Fashion Friday: Where are they now? Amy Kirchen builds on success with a store & new signature line

MILFORD, Ohio - You many remember local fashion designer Amy Kirchen from her debut collection at the finale of Cincinnati Fashion Week in 2010. She's very much on the style scene in 2014: designing high-end woman’s wear and gorgeous custom-fitted pieces.

Kirchen has come a long way in four years. From her first piece to gowns she designed for Miss USA contestants from Ohio and Michigan, Kirchen has always had a unique style when it comes to her designs. Not only is it impeccably tailored but has a nice mix of classic styles combined with a modern edge. They are chic, luxurious and classy.

“Sometimes women just want a stylish fit with tailored pants or perhaps a jacket that can be worn year-round," Kirchen said. 

Nathan West, founder of Cincinnati Fashion Week, is a fan.

"Personally, what I love about Amy Kirchen is that she designs for who the everyday woman aspires to be," he said.

Growing up in the small town of Williamsburg on the far east side of Cincinnati, Kirchen always knew she wanted to be a fashion designer. As a self-taught designer, she said it’s really hard to pin point what inspired to to become the talented designer she is today, but she has a few theories.

“I would flip through old Vogue magazines and fall in love with the fashion," she said. "My parents enjoyed old movies, so I definitely feel as though that was a source of inspiration. My favorite era of fashion is from the 1960s and 1970s, when everything was so polished and tailored with a classic fit.”

After many requests for custom pieces--not to mention fashionistas around the globe wanting to know where they can get their hands on her designs--she opened up her own boutique in Milford, Ohio in 2011.

Within the year, she had outgrown her store and moved a few blocks away to a location with more square footage.

“I initially wanted the space I’m in now, but it wasn’t available at the time I opened Amy Kirchen Boutique," Kirchen said. "I’m thankful we have the extra space now as we’re able to have everything under one roof. I’m able to have the store front, a sewing studio, a place for fittings and can show off the different fabrics and collections that are currently available.”

Kirchen will preview her first ready-to-wear signature collection in February, with a fashion show the following month.

“I’m really excited to be able expand into ready-to-wear," she said. "The signature collections will come out twice a year in spring and fall.”

  • Save the date: See Amy’s newest collection, Amy Kirchen Belle Epoque, on March 15 at Obscura Cincinnati.

She’s staying with classic, well-fitted pieces--with prices ranging from $400 to $1500. However, unlike normal ready-to-wear garments off the rack, Kirchen will hand-tailor the pieces to fit each customer perfectly at no additional cost.

"The nice thing about the signature collection is that you can mix the spring pieces with the upcoming fall pieces and they’ll coordinate beautifully,” she said.

West, for one, is rooting for Kirchen.

"She is a mother, a fashion designer, a smart business woman, and a great and caring friend, yet she still makes time to look every bit of amazing. The brand is a lifestyle aesthetic that brings out the best in her patrons," he said. 

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