The exhibit that all Sneakerheads will want to see

The exhibit that all Sneakerheads will want to see

You could say that my son is well on his way to becoming a Sneakerhead. He loves looking at shoes online and they are his number 1 request for birthdays and gifts. He also saves up his money to purchase additional shoes too. Good thing we’ve taught him the art of discount shopping.

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During a trip to Toledo, I knew that he would love The Rise of Sneaker Culture at the Toledo Museum of Art. It was the perfect storm. I love art. He loves shoes. This exhibit displays shoes AS art for the WIN!

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The exhibit takes you back to sneaker origins from the mid-1800 to current styles of today.

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The Rise of Sneaker Culture features approximately 160 shoes that tell the fascinating story of how a casual fashion staple became the footwear of millions around the world. The exhibition draws from the collections of the Bata Shoe Museum, the Northampton Museums and Art Gallery; the archives of Adidas, Converse, Nike and PUMA; and private collectors such as Dee Wells of Obsessive Sneaker Disorder and legendary hip-hop group Run–DMC.

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Shoes on display include an 1860s spiked running shoe, an original 1917 Converse All Star/Non Skid, a pair of 1936 track shoes like the ones Jesse Owens wore at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, the original Air Force 1, and an early Adidas Superstar, as well as contemporary sneaker collaborations with prominent figures such as Damien Hirst, Jeremy Scott, Jeff Staple, Kanye West and many others.

From its historical origins in the recreational pastimes of the elite and the increasing importance of physical fitness to its role today at the vanguard of athletic performance and urban style, the sneaker has been a pivotal component of dress for more than 150 years. The shoe’s ever-evolving design and cultural impact offers insights into the world in which we live, work and play.

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When my husband and I were first married, I had him get rid of his old pair of Jordans. He’s regretted that decision every since and reminds me of it all the time. Now the only way he can see them is on display.

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This exhibit really takes you through a journey of fashion and art.

Early sneaker designs

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Fashion over the years

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Creative concepts

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My boys loved the interactive element at the end of the exhibit. We spent over an hour in that area.

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We played a variation of Chutes and Ladders called Grafitti and Ladders that used tiny sneakers as the place markers and sneaker themed Dominios.

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Kids and adults can dream up their own shoe designs by bringing color to the blank sneaker templates.

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Exhibit guests can also take a shoe selfie on different flooring samples that can be added to the wall.

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Fashion Sewing Camp ~ Giveaway

Today I’m introducing you to Mary, who started Mary Helen Clothing. She stepped out in faith to pursue her dream in fashion and this summer she will be hosting a sewing camp for kids to learn more about fashion from start to finish.  


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How long have you been interested in fashion/sewing?



I have been sewing since I was 8 years old. My aunt touch me how to quilt. From that point on I loved sewing everything from pillows, clothes and stuffed animals. When I turned 10 I decided I was going to be a fashion designer. I got a nice machine and when to work creating my own fashions. Since I was little I have always had a passion for design and I am blessed that there was someone there to teach me!

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Where did you get the idea for your clothing line?



While in school I worked for many corporate and small companies such as, Carter’s Abercrombie, Justice, and Sweaty Bands. While working my last quarter at Justice I was upset with the image I felt was being portrayed to young girls. Short, Sparkly, Tube Tops were the thing of the season and I was ashamed to say that I had designed those for little girls.


So I was on a mission to create an age appropriate clothing line that was sophisticated and stylish while still letting kids be kids! That is how mary helen clothing started and throughout the three years we have been in business we have been working hard to emphasis age appropriate beauty. Letting girls know they are beautiful from the inside out! We now work with Girls on the Run, The Confidence Coalition, and Children’s Hospital to help support our cause!

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What fears did you have to overcome in pursuing your dream?



It is scary not knowing what to do when starting your own business. You just have to jump in headfirst with no one telling you right and wrong, good or bad. The saying is true… “If it were easy everyone would do it!” I was always a rule follower, never challenging authority. I was told what was for dinner and how to act around adults and that after you  go to college you find a good job with a stable company, get married, have kids, and live happy ever after!


Not doing these things scared me because it was “supposed” to happen that way…9-5 jobs are normal and I was afraid to be different. When I got the support and motivation to finally jump in I have never looked back! Starting mary helen clothing has been life changing and worth every minute of it!


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What is your favorite part about your job?


I love working on a collection for months, seeing it through all stages and then walking down the street to see a little girl that I do not know smiling and bouncing down the street in a dress from the line!!!




What is your vision for your sewing camps?


Sewing camp is for the kids! I want to teach them all I know! I had someone to teach me when I was little and know I want to teach them! The best part they will get to learn even more then I did when I first started! I always looked for fashion sewing classes and camps when I was little and I could never find anything with fashion in it. If I did find a class I was with a lot of older women sewing blankets and pillows.


I want this camp to teach kids what fashion is as well as how to sew! The will learn everything from how to select fabrics for a skirt vs a top and what patterns look like and how to use them! They will get to make a garment from the first stage of production!!! Which is Imagination/Inspiration! I want every child to leave camp knowing how clothes are made, how to make them , and a feeling of great joy that they are know all fashion designers!!!






You can find out more about Mary Helen Clothing and the camp from her website.


**The Sewing Camp is located at 6625 Planation Way Cincinnati Ohio 45224.



I’ve been given a $100 off camp and a $50 off camp certificate to giveaway!

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Disclosure: I was given certificates for review and giveaway purposes. All opinions are my own.