Every new shop owner should be as lucky as Duru Armagan. Sloane Boutique, the women’s apparel store she opened last November, is sandwiched between A Tavola and Abigail Street, two of the city’s newest, hottest tables. Armagan, a Columbus native of Turkish descent, moved to Cincinnati three years ago with an international business degree from Ohio State and a desire to fortify the city’s fashion landscape.“I wanted to bring an edgier style and less mainstream lines but also keep it affordable,” she explains. “I have things that are $50 and things that are $350, so there’s a range.” Funktional, Myne, LNA, and Nation are a few of the brands she carries alongside lovely silk tops from Aaron Ashe and chic dresses by Black Halo. You can also find denim by Paige and James, necklaces designed by Little Hawk Jewelry, sunglasses, bags, and—as of last month—shoes. Armagan will also be bringing in clothing from Eighteenth, Kymerah, TBA, and Society for Rational Dress, plus new handbags from Cleobella. Armagan fell hard for Over-the-Rhine when she moved here (she lives on Main Street) and Sloane’s build-out was not just locally produced, but a true neighborhood collaboration. The shop’s slick interior was created by the DAAP grads of Main Street design and Such + Such; welder Kate Schmidt did all the metal work; and Switch created the lighting. “I looked at bigger contractors, but the local craftspeople downtown were so creative,” says Armagan. “We just clicked.”
Sloane Boutique, 1216 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 579-8111
Photography by Chris SmithOriginally published in the April 2012 issue.
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