The time of the year that most fashionistas (Editor: like myself) love is among us: New York Fashion Week! It’s the one week of the year where our eyes look like deer caught in headlights due to the new and innovative looks that fashion designers and brands showcase for the upcoming seasons. Just like those popular brands and designers whose names ring bells, there are states and cities that are known to be the “go-to” for all things fashion. It’s no surprise that New York is and has always been one of the top four fashion capitals but what about the other cities and states that get overshadowed by their tough competition? Well, below we shine a light on some of the other Eastern U.S. cities that have a passion for fashion!
Shocked? So were we! Columbus, Ohio is flourishing in the fashion industry ranking third in its number of resident fashion designers. Trailing New York and LA, Columbus is known for serving as a creative hub and consumer test market for both retailers, designers and the fashion community. Here, you’ll find the headquarters of major retail brands including DSW, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch Co., L Brands (which includes Henri Bendel, Victoria’s Secret, La Senza, etc.) and more. Be on the lookout for Columbus’s Fashion Week this year, held on October 13th through October 20th.
Home of the world’s largest wholesale merchandise resource, Dallas Market Center, Dallas is emerging as a fashion township. The Market Center has of more than five million square feet of worldwide retailers offering products ranging from furnishings, gifts, decorative accessories and lighting to textiles, fashion accessories and men’s, western, women’s, and children’s apparel. In addition to the Dallas Market Center, this Lone Star city is home to the Neiman Marcus headquarters. Be sure to stay on the lookout for Dallas’s fashion events and their Fashion Week.
As the oldest and largest city in the U.S., Charleston is a southern town known for its historic charm. This city is full of unique, fashion-conscious places to purchase new and vintage items. Some of their most sought shopping locations include Upper King Street and the new shops on Cannon Street. Their Lexus Charleston Fashion Week is held 5 nights from March 13th until March 17th in Marion Square in Charleston, South Carolina.
From a music city to a fashion hub? Nashville is becoming just that! This country music loving city’s fashion is no longer defined by cowboys boots. Nowadays, there are a variety of styles and looks that collectively make up the Nashville look. Aside from style, the city has improved the area’s economy as a whole. According to a 2017 report by NFA, Nashville Fashion Alliance, Nashville’s “fashion businesses pump $5.9 billion and 16,200 jobs.” In addition, the city has produced more than 100 independent brands in the past half-decade. Like the rest, Nashville has a fashion week for all of us fashion lovers which is held April 3-7, 2018.
A land of beautiful weather and palm trees, Miami is known to be the affordable vacation spot. Like New York, Miami is also like a melting pot of different cultures and fashion styles due to the foot traffic received from their abundance of visitors year round. According to Enro, “the city now has great influence over the fashion industry, with many high-end labels opening headquarters and retail stores throughout the city.” If you want the 411 on the fashion style of Miami, their fashion week or Design District, be sure to check out MIAFW Mag!
Honorable Mention – Savannah, GA
Although Savannah didn’t make our list, this river city makes waves in the fashion industry. Savannah, Georgia is the home of the Savannah College of Art and Design or SCAD. Ranked 16th in the GLOBAL fashion rankings, the arts, and design, this university offers a broad range of degrees in fashion education including undergraduate courses in fashion design or marketing and management. As Georgia’s oldest city, it’s not surprising that it also offers many vintage and consignment boutiques for thrifty shoppers. In addition to the retail selections on Broughton Street, according to SCAD employees and students, some of the hot spots in Savannah are The Future on Forsyth, Two Women and a Warehouse and Cherry Picked Consignments.
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