About Us

Sew Valley is a creative space for fashion designers/entrepreneurs in the Ohio Valley and beyond.
 

We provide the growing fashion community with resources and technology to build scalable, sustainable and responsible brands.

Through our flexible work space, we provide opportunities for membership, contract services, and education.

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Sew Valley has officially moved to our permanent home in Cincinnati's West End neighborhood. Find us on the first floor of the National Flag Company's building, where they have been sewing and manufacturing flags for almost 150 years!

Have a suggestion on equipment or resources we should add to the space? Let us know!

 

 

Meet the Team

Sew Valley is the brainchild of Rosie Kovacs and Shailah Maynard. With Rosie's background in fashion and Shailah's business wisdom they saw a need for designers and manufacturing in Cincinnati and built Sew Valley from the ground up. 

 
 
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Rosie Kovacs

Co-Founder, Director of Operations

Born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, Rosie Kovacs has always had a love for fashion, design, and creating new things. An only child of a single parent household, she put herself through college and started a furniture company, Brush Factory, in 2009 after graduating with a degree in fashion design from the University of Cincinnati’s Design, Art, Architecture and Planning program. After a failed attempt to produce her own clothing line due to lack of resources in the Midwest, she knew there was an opportunity to help other designer and entrepreneurs build their brands without the expense to relocate or work with long distance manufacturers. In addition to her love of green juice, dancing, and her family, she thrives in a place where she can inspire others to fight for their passions.

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Shailah Maynard

Co-Founder, Director of Communications

Shailah Maynard is a Cincinnati native, who is the owner/operator of concept brand Working Girls.  She has 9 + years experience working in fashion + retail buying/management in Boston and New York.  After relocating to Cincinnati in 2015, Shailah started Working Girls and noticed a shortage of resources for regionally-made products.  She’s excited to be a part of bringing sewn production back to the region, and hopes Sew Valley will help decrease the very large hurdle small brands face in finding help they need with product development.

 

 
 
 
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Anna Maffey

Communications Assistant

Surrounded by design, creativity, and entrepreneurship her entire life, Anna is a Cincinnatian through and through. With a small business owner mother (Desserts by Sandy, LLC) and graphic designer father, Anna graduated from University of Cincinnati Spring 2017 with a BS in Graphic Communication Design at DAAP. Anna is a Swiss Army Knife of design and communication skills. Branding, storytelling, marketing, designing you name it— she can do it. Anna has branded Sew Valley’s visual system, is responsible for website and collateral design, and helped cement Sew Valley’s operational structures. When she’s not designing, you can find her having impromptu dance parties, with her family, or in a game of volleyball, basketball, football, broomball etc.

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Aubrey krekeler

Contract sewer

Aubrey Krekeler grew up in Cincinnati and went on to the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated in 2017 with a BS in Fashion Design from DAAP. While learning about the fashion industry her passion developed in sustainable design. She has acted on that interest through freelance work of all sorts. She particularly enjoys working with small businesses that share the same passion. At Sew Valley, Aubrey helps source, digitize patterns, and sew. In her free time you can find her grabbing a drink and a bite to eat with friends or at the dog park with her pup.

 
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Car Shutt

Production co-op

 

 

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Thank You

Sew Valley is supported by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.