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.)