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 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.
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.
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.
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 and currently leads Sew Valley’s low impact and sustainability efforts. 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 leads the production team in staying on track for client projects through diligent time lines and consistent production floor planning. She helps clients understand the details of their scope and communicates with them throughout the process. 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, Gio.
Caitlin earned her Masters of Textiles from NC State University Wilson College of Textiles in 2018 and her BSc Fashion Design from UC DAAP in 2015. Having learned the basics of pattern making on her own before attending the fashion program at DAAP, Caitlin is continuing her work as a pattern maker and sample sewer with Sew Valley. Her previous work throughout her time as an undergraduate and graduate student include exploration into slow fashion, discrete visibility, scalable modular apparel, and closed-loop recyclable fast fashion. In her free time, she continues her research for a circular apparel and textiles economy for practice at the local and regional level.
Car is a 3rd year Fashion Design student in the University of Cincinnati’s DAAP program. While exploring internship opportunities, she gained interest in the production side of the fashion industry. As Sew Valley’s first production intern, she has worked closely with the team to better understand sustainable and ethical production. As a left handed cutter, she quickly learned to be ambidextrous in a world full of right handed scissors! Car especially thrives at trouble shooting construction techniques and sewing machine mechanics.
Sew Valley is supported by The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and Main Street Ventures.