Independent Business: The Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop

When one thinks of Cleveland, they don’t usually associate the city with the production of clothing. However, at one time, the manufacture of ready-to-wear clothing was one of Cleveland’s leading industries, and during its peak in the 1920s, it ranked with New York City.
The remnants of this bygone industry can be perused and purchased for a brief period of time at the Ohio Knitting Mills Pop-Up Shop on Detroit Road in the Gordon Park Arts District ½ a block from the Cleveland Public Theater.
In the store, you will find an archived collection of mainstream fashions from as far back as World War II.
The story of the Ohio Knitting Mills started in 1927 when Harry Stone began the family business. It eventually became one of the country’s largest knitwear producers, making knitwear for department stores from Sears to Saks, and hundreds of revered labels like Pendleton, Van Heusen, and Jack Winter. Today the story continues as Steven Tatar acquired the rights to sell the perfectly preserved 5,000-plus sample archive.
I was able to visit the store over the weekend and loved being able to touch the textures of the handmade clothing and see in person the unique, bright colors and patterns. If you love vintage American fashion, then you must visit the shop. The prices for clothing vary, ranging roughly between $28-$128. I will be sharing my purchase with you tomorrow in an outfit post, but until then, enjoy these photos and read more about the store at the site and about the Cleveland garment industry here.

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