This week comes with an abundance of top 10, 25, and 50 lists. But isn’t that the case at the end of each year?
Only this time, we’re about to begin a new decade. So what better list to put together than one capturing all the great style and fashion developments that have transpired so far throughout the 21st century in Baltimore. Here is the list in no particular order.
1. Baltimore Fashion Week – About to enter its third consecutive year, this dream come true and increasingly popular event coordinated by Butterfly Productions has become the talk of the city each spring and summer before the annual event is held.
2. Redeveloped neighborhoods with new boutiques and salons – Many longtime locals may have balked at the thought of redeveloping neighborhoods like Harbor East, Hampden, and others at first. But now, they have become home to many excellent shops and salons that everyone talks about, including Urban Chic, doubledutch, Red Tree, Form, Handbags in the City, Ma Petite Shoe, Spa Sante, Sprout, and more.
3. The B.E.S.T. community and blog – Before Etsy first launched in 2005, it seemed as if there was virtually no where to find local crafters, artists, and designers all in one place. Now, it’s easy to find out if a local group is planning a trunk show, an online sale on handmade items, or more thanks to Etsy and the Baltimore Etsy Street Team (B.E.S.T.) blog, which is updated regularly.
4. Gutter Magazine – Style doesn’t always come in glossy, print magazines. Baltimore’s first fashion e-magazine was launched in 2006 and since, an impressive number of local artists have been included in the production of each issue such as emerging area designers like April Camlin of Wham City, Sheila Frank, whose work has been featured at NY Fashion week three times, Pam Haner, Paco Rogiene, Kip Cutta, and more.
5. Pop up shops – Sure, this holiday may have meant the first in Harbor East with Hampden, Cross Keys, and Federal Hill stores such as doubledutch, Dresscode by Gita, Di[e]ce, Patrick Sutton Home, and Shine Collective, but economically it makes a lot of sense for boutique owners. It also means more convenience for local shoppers.
Want to see the rest? Check back tomorrow or Wednesday. Also, feel free to email me directly at email@example.com if you would like to recommend a particular development that’s taken place in or around Baltimore for inclusion in the second part of this mini-series.