For Erika Leighton-Spradlin, an alumnus of the College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati (UC), environmentalism isn’t just part of her Continuum Bazaar store – it’s is an extension of her lifestyle and who she is.
Located in the Over-the-Rhine (OTR) district of Cincinnati, Continuum Bazaar features an eclectic variety from over sixty different independent or emerging designers, with an emphasis on ethical and sustainable production.
The name “Continuum” means to be in constant evolution while remaining the same. It represents the deep meaning of Spradlin’s manual parts selection process to organize his shop. Meanwhile, “Bazaar” comes from markets or streets where goods and services are traded.
For the past six and a half years, Continuum Bazaar has offered everything from gorgeous jewelry and textured clothing to colorful decorations and artistic coffee table books.
Warm tones envelop the interior through blush walls, wood shelving, and brass detailing, all contributing to the modern and funky mid-century aura. All of this compliments the artistry and individuality of the products sold.
Each component is an ode to sustainability, something that is woven into the identity of the bazaar. It has never been more essential for brands to embrace sustainability, especially in the fashion industry, as many consumers demand environmental awareness more than ever.
Simon Miller, a Los Angeles-based brand, is one of many featured at Continuum Bazaar. It uses organic mills to reduce its environmental impact and conserve water. It also incorporates ozone technology into its production, reducing the amount of energy needed to make clothes.
Manhattan-based No. 6 is another brand that takes sustainability practices seriously. They have a different approach to sustainability than Simon Miller. They intend to create pieces that can be worn over and over again. This combats fast fashion, known to use excessive amounts of water, produce plastic microfibers and contribute to excessive consumption of clothing, a significant number of which ends up in landfills.
Finally, Paloma Wool is a recent favorite posted on Instagram by many influencers during the summers of 2020 and 2021. This brand remains aware of its impact on the environment by using low impact dyes, ethical printing methods and durable fibers and by creating pieces with simple and judicious maintenance requirements for a lasting and timeless quality. Overall, Paloma Wool is a winning brand when it comes to sustainability.
The corporate culture of Continuum Bazaar resonates with individuality, awareness and friendliness. They value the future needs of the planet of tomorrow, celebrate little artists and bring a unique design world to a corner of Cincinnati.
1407 Vine St., on the Rhine