Wednesday, September 20, 12noon, The Ellis, 777 N. Fourth St.; this event will also be live-streamed on YouTube

Carol A. McGuire Fund: Celebrating Arts and Culture

Did you know that Columbus has the third largest concentration of fashion designers in the country? Earlier this year, the website called Columbus a “surprising hub of the fashion industry.” But it’s no surprise at all to those in the industry, especially for the thousands of creative people behind the fashion giants that call Central Ohio home, including Justice, Express, Abercrombie & Fitch, DSW, L Brands, VS&Co., and other global leaders that pump millions into Ohio’s economy.

Hardly any aspect of the fashion industry isn’t represented in Central Ohio, including product and store design, packaging, logistics, distribution, and every specialty in between. Central Ohio is both attracting fashion industry talent and growing its own, with The Ohio State University and Columbus College of Art and Design nurturing the next generation of fashion leaders and connecting them with career opportunities that don’t come with New York or LA costs of living.

Key local nonprofits, including the Columbus Fashion Council and the Columbus Fashion Alliance are also helping drive the industry’s growth and fueling the movement to keep emerging fashion talent rooted in Ohio. Just ahead of Fashion Week Columbus, join us with industry experts for an inside look at the fashion industry’s deep roots in Central Ohio and Columbus’s prominence as global style leader.

Featuring Lubna Najjar, Founder & CEO, IL Moda Brand Development, Creative Director, Her Denim, and Board President, Columbus Fashion Council, Melanie Corn, Ed.D., President, Columbus College of Art and Design, and Katherine DePizzo, President, Justice Design Lab, with host Maria Seguin, Board Member, Columbus Fashion Council, and Member, OSU Fashion & Retail Industry.

Important Reminder: This forum will be at our new venue, the Ellis. Click here to learn more about parking options, public transportation, and more.

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Hosted by Columbus Metropolitan Club.


Wednesday, September 20, 2023 - 12:00pm


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