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Fashion Director - Britt Fillmore is a graduate of The Art Institute of Cincinnati in Cincinnati, Ohio, with an Associate’s Degree in Fashion Merchandising and Marketing. She currently attends the University of Cincinnati working towards her Bachelor’s in Magazine Journalism with a minor in Fashion Design Studies from the school of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning. Britt Fillmore is from Dayton, Ohio, and has lived in Cincinnati for the past five years to pursue her dreams of becoming a wardrobe stylist for a New York magazine. Contact her at BFillmore@cincychic.com.

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A Hyde Park-based business specializing in activewear and sneakers shares details with us about their new OTR location set to open next month.

Corporate’s Hyde Park store, located at 2643 Erie Ave. Photo by: Ben "Hatchmo" Iker
Corporate’s Hyde Park store, located at 2643 Erie Ave. Photo by: Ben “Hatchmo” Iker

Matt Tomamichael believes he did everything wrong when he began his entrepreneurial journey as the owner of shoe and athletic wear store, Corporate in Hyde Park. “If there was an example of everything not to do with a business, I was that example,” Tomamichael laughs, “but I was just so determined, I made it work.”

Today, Corporate is an athletic wear and shoe store, carrying mainly men’s merchandise but also a select offering of women’s athletic wear and shoes. Serving as the local sneakerhead’s paradise, you can find high performance and rare athletic shoes such as the Adidas Tubular 93’s or the Converse Suede 70’s High Top QS Edition

Corporate’s selection of apparel is also a collection of hand-selected rare finds, with brands including Publish Brand (from California) and Tackma (founded in Ohio and based in New York).

Tomamichael launched Corporate in 2008 with its original location in Springdale. In 2011, he relocated the store to its current Hyde Park location. Even though Tomamichael says he did everything wrong when launching his business, he learned and adapted quickly to turn it into a successful operation. So much so, he’s preparing to open his second store on Vine St. this October.

The idea for the second store began when Josh Heuser, owner of AGAR – an OTR-based event planning company – and Tomamichael’s close friend, suggested that Tomamichael look into an OTR location due to dramatically increasing foot traffic and its niche of fashion forward shoppers. Shortly after the suggestion, Tomamichael was coincidentally approached by 3CDC with the opportunity to open up a space on Vine, and the rest is history. “The moral of the story,” Tomamichael says, “is when it’s right you’ll know it’s right.”

Tomamichael says he envisions the Vine St. Corporate store to be a graduating extension of the Hyde Park store, as it will feature more brands, an extensive selection of shoes and apparel, and “only featuring the best of the best merchandise,” Tomamichael says. “The downtown location will have the clothing niche.”

AGAR and Corporate are teaming up to produce several events later this year once the new location opens. To get updates on progress and event invites, follow Corporate’s website, Facebook and Instagram.

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Learn about the locally-launched fashion line that’s on a mission to fight human trafficking, and how you can help through their Kickstarter campaign.

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The Parative Project supports the rescue of women in India from human trafficking.

It all started with a simple conversation. “During a conversation over lunch with my friend, Ryan Berg, who talked to me about human trafficking in India for the first time, I knew I wanted to use my project to spread awareness on the issue,” Drew Oxley recalls.

Shortly after this eye-opening conversation, Oxley created the Parative Project. With a play on the word partitive, which means to “break apart,” Oxley, created a T-shirt company that not only tells a story with every single T-shirt design, but they would be made by the hands of those whose story is being told.

The Parative Project is getting funding backing from Kickstarter, a crowdfunding website designed to accept donations from your peers to fund project-based companies. According to the Kickstarter website, it supports a variety of projects from films, games and music to art, design and technology. Kickstarter is full of projects, big and small, that are brought to life through the direct support of people.

The Parative Project items are designed by an Ohio local artist, Joshua Minnich. The T-shirts have simple yet heartfelt catch phrases such as “Our freedom is tied together” and “You are loved.”

“[Minnich] is great! I’ve been working with him for about a year now. I can’t put to paper what I’m thinking design­-wise, but Josh has a knack for nailing every design,” says Oxley when talking about the design process.

One of the T-shirt designs available through The Parative Project.
One of the T-shirt designs available through The Parative Project.

According to Oxley, the women who will be constructing the garments in India have been rescued from human trafficking. “They will now receive a living salary, health care, retirement and proper aftercare,” he adds.

In India, working conditions for civilians are sub par compared to other countries. Recently in January of this year, a story in the Huffington Post focused on a women’s garment workers’ union in Rajasthan, India. According to this article, garment workers sew nearly 150 pieces an hour, and make up for any shortfall in daily targets without overtime pay, even if pregnant or unwell. If they don’t meet their quotas, they face deductions from their wages and even lose their jobs. “None of those practices are being done with our partners’ workspaces,” says Oxley. “Our company and our partners are people over profit.”

As for the women who are rescued from trafficking in India, the government offers them a one month aftercare program. This program is unpaid, though, and many women opt out of going. For the women who do go, many are forced back into being trafficked. The Aruna Project and Freeset—The Parative Project partners—are set out to be an alternative way out, as women are immediately paid for their training, which leads them to a self-sustaining job. The women are also offered assistance in finding a place to live, care for their children and aftercare rehabilitation.

Another T-shirt design offered by The Parative Project.
Another T-shirt design offered by The Parative Project.

Now, there are only four days left to contribute to The Parative Project, and they’re only about $400 short of their $20,000 goal. “We had several backers in the first minutes. Our customers and fans were awesome right from the start,” explains Oxley.

The Parative Project items—which includes T-shirts and recently expanded offerings such as children’s T-shirts, tote bags and flags—are for sale now by visiting their Kickstarter website. There, you can find more information about the business, their mission and follow their journey.

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UC/DAAP Librarian & Instructor of popular UC/DAAP School of Design course, FASH2099c Documenting a Fashion Icon: The University of Cincinnati's Bonnie Cashin Collection, receives $40,000 grant from The Bonnie Cashin Foundation in New York City.

 

Illustration: Adam Hayes
Illustration by Adam Hayes

FASH2099c Documenting a Fashion Icon is not just a class at the University of Cincinnati’s College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, but an immersive, “transdisciplinary” collaborative studio where students learn from experience about American cultural artifacts, the important work done by people who steward historical collections (such as librarians, curators and conservators) and the significance and educational mission of cultural heritage organizations such as libraries and museums.

FASH2099c teaches students about cultural heritage through the study, handling and documentation of a collection of historical garments designed by Bonnie Cashin (1915-2000), a prominent designer at the height of her design career in the mid 20th-century, who is most well-known for her functional, modernist style, her pioneering contributions to American sportswear and for ushering in Coach’s first line of women’s leather accessories. UC’s collection of Cashin garments came to Cincinnati in the 1980s, when the former Head of the Fashion Department at the Ohio State University offered the former Head of the Fashion Department at UC/School of Design the collection of approximately 200 garments, an offshoot of a much larger collection originally gifted to OSU by Phillip Sills (1920-1988). Sills, a long-time artistic collaborator and leather manufacturer of Cashin’s ready-to-wear line (produced from 1952 through the late 1970s), was aware of the potential research value of his archive, so in the late 1980’s, he bequeathed his archive of garments to OSU, who later named a hall of American cultural artifacts for Sills. There is no known documentation about why the 200 garments were offered by OSU, but it’s safe to assume that the gift from Sills to OSU was so large that OSU had to make some hard decisions about which to accession and which to offer to another institution of higher education with a prominent fashion design program.

Fast forward to 2012 when DAAP Administration approached Jennifer Krivickas, Head of the Robert A. Deshon & Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art and Planning, regarding collaborating with them to properly assess, house, accession and steward the collection. After several meetings with DAAP administrators, DAAP Fashion faculty and costume and textile experts, Krivickas wrote a proposal for a UC Forward Grant to support proper stewardship of the collection and also, launch the popular FASH2099c: Documenting a Fashion Icon course.

Since the course’s beginning in 2013, “Documenting a Fashion Icon: Bonnie Cashin” has enhanced the learning experience for DAAP and non-DAAP students and non-UC individuals interested in fashion, Bonnie Cashin and American cultural heritage. This past spring semester, the class worked closely with the Cincinnati Art Museum Chief Curator and Curator of Costume and Textiles Cythnia Amneus to put on a pop-up (one-night only) fashion exhibition on at the Cincinnati Art Museum, on top of Amneus’ popular, “The Total Look: Rudi Gernreich and American Design” exhibition.

Students in the class were assisted by former FASH2099c student, Adam Hayes, who first took the FASH2099c in fall 2014. The following semester, Hayes, being keen on fashion, textiles and curatorial work, worked with Krivickas on an independent study through which he was able to examine and work with the Cashin collection more closely.

Hayes, whose career interests parallel that which is taught in the course, has become a sort of unofficial research associate and junior curator/steward of the Cashin collection. The work he does includes documenting the collection, collection care, labeling, digitizing the collection, public relations work, research, writing, metadata and more and all while still balancing his 18 credit hours.

“It feels like I’m not just in the [art, fashion, curatorial] world, but I’m a part of it,” says Hayes when talking about the work which he is truly passionate. “Through taking this course, and working closely with Jen and the collection, I’ve learned what I really want to do with my life—being a curator, documentarian, historian and steward of historical costumes and textiles.”

Hayes has gained and exhibited so much relatable knowledge, passion and skills for this type of work that his mentor and professor Krivickas recommended he reach out to Professor Dean Mogle of UC’s College Conservatory of Music costume collection to see if they might be interested in doing something similar to what Hayes has done with the Cashin collection, beginning with their Italo Tajo costume collection.

All of this good work has received much well-deserved press, including an article in the Internationally regarded Women’s Wear Daily (WWD), which Head of Communications in the provost’s office Elissa Yancy offered her delight. Yancy quickly worked up an article about the course, the project and all of the press it was receiving and published it in UC Currents as well as on the UC Provost website. It was this article that caught the attention of Lucia Kellar and David Baum, Trustees of the Bonnie Cashin Foundation in New York City.

Upon learning more about the work Krivickas and her students had done with the collection to-date, the course, the exhibits and the internal grants the project received from UC Forward, Kellar and Baum decided to grant the Cashin project $40,000, naming Krivickas as the primary investigator. This 2-year, $40,000 grant will be used to continue documenting, preserving (both digitally and physically) and increasing access and awareness of the collection.

Also, the fund will be used to pay Adam Hayes, who is serving as research associate to Krivickas, who is currently spending most of his time researching major grants, including federal grants such as those from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the National Education Association and the National Endowment for the Humanities. The grant will support a major collaborative digitization project with OSU aimed at reunification of the disparate Cashin collections at UC and OSU, to create one free and globally accessible, web-based research resource.

Since receiving the $40,000 grant, Hayes was able to meet Kellar and Baum, Trustees of the Bonnie Cashin Foundation, during a recent visit to New York. “They were kind enough to meet with me during my visit this past summer to New York and it was an honor to meet with them in person, to speak about Bonnie Cashin, and to gain their trust and blessings before moving forward with the projects regarding the UC Cashin collection,” he says.

“I’m so grateful for my parents instilling in me a profound work ethic, without which I wouldn’t be where I am today,” explains Hayes. He goes on to thank Krivickas, his mentor and professor, without whom he says, he would not have been given this opportunity of a lifetime, which will propel his knowledge and opportunities in the future.

FASH2099c: Documenting a Fashion Icon: The UC Bonnie Cashin Collection is still available for enrollment! If you are interested, check out the course website which has plenty of information about the course, images and information about Bonnie Cashin.

You can also email Jennifer Krivickas directly at Jennifer.krivickas@uc.edu if you should want to make an appointment to see the collection, take the course or engage with the project in any other way.

Hayes adds, “It can be powerful thing, telling a story through fashion, because fashion is an art form that is attainable to all people”.

 

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Learn about these locally-based teenage entrepreneurs who recently launched an online boutique with the mantra that dressing well shouldn’t break the bank.

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(l-r) Kennedy McDermott and Anna Steffen, co-owners of Kandid Boutique

From jewelry and accessories to tops, bottoms, and dresses, Kandid Boutique has it all. Except for the big price tags. Owners Anna Steffen and Kennedy McDermott believe you can dress your best without breaking the bank, and that’s the inspiration behind their online boutique.

“What makes us different is that we strive to meet the needs of our customers and help style with styling tips and can be more one-on-one,” says Steffen, “as much as we can be via email and our blog.” According to Steffen and McDermott, they believe a woman’s style is personal to her, so her shopping experience should be personal, too.

The idea of running an online-based personal shopping boutique came to fruition after expressing to each other they both had an interest in fashion. From that point forward, they began laying plans for what is now Kandid Boutique.

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Kandid Boutique sells bohemian chic style with just the right touch of contemporary.

This duo is not just accomplishing their goals but they are doing it at such a young age, with McDermott only being 17 and Steffen, 18. “We weren’t exactly sure how it all worked, starting a business. We had no prior experience nor have we taken any business classes. We spent months looking up information on what it took to start a business. Even at times feeling like we were in over our heads,” laughs Steffen. “We started this process back in December, but recently just launched the online boutique in March!”

They wanted to choose accessories and apparel that reflected their personal style, so you can find handmade jewelry along with feminine, chic clothing. McDermott describes the styles they sell as a very bohemian chic style, with a touch of contemporary, reaching out to a young female demographic.

A unique spin on this boutique is their selection of handmade jewelry made by jewelry maker, Sherry Steffen. She makes necklaces, earrings, and body jewelry. In fact, the body jewelry carried on www.kandidboutique.com are custom designed for the site.

This young team is excited to show off their new selection for fall that will soon be showcased on their website and social media pages. They plan to leverage their social media savvy to communicate new merchandise and sales to their customers, via Snapchat.

Future plans to grow Kandid Boutique include getting a storefront in their hometown of Northern Kentucky while expanding their shipments across the country. To learn more, visit http://www.kandidboutique.com/.

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See how one Cincinnati woman turned her passion for fashion into a profession by launching FashionYellow, a multi-faceted wardrobe consulting firm.

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Fashion shoot styled by Leah Porter, owner of FashionYellow

After studying at The University of Cincinnati for psychology and early childhood education, dominating mommyhood and working for non-profit companies for more than a decade, Leah Porter is taking a no excuse approach to building her wardrobe consulting company, FashionYellow. But Porter isn’t just a stylist. She says the business is a multi-faceted wardrobe consulting firm for a variety of clientele.

Why the name “FashionYellow”? Porter says it’s because it directly relates to her style aesthetic, as the color yellow is associated with being happy, upbeat, fun and bright – which are the exact words feels best represent her company.

Fashion shoot styled by Leah Porter, owner of FashionYellow
Fashion shoot styled by Leah Porter, owner of FashionYellow

While Porter does special event wardrobe styling for her clients, wardrobe consultations and personal shopping, she specializes in styling for fashion photography.

“Fashion photography is one of my favorite aspects of this business. I love it,” she says. “When planning a photo shoot, I like to thoughtfully plan out the look of the shoot by looking at art to help inspire me and to give me ideas. I love art. I think art and fashion go hand in hand. Then, I actually write everything out that I want to do for the shoot and write out everything that I will need to help me stay organized. It is all a very challenging process, but an even more rewarding one.”

Even though she established her business in 2011, fashion and style have always been passions for Porter. Born and raised in Cincinnati, she credits her fashionable grandmother for a keen sense of style. “My grandmother was always the stylish one. She was ‘the baddest’ grandmother I’ve ever known,” Porter recalls. “She would take me out to thrift stores when I was a young girl to find treasures within racks of vintage clothes. It was how we bonded.”

It was on those shopping trips with her grandmother, that Porter realized it was more than just shopping for her — it was her calling. However, it wasn’t until her grandmother passed in 2008 that Porter decided to turn her passion into a profession.

From that point forward, though, she has been on a mission. Today, Porter is the founder of FashionYellow, balancing being a single mom and philanthropist. “I do most of my styling work on the weekends and during the evening so it is easy to balance the two. And my daughter is so independent she is even a great help to me and my business, telling me advice on how I should style things,” Porter laughs. “She, too, has a tasteful eye for fashion and is considering pursuing it herself.”

Porter is hosting her first pop up shop event August 8 and 9 at Brick OTR from 12-7 p.m. There, she will be showcasing her new t-shirt line, ST(in)YLE. According to Porter, it embraces the idea of freedom, creativity and style all as being components of being “In Style” and it’s a fun play on words. Shirts can be customized including cutting, paint, bleaching, trinkets, etc. or you can purchase with logo as is.

Porter’s styling work has been recently featured in several local and national publications, such as Alpha Fashion Magazine, Frame Magazine and Pinup Alternative Magazine.

To learn more, “like” FashionYellow on Facebook or check out their website.

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A UC graduate recently opened up a “Bazaar Concept Shop in OTR.” Read on to learn more about it.

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Continuum Boutique sells apparel, accessories and hand-crafted home decor items.

When walking in the doors of Continuum Boutique in OTR, you’ll be greeted with flowy fabrics, simplistic accessories and hand-crafted home décor hanging from the walls as natural light pours in the store-front windows and the faint aroma of naturally scented candles fills the air.

According to owner Ericka Leighton-Spradlin, Continuum is not just a boutique or a retail store, it is a “eclectic bazaar art and concept shop” that sells art, jewelry, fashion and accessories from independent artists and designers. Leighton-Spradlin says she carefully chooses a wide array and assortment of merchandise that speaks to the bohemian, creative mind by reaching out to independent artists and designers from across the country herself.

“I like to support artists and designers out in the world making something unique– I strive to support creativity,” Leighton-Spradlin explains. “This is what I enjoy being able to share with the customer, introducing them to a product with a person and/or story behind it. To me, it makes the whole shopping experience more personal, and that’s extremely important to me.”

Leighton-Spradlin says she’s very selective when merchandising for her store. “I like to choose my merchandise with my customer’s personal shopping experiences in mind. I want them to have something that is unique, timeless and artistic,” she adds.

According to Leighton-Spradlin, fashion should be an extension of who you are as an individual. That’s why it is so important to her to sell brands and pieces that you can’t just find elsewhere.

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“I want my customers to know that I take pride in the Continuum brand, giving them something special, with choosing apparel that uses ethically sourced materials and jewelry that was hand crafted by the actual designer,” she says. “My goal is to stay away from mass produced merchandise, as apparel from independent designers can embody more uniqueness and have the upmost quality.”

While shopping around the store, you will find several rare brands. For example, she says, the line Osei Duro. This line is based in L.A. and their textiles are dyed and produced in Ghana. All of their fabrics are hand dyed and woven in both large and small scale quantities utilizing Ghana’s traditional textile techniques that are sustainably produced while emphasizing the culture of Africa.

Continuum also carries jewelry by designer Sophie Monet, a jewelry architect that makes all jewelry by hand. She uses recycled material from the scraps of wood from her father’s artistry to create the jewelry and is based out of Venice Beach, California. According to Leighton-Spradlin, this jewelry line takes a modern approach on accessory trends using exotic wood and producing it here in the U.S. using sustainable materials whenever possible.

“I love being a woman. I embrace my womanhood and I want to express that freedom and liberation with the world throughout my store,” Leighton-Spradlin says, referring to some unique items she sells, like a planter the shape of women’s bare torso and a rug with the design of a woman’s breasts.

Leighton-Spradlin considers her concept shop as selling more than just clothes, but wearable art. It has been a goal of hers to contribute to Cincinnati’s growing city giving an emphasis on art as she is an art student herself graduating from UC’s DAAP Fine Arts Program in 2013.

When picking a space for her store, which was her biggest challenge prior to opening, she had her heart set on wanting to be located in OTR on Vine St. “This area of Cincinnati is flourishing right now with young entrepreneurs,” she says. “With starting your own business, there will be many challenges, but they are nothing you can’t get through.”

While the store is still young, just opening two months ago, Leighton-Spradlin has big plans to grow her store even more since she just hired her first sales associate employee earlier this month.

Future plans include bringing in new merchandise for the fall and soon offering ceramic classes taught by Leighton-Spradlin herself. To learn more about Continuum, visit their Tumblr page or like them on Facebook.

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The sister-in-law duo behind Owl Be Sweatin' is giving back to women in the community through their Owl Be Sweatin' Strength Series. Read on for more.

 

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Emily is one of the women nominated to receive donations through the Owl Be Sweatin’ Strength Series.

“Stop seeking validation from everyone and embrace your crazy!” That’s the advice K.C. DeBra gave when advising women on entrepreneurship and what it takes to turn your crazy idea into a thriving business. It’s also what DeBra and her sister-in-law Mallory did when developing the concept behind their fashionable headband business, Owl Be Sweatin’.

Owl Be Sweatin’ is a hair accessory company specializing in well-fitting, adjustable headbands that are made to fit the needs of everyday women who are constantly on the go. The headbands also boast an anti-slip factor so you don’t need to worry about them falling down throughout the day or during a workout.

The headbands are available in a variety of colors, patterns and themes. They range from simple black to Cincinnati Reds designed headbands, and the customizable bands can be used to promote a fundraising event.

After experiencing success with various Owl Be Sweatin’ designs, Mallory and K.C. decided to launch something new – something that gave back to an important cause. As a result, in April 2015, The Owl Be Sweatin’ Strength Series was born. “We always love to give back to the community, especially to those strong ‘fighters’ that have been an inspiration to so many,” explains Mallory. “For the 2015 Owl Be Sweatin’ Strength Series, we chose three wonderfully strong, motivating women who are all battling different types of illnesses and/or cancers. Needless to say, this project has been so moving for the entire community – but especially us.”

Three area women were nominated for the Strength Series — Kelly, Emily and Megan— each with a touching story of their journey on the blog section of the Owl Be Sweatin’ website.

Mallory and K.C. designed a custom headband for each woman — based on their cause and personal interests — and those headbands are now available for purchase. For every headband they sell from the Strength Series, $7 will be donated back to the women’s personal funds to help them with their medical expenses.

To find your favorite Owl Be Sweatin’ headband or to get details on how to create your own custom headband, visit them online and follow them on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

 

 

 

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From Zimbabwe to Cincinnati, meet the international fashion designer who is developing and debuting her self-titled clothing line right here in the Queen City.

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Edina Ndebele’s upcoming, self-titled collection was created by the young designer who was born and raised in Zimbabwe and now lives in Cincinnati.

Fashion was an escape from some of the harsh realities Edina Ndebele, a young fashion designer who recently hit the Cincinnati fashion scene, was facing in her everyday life.

Ndebele was born and raised in Zimbabwe, where she graduated from college in 2006 with a Degree in Fashion Design. As a young girl growing up in Africa, she had aspirations of creating something beautiful for her friends and family to wear that were inspired by the characteristics of her culture.

“I’ve always had a passion for creating and designing,” she says. “When I was young, I would deconstruct my clothes and redesign them to my liking—though this always got me into trouble with my mother. I loved sketching designs just as a hobby. Then, I later discovered that the fashion industry was the perfect career path for me. I find myself at ease when I am designing.”

After her move to the U.S., Ndebele found that many opportunities were opening up for her, including the chance to showcase her designs at the New York Africa Fashion Week in July 2011. Following the success of New York Africa Fashion Week, she was also invited to showcase at Virgin Islands Fashion Week in October 2011. Ndebele’s eco­-friendly garment she constructed from burlap and named “Queen of the Jungle” was fan-voted “the best eco­-friendly garment at the Virgin Islands Fashion Week.” Then, in 2012, Ndebele earned two awards during the Louisville Waterfront Fashion Week, for the Emerging Designer Competition and the People’s Choice Award.

With eight years of experience under her belt, she is finally ready to debut her self-titled line, Edina Ndebele. Following her upcoming runway shows, she says she plans to launch her online shop in January 2016, which can soon be found on her website.

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Edina Ndebele

When talking about her inspirations behind her designs, she loves to pay homage to her home country of Zimbabwe.

“My inspirations comes from life events that take place on a day-to-day basis,” she says. “I also am inspired by where I grew up and how I grew up. My design inspirations are a combination of where I am today and where I was yesterday.”

Ndebele says she never forgets about the circumstances that she witnessed back home. In Zimbabwe, she witnessed people’s lives being destroyed by diseases such as HIV/AIDS, leaving many children homeless and struggling to survive. Through these difficult life challenges, Ndebele was moved to do something to inspire and change people’s lives—and she wanted to do that through fashion.

To learn more about Ndebele and her forthcoming collection, visit http://www.edinandebele.com.

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Fashionable finds, made with fair trade materials. That’s the idea behind Fairly Adorned, a locally-launched accessory company that empowers artists around the world. Read on for more!

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Fun and fashionable, while also empowering and ethically sourced. That’s the foundation on which Tara Tenore built her business, Fairly Adorned.

“I create unique, quality jewelry,” she says. “My goal is to create one of a kind pieces which are easy and fun to wear. I like to feature Fair Trade and ethically sourced beads and components both for their unique one of a kind qualities and the positive social impact.”

Tenore works with several organizations around the world to source her materials and product lines, such as Kazuri, Swazi and Paper to Pearls. Materials range from metal and stone to leather and cork. Tenore says her best seller is their line of Triple Wrap Leather Bracelets.
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Launching the business not only provides significant income to her partner organizations that support sustainable lifestyles for their artisans, but it also allows Tenore to stay at home with her three-year-old and six-year-old. “I stay at home with my two beautifully sweet girls, balancing my ‘mommyhood’ with my creative work,” she says. “I love what I do and the people I meet and would not change anything… except maybe a little more sleep… but that goes for most of us doesn’t it?”

While Fairly Adorned doesn’t have a brick and mortar store, you can find Tenore at 30+ shows per year. You can see a list of her scheduled events on her website.

Tenore says her next event is on Saturday, August 8 in Yellow Springs at the Art on the Lawn craft show — a fine art, craft, jewelry, and home décor festival hosted by Village Artisans. It’s a free event that is open to the public.

To learn more, visit http://www.fairlyadorned.com.

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See how a a local stay-at-home-mom started a business designing and making glamorous headbands for little girls.

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Stay-at-home-mom Korinne Morrison started a business designing and making glamorous headbands for little girls.

How did a stay-at-home mommy from Cincinnati turn her free time into a profit? She did it with Glam Bands, a kid-friendly, chic and stylish accessory company that was established right here in Cincinnati.

Glam Bands started out as a personal hobby for life-long Cincinnatian, Korinne Morrison. “Glam Bands allowed me to be creative and work from home while being a Stay-At-Home-Mommy,” she explains. “I’ve always had an interest in fashion and accessories but noticed that accessories for babies and little girls was so boring!”

The same bows and headbands were everywhere, and I wanted to create something eye-catching, creative, and fashion forward,” says Morrison when talking about her inspiration behind the business.

Glam Bands hair accessories are made using vibrant colored fabric, intricate jewels and fun textures that are great for your little girls, and sometimes great for mommy too!

“Originally, Glam Bands started as a children’s line but smoothly transitioned into an adult line when I saw interest from clients for creating custom designs for proms and weddings—including garters! It only made sense to offer Glam Bands to both!”

That’s why these bohemian-inspired head bands look great on not just kids but adults too.

Morrison used her ambition, coupled with her experience with Fashion Merchandising and Product Development from University of Cincinnati’s DAAP Program, to give fashionable moms what they want with hair accessories. Glam Bands launched in November 2014 when Morrison attended her first craft show benefitting “Go Encourage” at the National Underground Freedom Center in Downtown Cincinnati. The response was so great, it was then she decided to turn this hobby into a small business.

If you’re thinking of starting your own small business, Morrison says word of mouth is the best source of advertisement. That is how she has managed to grow her clientele and expand her customer base, along with social media outlets like Facebook.

These are not just your average head bands, Morrison says. They are custom made to every client with your choice of color scheme, flowers, beading, lace or satin and everything else in between.

Keep an eye out on Glam Bands as she will be expanding her business even more as she plans to open her own Etsy shop and each out to more local small businesses and boutiques. She’s already started selling her product in boutiques including Ash & Eish in Batavia and Junior Cuts Salon inside Recreations Outlet in Milford.

To learn more about Glam Bands, visit them on Facebook.

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