Category Archives: Local Designers

Wine and Wardrobe Sneak Peek

Serket's "Four Elements" Concept for Wine & Wardrobe

Me and the Cincy Chic team have an event coming up with the Cincinnati Ballet called “Wine and Wardrobe.” I’m very excited about it! It sold out quickly, so I’m hoping it becomes a regular thing.

Attendees will enjoy meet and greets with dancers, a viewing of a ballet performance practice, and an exclusive tour through the Ballet’s wardrobe department… which is home to *decades* of wardrobe commissions!

In the wine tasting area of the event, there will be models on platforms, showcasing the latest jewelry fashion trends, by Krombholz Jewelers and Serket Jewelry, as well as hair and makeup trends by Mitchell’s Salon and Day Spa. Wine at the “Wine & Wardrobe” event is courtesy of Scene, which is also where the official after party will take place.

Lyn, Serket owner/designer, just visited me. We chatted about the upcoming event and she shared some sneak peek pics of the concept she has for the models at this event. Check out the video below!

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Photo Credits:
Clothing: 4U Fashion Boutique
Photography: Francisco Castro Photography
Jewelry: Serket Jewelry
Hairstylist: Katelyn Marie Cope
Makeup: Rachel Bucalo
Models: Katherine, Ceili, Rachel, Whitney

Amy Kirchen to Open Fashion Boutique in Milford

I just got a very exciting email from my friend in fashion, Amy Kirchen, who will soon be a Milford-based boutique owner.

Okay its official! I am officially a store owner 🙂 My second home will be 205 Main Street Milford OH; the quant streets of old Milford…From a vintage clothing store to an upscale wine bar, my store will fit in PERFECT; Easy access from Hyde park, terrace park, Indian Hill and minutes from 275. My store building is 104 years old and it consists of 1000 sq ft of original cherry hard wood floors and an amazing vintage ceiling. You are the first to know besides my family and I am SO excited!

I’m so proud of Amy. We’ve known each other for several years now, and I’ve talked about her alot here on the blog. We met for coffee before she even launched her line, and now she’s a full fledged designer with a brick and mortar store. That’s huge.

She just unveiled her 2011 Spring/Summer line, and will be opening her new store in May 2011. She said she’s doing some renovations to the store, so when that’s complete, I’ll pop in and get some pics as a sneak peek before she officially opens.

I’m very excited for Amy. She’s doing so well! Keep this gal on your radar, fashionistas. She’s about to open some new doors into the world of fashion for you… literally.

Countdown to V-Day: The Valentinus Tie

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner – five days to be exact. I know men can be extremely difficult to buy for, so I’m doing a “Countdown to V-day” series of daily blogs to give you gift ideas.

Today’s gift idea is “The Valentinus” tie ($70) from Artfully Disheveled (we wrote about AD here on Cincy Chic).

I love the description of the tie on the site: Some say St. Valentinus was a true martyr for what he believed. Some say he is but a fictional character whose romantic customs have replaced historical fact. Whether etched in reality or cloaked in legend, adorn The Valentinus and create your own story of this lasting hope.

My husband got two AD ties for Christmas and he loves loves loves them. I got him the Six Shooter, and my sister-in-law got him the Shoreditch (great minds think alike!). AD’s slogan is that their line is for the “tailored misfit.” Anyone who knows my husband knows that fits him to a T. : ) Let’s just say he has a four-step skincare regimen and wears a suit every day of the week, but he’s a cigar-smokin’, gun totin’ misfit at heart. If your someone special is a tailored misfit, too, you’ll want to snag one of these ties for him to wear on your Valentine’s Day date.


Lady in Red Feb. 4

Lady in Red

A fashionable fundraiser for the American Heart Association on National Wear Red Day

When: Friday, Feb. 4, 9 p.m.-midnight
Where: Tonic on Fourth 125 W. Fourth St., Cincinnati OH 45202

What: Swag bags for first 150 RSVPs, freeze modeling of the latest fashion trends, music by Storm Bennett, specialty red cocktails and a spectacular silent auction – 100% of the proceeds will benefit the American Heart Association!

Dress: Cocktail chic… red attire preferred!

Tickets: Pre-registration tickets are $10 per person. Swag bags will be given to the first 150 RSVPs! Click here to RSVP and get more information. This event sells out every year, so get your tickets early!

Presenting Sponsor: Krombholz Jewelers
Healthcare Sponsor: St. Elizabeth Healthcare
Supporting Sponsors: Lexus Rivercenter and Performance Lexus
Hair/Makeup Sponsor:
Me Salon
Fashion Platform Sponsors:
Paris J Boutique, Corwyn Apparel, Serket Jewelry
Swag Bag Sponsor: Adventure Boot Camp for Women
In-Kind Sponsors:
Yelp, Cincy Sweets by Liz, Walk on Site
Media Sponsors: Star64 WSTR and Locals on Living, an affiliate of the Cincinnati.com network

Black & White Exchange Opens in Sharonville

A new boutique just opened in Sharonville called the Black & White Exchange. The owner, Nidhi Bedi, is also the Director of Sales & Marketing at Elements Conference and Event Centre, which is located right next door.

They buy and sell wedding gowns, black dresses and accessories. Bedi says the concept started when previous brides and their moms asked her to start a business where wedding dresses could be bought and sold at an affordable price. Since Elements, a popular wedding venue, was right next door to a space where she could open this new boutique, she went for it!

Black and White Exchange will have wedding dresses ranging from $99-$499. However, Bedi doesn’t want to get “pigeon holed” as just a bridal gown shop, she wants to also focus on the cocktail dress and accessories portion of the business as well.

Bedi says she knows how hard it is to shop for the right dress and accessories and wants to give everyone a one-stop-shop.  To get started on her inventory, she purchased racks and shelves of LBDs, shoes and accessories from Bebe, a women’s apparel store in Kenwood Mall. But that was just in the begining to get her inventory started. Her future inventory – wedding dresses, high-end LBDs, and accessories – will be purchased from people bringing in their items to Black & White Exchange. A portion of all of her proceeds will go to a charity that she has been working on, which is launching later this month.

So ladies, start that Spring Cleaning early, dig in your closet for dresses you could part with, and stop on in to BWE to sell them… and buy some new things to replace them!

Bedi said she hopes to launch her own line of dresses and accessories by the end of the year. She also wants to work with local jewelry and dress designers to have some new items for purchase in the store if clients would like to purchase something new or custom. She’s currently looking for designers to partner with, so contact her if you know of any!

Phone number: (513) 264-0460
Email: Nidhi@blackandwhiteexchange.com
Address: 11974 Lebanon road, Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Also, they’re having a grand opening event on Jan. 26 starting at 6p.m. I’ll be going to check it out! Hope you will too!

Cincinnati Boutique Sale Dates Announced

Today I was on Fox19 (click here to watch the video segment) talking about looks for New Year’s Eve. I picked four outfits from Paris J Boutique for the segment. In the green room as we were getting ready, Teresa the owner of Paris J, mentioned that the date for the Cincinnati Boutique Sale had just been selected and announced. I tried to contain my excitement, but I think I let out a little squeal. : )

They usually keep this date a secret until the very last minute because they don’t want their clients to hold off on buying things to get them at a discount at the sale. But, the cat’s officially out of the bag, so mark your calendars…

New Local Handbag Designer: Brittney Kelley

Fashion and functionality don’t always go hand in hand. But, thanks to one local designer, they not only go hand in hand, they also go in your handbag.

Brittney Kelley, a Dayton native, just launched her new “Glam Collection” handbag line. Kelley says “trendy,” “chic,” “elegance” and “functionality” are the four pillars of her design strategy.

I haven’t seen one of these bags in person, but just from looking at them online, it appears they’re all made with patent leather, which is easy to wipe off if you’re prone to drops and spills. Some of the larger bags look big enough to fit a laptop, which would help you transition from work to play with a briefcase and handbag in one. Thus, the “functionality.”

In terms of styling, I love the studs and gold chains. My favorite is the “elegance” navy blue bag with gold studs and chain (pictured above in the top right). You can’t tell from the pic but it’s a deep navy blue color and the shape is really unique. Thus, the “fashion.”

I hope to see more from this budding new designer. Her freshman fashion line is impressive!

Here’s where you can find her bags locally:

The Mustard Seed Boutique
311 Ludlow Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220

4 U Fashion Boutique
16 E 12th St
Cincinnati, OH 45202

Trend Boutique
2946 Markbreit Ave
Cincinnati, Ohio 45209