Inside Chanel

Inside Chanel

Last month, the FRCH Creative Culture Committee hosted a black and white event, inspired by the mini film series, “Inside Chanel.” the event aimed to inspire us as a creative culture and to start a conversation about a notable designer and the history behind her iconic brand. Read more of this post

Friday: Refined

FRCH FridayRefinedThey say you can’t escape your past, so it’s no surprise that whenever the topic turns to fashion I’m usually asked to comment. You see, prior to joining the FRCH team I had a long career in fashion retail. It started casually of course, when a college-aged me realized the only way I could afford Lucky jeans and Dr. Marten’s was to land a healthy employee discount at Buckle. After stints with Von Maur (where I met my first suit) and Banana Republic, I began what became a 10 year relationship with Nordstrom. So my “fashion authority” (an old Nordstromism) is legit and with that comes a tie that binds (you’ll still see me in a tie at least twice a week). I came to Cincinnati from Chicago where “How are you doing?” was less common than “Who are you wearing?’ and while that may seem superficial (it is) it’s a powerful thing. The designer Kenneth Cole once told me that the one thing you have absolute control of every day is the way you present yourself to the world, and that’s impacted me to this day. So at the risk of sounding shallow, I’ll share with you my fashion manifesto and hope you’ll forgive me by the time you finish these prose on clothes. Read more of this post

Connecting the Dots … Bringing Online, In-store

Nordstrom & Pinterest

We all know the significant impact that e-commerce has had on today’s retailers … many are redistributing advertising spend to social media outlets, cutting overhead by cutting square footage, and putting more stock in their online storefronts. Sales are being delivered to consumers less by Sunday morning circulars and more by Facebook promotions, Twitter discount codes or Pinterest contests. But just when you thought you had it all figured out, retailers are now turning the tables … merging social media with brick & mortar stores. Read more of this post