CMH Fashion Week for local and emerging designers
CMH Fashion Week is a non-profit organization showcasing local and emerging designers while providing scholarships to fashion design students. The fashion centers of America: New York, Los Angeles … and Columbus, Ohio? It’s true. According to economic data compiled by the research firm EMSI, Ohio’s capital city has more than 500 working fashion designers, putting it third in the per-capita rankings of major U.S. cities. Many of those designers are employed by Columbus-based companies such as Lane Bryant, Abercrombie & Fitch and L Brands, which owns Victoria’s Secret and Pink. But the city is also a haven for independent designers, many of whom are graduates of the well-regarded Columbus College of Art and Design. “They keep turning out great talent,” said Thomas McClure, founder and executive director of the city’s annual CMH Fashion Week in October. “They’ve raised the bar for other designers in the city.” In other words, Columbus is the perfect getaway for a weekend of shopping — and for finding pieces that no one else in Indianapolis is likely to be wearing. Exploring the full spectrum of the Columbus design scene means spending time in at least four neighborhoods.
CMH Fashion Week