Chic Spotlight: Designer Lindsey Lusignolo

Chic Spotlight: Designer Lindsey Lusignolo

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Cincy Chic: As a designer you specialize in custom bridal and evening wear, so tell readers a little more about your style and aesthetic.


Designer Lindsey Lusignolo: I love designing for those special, one-time events that have an important meaning to the client. I take the personality of the client and what they feel comfortable in and mix in my own style elements.


Since I have a background in costume design, I understand the importance of a garment to tell a story or portray a feeling. I have always been fascinated by old Hollywood glamour and costumes from the past centuries, how important getting dressed was and the exquisite craftsmanship and love put into each garment. I draw on all these elements when I go to design a gown.


Cincy Chic: You’ll be bringing that style to a brick and mortar store this spring, so let’s hear more about that! Where will it be, when will it open, and what can we expect to see there?


Lusignolo: My studio and showroom will be at 1329 Main Street in the heart of Over the Rhine. I went to school a block away, and I have always had a special place in my heart for OTR, and I am so excited to return there and make my own contribution to that area. It will be open mid-spring, and I will showcase my collection and take couture clients by appointment. All fittings and manufacturing will be done on-location. It will be like an old Parisian Couture House right here in Cincinnati!


Cincy Chic: This is for our Spring Trend Report, so what are your top tips for Cincy Chic readers and their wardrobes this season?


Lusignolo: These are the three things I always tell my clients: First is dress for you! It’s about being confident in who you are. What we wear is a direct representation of that.


Fit is the next thing. Always, always wear clothes that fit your body type and are comfortable for you to wear.


Last is to take risks. As individuals, risk taking shapes us into who we are, same with our clothing. Don’t ever not wear something because you are afraid to. Just make sure it represents who you are as an individual.


OK, so I should give you some kind of trend report now that I’m done with my lecture about dressing. Wide leg pants are coming back! But don’t thank heaven and throw away your matchstick or skinny jeans. They are still OK to wear, but dust off the old bellbottoms and buy a new pair of natural-waist wide legs. You will be the trendsetter of all your friends, and you can thank me later! Also, keep a look out for prints and all-white get-ups this spring, they will be big too!


Cincy Chic: What else should we know about you and your designs?


Lusignolo: I take great pride in the quality, craftsmanship and design of all my garments. People come to me because they are looking for something special and new and something that really fits them properly. I import all my silks from France and Italy and use couture sewing techniques that I have been perfecting for years. My garments are just as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside, meaning that craft is something I take as seriously as the design itself.


Cincy Chic: When you aren’t designing dresses and gowns, what do you like to do for fun?


Lusignolo: I love volunteering in my community. I am involved with Crossroads Church, where I spend time volunteering in Kids Club and on the Justice Planning team where we plan social enterprise initiatives for women who have been freed from sex slavery in India. I am equally passionate about giving back to our community, as I am my own company. In the spring I love hiking and biking and all that non-girly stuff, I hope to someday complete an Ironman Triathlon.


Cincy Chic: What do you love most about Cincinnati?


Lusignolo: I love that Cincinnati is a small town disguised by a big city. I know my neighbors, yet there is so much city to discover. We have a flourishing arts scene here, which Cincinnati has been known for, and lots and lots of progressive-minded people looking to further our culture and grow our city’s economy. I love that passion that I see in people every day. Honestly, I wouldn’t want to be anywhere else.




Photographer: Neysa Ruhl

Model: Lindsey Lusignolo

Location: BOOST…for meeting’s sake