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  • Tevlyn Schward, B.S.

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    Tevlyn Schward, B.S.

    Born and raised here in Valparaiso, Tevlyn Schwerd developed her niche for fashion early in life.  After graduating from Valparaiso High School Class in 1998, Tevlyn attended Indiana University. After her first year, she decided that she would major at the Indiana University Apparel Merchandising and in turn do an Individualized Major Program in Fashion Design and Costume Construction Technology. 

    After interning for Walt Disney World Orlando, FL and Limited Too in Columbus OH, Tevlyn landed her first internship in NYC for Women’s Wear Designer James Coviello. Two summers of internships with Coviello and partaking in an extra semester of college so that she could complete her degrees by designing, developing, and sewing a 20+ piece fashion collection and putting on a fashion show; Tevlyn had secured an Assistant Design Position with James Coviello. 

    After graduating from college, she left to start her life in NYC that same week. James took Tevlyn under his wing and taught her the art of knitwear design. In addition to being his assistant designer and sourcing his fabrics for his collections, Tevlyn assisted in the knitwear design and production of his world famous sweaters as well as the sweater collection of Anna Sui. Throughout the 4 years she worked with James, she took part in New York City’s Fashion Week twice per year, travelled to Moscow, Russia to showcase their collection inspired by St. Petersburg, and was invited by the Italian Consulate to learn and shop at the Italian fabric market in Milan and Florence. Yearning for change and further development of her career in NYC, Tevlyn took on a Knitwear Design position for a young designer fresh on the scene 3.1 Phillip Lim. Helping with his first fashion presentation, Tev got the experience of working for a fully vertical small corporation. Longing for her days back in a small design house, Tev met up with an old friend Jose Ramon Reyes and helped him on the launch of his Women’s Sportswear Collection under the label REYES. Tevlyn quickly moved from his Assistant to his Production Manager and Fit Model and together they rocked the fashion scene with her twist on his preppy designs. On her way to a fitting for another young designer under the label Lialia, Tevlyn received a phone call that would forever change her life. Her brother Nick had gone into renal failure and Tev left the next morning to come home to Valparaiso to be with him. Tevlyn gave her brother Nick her kidney during their transplant in November 2008. Once he became healthy and again full of life, Tevlyn left 6 months after to regroup in Europe where she ended up living and working in Germany for 2 years. While away, her brothers decided they wanted to open a retail store here in Valparaiso and asked Tev to come home and help get the business up and running. Unsure if clothing was the right decision to add to the business plan in the midst of an economic crisis, her brothers agreed to send her to NYC on a shopping trip. She returned to having customers buying her clothing out of her suitcases!! The initial success of her purchases led to her fully developing the clothing department of the Bargain Barn. After being the buyer for Bargain Barn for 3 years, Tevlyn had developed quite a following of clients that appreciated her quirky, affordable clothing collection. Yearning to rebrand and refocus the business, Tevlyn was blessed with the birth of her daughter in February 2017 and the sale of the Bargain Barn building was finalized a month later. The plan was underway, and Coash Clothing Co. pronounced Co-Ash) a namesake of her step-grandfather’s local coal business evolved from a business plan into a reality. Continuing to work with her younger brother Nick, they decided to turn their business mobile. After a year of many ups and downs, Nick decided he needed to spread his wings and moved to Florida and Tevlyn took over the business entirely. Flying solo, Tev continued to do pop ups and markets around NWI and Michigan until the world took a turn in 2020. Like many small business owners, Tev had to adjust to the times and with that was given the opportunity to sell Coash in local stores. You can now find Coash Clothing Co. inside of Little Bear Traders and Woolens in St. John, Indiana as well as Be Good Juicerie in Valparaiso. Coash is also a resident merchant at the Hunt & Gather Market that takes place 4x per year at the Lake County FairGrounds as well as a co-host of Fashion Friday which takes place monthly at Society in Valparaiso. Tevlyn also recently launched her first menswear collection which was well received by both men and women making her collection a unique shopping experience for all genders.