Meet the Tastemakers, part I



Rabiyyah Khan, fashion consultant/founder and creator of Fashion Bridge Agency

 

Tastemakers 2016 from Buffalo Spree magazine on Vimeo.

Video directed by Tiffani Moore

Director of photography: Shannon Madden

 

If you’ve picked up the latest copy of Spree, you may have been taken aback by the broad range of beauty, style and diversity on display in my latest fashion shoot with Luke Copping, called Tastemakers. All four spreads are packed to the gills with luminescent photos and stories about local individuals who are making seismic moves in the way we look at art, design, music, and fashion in Western New York. They offer new ideas that are bound to change the way we live, work and play here. We’ll start with four of the fifteen mold-breakers: Joseph Stocker, Beth Adams, Rabiyyah Khan and Issa Mars. All show us that as our city grows, success has no limits. Enjoy their interviews and make sure to follow their stories on social media.

 

Joseph Stocker, founder and creative director, BUREAU

IG: @bureaumade​

 

 

What are you doing with your life and career right now?

BUREAU is in the process of expanding our showroom (tripling the size) and I have been designing a series of off the rack items such as polo shirts, sweater, unstructured sport-coats and overcoats.  All classic pieces that never go out of style and they’ll be in the shop ready to grab to balance our custom made options. On top of that, I have some musical things in the works with my band The Soft Love as well as working on a new project with David Mitchell.

 

Tell us the last amazing thing you did.

A quick one-day trip to NYC to see The Last Shadow puppets at Webster Hall with some good friends. Amazing band, killer show, and as always NYC is electric. We tore the place down :)

 

What’s your style philosophy?

Dress for your body type and occasion. Everyone has an ideal "image" of what they want to see in the mirror. But it can be hard to execute if you do not have the resources or someone to work with that can guide you in the right way to achieve it. On a personal level, I prefer a minimal, consistent, and relaxed approach to what goes in my closet. Versatility to dance between work and play is key to everything I design and wear. 

 


 

Beth Adams, owner of Dungaree Dolly

IG: @dungareedolly

 

What are you doing with your life and career right now? 

My husband and I enjoy the simple life in the country with our two-year-old daughter Libby. For the past twelve years I have been a handbag & accessory designer for my business, Dungaree Dolly's. Recently I have started a new business—The Fit Pin Ups. I have found so much joy and fulfillment in helping others with their health and wellness as a support coach. #fitpinup 

 

Tell us the last amazing thing you did. 

I just got back from a free trip to Miami. I earned it by helping others through my coaching business. It was so fun to spend time with the other coaches on my team and get inspired to help even more people! 

 

A perfect day in Buffalo includes these three things… 

Grabbing a latte at Spot Coffee and visiting my favorite vintage shops: Miss Josie's and Moda Vintage. Then going over to the Japanese Gardens or the waterfront to take photos of Libby! 

 

What’s your style philosophy?

Modern day pin up girl. I love to mix the past with the present—a classic look with a fresh approach!

 


 

Rabiyyah Khan, fashion consultant/founder and creator of Fashion Bridge Agency (Bridging the Gap between your Fashion Dreams and Reality)

IG: @retrorabi

 

What are you doing with your life and career right now?

Being guided by a higher force and enjoying every minute of the outcome.

 

Tell us the last amazing thing you did.

Production Management of the Costume Institute's Met Gala 2016 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. No words can express...

 

A perfect day in Buffalo includes these three things…

Saturday mornings, catching an estate sale, anything in spring. 

 

What’s your style philosophy?

Retro, classic vintage. I like to mix the old with the new. 

 


 

Issa, silversmith and jewelry designer; Issa Mars, issamars.com

IG: @issa.mars

 

 

What are you doing with your life and career right now? 

I'm currently expanding Issa Mars, so that not only will you find my jewelry and metalware here in Buffalo and online, but it will also be available in other treasured places across the United States. I have been scouting stores that I admire aesthetically and that share an alignment of purpose and soul's intent with that of my own. I highly respect the slow living, handmade movement, as it supports the people behind the product and the overall hum and pace to which our world moves. I will be traveling this summer to meet up with other businesses and the people behind them, and will be selling at markets along the way. I am really looking forward to it; I have never experienced the desert in the flesh! 

 

Tell us the last amazing thing you did. 

I recently earned my Level One Certificate in the practice of Reiki and am currently training in Level Two. I am working to be a Reiki Master and I am profoundly excited to continue to infuse my daily life and work with extra light and healing intention. 

 

What’s your style philosophy?

My style philosophy comes down to construction, material, texture, make, maker and shape. I like to wear and surround myself with subtle hues. I can usually be found in a range of white, gray or black, earthy tones of brown, tan, camel, cream, and on a rare day a dark green or slate blue. The same goes for the vibe and scene of my living space. I feel calm and confident when I am wearing something that is of an ethical and natural material, a flattering shape, made by hardworking and loving hands.  Wearing minimal garments allows my adorned metals to have a more noticeable presence and also gives space for my inner being to come forth with more grace. 

 

 

Look for more "Meet the Tastemakers" blog posts from Erin this month on www.buffalospree.com.

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