Local Woman Launches Plus-Sized Online Boutique

Renika Smiley’s The Lusheous Collection adds fashionable clothing options for an often forgotten demographic.
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Renika Smiley is striking a pose in the small hallway leading into the Pretty in Pink apartment in Over-the-Rhine. She rented the space to conduct a photo shoot for her new online fashion boutique, The Lusheous Collection.

AUGUST 2022

PHOTOGRAPH COURTESY OF ANDRE WHALEY

Eight plus-sized influencers from Columbus, Indianapolis, and the Queen City model some of the store’s 87 pieces as Smiley films them like a proud mom. In a way, she is—Lusheous is a dream realized.

 

 

“I’ve struggled with my weight my entire life,” says Smiley, founder of Generation NOW, a community-based nonprofit for young professionals. “My weight has fluctuated dramatically throughout my life. My self-esteem and insecurities are at their highest when I know I won’t be able to wear the fashion designs I want because most stuff in stores won’t suit my frame.”

Smiley explains that she would go through unhealthy phases in order to maintain or lose weight in order to fit into a desired size. Pieces in The Lusheous Collection suit your size, whatever it may be, she says.

 

“For myself and other plus sized women, I wanted to make a difference,” Smiley notes. “As a result, I made the decision to open a fashion boutique so women can still feel comfortable, voluptuous, and luscious at any size.”

 

Smiley’s boutique is a cornucopia of colors and bold prints that are meant to make the wearer stand out. Sizing goes up to 5X.

“ ‘Curvy’ women are luscious creatures,” says the native east sider. “This line will help women maintain sex appeal and confidence while feeling comfortable. I want to empower women of all shapes by making them comfortable in their own size.”

The online boutique officially launches on Friday, August 12, and customers will receive 25 percent off of purchases on that day.

Visit https://lusheouscollection.com/ for more information.

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