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Shop local: Slow Union brings vintage looks to Northeast Ohio

The collective was created by three women with years of experience in the vintage space.

CLEVELAND — You know the saying, “ Take what’s old and make it new again.” And at Slow Union in the Detroit Shoreway neighborhood, that’s the business model.

In November of 2022, just in time for the holidays, Olivia Delyamu, Jill Pigman and Rochelle Beres joined forces and opened the vintage collective.

The trio became business partners after having shared a passion for the vintage aesthetic for years. The shop on Detroit Avenue boasts unique and hand-picked appeal and decor.

And the name was intentional. The slow portion correlates to the slow fashion movement, which is a direct reaction to fast fashion—a term used to describe the clothing industry's business model of replicating recent catwalk trends and high-fashion designs, mass-producing them at a low cost, and bringing them to retail stores quickly.

“Being a conscious consumer is important right now, and that goes back to shopping local and supporting a community,” said Jill Pigman. “It’s something you can feel good about.”

And the owners understand that not everyone is ready to embrace an entire vintage wardrobe, and that’s okay. By implementing small pieces and seasonal items here and there, you’re well on your way to helping the environment and the workers behind fast fashion.

At Slow Union, they hope to continue raising awareness, getting people to think more about sustainability, and supporting designers who do the same.

Slow Union is located at 6706 Detroit Avenue in Cleveland. The hours of operation are Wednesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. you can check them out on social media by clicking here.

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