Fashion today is made up largely of big-name designers and models who create hype around the emphasis of product. Designers rely heavily on celebrities to promote their product by wearing it and have become more concerned with endorsements over the actual quality of their product. Not often is there a background accompanied with a stylistic piece, or somewhat of a story that is being told through the art. However, the founder of the Brain Dead apparel company Kyle Ng works alongside his partner Ed Davis to change the way we perceive the clothing that we wear. 

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Throughout my 21 years of life, I have learned there are a multitude of ways that people eventually “make it.” There are individuals who become well known accidentally, some who have been perfecting their craft since their younger years, and then there are a few who simply want to find a way to provide for their families. Creative Director Teddy Santis is one who became successful due to the latter possibility mentioned, through fashion. 

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The first two years of Angela Scott’s entrepreneurial endeavor were spent working tirelessly by herself with one goal in mind: making shoes by and for women. She wanted to challenge herself while also making sure her message of empowerment grew. After two years, she found an intern to assist her with the growth of her company, The Office of Angela Scott. Now, celebrating their ten-year anniversary, Angela Scott, has grown far beyond two employees and a dream for a better way to produce and consume shoes.

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High fashion doesn’t have to mean outlandish or impractical fashion; some designers are changing everyday looks into chic and elegant pieces that are both usable and sustainable. Israeli-American fashion designer Nili Lotan has become known for her classy basics and styles, but her brand and looks extend far beyond that. Not only has she taken over the fashion world, specifically New York, she has also continued to grow as a brand that’s become associated with the world’s top celebrities and influencers. A recent collaboration with Target will also show Lotan’s sensibilities and high fashion to an audience that might not be familiar with her otherwise.

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There is freedom in fashion. The earrings, jackets, shoes, and everything else in between that we wear to express ourselves are extensions of who we are and what we want to portray to the world around us. With fashion, we showcase our individuality and serve as everyday models for the groundbreaking fashion designers who create the items we choose to wear. 

The cut, creases, and colors should go beyond the purpose of just looking good. London-born fashion designer Grace Wales Bonner holds this value close. She is known for the distinctive designs of her eponymous label. 

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