The Columbus Region has a major influence on the worldwide fashion industry. Some of the world’s biggest retail brands are headquartered in the Region—in fact, the Region ranks No. 1 among large U.S. metros for concentration of apparel headquarters—and a burgeoning creative class is behind one-of-a-kind designs.
To continue filling the 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.
Fabric and craft retailer Joann opens a new location on Polaris Parkway that offers new features, such as a Creators’ Studio, and services, such as Sew & Go tailoring, to improve the shopping and crafting experience.
The strategy is embodied at its “innovation lab store” in Columbus, featuring a shoe concierge, manicure and pedicure salon, and a huge product assortment.
Chelsea Funk was born without a lower left arm or hand, and now will show her collection at the Columbus College of Art & Design’s annual fashion show.
Leading retailer of women’s intimate apparel.
A retailer of clothing for young consumers.
A retail company selling men's 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 Fashion Week Columbus, 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.