Columbus/Nashville fashion rivalry is no contest – The Columbus Dispatch

A current piece in The New York Instances that claimed to guage the "sizzling fashion rivalry" between Columbus and Nashville left greater than few folks round city smiling and scratching their heads.

In a narrative final week, Steven Kurutz lists some parts that he believes will "decide which metropolis is worthy of fashion bronze" because the No. three fashion capital behind New York and Los Angeles, one thing that each cities have tried to assert.

The two cities had been judged on eight parts: hometown manufacturers, buying, fashion jobs, indie expertise, hip lodges, fashion weeks, naked requirements and native fashion heroes. Nashville was given the benefit in 4 classes, Columbus in three, and there was one tie.

"Whereas the extra workaday Ohio metropolis has a flourishing attire trade," he concludes, "Nashville has extra of what a fashion metropolis wants, for good or ailing: glamour."

That conclusion was met with chuckles round Columbus.

"Come on," stated Lee Peterson, an govt vp at Dublin consulting agency WD Companions. "We all know we're higher. We have got that crown. All of the retailers which are right here in comparison with the retailers there? It is not even shut. Nashville with the music scene is, I believe, the one purpose you'd even think about them.

"However you are speaking about modern folks, not about individuals who work in fashion."

That was a lot the identical conclusion from Matt Wilson, president of Eastport Holdings, which owns a number of native advert companies.

"I've to take a look at the trade of fashion, the businesses that assist fashion, and the city's personal sense of favor among the many residents," Wilson stated. "Nashville could possibly be a simple winner at first blush, what with nation-music flash on each TV within the nation. However I do not suppose Carey Underwood retailers at Opry Mills.

"Columbus is the city that introduced you the Miracle Bra, prepared-to-put on couture and shaved male torsos on A&F luggage. We dominate on invention, promote globally to the plenty and elite."

The central complaints concerning the piece deal with its nearly-offhand point out of L Manufacturers founder Leslie H. Wexner and his alma mater, Ohio State College.

"Wexner is the draw," Peterson stated. "Take a look at all of the folks he is introduced right here who're fashionistas, who work for L Manufacturers and keep."

Wexner's L Manufacturers and its quite a few offshoots should not be underestimated. Nor ought to the way in which by which he and others on the town work as mentors or in collaboration — a key ingredient in Columbus' progress as a fashion hub, a number of observers stated.

"Columbus’ entrepreneurial spirit and collaborative nature is what really units it aside and what shall be a key driver of lengthy-time period progress within the fashion sector together with different industries,” stated Marcie Merriman, govt director at accounting providers agency EY.

The different lacking issue within the story "is the college," Peterson stated. "It has fashion lessons, enterprise lessons, and it has 50,000 college students all including to a youthful, extra ahead-trying metropolis. That is big. That college engine actually gives loads of youthful enthusiasm."

"We now have a military of design corporations and faculties that present a pipeline of inventive concepts and expertise for right here and the remainder of the nation," Wilson stated.

A number of classes are a bit puzzling.

For instance, within the piece's "hip lodges" class — "I am undecided what that has to do with being a fashion capital," Peterson stated — Kurutz mentions Le Meridien Columbus, The Joseph, within the Brief North in what may appear to some as a patronizing manner. "Columbus residents speak up their first boutique resort the way in which new mother and father gush over their firstborn," he writes, including, "OK, OK, we noticed the Joseph. We stayed there, in truth. ... However Jack White is not more likely to stroll via that door anytime quickly."

OK. Sure, it is good. So good, in truth, that the Pizzuti Cos. plans a second Joseph resort — in Nashville. Which, apparently, is desperately in want of such a trendy place.

And as for "naked requirements," Kurutz cited the "restricted choices in a city that is not but a go-to position for chilly-pressed juices or eating places serving substances grown on the roof."

One way or the other he appears to have missed the thriving restaurant scene on the town. "That is a swing and a miss," Peterson stated.

However no matter.

"It is a fairly good piece of hype," Peterson stated. "It is actually getting circulation round city."

Going classic

Residence-items retailer Bramble + Birch has opened at Polaris Fashion Place, specializing in classic, midcentury trendy and industrial furnishings and equipment.

Featured objects embrace residence and kitchen equipment, Turkish towels, rustic letters, midcentury trendy furnishings, succulents, classic-styled attire and extra.

Retailer proprietor Abbey Knight, an Ohio native, began out within the antiques enterprise at 16, working for her mother and father' vintage mall in Springfield. Knight went on to personal and function an antiques retailer in Yellow Springs, however she closed it in favor of the bigger Polaris location.

The Bramble & Birch identify is a mashup of two parts that may be discovered within the retailer: Southwest (Bramble) and woodsy (Birch).


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