Bold spring looks by Columbus designers

Inspired by traditional Chinese hanfu garments, this robe is made of African waxed cotton, with a white cotton skirt and flowing organza sleeves.  Worn by Rebecca Abau.  Designed by Esther Sands.

Central Ohio has long been a hub for fashion design, but starting a business is a challenge for local and independent designers. Apparel companies such as Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, Lane Bryant and Victoria’s Secret act as a double-edged sword, strengthening the industry and offering stability to budding designers while curbing their more avant-garde inclinations.

It’s not easy for a stylist to go their own way under the looming spectrum of big-box retailers, but the city’s indie fashion creatives are enjoying growing success, thanks in part to the support of local organizations such as the Columbus Fashion Council and Columbus Fashion Alliance. as well as an audience full of pride for the hometown.

Central Ohio’s creative class took great pride in 2016, when the New York Fashion Times designated the city as a fashion hub, based on employment reports that Central Ohio has hosted more designers than any other. cities outside of New York and Los Angeles.

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