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Local Clothing Brand Celebrates Rebellious Spirits

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2014
Nick Elbisser and Jordan White, co-founders of online-based apparel brand Zip Zoo, find their inspiration in skateboard culture, the neighborhood of Over-the-Rhine and the rebellious spirit of both.  

A Noble Cause

Chris Sutton’s denim company manufactures high-quality jeans and the American dream

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Finding the right pair of jeans may be one of life’s greatest challenges, especially finding a pair that fits well and is made of high-quality and ethically sourced materials.   

New Show at CAM Focuses on Modernist Jewelry Designer

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 26, 2014
We know that post-World War II Greenwich Village was a center for progressive Modernist arts in the U.S. — Abstract Expressionist painting, the Beats, method actors and Folk musicians like Bob Dylan.  

Article Menswear Evolves From Lifestyle Blog to High-End Storefront

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 8, 2014
Located in historic Over-the-Rhine is the type of highly curated men’s clothing store previously unheard of in Cincinnati — one that would normally find its niche in a high-end fashion hotspot like New York City.  

Innovation Is the Heart and Sole of Fashionable Exhibit

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 11, 2013
“It’s gotta be the shoes,” Nike’s 1980s Air Jordan ads marveled. And if you ask Cincinnati Art Museum curators Cynthia Amnéus and Amy Dehan which of today’s fashions stand the test of time, they too point to shoes — at least those in What’s New: Fashion & Contemporary Craft.   
by Holly Rouse 05.30.2013
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Oh Golly, Holly: Secrets of a Stylist

Getting personal with personal shopping

One of our summer interns, Holly, is a stylist and buyer at Clothes Mentor in West Chester who writes about style, DIY and other stories and people that inspire her. Check out her blog, Oh Golly, Holly, to read more. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it a million times: Knowing your personal style is so much more important than following fashion trends. I don’t really care much for fashion. I’m definitely not a slave to it — unlike so many people in the retail world. To me, there’s a huge difference between fashion and style; style is so different from person to person. It really has a personality to it, which I love. That’s why I was so excited when my store decided to start its own personal shopping program. And even more excited when I was chosen to be the personal shopper. I already did a lot of styling for the store mannequins, so I was eager to try my hand in styling real women. I get asked by friends, coworkers and customers to go pick out outfits for them, but I always end up forcing them to come brave the shopping racks with me so that we can work together in finding something that they really love. That’s what’s so great about style: it’s a form of self expression. Even if you’re not an artsy type or into things like Pinterest or DIYs and don’t have an artistic bone in your whole body, you can still express yourself through your style choices. I think that’s why I’m so into the idea of personal shopping at the resale shop I work for: there are so many different types of clothing and so many different brands there — you can really mix and match what you pick out to find something that’s really “you.” It’s made me into a shopping addict for sure…even more so than I already was. Which my wallet isn’t happy about. But whatever. Even though I’ve been so excited to have a new outlet for my styling addiction, personal shopping for other women makes me nervous — a good kind of nervous, but nervous all the same. Especially since I take style so seriously for myself. I’m not very good at drawing or painting, but I can put an outfit together that I really love and feel proud of. I want to help other women do that, too! I’ve given a lot of thought to all of this lately (obviously), and I think my biggest goal for this new venture is to help other ladies feel happy in their clothes — regardless of their shape, size or style preferences. So many women come into the store and are so unhappy with their size that they can’t even see how many awesome options are out there for them. I hope to change that. Yeah, there are probably more important and respectable ways to alter someone’s self esteem, but you have to start somewhere, right? And maybe starting with style is a perfect step toward self-love. I know it won’t change the world, but it might change what a brand new mom sees when she looks in the mirror or help a lady have an awesome interview because she feels good about the first impression her outfit will make. Sure, an outfit is just a drop in the bucket when it comes to feeling good about yourself, but if I can help spread a little bit of happiness or offer an ounce of excitement, that’s more than good enough for me! How do your style choices make you feel? Are you a slave to fashion trends or do you march to the beat of your own stylish drum? How would you define your style? Do you have any questions about styling or need help putting an outfit together? Let me know your thoughts with a comment below!
 
 

The Unholy Revolution

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 20, 2013
Kelsey Kalnow started as a collector, grabbing up unique vintage items, stocking her closet and selling what she didn’t want. Today, she’s an entrepreneur; the creative and driving force behind global plus-size clothing line Unholy Hips.   

Top 10 Behaviors to Keep Out of Political Discussions this Election Year

3 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2012
Among friends, family and even the most bearable of coworkers, politics is a dangerous conversation. Once broached, you’re liable to offend people you thought were like-minded comrades or reveal the dark underbelly of your beliefs. After a few spoiled relationships and one too many awkward elevator rides at the office, we ought to learn our lesson.  
by Jac Kern 01.18.2012
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My Night with Tim Gunn

Project Runway mentor, author, fashion guru and catch phrase king Tim Gunn stopped by Cincinnati this weekend as he opened the 2012 SmartTalk ConnectedConversations speaker series at the Aronoff Center. Gunn, who I envision as that proverbial angel on everyone's shoulder, was just as sweet in person as on TV.

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