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Rural roots, refined. 

Grind and Glaze is a luxury womenswear line made from the heart. Inspired by her rural upbringing, founder and designer Tessa Clark transcends the modern fashion label by refining traditional staples, like the apron, to create a collection of sustainably-made, all-occasion pieces. 

Raised by a self-taught ceramicist and a hard-working miller, the grinding of grain and the glazing of pottery intersects with wabi sabi aesthetics to reimagine simple statements in an entirely new way. Ethically-crafted in Cincinnati, Ohio, the sacredness of hands pay homage to youthful daydreams to inspire a line rooted in childhood traditions and artistic craft. Grind and Glaze leverages its heartfelt roots to position itself as a forward thinking, luxury alternative for the conscious consumer. 

 
 

About Tessa Clark

From a young age, Tessa Clark was destined to be an artist. Following in the creative footsteps of her mother and father, she grew to love the rural lens of her upbringing. Raised in a restored barn home built adjacent to a functioning historic flour mill, she admires the whimsy and nature that defined her childhood.

The emerging designer attended the University of Cincinnati's Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning school and acquired impressive experience interning for Marchesa and VPL in New York City, in addition to working at Michelle Boor Paris-Vienna in Paris, France. After earning her Bachelors of Science in Fashion Design, she established herself as an integral part of the team at Idlewild, a high-end womenswear boutique located in the heart of Cincinnati's Historic Over The Rhine community—and the home of Grind and Glaze's first collection. Tessa brings her expertise to the beloved shop in her buying and management role at the store. 

In 2018, Tessa received the opportunity and was cast for Bravo's hit show, Project Runway. The 17th season will air on March 14th, and will give you an inside look at Tessa's innovative process and the sources of inspiration that influence her wearable designs. 

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