Former CCAD student and 2013 Alive cover subject Ngockhahn Ngo opens store after online and pop-up options
MADE opened in early October in the Short North, providing Cbusrs one more option to rep their Ohio pride. Photo by Paul Meara.
By Paul Meara
Ohio culture relayed through fashion is becoming a more crowded market than one would've envisioned a decade ago. Even Columbus urban culture was unexplainable for the longest time. And while many have attempted to represent Ohio through T-shirts, hats, etc., only a handful have pulled it off correctly. MADE by NGO is one of those.
Opening its flagship store in the Short North in early October, MADE now has a spot where customers and fans can get their hands on the gear without making a special order.
"A lot of people were asking me where [to] get my products, and it was online or pop-up shops only for a while," said MADE founder and owner Ngockhahn Ngo. "Now I have my own spot where everyone can pick up my brand."
With a rise in the state's confidence, partially due to the return of LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers and a new-look Browns team, Ohio is excited again. Ngo is looking to capitalize on it while doing his best to represent beyond.
"A lot of positivity is happening in Ohio, and I wanted to present it the right way through fashion," he said.
Currently the shop sells shirts (both long sleeve and tee), hats and hoodies; however, Ngo is looking to expand. A tee will cost you $32, while a hoodie will run you in the $60-$70 range. Stop in today and see what the next wave of Ohio fashion has to offer.About MADE Flagship Store
Address: 940 N. High St., Short North (Inside Co-Op)
Date opened: Oct. 4, 2014
Price range: $32-$65
Owner: Ngockhahn Ngo
Brands carried: MADE, God Is An Ohioan
Specialty: Ohio-based T-shirts, hats, hoodies and more.
Goal/influence: Keep the culture of Ohio alive through fashion.
Upcoming events/promotions: Ohio State vs. Penn State tailgate (Saturday, Oct. 25), Cleveland Cavaliers season opening game (Thursday, Oct. 30).