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Designing the Future of Fashion

The Columbus Region has a major influence on the worldwide fashion industry, with some of the world’s biggest retail brands headquartered in the Region and a burgeoning creative class behind one-of-a-kind designs.

The Columbus Region is home to the third highest concentration of fashion designers in the U.S., topped only by New York City and Los Angeles.

To continue filling that talent pipeline, the Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) offers a fashion design program ranked No. 10 in the country by Fashionista, while The Ohio State University also offers a Bachelor of Science in fashion and retail studies that provides students with the skills needed to take on the demands of careers in the fashion and retail industries.

Through companies like Fitch, the world’s leading retail and brand consultancy, and Klarna, who simplifies online shopping, Columbus Region companies are further involved in every step of the retail supply chain.

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  • Columbus boasts a booming fashion culture with events like CMH Fashion Week, the Fashion Meets Music Festival and Highball Halloween.

  • Between 60 and 70 percent of Columbus College of Art & Design (CCAD) graduates remain in the Columbus Region after graduation.

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