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.
L Brands is the company behind America’s most well-known underwear brand, Victoria’s Secret. L Brands was established by its current CEO, Les Wexner, in 1963 at Columbus, Ohio. It was named one of the top fashion brands in the USA.
On February 13, the French lingerie brand Livy set up shop in the Victoria’s Secret stores in London and New York for Valentine’s Day – the ideal opportunity for last-minute gifts.
As the Victoria’s Secret fashion show airs with the same glitz and glamour, eyes turn to parent company L Brands for signs of success or faltering.
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.