Clothing Design from Indy to LA

“Indianapolis has a thriving fashion community of designers, photographers, models, makeup artists, hair dressers and wardrobe stylists that collaborate in photo shoots, runway shows, events, and publications.

I had the pleasure of interviewing my brother and fashion designer, Ian Stikeleather, who was born in London, raised in Indiana, and is now based out of downtown Los Angeles. Ian attended Ball State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree from their nationally-ranked program in entrepreneurship. He then graduated from the Art Institute of Indianapolis, with a Bachelor’s in Fashion Design.

We both moved to Los Angeles together after that, for me to pursue opportunities in film and Ian to pursue his clothing design career. Ian has since exhibited his innovative menswear line, Stikeleather, at Liberty Fashion & Lifestyle Fairs in Las Vegas and New York City and attended the global fashion tradeshow, Magic, which is also held bi-annually in Las Vegas.

Stikeleather has revolutionized how people view traditional menswear, not only because of its sleek silhouettes and modern palette but mostly because of it’s unique magnetic closures. No buttons or zippers can be found on any dress shirts, jackets, or vests. The patented magnetic closures are sewn into the garments, which allows them to be discreet while also holding firm for all-day wear. All his garments seamlessly transition from the office to a night out on the town, as well.

You can see Ian’s entire line at or You will also be able to find his designs, here in Indianapolis, very soon at James Dant, a Store for Men, and in the Pattern Store.

If you missed the segment on IN the Loop about Ian Stikeleather check out the video below.  And don’t forget to watch me, Erica Stikeleather, every Sunday night at 11:30 on WISH-TV 8.  Keeping you IN the Loop of everything that is Indianapolis.

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Erica Stikeleather was born and raised in Indiana. Her studies brought her to Ohio where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Media from Cedarville University. She then interned in Washington, D.C. as a communications assistant with the civic education non-profit, Presidential Classroom, and also at Heartland Truly Moving Pictures, right here in Indianapolis. Erica has spent the last 3 years in Los Angeles, working in the entertainment industry, both in front of and behind the camera. While in LA, she walked in several fashion shows during LA Fashion week, for Macy’s on the RMS Queen Mary, and also in the Powertec Model & Fitness Competition for Elisabetta Rogiani at the W Hotel, Hollywood. She is a SAG-AFTRA actress with a passion for independent filmmaking. Some of her independent film work, Freerunner and Proxy, can be found on Netflix. She has acted in music videos with Jay-Z, Kanye West, and Chris Brown as well as in numerous television commercials. She can also be seen in the film, Gangster Squad, with Sean Penn. Erica’s studies have brought her back to her home state where she is currently enrolled at IUPUI as she prepares for veterinary school. She plans to combine her experience in filmmaking with veterinary medicine to create interactive documentaries about veterinary medicine around the world. Erica is thrilled to join IN The Loop and to show the world what the great city of Indianapolis has to offer. She loves fall in Indiana, farmer’s markets in the summer, horse-back riding, and seeing as many sporting events, live music, and museums as possible. If you see her out and about, come say hello, and let her know what you love about Indianapolis!

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