Westword: How did you get into fashion/design?
Megan Timlin: Stritch was a long time coming. Myself along with my associates have all worked in various sectors of the fashion industry. From Fashion Denver to The Row and back, the diverse team has come together to create a one-of-a-kind shopping experience.
How do you describe your style/work?
Fashion has become such a strict industry where people feel forced to fit in at times. Elaine Stritch was unapologetically herself and we like to bring that unique attitude and way about life to our store. So, with that, our store is a unique twist on the East Coast refined woman. We love having those simple pieces that you can really make an entire outfit with. Our favorite pieces are the ones that take your leggings and long sleeve outfit to a sophisticated ensemble in a snap!
What should people know about what you'll be showing at Artopia?
There will be a little bit of suede, a little bit of mesh, and the rest? Well, you will just have to wait and see!
What's your favorite thing about the Denver art/fashion/design scene?
We love supporting local. We see so much talent right here under our noses and those are the brands we are most passionate about. Some of our favorite items are made in our amazing state! It's really great to help style someone in local pieces and know that when they walk out of here they will be showcasing some local talent.
What's the one thing that could most improve the Denver art/fashion/design scene?
There needs to be more support and promotion of local designers and artists. It's so easy to refer to more established designers, but we forget that we have the same kind of amazing talent here at home. We try to create a positive and supportive network for local organizations and local brands who possess the same qualities and values as Stritch.
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We are really proud of the culture that we have created at Stritch. Just within the first 2 months of being open we have been able to host the First Real Life Book Club Social and dive further into our true mission. We want to not only provide a positive environment for women of all styles to shop, but to connect with them and our fashion community on a deeper level.