more convenient for women. “We want to give customers a convenient and easy way to sell what they are no longer wearing. We know women are busy! We can usually give you a quote in about 20 minutes while you shop around the store,” Paynter says. “And if you are planning on donating any items we can’t purchase, we will save you the extra trip and donate them for you. All donated items go to Matthews 25 Ministries.”

Paynter says this new store may be one of many more new locations to come in the future. “We would love to open one to two more locations, but we won’t think about until we have our new store up and running for at least a year.”

To follow along, stay updated, and learn about new arrivals and upcoming events, Paynter says the best way is to find them on Instagram. “We love Instagram! Once we open, Instagram followers can ‘comment to hold’ items we post on Instagram, it’s our version of online shopping,” Paynter explains. “We also post all upcoming events and sales on our Facebook and website.”

Get in touch via Instagram, Facebook, and their website!

 

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A local high-end jeweler is launching a retail concept to develop a new take on luxury and consignment shopping.

Stafford Jewelers is launching a new luxury consignment shop in Hyde Park this summer.

Consignment is the new chic, according to Stafford Jewelers.

This local destination for fine jewelry with more than 20 years of expertise in the diamond industry, owned by a family with more than 35 years of expertise, recently launched a new luxury retail concept: ShopJacobJames.

“ShopJacobJames reimagines luxury resale and consignment, putting quality products and customer service at the forefront of everything we do,” says Amy Stafford, Co-Owner of Stafford Jewelers. “When a shopper walks into ShopJacobJames we want them to have the same high-end experience they would have walking into any of our Stafford Jewelry stores.”  

The inspiration behind ShopJacobJames comes from their goal in developing a new concept to luxury consignment shopping. “We really champion the art of hospitality in all of our stores and wanted to bring a new vision to what luxury consignment shopping could be,” Stafford says. “Our question was: what can we bring to the table that no one else is? ShopJacobJames offers a tangible experience with hard-to-find luxury items, and one-on-one customer attention, including a private consultation area for those wishing to be discreet.”

This is a natural extension of the family business, Stafford explains. “We have specialized in fine jewelry in Cincinnati for over two decades, and ShopJacobJames — named after my sons Jacob and Jimmy — is another way that we can offer a unique, luxury experience for our shoppers.”

In order to create and establish ShopJacobJames, they are able to use Stafford purchasers and portions of consignment items submitted by customers.

“We specialize in new and pre-owned luxury items including jewelry, handbags, watches and other fashion accessories at an inviting price point,” Stafford says. “The product inventory is curated by Stafford purchasers from an extensive partner network with a portion also comprised of ‘consignment’ items submitted by customers — all of which is sold in-store and online.”

The unique nature of ShopJacobJames is centered around their lively location and the personalized experience, Stafford explains. “We are a lifestyle centric destination located directly on Hyde Park Square, so we want our guests to make the day of it and experience our product on their own terms.”

The Stafford family has big goals for ShopJacobJames. “We want to be the first store people think of when they think luxury restore, the card they keep in their back pocket or talk about at cocktail parties,” Stafford says. “When our shoppers get an email from us, before they open it we want them to be excited because they know that inside is the latest and best in luxury resale at their fingertips.”

To learn more, visit online at www.shopjacobjames.com, where you can also join their email list for sneak peeks at new inventory and exclusive deals, and on Facebook and Instagram.