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.
Shares of L Brands, which owns retail chains Victoria's Secret and Bath & Body Works, rose Friday after a firm upgraded the stock on the idea that millennials will buy more "traditional bras" in 2017.
CEO David Kornberg said improved marketing, new merchandise, an upgraded loyalty program and omnichannel efforts to blur the line between stores and online should help drive improvements at the chain.
DSW is launching a partnership with a new company that will allow customers to customize and personalize shoes and accessories that they buy from the Columbus-based retailer.
Leading retailer of women’s intimate apparel.
A retailer of upscale clothing for young consumers.
A retail company selling men and women’s clothing.
Retailer of plus-sized women’s clothing.
Retailer of tween fashion and lifestyle merchandise.
Creator of accessory lifestyle brands including Dearfoams, Baggallini and foot petals.
Vintage-inspired apparel retailer.
Designer of contemporary apparel for women size 14-24.
National footwear retailer headquartered in Columbus, with stores around the country.
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.