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Designing the Future of Fashion

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.

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  • 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.

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