Clothing is bland without a meaning. That is why we are captivated by distinctive looks with a purpose, and fashion designer Patricia Bonaldi delivers just that with her iconic designs. Bonaldi has made waves in the fashion industry since 2002 with her clothing that harnesses the colorful energy of South America. Her designs are “bold and Brazilian” for their detailed embroidered patterns, beading, hanging tassels, and vibrant prints that give an overall vibe of a dreamy beach vacation.

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“Mr. Entertainer, sir, I have a question! What are the approximate dates of the American Civil War?” Of course, before he was internationally known as Cedric the Entertainer he was just Mr. Kyles, the substitute teacher also known as, Mr. Cedric Kyles your local State Farm agent. But that just wouldn’t work, it was only after these jobs that Mr. Kyles decided comedy would be his future. 

As with many other entertainers, Cedric came from humble beginnings. A friend convinced him to participate in a local comedy competition in his hometown of St. Louis, Missouri. To say that he did well was an understatement. Cedric won the entire competition; little did he know this was just the beginning. From dive spots to local comedy clubs, Cedric worked whatever gig he could get. “I would be popular and people would want to hire me to do 30- and 40-minute shows and I didn't have that much material as a comedian so I would sing, I would do poetry, I would do whatever I could do to fill up the 30 minutes of time so I could get the money,” he said in an interview with Comedy Couch.

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London, England: a paradise for fashion and entrepreneurial innovation. It is a city with booming marketplaces and excellent department stores (such as the famous Harrods and Selfridge’s). The city is truly one of the great metropolises of the world, and it has always been a beacon of light in western society. Today, London is constantly brewing new celebrities in the fashion world. Duro Olowu, a resident Londoner, has jumped on the current scene by using his African heritage and style, as well as a very appropriate formalwear line. 

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Dabs and Myla are described as a dynamic duo of artists. Originally from Melbourne, Australia the couple moved to Los Angeles, California in 2009 to take their careers to the next level. What separates this team from other artist groups is that this duo is actually a couple in love. They describe themselves as “two crazy, work-a-holic, mad dorks in a pod,” and believe that working together has only brought them closer.

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Originally from England, Porreca was born to two artists. Her mother, a tombstone sculptor, and her father, a classical musician encouraged the youngster to pursue art. Growing up around the world (Saudi Arabia, Pennsylvania, and Abu Dhabi, just to name a few), the artist made a home in San Francisco for 15 years. She just recently moved to Los Angeles where she has her own art studio, but Porreca is ready to head back to the Bay with her first solo show.

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Stunning murals flourish across buildings, and dazzling canvas prints hang proudly throughout the city of Fort Wayne, Indiana. The artist responsible for these outstanding works of art is Theopolis Smith III, who is more typically known by the alias “Phresh Laundry.”

Not originally from Indiana, the artist was born in St. Louis, Missouri, but frequently jumped from city to city due to his dad’s business affairs. He eventually landed in Fort Wayne, through his father’s travels and instantly fell in love with the city and its people. Before long, Smith was being commissioned to curate extraordinary pieces for the city to marvel at. 

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