Once a month, C Magazine sits down with a prominent Columbus figure to understand their vibe at 5:01. This month, we met with Pickerington native turned fashion designer Tad Boetcher, who's currently promoting his new line Tad B in stores across the country.
C Magazine: For whom have you designed clothing?
Tad Boetcher: I have worked for Adrienne Vittadini, Michael Kors, Bill Blass, Betsey Johnson and too many others to name whether it was full-time or on a freelance basis.
C Magazine: What's the most outlandish thing you've designed?
Boetcher: In college, I did some freelance work for a female bodybuilder and she wanted a fire-engine theme. I had to make all these tiny pieces in bright shiny red stretch pleather. She loved it; I was mortified!
C Magazine: Who has the best walk?
Boetcher: I must say that I'm really into a Cincinnati model Shavaughn Byrd–she has done a lot of my shows in the Ohio area lately and she is fierce! Her walk is very strong and confident and she's going to go places.
C Magazine: When you tell people that you are from Pickerington, Ohio, what is their reaction?
Boetcher: New Yorkers don't care where you are from; they just care that you can get the job done.
C Magazine: Do you have a fashion faux/pas from your past?
Boetcher: I grew up in the '80s so you name it–fanny packs, sun visors, suspenders, wearing your clothes four sizes too big and wearing every color of the rainbow together.
C Magazine: What is the fabric of the future and why?
Boetcher: I would say silk/milk. This is my signature yarn that encompasses all the properties of cashmere, but it is nonwool and "environmentally aware."
C Magazine: What fashion trend do you want to see come back?
Boetcher: When people used to get dressed up in the '30s, '40s, '50s. There was a refined elegance and so much detail. Even with the '60s and '70s, there was a glam-puttogether look.
C Magazine: What fashion trend do you hope never sees the light of day again?
Boetcher: GRUNGE! Lived it. Loved it. Never to be repeated.