Blue Candies has been quite busy lately. There was the recent feature in Haute Ohio Magazines Spring Issue, which was an amazing feature that captured the true essence of Blue Candies craft. Blue Candies also ripped the runway down on April 2nd 2017 in the Rags 2 Riches Spring Fashion Show at the Avenue Event Center. On June 4th Blue Candies set the runway on fire in the Urban Girls Rock fashion showcase at Cove 51. Featuring 2 boutiques and 2 designers along with some really talented local artist. Stay tuned for the video. With all that under it’s belt, Blue Candies has a full summer ahead building a fashion forward brand that keeps heads turning. Make sure to come down June 11th to the Second Sunday on Main in Cincinnati and shop with Blue Candies. They will have their custom couture flip flops, bare foot sandals and Blue Candies Cami’s available for purchase. Do you enjoy networking and want to learn a new craft? Come out to Blue Candies Knit & Sip June 17th. Then on June 25th catch them at the 2017 fashion Expo. All of Blue Candies Event dates, times and locations can be found under the link for Events.
Recently I did a show in Atlanta dubbed ” The Road 2 Fashion II. There was this one particular designer that just stood out to me. He had some of the most beautiful designs and pieces which were more like Artwork. Purses and backpacks and clothing all made of leather. The pieces were created with such care, detail and quality craftsmanship. So I just had to know his story. His name was Allen Stratton and he was from Philadelphia. Interesting I said and leaned in to learn more.
Allen Stratton, “The Leather King”, epitomizes the phrase “Self Made”.
This incredible self taught craftsman got his start at the age of 9, when he decided he needed to add his own personal signature to his wardrobe. Watching his mother, a seamstress, he learned to sew, thus creating a unique style and signature look that would later become his Trademark. Taking all the lessons and skills his mother taught him, Allen birthed “Astratton”
and launched his own leather product line in 1983.
This native Philadelphian now designs custom, handmade one-of-a-kind clothing for women and men. His goal is to dress the world in affordable, quality custom clothing that is timeless and effortlessly elegant. With a solid foundation of supportive family values and strong community ties the Astratton brand has become one of Philadelphias’ premier brands.
I then proceed to ask Allen my usual list of questions.
Blue Candies : What does fashion mean to you as a developing fashion designer?
Allen: ToMe fashion is one of life’s favors… everyone’s not bless to be able to participate in it.. fashion is art and everyone is not an artist but the great thing about art is everyone gets to admire it and that is what my passion is.. I intend on painting Street internationally with the canvas of my craftsmanship, design ,and art..,
Blue Candies : What interest you about fashion?
Allen: My primary interest in fashion is women’s all around attire and accessories I love to dress women up… I Love to See a woman wearing the designs that I made.. although I do design and make Fashion wear. . available for Everyone. . women are my primary goal..
Blue Candies : What don’t you like about fashion?
Allen: I wouldn’t say that I don’t like…… but to be honest I will say there is a stigma n people in the designer World. ..that a designer has to do or has to deal with what ever. ..i don’t see it that way . I’m not only a designer but I’m conscious so I make my decisions and I live with them.. everything after that is useless…
Blue Candies : Being a designer in the Urban Indie Fashion Industry in Philadelphia, what is your take on how you see it? Is there room for growth?
Allen: Being a Philadelphia designer is challenging. …for the average designer …… I am not the average I am the LeatherKing. ..most designs and Philly aren’t dealing with leather… most certainly aren’t making hand me leather bags… so far I have not had a…. challenge of keeping … up with … designers ….more so they have The challenge of keeping up with me..”..no pon…,
Blue Candies : Where did you get your inspiration for your Brand?
Allen: As for …branding) all my life had some type of hustle meaning entrepreneurial skills that i Illustrated in many business Ventures…So it was a no-brainer.. once I start to clinch on to my design skills…. for me to push.. this to a official level of business… thus… I started my brand
Blue Candies : How far would you like to see your Brand go?
Allen: International I can see women all over the world wearing Astratton leather bags and more
Blue Candies : What is the special thing about a design that catches your eye?
Allen: Originality and structure
Blue Candies : What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own fashion line?
Allen: Be patient and focus on having hands on everything that concerns your business while your business is in the building stage don’t leave it to anyone … solely make sure you have at least 51% of making the decisions
Blue Candies : Is there anyone you would like mention or thank in regards to you, who you are or your brand?
Allen: Yes my mother the biggest influence in the world not only to me but to many many many others everyone comes to pass my mother’s past leaves with a (valuable jewel) so I have a whole (big chest…) of her jewels which I used to pave the way that I am now Paving
I will definitely be keeping my eye on Mr. Stratton and getting me one of these bags.:)
Sunday April 3rd 2016 at 5pm Blue Candies showcased it’s Spring Line yesterday in the “Cincinnati Spring Fashion Show Labels & Tags”. At The Avenue Night Club and Event Center located at 9625 Hamilton Ave in Cincinnati Ohio.
Blue Candies Slayed The Runway with its original handmade knitwear. Boasting original designs and their Daisy logo with deep, rich and bold colors. The models took to the Runway with confidence and style, in the coture and finely tailored garments making this show one that viewers will come to remember.
The show also included other local and upcoming talented Cincinnati designers, Lonesome Brand, Royalty Brand, Body Kit, Petty on Fleek, Glamour Coated Melons,
Devine Designs Unique, Xtreme Fashions, I am me Clothing and American Junkie. All with a unique flare and gift.
Shooting in the rain yesterday for the upcoming Spring fashion show. Where Blue Candies will debut it’s new line of “Daisy Dukes” . Stay tuned for photos, date, time and location!
Blue Candies showed up and showed out at the Cincy Rip The Runway Event held Saturday the 18th at Celebrities Ballroom. Bringing bold designs and vibrant color to the Cincinnati runway. We had so much fun and the models were so hott. There was a small problem with the actual but that didn’t stop more then 15 performing artist and designers from bringing it. Indie artist and designers hit the stage and runway packed to a full house. With guest such as Young Swag, Princincinnati, and Push tees just to name a few.
Thank you to everyone who bought tickets and showed up to support Blue Candies. New York Fashion Week and Orlando Fashion Week are next. So stay tuned new designs to come, it only gets better.