OVER-THE-RHINE - Sloane Boutique, located in the Gateway Quarter of Over-the Rhine, caters to the edgy and urban woman who seeks an effortless and chic style. Carrying a unique mix of European and American designer clothing, it's not likely you'll find a selection like Sloane's elsewhere in the Tri-State.
Why open a high-end boutique in Over-the-Rhine? Duru Armagan said she just knew it was the right place.
“Once I lived in Over-the-Rhine for a year, I knew this was where I wanted to start my dream business," Armangan said. "There is something about the vibe and culture that isn't anywhere else in the city".
Since the grand opening of Sloane in November 2011, Armagan has hit her stride. Within the first year of business, she held a trunk show with Althea Harper, the UC DAAP graduate who found herself as a finalist on Project Runway Season 6.
Armagan is planning to hang out her shingle with an online store and start her own clothing line. As winner of "Best Boutique" in CityBeat's Best of the Cincinnati (2013), it seems as though there is no stopping this young entrepreneur.
Armagan enjoys hand-selecting the merchandise for Sloane. She frequently travels to New York City and Los Angeles to discover and preview designers' newest collections, focusing on emerging designers around the country who produce their clothing and jewelry in the United States.
A careful curator, Armagan's methods include trying on the garments, snapping pictures and taking notes, she then coming back to her home in OTR to refine what she discovered while traveling.
"The buying process can be so much fun, but a lot of work and challenging at the same time," she said.
From dresses and seperates to leather goods and jewelry, there is a little bit of everything in the store--ranging in price from $40 to $400.
Armagan always dreamed of owning her own boutique, and it's clear her inspiration comes from travel. Sloane is named after the chic Sloane Square in London, which she fell in love with.
Still, there's no place like home!
"OTR is such an amazing neighborhood. It's unique, beautiful and there's so many young entrepreneurs opening stores, restaurants, bars, coffee shops, art galleries and more," Armagan said. "I wanted to be a part of this movement."
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