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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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Panties will soon fly high on The Purple People Bridge. Keep reading to find out why, and the good cause behind it all.

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Of the nine bridges crossing the Ohio River at Cincinnati, only one is purple. But for one day only, the Purple People Bridge will turn teal for a good cause.

On July 11, the Jaymie Jamison for Hope Foundation is hosting its 5th Annual Panties Across the Bridge Event. For the occasion, they’re lighting it teal, the color of ovarian cancer awareness, and hanging hundreds of panties across the bridge.

The Jaymie Jamison for Hope Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to supporting women and the families of women who suffer from gynecological cancers including cervical, ovarian, uterine, vaginal, and vulvar cancer.
This foundation has been active since 2011, when 34-year-old mother of four, Jaymie Lynn Jamison had unfortunately lost her year long battle of cervical cancer on Feb. 6 in 2011.

It was then, the Jamison family decided to do something to help other women and families with similar needs as theirs and started the Jaymie Jamison for Hope Foundation – with Jamison’s husband, Jon Jamison as President and her mother, Cheryl Saylor as Vice President of the foundation.

Panties Across the Bridge has been going strong for the past five years, growing larger in both attendees and donations. This gynecological awareness event was thought of by Jamison’s daughter, Hope when she at the time, was only 14.

“We like to do anything and everything we can to assist families and to educate people on these cancers”, says Saylor. “Our foundation is small, but we do whatever possible to help.”

Not only have they hosted this event for the past five years but they also go into schools and talk to local health classes about gynecological cancers, HPV, STDs, and prevention. Their team is dedicated to spreading the word on how to prevent and treat gynecological cancers. They send out chemo treatment bags to patients across the Tri-State, and even provide financial support to select women who do not have insurance to cover treatment costs.

People from across U.S. have attended this event to show their support. “It grows bigger and bigger every year reaching up to the thousands in guests” says Saylor. During this event there will be a vendor and health fair, and music will begin at 4 p.m. to dark. The Jaymie Jamison team and volunteers will be hanging panties all through the day. At dark, they will flip the switch and turn the bridge teal for the rest of the evening.

At the event, you will see all types of decorative panties donated by women, families, and sponsors. Some of these fun undergarments are decorated with messages, some are decorated with jewels, while some have family pictures of gynecological cancer patients.

This event is the organizations biggest event of the year to teach women and to raise awareness. “We have to take care of ourselves, so we can take care of our families. Early detection is the biggest tool for prevention and to keep us safe, so it is important for women to get checked yearly with exams and pap smears”, says Cheryl when talking about gynecological health and the message behind Panties Across the Bridge.

Their final goal is a direct wish of Jamison. To help financially support Hospice of Hope. Jamison received first rate care during her last weeks of life from Hospice of Hope and they would love to help provide other families going through the same struggles.

To help reach the foundation’s goal of hanging 11,000 pairs of panties, you can bring your panty donations the day of the event or mail them to 110 Aaron Dr. Mount Orab, Ohio 45154.

You can receive more information about this event and their foundation by visit them on the web by clicking here or “like” them on Facebook.

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Jewelry at Idlewild Woman boutique in OTR, recently launched by the team behind Article Menswear

As store manager Cale Darrell will be quick to tell you, Article Menswear is not just a men’s clothing store. It’s a complete lifestyle brand. They sell everything for the fashion forward, modern man from suit jackets to casual wear, hoodies to t-shirts, accessories to home décor, and even men’s bath and body products.

This young, small, locally-owned business has only been up and running for two years. But in that short time, the positive feedback from shoppers has been overwhelming, Darrell says. “We wanted to create a modern day men’s general store to make guys feel comfortable while shopping with us,” he adds. “We have everything from shaving goods to shoe polish and we carry such a large variety of apparel for men.”

The store is surrounded by big, floor-to-ceiling windows allowing natural sunlight to pour in, partnered with dimmed spotlights throughout the store, with rustic furniture, and an American flag that proudly hangs above the check-out desk. Apparel with a rugged yet edgy and edgy feel hangs on the racks and fills the shelves.

According to Darrell, the store is strategically merchandised so that it sparks a client’s interest as they walk through the store, shopping for whatever they need. They sell brands from all over the U.S., while still showcasing its local love too. Carrying brands such as Noble Denim, which was founded in Cincinnati, and even a man-friendly, scented candle company called, Good Candle that was created by UC DAAP graduate, Johnathan Kroeger.

“We buy the majority of our merchandise from trade shows in other cities like Las Vegas, so it can sometimes be a challenge when buying stock for upcoming seasons since we order clothes for seasons way in advance. But we know our customer well enough to give him that traditional clothing and staple pieces in cool and unique ways,” says Darrell.

In fact, he said it’s a team effort to accomplish the best trend forecasting, as the entire staff offers insight for this process. The team consists of Darrell — along with their multi-talented sales consultant, Trey Jolly, and owners Anthony and Maria Graziani.

Freeman Sporting Club, Schott NYC, Baldwin, and Saturdays Brand are all brands you’ll find at Article. If that doesn’t get you in the door, they also have some special events coming up. During MLB’s All-Star weekend, reps from Mitchell Bat Co. and Ebbets Fields will be visiting Article Menswear to host a party to welcome their new merchandise to be sold in the store. The event is free, while light refreshments and beer will be served.

Don’t worry, ladies. The team at Article hasn’t forgotten about you. Just last month, they opened up a sister boutique just one block down called, Idlewild Woman. Idlewild started out as a pop up shop they tried out within Article Menswear. “The response was so great from the pop up shop, it was evidently clear there was a need for the owners to create a sister store for women,” Darrell says.

Idlewild has soft and feminine décor with an all-white building with white brick walls inside. They carry flowy, bohemian chic clothing paired with delicate accessories. They are also a lifestyle brand that embraces womanhood, carrying home goods, bath and body products, and accessories. Both stores carry some of the same brands such as Billy Reed, Imogene & Willie, and Gant Rugger that have men’s and women’s lines within their brands.

Keep your eye on Article Menswear as they will be introducing new brands to their store this upcoming fall. They are also planning a special event coming up for the fall, but are shy on sharing details just yet. “We want to keep it a secret so people will be surprised when we announce,” laughs Darrell.

To stay tuned with both stores, follow them on Instagram at @Articlemenswear and @Idlewildwoman.

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A local bridal boutique is partnering UC DAAP Fashion Design graduates to launch a new, in-house customizable bridal gown line. Read on for all the designer details.

060815CAREER1By marrying design and customization, Splendid Bridal’s line of customizable dresses empowers brides to make their vision a reality. It’s also making fashion design dreams come true for several UC DAAP graduates.

This quaint bridal shop, located at the entrance to the Reading Bridal District on the corner of West Benson Street and Reading Road, offers a large selection of designer wedding apparel. Retail offerings include wedding gowns, bridesmaid and flower girl dresses, veils, headpieces, belts, jewelry, and more.

Owner Ed Nime oversees the Reading location, in addition to a second, discount-focused location in Florence, which opened five years ago. Nime, a small business consultant for many years, was asked by UC’s DAAP faculty three years ago to teach a course on entrepreneurship to fashion design seniors. The class requires students to design their own line of bridal accessories. That’s when Nime got the idea to give students the opportunity to showcase and sell their designs in his store and at the Bridalrama expo they sponsor each year.

Students (left to right) Sydney, Renee, and Maria standing in front of the customizable dresses at Splendid Bridal
Students (left to right) Sydney, Renee, and Maria standing in front of the customizable dresses at Splendid Bridal

One student in particular, Elise Rohr, now has a line of flower girl dresses featured as popular offering in Nime’s Reading store. In addition, Maria Broerman and Renѐ Schmitz – both 2014 UC DAAP graduates – work in the store as consultants and are also the fashion designers behind the store’s private label, Splendid Couture.

Broerman completed the initial line of gowns for Splendid Couture based on insight from customers, industry trends, and Splendid Bridal consultants. The line will be showcased at this year’s Bridalrama Fashion Show on July 19 at the Duke Energy Convention Center.

Splendid Couture bridal gowns, which are tagged with pink ribbons in the store, are customizable to fit any bride’s taste and style. “If you want sleeves added or taken off the gown, no problem. If you would like to add more beading, no problem,” Nime says. “Your custom gown will be exclusive to you and your vision. It’s your day, your dream and your dress.”

Brides can personally customize details such as sleeves, beading, back, neckline, fabric, length and color. This way, every bride feels special by adding her own personal touch to her gown.

Although Broerman designed the first dresses in the collection, Schmitz will also design for the line. “Ever since I was a little girl, I loved weddings and wedding dresses,” Schmitz says, when explaining why her career path is gravitating toward the bridal industry. “I love the materials and fabrics used for the gowns, the glitz and glam of it all, so of course I was drawn to bridal wear when studying fashion design.”

In addition to Broerman and Schmitz, Nime hired and is mentoring a third year Kolodzik Business Scholar from the UC Linder College of Business, Sydney Vollmer, who coordinates marketing, social media and special projects.

Nime says it’s a gratifying experience to work with the co-ops and the design school holds a special place in Nime’s heart, he says, as his true passion is in mentoring. In fact, he is also giving back to students through the establishment of a new scholarship fund for freshman DAAP fashion design students.

To learn more, visit www.splendidbridal.com.

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An upcoming event has the city’s high-ranking VPs, CEOs, executives and educators shedding their suits and rocking out for a great cause. Keep reading for more.

Suits That Rock 2015 is set for June 20 and 27
Suits That Rock 2015 is set for June 20 and 27. Image: Steven Thomas, Photographic Memories LLC

Tri-State executives plan to gather inside the historic Carnegie building in Covington, originally constructed in 1904 as a Carnegie Library. While libraries, history and executives typically spell “snoozefest,” the upcoming Suits that Rock event is an exception.

Suits That Rock is a benefit concert with more than 40 prominent business and community leaders taking the stage at The Carnegie in Covington for the 8th annual event. This fund-raiser benefits The Carnegie Eva G. Farris Education Center and helps children across the Greater Cincinnati area.

“Since its inception in 2008, Suits That Rock has raised more than $460,000 for the Eva G. Farris Education Center programs which provide more than 51,000 contact hours to children each year,” says Katie Brass, executive director for The Carnegie.

The concept began in 2007 as Kevin Canafax and John Domaschko brainstormed ways to start a fun fundraising event that would be unique and enjoyable. They realized many local executives were former or current members of bands, and so began Suits That Rock. Today, the event is annual, growing from one night to two, and attracting sponsorships with major businesses such as Toyota, PNC and Fidelity Investments.

Over the years, Suits That Rock has welcomed performances by a variety of professionals from some of the area’s household name businesses, including Dewey’s Pizza founder, Andrew Dewitt; Managing Director, Foundation Office at Fifth Third Bank, Heidi B. Jark; and College of Mount St. Joseph Professor, Mark Fischer. This year, there will be both new and returning performers who will be ready to rock out – one performer actually already has a musical background!

Some of this year’s performers include Cliff Adams, the Assistant Professor of Vernacular Music and The College-Conservatory of Music at UC; and Bob Blanchard, Former Group Vice President of P&G.

This year’s first concert will be held on June 20, and the other on June 27, both shows start at 8 p.m. Click here to learn more and RSVP.

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Revisit your childhood lunch favorites while taking your career and your business to the next level with Tech Cafeteria. Keep reading for more details.

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Square pizza, walking taco, fish sticks and sloppy joes. What if you could enjoy these old school, lunch time favorites while advancing your career or business through tech-savvy teachings?

Check out Tech Cafeteria June 3 starting at noon at the Gaslight office, downtown at 708 Walnut St., Suit 500, for yummy food and informational tech seminars. Ruby the lunch lady will serve up trays of food inspired by grade school favorites, and a guest speaker will give insight into a delicious tech topic.

June’s speaker will be Jason Barron, Executive Director of Cincy Red Bike. That’s right, those shiny red bikes parked along the sidewalks around Cincinnati that you can rent out for hours at a time for a small fee.

Cincinnati Red Bike may be a young company, just starting its company this past September, but it already has thousands of riders each month. At the event, you can hear from the man behind the idea to find out how technology pushes this bike sharing system forward.

Gaslight is a company founded in Cincinnati that specializes in renovating and improving the quality of companies by using technology. Gaslight designs and develops custom software across a range of industries. The applications it creates help clients boost profits, innovate faster, improve productivity and launch new businesses. They offer a variety of tech-savvy services, such as create mobile apps, create new and innovative software, and help improve the software the clients already have.

Gaslight was established in 2009, and has since grown from its original five employees to now more than 20 employees, occupying two floors in its new downtown office.

“This event started as we brainstormed ways to bring the community together and ideas on how to get to know our neighbors now that we are located downtown after moving our location,” says Tammy Gambrel, director of events at Gaslight. “We thought an old school cafeteria with lunch trays and a lunch lady would be fun and get people excited and talking.”

According to Gambrel, the first luncheon held on May 6 was a huge success. The response was extremely positive, having around 35 attendees munching on sloppy joes and Rice Krispie Treats, Gambrel says, adding that even more are expected at the next Tech Cafeteria lunch.

On June 3, there will be chef-made, adult versions of chicken pot pie, mashed potatoes, fruit cocktail, and chocolate cake with vanilla icing.

Gaslight will host a series of these tasty lunch lady tech talks on the first Wednesday of every month. To reserve your ticket for Tech Cafeteria or to find out more information, click here.

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Meet Kelly Kolar of Kolar Design, Inc. – University of Cincinnati DAAP graduate who was named a “2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Star” by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council.

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Kelly Kolar, Founder of Kolar Design, Inc.

Kolar Design, Inc., a Cincinnati-based company founded by a UC graduate, is behind the branding of some of the biggest companies in the U.S – companies including P&G, Children’s Hospital and OSU.

Five years ago, Kolar Design, Inc. was located downtown in an old Ford Motors building, now they are in a 7,724-square-foot office and is home to its 17 employees. Kelly Kolar was recently named a “2015 Women’s Business Enterprise Star” by Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC), which is the largest third-party certifier of businesses owned, controlled and operated by women in the United States.

I had the pleasure of interviewing Kolar to find out what got her here today – find out what she had to say about her inspirations, challenges and the keys to success when it comes to business.

Cincy Chic: You recently received an award for WBENC’s Salute to Women’s Business Enterprise. What does the award mean to you?
Kelly Kolar: The biggest privilege to me was to be honored and recognized as a small businesses on a national scale. I was honored that I got to talk with like-minded women entrepreneurs and I got the opportunity to discuss business with other business owners. I was honored to represent the Cincinnati community and to be a representative for women in business

Cincy Chic: You started your business, Kolar Design, Inc., more than 20 years ago (congrats!). What is the key to your success?
Kelly Kolar: Mentorship was really big for me. I have mentors from when I was first starting in business that I can still call on now and count on for help. I think building connections with people who want to see you succeed is very important. Realtors say ‘location, location, location’ where entrepreneurs say ‘relationships, relationships, relationships’. Also, it is all about vision. Design makes a difference. We can transform and change and the world and use design as a tool to make a change. Vision and design can make the world a better place. People have to understand we can creates something out of nothing. And it’s important to continually create. Collaboration, curiosity, and creativity are the three c’s to any strong foundation.

Cincy Chic: Where did you get your start in business?
Kelly Kolar: I won a design competition for the Cincinnati Bicentennial. After I won the competition, they hired me on as a contractor. My first job was led me to my first client, and from there, I started my business, Kolar Design, Inc.. So in a way, my first job was my last job. I always knew I wanted to be a business owner. I’m the daughter of an entrepreneur, so this business owner mindset and mentality has always been in me.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to launch your business and what inspires you today to keep moving it forward?
Kelly Kolar: I love our city. I’ve built a business here, I met my husband here and started a family here. I’m really inspired by Cincinnati. This city really launched me into this industry. I believe if you really have love for your city, your city will love you back. I also have an amazing team and staff who are original, innovative and creative as well. My team of thinkers are non-traditional minds who pushes our industry forward. That’s what really gives our company an edge on the competition.

Cincy Chic: Is there any advice you can offer others to be successful?
Kelly Kolar: There are quotes that I read every day and live by, but there is one in particular that I always remember – “When you believe it, then you will see it. Not the other way around”. Most people say, “I’ll believe it, when I see it”, but for me, the vision comes first. If you have a vision, it will then appear for you. I had a vision to start this business, but now I would like to create a platform for other young hopefuls in the design industry. It is about creating a legacy with my firm and institutionalize our process and expanding our industry.

To learn more about Kolar Design, Inc., click here.

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Two powerhouses on the local start-up scene are joining forces for an upcoming event. Learn more about it and how the coworking community can help build your business.

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Amanda Greenwell, Program Director of UpTech

Get ready to meet your new “coworkers” on Tuesday, May 12, as you network with Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky’s best connectors.

UpTech and Platform 53 have teamed up to host #StartUpCincy: UpTech/Platform 53 Coworking Day. This day is meant to bring together innovative, hardworking, like-minded individuals as an opportunity to meet influencers, expand networks, meet potential team members and make meaningful connections in UpTech’s headquarters lounge. It’s also an opportunity to learn more about the UpTech program and Platform 53’s coworking community.
Adam Dean launched the Platform 53 workspace in 2012. He wanted to create a workspace that revolutionized the way we work and engage with one another. If you join Platform 53’s diverse community of independent professionals, entrepreneurs, small businesses and mobile workers, then you will be able to take advantage of their provided work and meeting space, and to create a platform for you to share ideas, connect with workers, get inspired, learn, support each other and collaborate.

The idea of “coworking” may be new to Cincinnati, but this idea of collaborating with independent entrepreneurs and small businesses in a cool, chic rentable workspace is not new at all. There are places just like Platform 53 all over the world. You can find coworking office spaces in London, Sydney, San Francisco and now, here in Cincinnati.

The tech-savvy staff of UpTech Cincinnati decided to team up with Platform 53 for the perfect business-driven event. Amanda Greenwell, program director of UpTech, oversees business development, operations, marketing, public relation efforts behind #StartUpCincy.

“UpTech is looking for big ideas to take part in our accelerator program,” Greenwell explains. “Applications are currently open until June 21.” They’ve scheduled a series of happy hours and information sessions in an effort to share the details of the program with potential applicants.

“This coworking day is another way to allow entrepreneurs to see what’s it’s like to work at UpTech, learn about our program and rub elbows with other dreamers and doers,” Greenwell says. “When planning the coworking day, we thought it was an ideal opportunity to join forces with Platform 53 who has a really cool coworking program just around the corner in Mainstrasse in Covington.”

UpTech specializes in intensive one-to-one mentorship, designed to give you all the tools you need to fuel the early stages of any small business. They also provide you and your small business with funding and community connections from day one so that the end result of your new business is nothing short of successful.

They work with people from all over the U.S., but their headquarters is based in Covington. As of 2015, UpTech has played a role in creating more than 60 jobs for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region, investing more than $1.3M in startups.

UpTech and Platform 53 will be hosting the event at the UpTech headquarters office. Wifi, coffee, lunch and free parking will all be provided. The doors will open at 8:30 for the morning session, or come and join them from noon to 5 p.m. for the evening session. According to Greenwell, the team behind Tuesday’s festivities want to build Greater Cincinnati’s start-up scene and introduce Cincinnati’s entrepreneurs to each other.

To learn more about the accelerator application process, click here. For more information or to reserve your spot, click here or contact Abby Ober, program associate of UpTech at abby@uptechideas.org.

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