Designer Gerardo Encinas’ Plants Downtown Roots, Launches into NFTs

Designer Gerardo Encinas in his new Downtown shop

Designer Gerardo Encinas lives for getting risks. From large-drama runway collections—think outsized florals, bold shades and exaggerated silhouettes—to statement-generating ready-to-use items, the Mexican-born, Columbus-based mostly designer is regarded for getting chances with gutsy, stunning designs. Previous yr, Encinas designed his gutsiest go to day: opening his very own boutique. 

Found at 267 S. 3rd St., Encinas’ eponymous boutique, co-owned with his partner, Miguel Estrada, opened in December. However Downtown’s glaring absence of retail and foot website traffic may well discourage other new businesses from putting down roots in the place, for a retailer specializing in tailor made items, particular styling and custom tailoring, it is element of the appeal. 

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“I never wished to be in a mall,” Encinas says. “I do not want people today to see my boutique as a store—I’m a designer. It is an practical experience. This [boutique] is what I have been dreaming of my whole daily life.” 

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