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Friday, May 10, 2013
Can a Fashion Week Help to Motivate a Revival in Downtown Retail?
Arcade to Arcade; Retail Returns to Downtown Cleveland
Cleveland, Ohio. “Arcade to Arcade” is this year’s message at Fashion Week Cleveland and indeed Euclid Avenue is filled with retail, if only for a week. Events unfolded in the 5th Street Arcades and The Arcade, both jutting out from Euclid Avenue, just East of Public Square (5th Street Arcades; Euclid to Prospect Avenue and The Arcade; Euclid to Superior Avenue).
Arcade to Arcade! Retail returns to downtown Cleveland
In the absence of downtown retail and in a city without a garment district, Fashion Week Cleveland is a bit of an enigma. It grows and grows and continues to garner national accolades. According to Cleveland news leader CoolCleveland, “In its nine years, Dr. Donald Shingler’s Fashion Week Cleveland has seen a lot of changes. Many of the benefits he’s been predicting have started to come true. And national voices like CNN & Women’s Wear Daily have started to take note, proclaiming Cleveland’s Fashion Week as the third largest after NYC & LA”. “Regional fashion weeks (like Cleveland's) are aspirational. I find something very refreshing and honest about them. If the sidebar is that restaurants and hotels get a lot of business, even better”, states Fern Mallis, Founder of New York Fashion Week and former Head of Fashion at IMG. But the question remains… can a fashion week help to motivate a revival in downtown retail? You bet it can, say event organizers and industry leaders throughout the United States. As Fashion Week Cleveland enters its 10th year, three civic-leaders are betting that it can. They are downtown retail developer Dick Pace of Cumberland Development and the 5th Street Arcades, downtown residency developer Doug Price of K&D Group, and Donald Shingler, founder of Fashion Week Cleveland. It may have been inevitable that these three men would come together, after all, they are entrepreneurs interested in the wellbeing of Cleveland.
The 5th Street Arcades are part of what makes Cleveland unique. No other American city possesses such a collection of unique arcades, positioned so centrally amidst the buzz of a downtown’s revival. The 5th Street Arcades were created a century ago as an elegant solution to shopping in the northern climate; they are indoor shopping streets. “We are extending the nationally recognized success of East 4th Street and its dining scene around the corner of the 5th Street Arcades and their steadily growing market for fashion and retail”, says Dick Pace. Mr. Pace furthers, “We are delighted that Fashion Week Cleveland has chosen the 5th Street Arcades to host Retail’s Night Out! and GlamJam. These events will put a spotlight on fashion designers and retailers, bringing downtown back as the unique place to shop.”
Downtown Cleveland is coming alive and tourism in our city is on the rise. The occupancy rate in downtown housing is at 95%. Doug Price and his K&D Group are the leaders in downtown residency development. K&D projects in downtown Cleveland include; Six Six Eight, The Residences at Hanna, Reserve Square Apartments, and the Nine-Twelve District. "Being a Cleveland developer, K&D is proud to be a part of Fashion Week Cleveland". Doug Price, owner/partner K&D Apartment Community Owners & Managers. Major infrastructure projects such as the Medical Mart Convention Center and the East Bank of the Flats are infusing hundreds of millions of dollars of investment. We do not, however, have a downtown shopping district. TripAdvisor.com put it well, “unfortunately unlike restaurants, dining and entertainment, retail has not rebounded in downtown Cleveland”. Fashion Week Cleveland envisions vibrant downtown shopping experiences for residents and tourists alike. “What we do is put a spotlight on downtown retail development, promoting retail and fashion design, the key is education, putting design and retail in the forefront and connecting interested parties”, says Donald Shingler. The mission is a worthy one, to be sure. When visitors, business people and tourists, come to our city, they ask residents, or the hotel concierge; “Where is your shopping district?, sadly the answer is that Cleveland does not have one. And this is unfortunate as the U.S. retail apparel industry employs 4.4 million people and boasts annual sales in excess of 180 billion dollars a year. “Downtown Cleveland needs a part of this market, Clevelanders and tourists demand it”, says Donald Shingler. “It has been a slow process, but this year city leaders, downtown developers, civic groups, and the national media understand the power of our fashion week, everyone gets it now”, says Donald Shingler.
Design, Education, Retail
In addition to traditional runway shows, Fashion Week Cleveland incorporates exhibits, films, industry tours, seminars and workshops at cultural institutions, universities, and museums. Central to fashion week in Cleveland, these educational programs present informative and insightful perspectives on the topics of fashion design, merchandising, manufacture, education, consumerism, and retail growth. This deepening of the strategic vision of Fashion Week Cleveland makes Fashion Week Cleveland absolutely unique and truly innovative and we believe those who sponsor and partner with FWC will share our success. “Donald Shingler made no mistake on the lake when he founded Cleveland Fashion Week... In step with the trends of this "new American city," Cleveland Fashion Week reflects all the essence of Cleveland's transformation, having gained the reputation as "the educational fashion week”, states International Designer Representative Francesco DiMaio. “Unlike other runway extravaganzas, Cleveland Fashion Week isn't just about haute couture sashaying down the catwalk. Attendees get a behind-the-scenes look at the industry, thanks to an emphasis on education and culture”, reports Holly Crawford of Cleveland Magazine. Fashion Week Cleveland is known as the "educational fashion week”. "At the end of the day, it’s is about design. It’s about education. It’s about retail business in the American garment industry", says founder Donald Shingler.
About 5th Street Arcades The 5th Street Arcades is a downtown retail project, headed by Cleveland developer Dick Pace in a pair of historic arcades in downtown Cleveland. They are connected buildings that include the 175-room Residence Inn hotel. Mr. Pace has moved his Cumberland Development office into the building and is filling up the spaces with new retailers.
About The Arcade
One of Cleveland’s best-known landmarks, The Arcade has an international reputation as one of the finest buildings of its type and was the first large-scale indoor shopping mall in the United States. The Arcade has something for everyone with unique gift shops, services, clothing boutiques, a food court and fine dining. The Hyatt Regency is located in this historic structure; The Arcade.
One of northeast Ohio’s largest privately-owned real estate development firms, The K&D Group owns and manages over 13,000 residential units and employs over 400 people throughout northern Ohio. Founded 24 years ago by Karen Harrison and Doug Price, The K&D Group developed the Stonebridge residential complex on the west bank of the Flats in downtown Cleveland. Their other holdings include Six Six Eight, The Residences at Hanna, Reserve Square Apartments, and Nine-Tewelve District.
Fashion Week Cleveland (FWC) exists to inform consumers and industry leaders about the cultural importance and economic importance of fashion design, manufacturing, marketing, and merchandising. in addition to classic and creative runway events, FWC incorporates exhibits, films, industry tours, seminars, and workshops in partnership with a diverse group of cultural and educational institutions.
CoolCleveland Interview :: Arcade to Arcade
VIDEO; Fashion Design and Retail Development in Downtown Cleveland
May 1, 2013
History by Year
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April 15, 2013 :: For Immediate Release
The Cleveland Institute of Art will host one of Fashion Week Cleveland's educational programs. The documentary film Diana Vreeland: The Eye Has to Travel will be shown on Friday, May 10, 2013 at 7:30 pm. The film will be followed by an official after-party salon at La Dolce Vita in Little Italy.
"The first thing to do, my love, is to arrange to be born in Paris. After that, everything follows quite naturally." Diana Vreeland arranged for herself to be born in Paris in 1902, at the end of the Belle Époque. The smart set waltzed through her parents' drawing room, and her life went uphill from there.
DIANA VREELAND: THE EYE HAS TO TRAVEL is a marvelously entertaining look at the woman who was a fashion icon throughout most of the 20th century. As fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, editor of American Vogue and consultant to the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, D.V. was a lifelong visionary. Told largely by Diana herself, in interviews with raconteur George Plimpton, the film incorporates reminiscences by fashion deities from the 60s and beyond. Loved by many, feared by more, Diana had an outsized personality and was known for her witty aphorisms. This movie is as gorgeous as one of her famous December issues. D.V. would have loved its pizzazz.
Film Video Trailer
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March 4, 2013
Call to Artists: Duct Tape Wearable Art Contest
Marilyn Monroe’s iconic halter dress replicated in….duct tape? Bikinis, corsets, prom dresses and purses made from a material originally developed during World War II for use on artillery cases? Duct tape fashions are gaining in popularity, and they will be the focus of a competition in this year’s Fashion Week Cleveland. The conference and convention, now in its ninth year, is currently accepting artist submissions for its Duct Tape Wearable Art Contest.
Ten finalists of the competition will walk the runway showcasing their designs during Fashion Week Cleveland’s GlamJam event on May 4. Cash prizes, which will be awarded by S&S Incorporated, include $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place. Cleveland’s S&S Incorporated distributes packaging and supplies throughout Northeast Ohio. The duct tape is by Intertape Polymer Group®, the second largest tape manufacturer on this continent. Those who are selected as finalists will be provided with the duct tape for their fashion creations.
The theme of the competition is “Industrial Industry.” Artists who wish to be considered for the Duct Tape Wearable Art Contest should submit a sketch of their design, and the number of rolls of each color of duct tape needed to create the garment.
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March 2, 2013
GlamJam to be Glammed by Ecofriendly Salon
Edible beauty products will be sported by some of the runway models at the upcoming GlamJam – Music & Fashion in the Rock City show, thanks to Ken Novak and his team of stylists at Kreate Studio. The ecofriendly business, located in Mayfield Heights, has been named the official salon of GlamJam 2013, one of the events in this year’s Fashion Week Cleveland. Open since December 2011, Kreate Studio emphasizes “beauty well-being” by using natural, non-toxic products and by incorporating education in client appointments and special events. Brands used by Kreate Studio include Mirabella, Loreal Professionelle, Inoa’s no-ammonia hair color, and Intelligent Nutrients, a line created by Horst Rechelbacher of Aveda fame. Intelligent Nutrients, ranked as the number one natural and organic brand by the Organic Monitor of London, is a food-grade body and hair care system. As such, some of the products are actually edible. Clients are instructed in product use during appointments, and Kreate Studio also offers monthly “Business of Being Well” events on topics such as nutrition, meditation, yoga and relaxation. Novak has more than 20 years of experience in the beauty industry. Before opening Kreate Studio, he served as an Aveda stylist, educator, Purefessional and guest artist. He believes that education and total wellness are key parts of the beauty package. “We want our clients to be happy with their new look,” says Novak, “so we commit to educating them throughout the entire experience. We give them the tools, techniques and products to keep them looking their best between visits.” Kreate Studio offers haircuts and styling services, as well as special event styling, makeup sessions, touchups, natural and organic manicures, quick chair massages and hand/arm massages.
GlamJam features wearable art, performance art, fashion and music. The event takes place on May 4 at the Fifth Street Arcades in downtown Cleveland. Fashion Week Cleveland 2013 runs May 3-11, with fashion shows, parties, exhibits, films, lectures and workshops at retail, cultural and educational venues throughout the city. For additional information, visit www.FashionWeekCleveland.com.
Now in its ninth year, FWC is an annual conference and convention in Cleveland, Ohio. FWC, known in the United States as “the educational fashion week,” informs consumers and industry leaders about the cultural importance and economic contributions of the fashion industry. As such, FWC serves as a positive catalyst for achievement in fashion design, manufacture, education, and retail growth. http://fashionweekcleveland.com/
April 5, 2012
"Cleveland Museum of Art is a natural fit. We are looking foward to this educational collaboration", says Fashion Week Cleveland Founder Donald C. Shingler. The art of design is important to America's history and future."
Over the years the vast selection of Fashion Week Cleveland learning opportunities have included a seminar covering the form and function of space suits by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration’s Glenn Research Center, Ursuline College's historical presentation on the influence of the military on fashion, the International Women's Air & Space Museum discussion on WASPs in WWI, and a special appearance by Cleveland architect and Tuskegee Airman Arthur Saunders. This national convention and conference will be held the first week in May with the FWC Education Program being on Friday, May 11, 2012 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
Morley Lecture HallUniversity Circle :: Cleveland, Ohio
11150 East Boulevard
Tickets :: $9
CMA members :: seniors :: students :: $7
A portion of the proceeds to benefit the Cleveland Museum of Art