Best Of 2018

Best Friend to the Fashion Community: Sew Valley

Best Friend to the Fashion Community

Sew Valley is a new enterprise created by two local entrepreneurs: Rosie Kovacs, co-founder of Brush Factory furniture and homegoods boutique, and Shailah Maynard, owner/designer of Working Girls Co. clothing and accessories brand. As professionals with experience in the fashion industry, they saw a gap in the local production scene and decided to fill it with a community workshop that provides the resources and technology for members to build “scalable, sustainable and responsible” sewn products. The Sew Valley studio, housed in the National Flag Co. building in the West End, provides the equipment, space and other services — ranging from contracted small-batch production and assembling to fittings and sourcing — to turn an idea into a reality. That means you can make a prototype in Cincinnati, without outsourcing overseas. The not-for-profit operates on a membership basis, with two options: you can pay to have Sew Valley make your product for you or you can rent their machines by the hour and make them yourself. The team is also hiring sewers, pattern makers and technicians on a contract basis if you want to help entrepreneurs bring their dreams to life. Sew Valley, 1010 Hulbert Ave., West End, sewvalley.org.