Fashion The Luxe Experience
Learn about the woman-owned, independent designers getting together for an upcoming shopping event you won’t want to miss — all benefiting four great causes!
Checking out a cool new venue, shopping with fabulous local designers, enjoying refreshments and entertainment with friends, and supporting several important causes. If that sounds like your idea of fun, you’ll want to see The Luxe Experience.
Luxe will be a completely new type of shopping experience held on May 4 at The Estate at Sunset Farm, says Lisa Robin Adkinson, the owner and designer behind Lisa Robin Jewelry and also co-founder of The Luxe Experience. The event will include a variety of fashionable vendors, drinks, food, live music and plenty of fun for a girl’s day out, all while benefiting four charities.
The idea for Luxe was inspired by a conversation between Adkinson and Valerie Jones while discussing the Dayton marketplace. Adkinson says they realized there were plenty of shopping events for local designers and vendors to showcase in the fall and winter but nothing in the spring.
“We decided we should start one,” Adkinson says. “We wanted to promote independent designers who have their own brand, and they all happen to be women owned.”
The vendors that will be featured at Luxe will be Portage Handbags by Valerie Jones, The Luxe Boutique by Suzy Harris, Lula Bell by Amy Ghantt, Prim Designs Millinery by Cheryl Richards, Coral Marie by Coral Wedel, Chic and Unique by Wanda Bronston-Grigsby and Sharon Williams-Spencer, and Lisa Robin Jewelry.
“By focusing on that for the criteria for the vendors, that makes it unique in the area because we are bringing to the market some things that shoppers here normally wouldn’t have access to,” she says.
When putting Luxe together, both Adkinson and Jones decided giving back to the community was something they wanted to incorporate. The two women initially met at a charity function where they were both vendors: Adkinson promoting her jewelry business and Jones promoting her handbags. Giving back to the community is something that both women feel strongly about, so it only seemed natural to make Luxe a charity event as well.
Portions of the proceeds for Luxe will benefit four charities: Dayton Children’s Hospital, Clothes That Work, Leukemia and Lymphoma Society Man & Woman of the Year, and the Therapeutic Riding Institute. When choosing the charities, it was important to Adkinson and Jones that the charities specifically help women and children.
“All the charities made sense together, they all brought something different to the mix,” says Adkinson.
In addition to giving back to the community, Luxe will be a completely new and chic experience, which is implied in the name.
“We wanted people to understand that this is upscale and unique. This isn’t the same as a lot of vendor marketplaces. It’s more exclusive and the merchandise is going to speak to that exclusivity. This is very much about designer fashion,” explains Adkinson.
The event will be held at The Estate at Sunset Farm, which is a mansion that was recently renovated into a party venue. Luxe will be the first ever-public event at the venue.
“This will be their debut to the market, so no one has seen it yet. It’s really cool, very elegant,” Adkinson says.
Luxe will begin at 1 p.m. and go on until 8 p.m. Attendees have the option for afternoon tea, wine tasting at 4 p.m. or both. Unique Celebrations by Kathy Jablinski will provide the afternoon tea and the wine tastings will be provided by Salvatore Ferragamo’s Il Borro Tuscan Vineyards.
Luxe will also have a variety of raffles and gift baskets available to win while enjoying drinks and shopping through the eight designer boutiques. Clothing, jewelry, art, hats and handbags; Luxe will have it all.
“My approach is that if we’re all independent designers, we need to be working together to support each other,” Adkinson says. “We’re not in competition if we all share the same types of customers and if we can do something like this we can really bring some unique opportunities to those customers in this marketplace.”
Adkinson hopes to continue Luxe after this year to be a rotational event every fall and spring to bring in new vendors, customers and charities.