Alyssa McElheny loves an eclectically, boldly dressed woman. That’s probably because she is one. She started wedding photography six years ago and now outfits the betrothed, because she likes “to push brides outside of that normal idea of what a wedding should be.”
You will never see Kev Couture in ripped jeans. He attended the International Academy of Design and Technology with an emphasis in fashion merchandising and now styles celebrities for events like the Grammys, Oscars, Screen Actors Guild Awards and Golden Globes.
Ashley Triêu is the mastermind behind Iconoclasp, a collection of hand-picked vintage and handmade original clothing and accessories for the rebellious and bold. It’s a one-woman shop “inspired by the spirit of past eras” with a big-city vibe that transcends its small-town origins both in style and reach.
With a successful Shark Tank endorsement, Shefit owner and founder Sara Moylan continues the hustle with new products and a call to action.
“I never had intentions of starting a business. I was trying to solve my own problem,” Moylan said, detailing her from-scratch efforts at creating her sports bra that is now the darling of Entrepreneur, Forbes, Runner’s World, and a little show from ABC called Shark Tank.
Sure, jewelry is fun — but can it tell the world who you are? Pieces of Me thinks so. The jewelry company creates cuff bracelets and earrings that empower people by building their self-confidence. With 30 different icon designs each representing a specific personality trait, “you see the icons and they are a reminder of your strengths. It’s a boost of positivity,” said Elsa Vogel, founder of the company.
Get the scoop on these items and more locally made jewelry.
If you’re looking at the same storefronts and racks and coming up empty, seek style inspiration elsewhere. Forget the familiar and head outside of your comfort zone for some destination shopping off the beaten path.
This month's featured items are from Sweaty Wisdom and The Amiga Shop, both women-owned businesses based in Grand Rapids.
We've rounded up fashionable people, places and things from around West Michigan, including boutiques, designers, curators and more.
If you’re finally ready to make fashion less of a hobby and expand that passion for fashion beyond Project Runway marathons, there are a few Michigan colleges specializing in the fashion biz to get you started.
It’s time to step out of that lavish walk-in closet and actually learn the trendy trade.
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