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The Fashion Girl’s Guide to Kansas City

Halfway between Chicago and Dallas is a little big city that is swiftly becoming the coolest oasis in the Midwest. Kansas City—best known for its barbeque and World Series-winning baseball team—gained enormous cred this year when locally-owned Baldwin Denim became a front-runner for the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund contest. Along with some A-list natives (Jason Sudeikis, Janelle Monae and Ellie Kemper all call it home), founders Emily and Matt Baldwin are doing their part to put KC on the map—but they’re not alone. A trickle-down effect is taking place. Young, hungry talent is leaving bigger cities and making its mark on every neighborhood in the City of Fountains, establishing tech startups, innovative bars and distilleries, avant garde boutiques and first-class art and theater. It’s all enough to make Dorothy and Toto wish they were still in Kansas (or Missouri, rather). Ready to visit? We’ve got the scoop.

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