Clothing is traditionally used to smuggle candy into movie theaters, short children onto rolly coasters, and ornery puppies back into the pet store, but it can also make a stylish statement. Find a fashionable hiding place with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of designer clothing and accessories at Brigade, with locations in Cleveland Heights and Columbus. Brigade eschews mainstream fashion for a well-curated compendium of independent designer duds, with apparel and accessories for women and men. Legs can swim through a blue sea of denim selections such as a pair of Rag & Bone skinny jeans for women ($135), an ideal mix of fashion and function that rivals stiletto running shoes. For dressier occasions, a silk strapless dress by Eskell ($185) can exchange sincere compliments with Cheap Monday's black synthetic leather clutch ($30). Ruggedly chic men's pairings improve masculine auras from collarbone to cuff, such as a plaid button-down by Commune ($58). Sushi lovers can extend culinary preferences to stylishly cuffed ankles with the raw denim of APC's straight leg jeans ($175). Peripheral accouterments include the Fjallraven Kanken Classic Rucksack ($65), allowing dudes to tote books, wallets, and small animals in stylish sidecars.
Five Yelpers give Brigade an average of 4.5 stars:
- Upon entering, I was amazed at just how awesome and chill the place was. The staff was friendly AND helpful AND inviting. What a concept among high-end boutiques! – Christopher M., 1/18/09
- Although the "industrial look" isn't always really my style, I could have definitely worked some of these amazing pieces into my life. I especially loved the jewelry and accessories. – Cara L., 12/12/10