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Even after 3 years of being away from New York City, I still get occasional pangs of homesickness for my hometown city that no substitute could realistically fill. When the holidays roll around that feeling of homesickness just gets amplified when I recall unique places and gritty details about NYC that have significant meaning to me: restaurants, bars, parks, streets and yes, even boutiques! So when the incredibly kind folks at BRIGADE in Beachwood invited me to check out their space and their clothes, I went with fingers crossed hoping I would discover that special something that the mass retailers and department stores in my region just couldn’t fulfill.

Well, to say I was impressed is an understatement. If you haven’t heard or shopped at BRIGADE before then let me give you the scoop. BRIGADE is a locally owned and operated clothing and lifestyle boutique with 2 locations (Beachwood Mall, Main Level & Columbus), specializing in contemporary designer fashion for both men and women like Rag & Bone, Helmut Lang, IRO, and Pas de Calais. They are also one of the few retailers in the area to carry a wide selection of G-Star brand denim and apparel.

(Keep reading to find out how YOU can take home a piece of Brigade with you!)

Founded in 2004, BRIGADE and its staff are committed to curating a sophisticated collection of clothing and accessories to meet all of your fashion needs and expectations. You could literally walk into that store and walk out with an entirely new wardrobe that could easily be mixed and matched for any occasion. Each article of clothing and every accessory is precisely on trend for the season, yet classic enough to last for years to come.  How do they do that!? An amazing eye for fashion and serious style skills. That’s how.

Kate, a womens’ apparel buyers/stylist, helped me put together two fantastic looks that immediately felt like “me.” She picked out pieces that I would have never selected for myself but once I had them on, I didn’t want to take them off. So I didn’t. Instead, I hit up one of my favorite parts of Cleveland- Tremont, and checked out a new bar on the scene called, THE SPOTTED OWL.

IRO Carey Jacket Rayley Denim Rag & Bone Spine Tee Vince Heels

LOOK #1: (on loan c/o BRIGADE)

Coat: IRO Carey Jacket

Jeans: IRO Rayley Light Wash

T-shirt: Rag & Bone Spine Tee

Shoes: Vince

Bag: Halston Heritage

Bracelets: Miansai Screw Cuff (Rose Gold) // Giles & Brother Small Railroad Cuff




Once inside THE SPOTTED OWL I was immediately drawn to the warm, reclaimed woods, buttery leathers and industrial loft feel. Totally, NYC, right? I was surrounded by a good dose of masculine infused with elegant feminine details – just like the clothes I had on!  So obviously, I made myself at home… with the help of some very talented bartenders and perfectly mixed cocktails.

G Star Sturwed V Neck Sweater Leather Jetler Slim Pants Vince Calla Booties

 LOOK #2: (on loan c/o BRIGADE)

Sweater: G-Star Sturwed V-Neck

Pants: G-Star A Crotch Jetler Slim Leather Pants

Booties: Vince Calla Booties

Accessories: Miansai Screw Cuff (Rose Gold) // Giles & Brother Small Railroad Cuff



If you’re wondering about that delicious cocktail in my hand, it’s the THE QUICK FIX NO. 2orange-peel smoked russian standard vodka; lemon; vanilla & ginger beer. THE SPOTTED OWL prides itself on its selection of unique craft cocktails using only the freshest and finest ingredients available. I’ll take another, please!




This might have been one of the most delicious FRENCH 75s I’ve ever tasted… dangerous. Between the fabulous clothes, great atmosphere and warm and welcoming people, I felt totally at home. Although my homesickness for NYC may never fully disappear, it’s nice to know I have new places to come home to.

OK, so here’s the fun part:

In the spirit of the holiday season, BRIGADE has agreed to give away a G-STAR “STURWED” V-NECK SWEATER valued at $170+ (PSSSssst… it’s the one I’m wearing above) to one lucky Heart’s Delight reader! Participants must reside in the NE Ohio area and claim their prize at BRIGADE’s Beachwood location. There are a few fun ways to gain entries, so please make sure to read the instructions closely. The giveaway will end at MIDNIGHT on SUNDAY, DECEMBER 7th so get your entries in and spread the word!

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P.S. My non-NE Ohio friends, if you’re interested in any of the clothes featured in this post, please, please, please support local small businesses and drop a line to my new stylista-extraordinaire, Kate at Brigade ( // 216.765.0099). She’ll hook you up!

(Disclaimer: While I was asked to promote Brigade and received a G-Star sweater to giveaway, all opinions remain my own. My readers and overall editorial integrity are the two most important aspects of The Heart’s Delight. Know that I will only promote or recommend products and services that I would personally use and/or purchase independently of this blog.)

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