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On the hunt for unique, thoughtful and practical presents this year? Watch this week's episode of Styling with Amy & Amy for some great gift ideas!

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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A men’s designer launched a new women’s line inspired by the fabulous fashionistas in his own life. Read on for all the stylish details.

Jonathan Mezibov released a new women’s shirt line.

A bonafide expert in menswear design, Jonathan Mezibov is launching a new women’s line.

“My new women’s line was inspired by the wonderful women in my life and by my love of reinterpreting menswear – in this case, shirts – for women,” he explains.

The capsule collection from Mezibov’s line features denim, stretch poplin, and silk shirts in several styles, including a western and military-style shirt.

Launched in November 2018, the line is available at https://jonathanmezibov.com.

When asked what makes this new women’s shirt line unique, Mezibov says that it’s the luxurious materials, singular design features, and expert Italian craftsmanship.

“In addition, it is informed by a melding of influences,” he adds. “A little bit town and a little bit country, the line adheres to a countrypolitan design sensibility and blends American heritage with Continental refinement – the Denim Western Shirt being a prime example of these disparate influences. It is an iconic American sport shirt but made in Italy from premium, soft denim and featuring a wide-spread collar and my signature tab cuffs. Similar unique details are found throughout the line.”

Prices for the women’s line runs from $228 to $278, with complimentary shipping and returns.

To learn more about Mezibov’s store and new women’s line, visit https://jonathanmezibov.com/. You can also follow along on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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Learn about an Ohio-based online shop that sells high quality, affordable, and fashionable handbags that just happen to be vegan.

Kind Style Shop Founder Rebecca Arum Littman’s background is in fashion, retail design, and merchandising. She’s also an avid animal lover. That’s why she decided to bridge the gap between her love of animals and her passion for vegan fashion.

Her inspiration behind the shop began with her love of animals. “We want to offer customers a cruelty-free choice so that they don’t have to choose between fashion and their love of animals – they can have style and be kind,” Littman says.

Kind Style Shop offers a large selection of vegan handbags (satchels, crossbody bags, totes, etc), backpacks, wallets, and duffles in a variety of unique materials and many colors in a wide range of prices. Kind Style Shop also has a collection of nylon netting bags that are Italian design, handcrafted from repurposed construction and fishing netting by artisans in Cambodia.

Over 80% of the workers are women and all employees are offered free childcare, free health insurance, English lessons, savings accounts, and training to develop their skills and further their careers.

“The bags are beautiful iridescent colors – very fashionable and functional silhouettes. The material is extremely lightweight and durable,” Littman says. “We love to carry pieces like this that are a win, not only for the end consumer, but also the entire supply chain.”

Another popular collection is their Pinatex. Pinatex is an innovative, fairly new material made from the fibers of pineapple leaves – something that was once a waste product from the pineapple harvest that is now being repurposed into beautiful products. The result is a material that resembles leather in look and feel, but is very lightweight while still being extremely durable.

Kind Style Shop is unique in many ways. They source their products from trusted vendors from all over the world, curating a unique collection of affordable, high-quality, fashionable, vegan bags. They offer free shipping in the U.S., an amazing rewards program, and price adjustments.

They donate bags to a large number of nonprofits for their fundraising initiatives as well as doing their own fundraising events, donating a percentage of proceeds to organizations that support people as well as animals. A few examples: Dress for Success, Ronald McDonald House, Prana Run, Sunrise Sanctuary, and Happy Trails Sanctuary.

There are a lot of new ideas on the horizon for this year for Kind Style Shop. They have been patiently awaiting new products from award-winning designer brand Alexandra K out of Poland. Alexandra K is the first vegan handbag company to use these patented materials. The “Peace Suede” is softer than suede, more durable, stain and scratch resistant. The “Freedom Leather” is equally as user friendly. All the products are handcrafted by artisans with incredible attention to detail.

“The bags are quite stunning!” says Littman. Kind Style Shop is also excited to expand to other vegan accessories over the next few months.

Kind Style Shop is based in Gahanna, Ohio, just outside of Columbus. The online store is open 24/7 and can be found at www.kindstyleshop.com. You can also learn more about the brand on Facebook and Instagram.

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A new premium kids clothing store is opening up at Kenwood Towne Center. Read on for the stylishly super cute details!

Hutch Baby is a new upscale kids clothing boutique at Kenwood Towne Center.

Help your little ones stay fashionable chic with Hutch Baby, an upscale children’s boutique.

“We carry premium baby items that are made from, but aren’t limited to, 100 percent organic cotton and bamboo,” says Assistant Manager Alexis Wilson.

Hutch Baby was inspired by Owner Alexus Hight’s newborn daughter Navi.

“Alexus was expecting Navi, shopping like many expecting mothers do, and found herself limited tos tyles and quality of baby clothing and items here in Cincinnati,” says Wilson. “She decided she was going to open a store of her own. She wanted others moms to be able to walk into a store and get exclusive styles, premium clothing, and environmentally-friendly items for those green moms.”

The store is located at Kenwood Towne Center, next to Louis Vuitton and Tiffany + Co. In the store, you’ll find items and brands including: Miles baby, L’oved baby, Oliver & Rain, Sweet Bamboo, Hux Baby, Mini rodini, Kissy kissy (spring), Little me (spring), Noona, Dock a Tot, Petunia Pickle Bottom, Sophie la Girafe, Angel Dear, Kickee Pants.

Price points for items at Hutch Baby range from $17 to $280.

According to Wilson, what makes Hutch Baby unique is that there’s no other store like it in the city. “There’s nowhere else where you can walk in and find the brands or items we carry in-store,” she says. “We also pride ourselves in carrying gender neutral, and unisex clothing, which is hard to find period, let along in stores and at a premium quality.”

Hutch Baby carries unique baby items with an ever-evolving inventory.

Hutch Baby is also all about providing high quality customer service to its clients. “Customer service is very important to us at Hutch,” says Wilson. “You will always feel welcome, important, and have a personal, custom shopping experience at Hutch. You can even have one of our employees as your personal shopper or stylist for your little one if you desire.”

Wilson says that there will always be something new on the horizon at Hutch Baby. “Once we sell out we will replenish with new styles and designers from our exclusive, premium designers that we carry here at Hutch,” she says.

Each shipment the store receives will be new, which encourages customers to keep their eyes out on an ever-evolving inventory. “Plus, we will be welcoming new designers and items at any time,” she adds. “Any suggestions? Let us know!”

To learn more about Hutch Baby, keep an eye out for their soon-to-launch website at www.hutchbaby.com. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram, where you can find information about their Grand Opening event.

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Wardrobe capsules make everyday dressing simple yet stylish. Keep reading as this week's episode of Styling with Amy & Amy offer even more capsule options and ideas.

Amy Scalia with Cincy Chic chats with Amy Elberfeld, founder of Styling with Amy and a personal stylist with NYGARD Direct. To learn more about Styling with Amy, contact Elberfeld at 513-260-2696, amy@stylingwithamy.com or you can visit her website at www.stylingwithamy.com.

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Read on to learn about an annual Thanksgiving themed event that fills bellies, hearts, and wardrobes of those who need it most.

Fall Feast is a community event where volunteers help those in need on Thanksgiving Day.

The holiday season is upon us and while that may mean big meals for many, it doesn’t always mean everyone gets that experience. However, a local event is aiming to change that.

Fall Feast, in its 13th year, is a free, day-long community event that provides a traditional Thanksgiving meal alongside health and practical resources for people in need, particularly homeless and low-income families.

“Since its inception in 2005 by Give Back Cincinnati, more than 50,000 meals have been served,” according to Michelle Hopewell, Regional Marketing Director at Duke Energy Convention Center.

Fall Feast was created to help give those from Cincinnati and all walks of life the chance to experience the power of community.

“More than 1,000 volunteers organize, manage, and staff every aspect of the multifaceted, day-long event,” says Hopewell. “6,000 meals will be served, including 3,000 for Fall Feast to-Go, which delivers meals to 30 different locations.”

In all, preparing the meals includes more than 1,200 pounds of turkey, 13,000 pounds of green beans, 80 gallons of gravy, and 800 pies.

“Fall Feast has become one of the largest Thanksgiving Day celebrations in the nation, thanks to the dedication, love and hard work of our volunteers,” says Fall Feast Chairperson, Erin Klotzbach Hyatt. “We are so grateful for the support of our generous sponsors, partners and donors, who help to ensure Fall Feast continues to succeed. Together, we are making a difference and strengthening our community.”

During Fall Feast, the event partners with several businesses throughout the area to collect coats, mittens, and scarves that are distributed at Fall Feast. With a goal of collecting 5,000 coats, Fall Feast held its one-day coat drive at the Duke Energy Convention Center on November 16 to make that last big push toward meeting its goal. According to Hopewell, Fall Feast was able to collect over 500 coats, mittens, and scarves in just over 6 hours.

“The centralized location of the Duke Energy Convention Center and the convenience of the ‘drive-thru’ access to donate has made this successful,” adds Hopewell. “The support of our Duke Energy Convention Center partners, the downtown community, and the local Greater Cincinnati residents is heartwarming.”

Hopewell says that overall efforts for the coat drive are still being tallied, however, the group looks forward to providing warm weather items to many in need on Thanksgiving Day.

Those interested in participating are encourage the attend and partake in all aspects of Fall Feast. “The event is free and will take place Thursday, November 22,” says Hopewell. “Doors open at 9 am and dinner will be served from 11 am to 2 pm.”

To learn more about the event, visit fallfeast.org. You can also sign up to volunteer, donate, or simply attend and enjoy the event and help out the cause!

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Our bridal columnist shares some of the biggest wedding trends you can expect to see next year!

Bridal Fashion Week is a whirlwind of wedding dresses, champagne, and lots of glam!

Luckily for brides shopping for wedding dresses in the upcoming year, the bridal gowns that debuted during Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week brought a fresh batch of trends to the runways.

Whether you are a classic bride, boho bride, modern or glam bride, there was a little something for every bride this season.

While a few of the wedding dress trends that have become classics still remained, such as, the off-the-shoulder necklines, 3-D floral appliques, long illusion lace sleeves, and sheath styles dresses, there were definitely new, fabulous trends that emerged. And, while we know that our Cincinnati bride is still more romantic and classic, the trends you will see fit right in with our timeless aesthetic.

Obviously, with the royal wedding last Spring, Meghan Markle mania reigned supreme as we saw designers reinterpret the Duchess of Sussexs wedding dress and reception dress for 2019 brides.

From feminine bows from our beloved designers, Sareh NouriAntonio Gual, and Anne Barge, to bold geometric patterns at Nicole Spose and Berta, there’s something that any bride, with any type of personal style, would love. 

Here is a short list of the new trends you will be seeing in stores very soon.

BOWS! This season, watch out for larger-than-life-bows that act as trains, sweet loops that make the prettiest straps, and metal versions that (literally) tie entire looks together. Bows were seen in every variation on the runways. Making simple gowns look extremely couture, and couture gowns to seem very demure, bows are always an adornment we love. 

The next big trend to hit the runways this season are the bold, geometric patterns.  Many designers had played around with patterns and textures that were different from the usual lace.  Nicole Spose is one designer who always had her own take on the geometric pattern which has become a huge hit in the past seasons.  If you are a more modern bride who wants to step outside the box, this trend may be the perfect one for you.

Separates and one-piece styles were also standouts on the runway. We were blown away by a lacey short and sequined ensemble by Berta, and a glitter-encrusted, lace jumpsuit at Atelier Pronovias. These super stylish looks are perfect for your reception at many of our modern venues in Cincinnati.

And one last trend that we still absolutely love is COLOR! Many designers have incorporated color into their gowns in the past, however, this season, all shades and hints of color were on every runway.  Some of our favorite designers to incorporate color into their gowns are Chantel Lauren and Catherine Kowalski.  These two designers are breaking into the bridal fashion scene with their bold looks and gorgeous color laces.  Fun fact is that every designer mentioned in this article can be found in Cincy Bridal.

If you are a bride searching for a gown for your 2019/2020 wedding, you will most certainly fall in love with these new trends for the season!