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Being home to national brands Abercrombie & Fitch, L Brands and DSW, as well as the Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) and Columbus Fashion Alliance, has helped put Columbus on par with NYC and Los Angeles in terms of fashion. But perhaps it’s the smaller shops and multi-talented designers and stylists that really give the Columbus fashion scene its personality and global perspective. Check out recommendations from those that experience it first-hand, including:
Perhaps one of the best kept fashion secrets of the city is Columbus’ stellar vintage shopping scene. Here are some unique vintage shops that can help any fashionista find a new wardrobe staple or one-of-a-kind piece:
- Flower Child Vintage in the Short North
- Gold Medal Co. in downtown
- Columbus Flea outdoor flea market
- Store 5a at Easton Market (boutiques located in Central Ohio Diamond Cellar locations)
- Deja Vu in Westerville
- Splendor Revival at 400 West Rich studios in Franklinton
Boutiques & Local Shops
The city is a melting pot of different cultures and people, and this can be seen in Columbus’ neighborhoods, restaurants and fashion scene. The Yusuf sisters deem Columbus “a breath of fresh air” to fashion and describe the city’s style as laid back and effortless, while also colorful and diverse. Check out some of these specialty shops and see for yourself.
Owned by Allison Jayjack, Ladybird in the heart of the Short North Art District, brings a relaxed and inclusive shopping experience to the individualistic, fashion-minded ladies of Columbus. Shop diverse apparel, footwear and jewelry.
If you’re looking from something extremely unique and exclusive, check out the stunning zero-waste couture creations by Celeste Malvar-Stewart, which are viewed by appointment only.
Red Giraffe Designs creates and sells handmade customizable and curated jewelry at their three locations across the city.
Artisan De Luxe is your one stop denim shop located in the Short North offering designer casual wear and accessories for men and women.
Other great local boutiques for apparel and accessories are:
- Rowe Boutique in Short North
- boho 72 in Dublin
- THREAD in Grandview
- Samson Men’s Emporium in Short North
- Birch Boutique in Worthington
- Fabtique in Upper Arlington
- Apricot Lane Boutique in Dublin
- Vernacular has multiple locations
- BOHINDI in Upper Arlington
- Small Talk in Clintonville
Sporting a very different style, Columbus is also home to HOMAGE, the athletic apparel brand known for its unique vintage, sports-related and pop culture-themed t-shirts. HOMAGE has shops in the Short North and at Easton Town Center.
Columbus is also home to two incredible shopping malls that feature designer stores and unique retailers.
Easton on the northeast side of the city is an indoor and outdoor mall that is home to high-end stores like J. Crew, Nordstrom, ZARA, kate spade new york, Kendra Scott, Tory Burch and Tiffany & Co.—as well as favorite brands like L.L. Bean, Warby Parker, Eddie Bauer, Shinola and Lilly Pullitzer.
Polaris Fashion Place north of the city off I-71 is home to a Saks Fifth Ave and other traditional mall retailers, as well as more unique shops like Madewell, Rose & Remington, BoxLunch, Dry Goods, Godfrys, EVEREVE—and Tangible, a fun way to shop up-and-coming online brands in-person.
Check out up-and-coming talent at Columbus College of Art & Design’s (CCAD) an annual spring student Fashion Show. This year’s event is planned for May and will be offering a hybrid drive-in and virtual approach.
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