The Style Issue: Local Love 

A celebration of local fashion designers, from runway to rooftop.

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Brian James

“The reality is, for Tampa Bay’s fashion scene to exist, we have to claim it. Make it so.”

That’s what I wrote in my first High on Style column for CL last year. Think of the following pages as proof positive that the Tampa Bay fashion scene is not only alive, it’s thriving.

Every look featured in “The Locals” was freshly picked off the runway at this year’s Fashion Week Tampa Bay. Nine designers showed Spring/Summer 2014 collections, and every one of them is represented in a shot from this editorial.

The local love extends beyond the clothing. All of the credited jewelry was sourced from Graphi-ko Gallery on the 600 Block of Central Avenue, and we clutched a clutch from Eugenia Woods in St. Petersburg, too. The creative team behind the shoot is entirely local, and our cosmopolitan models hail from Tampa, Clearwater and Plant City.

Downtown Tampa served as the backdrop. If pictures are worth a thousand words, these, by Brian James Gallery Photography, should speak volumes about the talent residing here. Get down with The Locals — or shout about them from the rooftop like we did.

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