Fashion School Store Goes on Sabbatical

The Kent State University Fashion School Store is taking a break from operation. The Fashion School Store, previously located at 201 E. Erie St. B in downtown Kent, is closing its door for the next 18-24 months. The purpose of this break is for the store to continue to develop its marketing and business strategies so that a successful re-launch can be organized. The Erie St. location provided a wealth of knowledge and insight into the components necessary to run the Fashion School Store, all of which will be applied to the development of the new store.

The Erie St. location would not have been possible without the support of the Burbick Foundation. Fashion School Director, Louise Valentine, spoke on their contributions saying, “We are indebted to The Burbick Foundation who committed to an annual contribution of $15,000 to the KSU Foundation for the benefit of the KSU Fashion School since 2011 when the store first began. Their generous investment enabled real-world prototyping of new product development and service innovation which many of our students and wider community have benefited.”

After their sabbatical, the Fashion School Store will eventually combine with the KSU Museum Store as a part of a future expansion for Rockwell Hall. Until the Fashion School Store opens its doors again, for the next few months, its merchandise will be available for purchase at the Museum Store and at future Fashion Store pop-up shops in Rockwell Hall, on Kent's campus. Kendra Lapolla, the faculty director of the store and Marguerite Loomis, the store's associate outreach officer, will continue their work to improve and revamp the Fashion School Store.

The Museum Store is located on the left side of the lobby as you enter the Museum in Rockwell Hall. In addition to carrying merchandise from the Fashion School Store, the Museum Store sells a variety of products including apparel, books, stationary, and more. The store predominantly features select student and faculty made merchandise from Kent State’s School of Fashion Design and Merchandising. Kent State faculty, staff, and students receive 20% off their purchases if they present a valid KSU ID.

“The work of every student who has contributed to the Fashion Store over the years has been invaluable, helping us to understand what is appreciated and inspiring in equal measure” Valentine states. “Our sincere thanks for all you have done.” While this may mark the end of the Fashion School Store on Erie St., there is no end in sight for the possibilities ahead.

If you would like to visit the Museum Store’s website, it can be found by visiting

You may order items from the Museum Store as well by contacting


POSTED: Sunday, February 23, 2020 - 10:47pm
UPDATED: Friday, February 28, 2020 - 2:27pm