RetroFittings 2018

RetroFittings 2018

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    St. Vincent de Paul is hosting its annual RetroFittings on Oct. 18. Click to read more about this year’s event, everything that’s new this year (including a fab new location) and how you get in on all the fashionable fun — like seeing Elton John this February!

    RetroFittings, a one-of-a-kind fashion show and fundraising event that benefits St. Vincent de Paul, is back for another year on Oct. 18. Organizers say this one is poised to be their best one yet.

    “[For this event,] St. Vincent de Paul teams up with the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) program to showcase the original fashions of students from UC’s top-ranked fashion program,” explains Society of St. Vincent de Paul Stewardship & Events Manager, Renee Berlon. “Students from DAAP shop in any of the seven St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Stores with a budget of $15 each, turning items they find in the stores into runway fashion.”

    In addition to the fashion show, the event also features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores. They will also have a silent auction and a live auction with all proceeds from the event benefiting many of the programs of St. Vincent de Paul. 

    Some of the live auction items at RetroFittings 2018 include a week’s stay in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and tickets to see Elton John at U.S. Bank Arena in February.


    New to this year’s event is the location as it heads back to the recently-renovated Music Hall. “Additionally, in a place of a theme for the fashion lines, the students were encouraged to base their creations through their own creative expressions,” says Berlon. “This lack of structure has allowed the students to truly explore their talents without being confined by a certain genre of style.”

    Retrofittings features an on-site boutique with hand selected, curated and designer items from St. Vincent de Paul thrift stores.

    This year’s event will be held Thursday, Oct. 18, at 6pm. General admission tickets for the event are $60 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and two drink tickets. VIP admission tickets are $100 and include heavy hors d’oeuvres, dessert, three drink tickets, and priority seating.

    Berlon says that she hopes guests who attend the event have a memorable and enjoyable evening and leave feeling inspired and hopeful. “[We hope attendees are] inspired by the creativity of the DAAP and Paul Mitchell students and hopeful that together we’re creating a community filled with compassion while helping our neighbors in need,” she says. “Whether it is a family struggling to put food on the table or a grandfather whose lost job means he can’t pay his utility bill, St. Vincent de Paul’s programs benefit thousands of neighbors in need.”

    In fact, last year, St. Vincent de Paul fed more than 100,000 people through food pantries and kept 5,300 families in their homes through a homelessness prevention program.

    “We hope that people leave RetroFittings feeling inspired to continue supporting this great work, whether it’s by shopping in our thrift stores, volunteering at the outreach center or with one of the parish-based conferences, or donating funds,” adds Berlon.

    To learn more about the event and to purchase tickets, visit