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Rags 2 Riches

Sunday, April 2, 2017, in Cincinnati, Ohio, The Avenue Event Center hosted the Rags 2 Riches Spring Fashion Show. Blue Candies took to the runway with its signature style of handmade couture crochet garments. But there were a few surprises. Blue Candies slayed the runway with custom jeans as well as a sexy lace number that awed the crowd.

Blue Candies also introduced some new pieces to their Brand staying true to the bold and vibrant colors and designs that hug each and every curve of the body. Giving their garments a custom fit that is sure to please. Bold, different and original, Blue Candies designs stood out from the crowd staying away from the Cincinnati tradition of t-shirts and jeans wear.  But Blue Candies line is not your traditional cut and sew line either. Blue Candies line is groundbreaking and ahead of it’s time in the Mid-West region making waves for a new and exciting trend to hit the local runway. Creating a brand that is long overdue to be in the forefront of innovative design and womenswear in Cincinnati.

There was also a long list of hot designers who showcased as well including, Body Kit Customs, Glamour Coated Melons, Petty On Fleek, Hands Down, Petty By Nature, Liam Clothing out of the Atl and at least 7 other local designers.

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One More Week Until The Greatest Show On Earth!

Ok the count down has begun. It is now exactly 8 days until Blue Candies puts on the greatest show to hit this side of the Mississippi in a long time. Fashion Meets Hip Hop is the Brain child of Blue Candies. It is a cataclysmic explosion of Fashion and Music together on stage to bring you one awesome show. Some of the most talented Indie Artist, Designers, MUA and Photographers in the business.

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Blue Candies Featured In “Cincinnati Scripted Souls”

Blue Candies was recently featured in the newly released Cincinnati Scripted Souls. It is a book of artwork featuring 40 artist from around the Cincinnati area. Blue Candies was given the honor of having 15 pages of designs, bio, links and more. And all the proceeds from the sale of the book are being donated to “My Cincinnati”, which provides free music lessons to under privileged children who want to learn to play string instruments.  So get your copy today. Check out some really cool art work and support a good cause.

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Designer Kimber Crutcher Of Blue Candies Is A Mortar Graduate

August 2nd 2016 at 6pm in Five Points Alley an artistic gem nestled in the Cincinnati Redeveloping Neighborhood of Walnut hills, 13 extraordinary women graduated from the Mortar Program. One of those women was Charlene Kimber Crutcher, Designer for Blue Candies. Charlene has designed for Blue Candies for 5 years but wanted to take Blue Candies to a new level with the Mortar Program. And move Blue Candies from a home business into a Mobile Boutique business. The Mortar Program in Walnut Hills being called our city’s next revitalization, story. MORTAR fulfills its purpose by building on these successes through focusing on those who are often ignored. By targeting underserved and redeveloping communities, they are offering these non-traditional entrepreneurs the opportunity to use our inherent talents to not just make a dollar, but to positively participate in the rise of  Cincinnati.

Each Class is followed up with a Pitch Night. Graduates must Pitch their business and ideas to a crowd of family, friends, investors and members of the community. This is the night when every thing that they have learned comes into play. The attendees then vote on who should get the money from Pitch Night that each guest paid to get into the event. Although Kimber did win the Pitch Night she made some awesome connections and and received lots of positive feed back.

Kimber Crutcher has been working hard to build her Brand. And with this new en devour brings new opportunities, exposure, and the skills to develop her business into a success. And it’s not over yet, Mortar provides 18 months of support for the graduates to help the business have a successful startup.  Being part of the Mortar program solidifies the Blue Candies Brand. The best is yet to come for her!

2016 Mortar-Indigo Graduates:

  1. Vy Sok
  2. Jesse Fox
  3. Christina Davis
  4. Charlene Kimber Crutcher
  5. Renee Laguna
  6. Jerri Tolliver
  7. Danielle Sharee
  8. Liz Wolf
  9. Briona
  10. Achsah Fitzhugh
  11. Que Kinebrew
  12. Shamekko Early
  13. Monica Tuck

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The Art of BodyKit Customs

The Cincinnati fashion scene is full of the most talented and upcoming Fashion Designers. Recently I had the pleasure of chatting with Aaron Harrison of BodyKit Customs Clothing line. His brand is unique and slightly ahead of the fashion scene here in Cincinnati. Customizing pieces right on the spot. Like nothing I have ever seen before. His designs demonstrate the true craft and Art of Fashion Design.

Aaron Harrison is a native of Dayton, Ohio who currently lives in the Columbus, Ohio area. Shortly after moving to Columbus, Aaron was compelled by the groundbreaking originality of a fashion scene that he had not originally experienced prior.

Soon he became submerged in the movement of the Fashion and Art Industry of his new city. He soon began to cross-reference his own experiences of customizing his own clothing with custom stitching, zippers, buttons, patches and pennants. This was a new experience for him to be in such a fashionable setting especially since much of his inspiration came from what he would see in magazines ads prior to that.

He is quoted as saying “I always had a thing for customizing clothes”.It was his parents who taught him how to use his hands to create. Both of them were heavy into the D.I.Y. movement. His father did wood crafting and his mother was know as “Ms. Fixit”. When it came to sewing and clothing repair. The two combined, inspired his creative side thereby driving him down various avenues of thinking. He says that, the grace of God has kept him and sent all the right people his way. Thus, inspiring him towards a name like Bodykit which is the shadow of a scripture that talks about putting on the whole armor (clothing) of God”.

The mission of Bodykit Customizations is to be committed to making sure that their customers are complimented with the newest fashion trends.  They are also dedicated to keeping their customers in the most unique pieces possible so that they can stand out amongst the rest!

“Here at Bodykit Customizations…
WE ARE MAKING FASHIONDREAMS A REALITY! PRAISE GOD FOR THE GIFT!”

I also asked Aaron a set of questions that I like to ask all designers to really get a feel on their take on all things Fashion.

Blue Candies- What does fashion mean to you as a developing fashion designer?

Aaron Harrison-Being a fashion designer is more than just a way to express yourself it’s a way to be different  but even more importantly being a designer is a way for me to exalt the gift that God has given me in order to give praise back to him for my gift anybody who knows me knows how much I thank God for my gift

Blue Candies- What interest you about fashion?

Aaron Harrison- The thing that interests me about fashion is the way that it is configured it’s crazy to think there are so many different genres and ways for you to enter into the Fashion World ….you can go in as a person who does upcycled and going green… You can be a hat or and T-shirt designer you could be a person who only makes clothes specifically for one gender or any other various types of avenues can we travel

Blue Candies- What don’t you like about fashion?

Aaron Harrison- I’m so tired of seeing the same Trends even among the fashion Elite you can see Trends and I feel the need to be able to build a foundation so that I can eventually break the mold so to speak

Blue Candies- Being a designer in the Urban Indie Fashion Industry in Cincinnati, What is your take on how you see it?

Aaron Harrison- The thing I am seeing about most fashion designers is there isn’t a lot of originality it seems as though everybody is looking at the things that are most popular on the internet or trying to mimic things they see on superstars especially when it comes down to just putting their logos on t-shirts sweatpants and random items that they buy at the store… there are so many other avenues of inspiration that people could take me personally I pray a lot and get inspiration from the things I see during prayer being the ultimate designer where else would I look for the best type of inspiration

Blue Candies- Is there room for growth here in Cincinnati ?

Aaron Harrison – There is more than enough room for growth simply because much of the industry in the surrounding area it’s kind of dry to to say the least in the terms of their not being a lot of originality so to speak

Blue Candies – Where did you get the inspiration for your Brand?

Aaron Harrison – The inspiration for my brand came from seeing how nobody in my area would using exotic type of materials inhale using it almost doubles the cost of your pieces I also follow exclusive game out of Atlanta and frost Originals who is originally out of Chicago but operates in New York

Blue Candies – How far would you like to see your Brand go?

Aaron Harrison- I want my brand to expand to the areas of manufacturing not only that because it’s so unique it will easily be able to be put on individuals of a hi record especially in the entertainment business

Blue Candies- What is the special thing about a design that catches your eye?

Aaron Harrison – I don’t have a real process so when I see a piece I usually begin to think about how it will look if I blend it with another popular design just to make it pop more outside of that I believe adding color 2 something Bland makes it stand out

Blue Candies – What advice would you give to someone looking to start their own brand or fashion line?

Aaron Harrison- I always tell people don’t just start putting your name on the front of items just to believe somebody is going to buy them you are not a household name so you cannot expect somebody II just brand themselves with your brand you have to do something people can believe in and can relate to that sticks out the most and although everybody wants to do something different it’s good to go with the trends and then add your own Flair to make it different

Blue Candies- Is there anyone you would like to mention or thank in regards to you who you are or your brand?

Aaron Harrison – I started this whole journey gluing patches on clothes and then moved to spiking up hats and Chuck Taylors my mom pushed me to learn how to sew and if it was not for her influence I may still be trying to find a way to make it outside of that and even more importantly I want to thank the Lord for my gift because it is only through him that I moved and live and have my being

Aaron also had a few things to say about the Fashion industry in Dayton Ohio. Which is currently the city that he resides.

Aaron Harrison- Since I have a heavy movement in Dayton Ohio I would have to point to the fact that most people see fashion as high-end clothing that has Flair such as different color Robin jeans or bleached and dyed Rock and Revival Jeans and anything along that line … which points to the fact that there is not a lot of originality because at any given time the pieces that people have on will be easily seen on another person when they go out to large-scale events that’s why I was even more important for me to make pieces that have individuality to them as well as make things that people would like to wear as well

I really enjoyed my chat with Aaron. He is talented and outgoing. His Brand definitely stands out with its design originality.

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Ever Heard of Prada?

I have! Just about everyone has. But do you know how she got her start. And it is quite interesting.

One of the world’s most famous fashion designers began her career as a mime. In 1978, Miuccia Prada inherited a leather goods company started by her grandfather, Mario over 60 years before. At that time, the Prada brand was associated with finely made leather traveling accessories. As for Miuccia, she was a student of political science and a mime, and her design experience was limited to items she had made for herself.

Once Miuccia assumed control of the company, her power as a designer became apparent. She took the designs of handbags that she had made for herself and turned them into the world’s first Prada handbag. A sleek statement in black that became synonymous with the Prada name.

In the 80s and 90s, Prada branched out from handbags and luggage, introducing the world to a line of clothing with clean lines and elegant fabrics. Miuccia Prada also experimented with more exotic materials, incorporating latex and pieces of mirrors into her designs. Of course the Prada handbag was still a coveted treasure, but the handbag has been joined by leather belts and high fashion shoes.

 

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Gabrielle Coco Chanel

Sometimes  when we see famous designers on t.v and magazines or even in major department stores we dream that, that is our brand. and then suddenly we get discouraged thinking that’s just wishful thinking and about all the obstacles and reasons why it will never be us. For the next week I will be highlighting a few of our most famous fashion designers, and the obstacles they overcame to become the major fashion moguls that they are today. I hope this gives you all a little inspiration.

The story of fashion designer Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel is literally a rags-to-riches tale. Born in 1883, Chanel spent her early childhood in a French orphanage, where she learned how to sew. In 1901, Chanel left school to work with a Parisian tailor. During this time she began designing hats, which attracted the attention of the elite. She opened her own business in 1910.

After the First World War, Coco Chanel turned the fashion world upside down by using common fabrics and simple designs to create an elegant and understated style. In 1926, she gave the world the little black dress, a simple design that proved versatile and long-lasting. Other famous Chanel creations included the classic Chanel handbag and Chanel No. 5, a perfume that still enjoys some popularity today.

 

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Learn From The Master of Branding Himself

As the keynote speaker at the 2013 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund Awards, Tom Ford dished out a generous serving of advice to the young designers in the crowd. Here are his top tips for building a brand with your name on it:

1. “Trust your instincts when it comes to design.”

2. “Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. Ever.”

3. “Decide for you if fashion is an art or an artistic business. This will affect how you set up your company.”

4. “If your president or chief executive officer thinks they know the difference between dark burgundy and aubergine, fire them.”

5. “If you’re designing your own label, then know yourself.”

6. “We have to have genius creative thoughts precisely four times a year and on exact dates.”

7. “You have a voice that can influence contemporary culture as much or more than anything else.”

8. “Know your ideal client — the dream person you design for, your fantasy muse, so to speak.”

9. “If your brand is to have a strong identity, it must come from you and not from a committee.”

10. “Have a five-year plan, a 10-year plan, even a 20-year plan. And possibly an exit strategy.”

11. “Remember that our customers do not need our clothes.”

12. “Try to remain positive. I struggle with this one too.”

13. “Find a great business partner and don’t let them go. This is absolutely key.”

14. “Be thankful to all those who help you on the way up. You won’t get there without them. Cherish them, and don’t forget them.”

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GO FUND ME

I recently started a go fund me account to see if I could raise money to start my own Boutique and sale my handmade Designs Blue Candies. So far I have not had any donations but I am not giving up. And there is no time limit. Thank heavens. I have often wondered what it takes to get people to donate on these crowd sharing platforms. This is my first go at it, but I’m noticing a lot of companies that are already established an making money seem to get the majority of the donations. I am currently trying to work on building my GoFundMe page so that it becomes more interesting and tells a little bit more about my story so that people can get to know me a little better. Any Ideas or suggestions would be great and If you are interested in donating to my cause and helping me fulfill my dream please Visit Go Fund Me Blue Candies By Charlene Kimber

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