Fashion’s Night Out, Cleveland!


By Abby and Elle

Halfway to Warrensville Heights, we decided that our fashion night out better be worth it. Not that it was that far away, but both of us were tired, and we didn’t know where we were going or what to expect when we got there.

When we arrived, however, we were tickled (and suddenly energized!). We stepped into a warehouse-sized space packed with new and funky fashions, all by local artists.  This tremendous collaborative is courtesy of The Republic of Artists, the brainchild of Jenn Christie Adams and Kimberley Osborne-Milstein.

“Kimmy and I have always enjoyed meeting artisans, finding what they are passionate about, collaborating and creating,” says Jenn. “We wanted to give artisans the opportunity to create a space that reflects their work and provide a fun environment to sell their pieces.”

The Republic of Artists organizes a variety of “distinctive markets,” not all geared toward fashion. This event, however, was part of the global Fashion’s Night Out initiative, which started in New York City.

“It was awesome to see all the enthusiasm and Clevelanders who showed up to celebrate!” says Jenn.

For our part, we spent hours milling around, talking to artists, taking photos, and oohing and aahing over everything. Somehow Elle managed to escape without having to take out a second mortgage, and Abby picked up a gorgeous Coach bag for $65.

But enough of that. Here’s hoping you enjoy our Fashion’s Night Out photo album. (By the way, if we have the web address of the artist, the photo will link to their site.)

Riding shirts by Middy N Me

Riding shirts by Middy N Me

Love the mixed patterns and Polo-inspired logo

Love the mixed patterns and Polo-inspired logo

Military goes chic

Military goes chic

Note the lace cuffs

Note the lace cuffs

Red faux fur gives this pinstripe vest a dramatic look

Red faux fur gives this pinstripe vest a dramatic look

We're all for guns, so long as all bullets are jewelry

We’re all for guns, so long as all bullets are jewelry

Lace cuffs and big fur: who's in charge now?

Lace cuffs and big fur: who’s in charge now?

Pink pretties from Sunshine Couture

Pink pretties from Sunshine Couture

It's a Girl's Life from Sunshine Couture

It’s a Girl’s Life from Sunshine Couture

This tube's just dripping with lace, from Sunshine Couture

This tube’s just dripping with lace, from Sunshine Couture

Hats for little men from Sunshine Couture

Hats for little men from Sunshine Couture

Sweet caps for sweet heads, Sunshine Couture

Sweet caps for sweet heads, Sunshine Couture

Fresh colors for fall and winter from b. lux boutique

Fresh colors for fall and winter from b. lux boutique

Lightweight scarves by Proper Tea

Lightweight scarves by Proper Tea

Scarf by Proper Tea, less than $20!

Scarf by Proper Tea, less than $20!

Fabric belt and scarf by R. Levine

Fabric belt and scarf by R. Levine

Beaubois jacket from Cleveland Consignment, $35

Beaubois jacket from Cleveland Consignment, $35

Beaubois jacket (the rear view) from Cleveland Consignment

Beaubois jacket (the rear view) from Cleveland Consignment

Lovely tee by Proper Tea. We just like the way that sounds

Lovely tee by Proper Tea. We just like the way that sounds

Silk tapestry coat by Ollie Sang

Silk tapestry coat by Ollie Sang

There's nothing we don't adore about this Ollie Sang coat

There’s nothing we don’t adore about this Ollie Sang coat

Sigh. Better to have loved and left behind than never to have loved at all

Sigh. Better to have loved and left behind than never to have loved at all

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