Exit 85

Created by Alaa El-Madhoun

Brand background

Exit 85 is a luxury urban streetwear brand established in Cleveland, Ohio by Alaa El-Madhoun. The brand demonstrates a distinct urban style that tells a story through each piece of clothing. This collection illustrates the persona of a working American and what it means to live in America. Many people assume that exit and street signs advise traffic laws, hazards, locations, and directions. Although all of this is true, Exit 85 views these signs as a symbol of community and a way to demonstrate our way of life. What sets the Exit 85 collection apart from other brands is its versatility. Exit 85 offers a wide range of styles and designs, from classic to contemporary, ensuring that there is something for everyone. The collection includes everything from timeless leather jackets to modern cargo pants, each piece designed to elevate any outfit and make a statement.

in a realm where practicality and artistry converge, as we unveil the captivating beauty of a brown utility jacket, adorned with an exquisite silver zipper and buttons that gracefully adorn its top and bottom. Embark on a sensory journey, where three-dimensional patches depicting street signs weave a tapestry of urban inspiration across this remarkable garment.

Introducing the epitome of refined fashion with a touch of urban allure: the mesmerizing black puffer vest adorned with captivating speed limit sign pockets. Prepare to embark on a sartorial journey that merges elegance and artistic expression seamlessly. Crafted with meticulous attention to detail, this puffer vest exudes an air of sophistication. Its deep, jet-black hue envelops the wearer in an aura of timeless elegance, while simultaneously commanding attention with its understated allure. The supple fabric drapes effortlessly, ensuring a sleek and flattering silhouette that effortlessly complements any ensemble. With each wear, you radiate an air of confidence, embracing the fusion of high fashion and urban culture. Prepare to navigate the world with a bold stride, clad in this remarkable black puffer vest that merges elegance and artistic expression with a dash of metropolitan charm.

Exit 85 presents SS2024 NYFW “ Working America”

Exit 85 initially focused on selling jeans, and it was renowned for incorporating stunning artwork into each pair. All of our jeans are made in-house, including the pattern making, embroidery, destressing, and sewing. Here's a pair of our "interstate 85" jeans that were released this past june.

Exit 85 sets itself apart in the fashion industry by maintaining full control over the creative process, proudly handling all embroidery and distressing in-house. This commitment to in-house craftsmanship ensures meticulous attention to detail, quality control, and a seamless integration of design concepts into their garments. By keeping these essential processes under their roof, Exit 85 not only delivers unique, high-quality pieces but also exemplifies a dedication to authenticity and hands-on artistry.

Alaa El-Madhoun

Crafted from premium leather, this jacket boasts a sleek zipper closing, adding a touch of contemporary flair to its classic silhouette. What sets it apart is the meticulous embossing of miniature '85s' scattered artfully across the entire surface, creating a subtle yet distinctive texture. These embossed numerals pay homage to the brand's founding year, adding a personalized touch to the garment. The result is a statement piece that exudes both modernity and a nod to heritage, making it a must-have for those who appreciate the fusion of style and meaningful design.

About Alaa El-madhoun

Meet Alaa El-Madhoun, a visionary fashion designer hailing from the vibrant city of Cleveland, Ohio. Armed with a master's degree in business and a bachelor's degree in fashion merchandising and product development, Alex has seamlessly blended the worlds of creativity and commerce throughout his career. With over six years of design experience under his belt, he has honed his craft with a specialization in garment construction, distressing, and embroidery. Alex's dedication to pushing the boundaries of fashion is evident in his innovative designs that effortlessly marry form and function. This year marked a significant milestone in his career as he debuted his first runway collection at the prestigious New York Fashion Week, showcasing his unique perspective and leaving an indelible mark on the fashion landscape. Alex Thompson is undoubtedly a rising star in the fashion industry, bringing a touch of Cleveland's spirit and his expertise to the forefront of the global fashion scene.


  • BA in Fashion Merchandising and Product Development

2017-2021, Bowling Green State University

  • MA in Business Administration





website: https://exit85.shop/