A Break from the Same-O for Local Fashionistas

A Break from the Same-O for Local Fashionistas

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Take a walk down Madison, and you’ll find everything from exclusive footwear lines, and on-trend sweaters to custom jewelry and couture finds from Valentino, Bottega Venetta and Paule Ka. Surely you must be on none other than the Madison Avenue made famous by Carrie Bradshaw and company, right? No, my fashionista friend, you are in Cincinnati, on Madison Road in the shopping district in the heart of O’Bryonville.


O’Bryonville may be the smallest of Cincinnati’s shopping districts, but with a unique array of shops, you truly can outfit yourself from head-to-toe in one trip. First stop, Diane Firsten Studio. Building on her history as a personal shopper for Saks Fifth Avenue and later for local Cincinnati women, her eponymous shop showcases exquisite couture lines that cater to those with high-end taste. Treat yourself to your signature piece for fall from Diane Firsten Studio (maybe a beautiful tailored jacket for work).


Next, pop into Kismet, located right next door and find some fresh items for fall. Scarves line a rack on a rear-facing wall. Pick one to coordinate with a Kensie Girl dress, and voila, you’re outfitted for a night out. For work, add that signature jacket you just bought because you already know fashion is all about multi-purposing your look.


No outfit is complete without the shoes, so continue up the sidewalk to Morrison & Me. Shop owner Amy Gaudio-Morrison shares these hot-for-fall tips: “[Go for] man-tailored shoes, a riding boot, a great pump with a twist and a fun casual flat ‚Äì and don’t forget about legwear! Bold colors, prints and solids, be it full-on tights, footless tights, over the knee socks for layering or even trouser socks.” Grab a pair of Frye boots, and then hurry upstairs to Morrison & Me’s new upstairs neighbor, Plum Diore, to procure a pair of fun stockings.


Finally, no outfit is complete without jewels. Luckily you can score both original expensive and original not-so-expensive in O’Bryonville. If you have a few extra dollars to spend on a true original piece, head up Madison to J. Peck Jewelers. Everything in the shop is glittery, gorgeous and comes with serious glam factor. If diamond-in-the rough is more your kind of jewel, visit Ten Thousand Villages. All the jewelry is fair-trade, so not only can you get handcrafted chokers, necklaces and earrings, but you also can feel good about spending your money to help artisans globally.


After a busy afternoon of shopping Cincinnati’s Madison (Road, that is) in O’Bryonville, stop by the Coffee Shop on Madison for a non-fat no-foam latte, and head home as one happy and savvy shopper.


Photo: Neysa Ruhl Photography

Location: The McAlpin

Models (left to right): Cornel TerreBlanche and Tamesha Calloway of New View Management Group, Inc.
Makeup Artistry: Trina Paul