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An Interview With Joey Redner ~ #FashionIsAStory

In Uncategorized on September 20, 2017 at 3:20 am

There are some things that are just clear favorites. For instance, quality designer fashion (of course we were going to say this!), the Florida sunshine, walks on the beach, Buccaneers and USF football, and a chill place like Cigar City Brewing where you can hang out with friends and grab a delicious cold drink. We had the chance to catch up with Joey Redner, founder and CEO of Cigar City Brewing and get his take on Tampa Bay style. We knew he’d be a great person to interview, because we can relate to this line on Cigar City Brewing’s about page: “We acknowledge that what we do at Cigar City Brewing isn’t for everyone, but we welcome all.” That’s just like fashion and staying true to your own unique tastes! Enjoy a bit of Joey’s story…

What inspires you daily?
Family is my biggest inspiration. Watching my kids become their own people is especially inspiring to me.

How did you pursue your career field?
I had a passion for beer styles that when I was growing up were very hard to find. Through educating myself about those styles I became passionate about the history and variation in beer.

Joey’s favorite Cigar City Brewing beer: Bourbon Big Sound

How do you or your company help the Tampa Bay community?
We have partnered with hundreds of charities both big and small. Everything from providing free beer for fundraising events to buying and building bikes for an entire elementary school.

How do you encourage creative thinking at Cigar City Brewing?
By example. We had a lot of unique challenges when we started and I was always willing, sometimes even preferentially, to look for the less obvious solution.

If you won a “Best Of” award, in what category would you win? (real or made-up category)
Best: Self-Hair Cut.

A well-dressed person always has…
My eye.

Describe your signature style in one sentence.
Blue collar work shirt practicality.

What piece of clothing do you wear every day or what item in your closet can you not live without?
Do accessories count? Watches. I gotta wear a watch or I feel naked.

Joey’s favorite store. He has great taste!

Do you have a favorite designer or What celebrity is your style icon?
Tom Ford.

What’s your favorite fashion trend?
I tend to eschew the trends in favor of the classics. So my favorite trend is when people rediscover/re-popularize classics.

Speed Round
Less or More? Less
Favorite Color? Royal Blue
Favorite Store? Neiman Marcus
Best spot to relax in Tampa? Davidoff of Geneva
Sneakers or dress shoes? Dress shoes
Tie-dye, hot or not? Not. Never was.
Pants or Shorts? Depends, most of August….shorts
Button up, Polo or T-Shirt? Button Up

Follow Joey and Cigar City Brewing on Twitter: @JoeyRedner @CigarCityBeer  and Instagram: @joeyrednerccb @cigarcitybrewing

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An Interview With Melissa Dolce ~ #FashionIsAStory

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 18, 2017 at 2:36 am

Melissa Dolce

Melissa Dolce of Dolce Couture will make her debut on the Tampa Bay Fashion Week runway this fall, and we can’t wait to see what she brings to the stage! With a lifelong involvement in all forms of art and design, Melissa has a passion for creativity and is constantly searching for new and challenging endeavors to feed that passion. Known for her avant-garde sensibility and bold yet classy, confident designs, you’ll love getting to know more about Melissa and her story!

Gorgeous Melissa wearing her first designed dress ~ blue sequins for her prom!

What inspires you daily?
I’m inspired by everyday things of serendipity! I had a huge bird sitting outside my office window one day, that I couldn’t stop watching. So I decided to do a collection with feathers. Looking through my closet of “old stuff,” my 24 year old prom dress (my first design that I did and my grandma sewed for me) inspired me to do blue sequin garments! Thank goodness sequins have come a long way since then!

How did you pursue your career field?
I grew up a very artistic and creative kid. Typically exploring my creativity in ways that got me in big trouble by mom ~ drawing on everything in sight, cutting up my sisters clothes to look better… After several different types of design classes in college I fell in love with advertising and graphic design. I graduated from Indiana and moved all over the country (and out) working at several amazing companies as their Graphic Designer/Art Director.

How do you or your organization help the Tampa Bay community?
I volunteer in many different Tampa Bay organizations. Whether it’s working with children fighting cancer or handing out food to the homeless, it is so humbling and rewarding to help those in need. I also do pro bono graphic design work for charities whenever I can!

How do you encourage creative thinking?
I participate in several different area events showing my avant garde fashions. When people see the unique and creative designs they get inspired to think outside the box. There is no right or wrong when it comes to being creative, you just have to start!

If you won a “Best Of” award, in what category would you win? (real or made-up category)
Best dumb jokes.

A well-dressed person always has?
Confidence!

Describe your signature style in one sentence.
Bright, unique and a little edgy!

What piece of clothing do you wear every day or what item in your closet can you not live without?
Yoga pants! Besides wearing them to the gym daily, I need to be comfortable when I work on my fashion!

Original design creation by Melissa Dolce of Dolce Couture

Do you have a favorite designer or What celebrity is your style icon?
I don’t really have a favorite. I love to see all the unique styles that the celebrities wear to the Met Gala.

What’s your favorite fashion trend?
I don’t like following trends. I’m a fashion brat and do whatever I want 🙂

Speed Round
Less or More? Less
Favorite Color? Royal Blue
Favorite Store? Amazon (I oddly don’t like to go shopping)
Best spot to relax in Tampa? My backyard
Skinny Jeans or Bell Bottoms? Skinny Jeans
Heels or flats? Heels
Tie-dye, hot or not? Not
Dress, Skirt or Pants? Dress
Handbag, big tote, crossbody or tiny clutch? Clutch

Follow Melissa on Instagram: @dolcecouturefashions and Facebook.

New Dates! Rescheduling #TBFW2017

In Designers, Events, Fashion, Trends, Updates on September 16, 2017 at 8:58 pm

Hi Fashion Lovers!

Hurricane Irma whizzed through Tampa Bay breaking trees, power lines and our planned week of fashion.

We can never be out done though.

So take out your pen and cross out your Tampa Bay Fashion Week plans for September 20-23, 2017. Then look at your calendar and cross out anything you have previously scheduled for October 4-7 because, ladies and gentlemen, that’s show time!

Our new dates for Tampa Bay Fashion Week 2017 are Oct. 4-7, 2017.

This isn’t what we expected for our 10th anniversary, but we’re rolling with the punches! This gives us all time to pitch in and do the important work of cleaning up the mess that Hurricane Irma has left, and we hope to serve as a welcome break when we all come together Oct. 4-7!

See ya there!

Until next time ~ Ciao!
~Jessica

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