Our September issue is dedicated to Fashion and Style. While working on this issue, I couldn’t help reflect on my own love of fashion and clothing and how much it has morphed over the years. I love looking back at old photos and seeing the fashion trends of the day so heavily reflected. It brings back a flood of memories and often a lot of laughs about what I thought looked great.

I grew up predominantly in the ‘80s and ‘90s where fashion trends were both distinct and diverse.  Big hair, perms, blue eye shadow, shoulder pads, leg warmers, parachute pants, jelly shoes and bracelets, stone washed tight rolled jeans and Aqua Net dominated the ‘80s, while overalls, Birkenstocks, Doc Martens, plaids, and textures such as corduroy, velour, and velvet distinguished the ‘90s looks. Each decade had its own unique trends, and although some cycle back decades later, the originality of each look that is reflected often times is connected to the culture and music of the day. 

One of my favorite memories tied to clothing was when my Aunt Barbara came in town from Georgia and took me to the Laura Ashley store on the Plaza to buy my confirmation dress. Being one of 10 children, we didn’t frequent expensive stores, so it was extra special when we got something nice. She let me pick out any dress I wanted and had no stipulations. The price didn’t matter and neither did the style. That blue floral dress in all its glory had an overly large bow in the back and big puffy sleeves with shoulder pads and was the best outfit I had owned up to that point in my 12 years of life.

 That memory with my sweet aunt was something that I have always treasured. As common as a shopping trip for our kids can be now, back then it was not (at least for me), and I felt so special to have that one-on-one time with my aunt on the Plaza shopping for such a special occasion.

In this month’s issue, I wanted to share with you some local entrepreneurs in the Kansas City fashion and garment scene, and as you will discover in the following pages, Kansas City is becoming more of a hub for garment production. We also wanted to share how some businesses around town are using clothing to give back and to be socially conscious. We hope you enjoy learning about some of the movers and shakers in fashion and style around town.