Men’s Wearhouse Founder Still Pitching Guarantees, Now for Generation Tux

‘Memba the Men’s Wearhouse pitchman who had those iconic commercials guaranteeing satisfaction? Well, he’s still makin’ the same promises … almost word-for-word, but for his new company. George Zimmer — the founder of MW, who got booted from the…

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CES Wrongly Rescinded Award, Lora DiCarlo Founder Says

Lora DiCarlo’s Osé Robotic Massager was to be one of a handful of honorees this week at Consumer Electronics Show’s robotics and drones Innovation Awards show. But two week ago, Lora DiCarlo’s founder, Lora Haddock, received word from CES’ organizers that the technology trade show had disqualified the device from the awards program and banned the company’s product from the show.
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TOMS Shoes Founder Blake Mycoskie Lays Out Path to Gun Reform, Says NRA Can Help

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COTR, Founder Alicia Sinclair Featured in Netflix Docuseries ‘Follow This’

Premium sex machine The Cowgirl and the company’s founder and CEO, Alicia Sinclair, are featured in the “Sexbots” episode of the Buzzfeed show “Follow This,” which is available for streaming on Netflix.
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SpotMini & Boston Dynamics Founder Marc Raibert at WIRED25

SpotMini, the Internet’s favorite robot dog, appeared at WIRED25 with Boston Dynamics founder & CEO Marc Raibert. Raibert spoke with WIRED Editor in Chief Nicholas Thompson about robots and the future of robotic design as part of WIRED’s 25th anniversary celebration in San Francisco.
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Hypefest Tickets To Be Given Away, Thanks to Hypebeast Founder

HYPE MASTER–The promise of the first-ever festival from streetwear authority Hypebeast was enough to get its audience of sneakerheads buzzing. Then on Monday evening, the hype got even more real, once Hypebeast founder Kevin Ma offered to pay for all the tickets himself, making the event free of charge for all.
Hypefest, taking place in Brooklyn on Oct. 6 to 7, was initially set to welcome up to 15,000 people at $ 50 per ticket.
Posting on Instagram, Ma wrote: “Culture and learning shouldn’t have a price attached to it. I will personally cover the cost of tickets to make Hypefest a free experience for all.”
“Over a decade ago, I began a website documenting the things we love. Next month we will be holding our very first festival @hypefest which will bring our culture to life. To celebrate this moment, I will be personally covering the cost of tickets to provide free tickets for everyone. All are welcome to come share this moment with us. Tickets available tomorrow 12PM EST on hypefest.com.”

The description for the event online also adds: “No class system, no line-skipping, no scalping; just the best festival experience possible.”
Although details such as the venue remain vague, it promises music, art,

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Netflix Working on Biopic of Nike’s Founder Phil Knight

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Even though adidas has been making hella moves to become one of the hottest sneaker brands in the game, Nike continues to reign supreme in the culture and Netflix is working on founder Phil Knight’s documentary to show heads how a $ 50 startup became a billion dollar conglomerate.

Engadget is reporting that the media service provider has tapped Jurassic World’s Frank Marshal to produce a biopic based on Knight’s NY Times bestselling memoir, Shoe Dog, and will enlist The People V OJ Simpson writers Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski to pen the screenplay. Knight himself will also play a role in the biopic as the film’s co-producer.

“It’s an amazing tale about what the path to success really looks like, with its mistakes, struggles, sacrifice and even luck,” said Marshall in a statement. Shoe Dog was published in 40 languages and sits at number four on the NY Times best seller list for paperback nonfiction.

For anyone looking to get into the sneaker or clothing brand business the upcoming biopic might have some helpful jewels as to how to get themselves established.

No word yet on a release date but we’re sure sneakerheads and sneaker enthusiasts will be patiently waiting to see how their favorite sneaker brand came to be.

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[[tmz:video id=”0_0ll3o4c9″]] Kim Kardashian and the rest of the fam might have added a few million bucks to Spanx’s revenue, and its billionaire founder, Sara Blakely, couldn’t be more grateful. We got Sara at LAX and our guy wanted to know…

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Episode 91: Bill Pulte, Founder of Blight Authority, Solutions for Urban Decay/Crime

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  • Time to start thinking positively
  • Bill’s company is helping remove wide scale blight in Detroit
  • Detroit has 30,000 abandoned homes now owned by the government
  • Bill’s company cleared 10 city blocks of blight in just 10 days
  • Removed dangerous and dilapidated buildings where crime was flourishing
  • Result has been a natural reduction of crime, drugs, prostitution
  • Reducing blight significantly reduces the costs of police and fire services
  • Developer & manufacturer interest in the now cleared, inexpensive land
  • Key focus is using the land to provide jobs, improve economy
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Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes Addresses WKYS Prank, Hosts Taking Week Of Healing To Refocus

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This past week, there was heavy drama on the radio waves between DC’s WKYS The Fam hosts Danni Starr, QuickSilva, and DJ 5’9 after Starr was “ambushed” by her co-hosts after they invited a woman she denied a babysitting job to on the show. Urban One founder Cathy Hughes has issued a statement regarding the drama, showing her support for a fellow woman in the media.

Hughes’ statement reads:

Yesterday I co-hosted The Fam on WKYS 93.9 FM in Washington D.C. with the female talent of this station as an act of solidarity to support the show’s co-host Danni Starr who was placed in an embarrassing situation on live radio Thursday – International Women’s Day. The aftermath of this emotionally charged interaction became national news and has played out on social media for the past 48 hours.

After a full investigation, I’ve learned this incident was a radio prank ‘gone bad.’ None of our talent were adequately informed or prepped to have effectively executed this prank on Danni Starr. We have taken the necessary steps to resolve this matter. I agreed with Danni Starr’s expressed public sentiments that QuickSilva and DJ 5’9 are good guys who would never deliberately harm her or intentionally cause her embarrassment.

I stand firmly behind The Fam and will be providing the team a time of healing and refocus so they can continue to entertain, inspire and inform our listeners in the morning. To that end, next week’s show will be hosted by KYS DC’s afternoon drive personality Angie Ange and Baltimore Q92’s Konan, who himself is DC homegrown.

Once again, I apologize to our listeners who had to experience this most unfortunate incident. I appreciate your continued support of WKYS, but more importantly our talent, Danni Starr, QuickSilva and DJ 5’9. I’m prayerful we all will emerge a stronger family.

Class act.

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Papa John’s Founder & CEO Steps Down After NFL Comments

John Schnatter, the founder and CEO of pizza chain Papa John’s, is stepping down as CEO after making remarks that the peaceful protests of the National Anthem in the NFL hurt sales. Schnatter will remain chairman of the company as leadership is shifted to an executive within the organization.

CNBC reports:

Papa John’s says its founder John Schnatter will step down as CEO next month, about two months after he publicly criticized the NFL leadership over national anthem protests by football players.

The company said Thursday that Schnatter remains chairman but be replaced as chief executive by Chief Operating Officer Steve Ritchie on Jan. 1.

Schnatter had blamed slowing sales growth on the outcry surrounding NFL players kneeling during the national anthem. Papa John’s International Inc. is an NFL sponsor and advertiser.

White supremacists and others praised Schantter for his comments regarding the NFL made during a Nov. 1 conference call, which the company apologized for two weeks later. Pizza brand competitors, perhaps sensing blood in the water, took to social media to mock Papa John’s and the stance taken by Schnatter in the process.

The company has not confirmed if Schnatter’s comments were the reason for his stepping down.

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Golden Krust Founder Killed Himself Over Tax Debt: Report

Details are coming in regarding the suicide death of Golden Krust founder Lowell Hawthorne. According to reports, Hawthorne was in debt and feared potential tax evasion charges. 

Reports the New York Post:

A family member told detectives that Lowell Hawthorne, 57, admitted the huge tax debt to some of his relatives, and was “acting funny” and “talking to himself” in the hours before his suicide, a law enforcement source said Sunday.

Surveillance video shows the meat-pie mogul shooting himself in the head at his office inside the Golden Krust bakery and warehouse in the Bronx, said the source, who was briefed on the NYPD investigation into the shooting.

Before the shooting, the video shows Hawthorne speaking with a pair of workers who left the room, both of whom were crouched down when they later returned to his office, sources said.

Reportedly, Hawthorne left a note apologizing to his family, many of whom were in his employ.

Unfortunately, now the family will have to pick up the pieces.

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Pussycat Dolls Founder Robin Antin Says Kaya Jones’ “Prostitution Ring” Allegations Are ”Ridiculous Lies”

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Directed by John Lee Hancock (SAVING MR. BANKS), THE FOUNDER features the true story of how Ray Kroc (Michael Keaton), a struggling salesman from Illinois, met Mac and Dick McDonald, who were running a burger operation in 1950s Southern California. Kroc was impressed by the brothers' speedy system of making the food and saw franchise potential. Writer Robert Siegel (THE WRESTLER) details how Kroc maneuvered himself into a position to be able to pull the company from the brothers and create a billion-dollar empire. The film also stars Laura Dern as Ray Kroc’s first wife Ethel; John Carroll Lynch as Mac McDonald and Nick Offerman as Dick McDonald.

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The guy who co-founded Skype — and sold it for $ 2.6 BILLION — claims he got the picture when he found out his fiancee allegedly cheated on him, and now he’s suing to get the ridiculously expensive ring back.  Janus Friis claims in a new lawsuit,…

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Uniqlo Founder Tadashi Yanai Sends a Message to America

UNIQLO’S AMERICAN DREAM: Presidential candidates aren’t the only ones trying to relay more of a true-blue everyman spirit. Uniqlo founder, chairman and chief executive officer Tadashi Yanai is the latest top brass executive to pen a personal letter as an ad to customers. The black and white two-page spread in the Aug. 6 edition of last week’s New York Times was noticeably starker than the brand’s vibrant colorful campaigns in the past. Save for the red “Dear America” intro, Yanai’s words were colorless, but aimed to convey a warmth just the same. “This country is a place where, if you have something great to offer, you will be embraced. I believed that in 1984 when I opened the first Uniqlo store in Japan with the dream of one day bringing my new idea to the United States.”
Aiming to hit $ 50 billion in global sales by 2020, Yanai literally spelled out a few new initiatives including the openings of stores in Boston, Chicago and Seattle. He also explained the company’s name as an abbreviation for Unique Clothing Warehouse, and noted that LifeWear is simple apparel with a not so simple purpose: To make your life better. While not in Yanai’s words, the

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Conversations With Moshe, Founder of the Men’s Boutique Ari

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What does the ultimate shopping experience look and feel like? Maybe, being greeted by someone who can simply look at you and select pieces that fit you perfectly? Maybe, being offered a taste of an exclusive whiskey while you await pieces that are being pulled for you? Maybe, a full set of swatch books being laid out in front of you so that you can select materials and textures for your next shirt, jacket or even pair of shoes.

Well this is what you will experience when you walk in to Ari Soho, something custom and thoughtful.

Sitting with the founder of Ari, Moshe, I was able to get an exclusive look into a menswear shopping experience, something I think many women’s brands should take note of.

RM: What inspired you to start the brand?

Moshe: I was born in Israel, my mother was a custom tailor by trade. Growing up in a family where we didn’t have much money, everything I wore as a kid was custom made. This is where I got my love for clothes.

Then when I came to America at the age of 22 I started working at a couple of shops and at age 26 I opened my first shop. I use to carry all the major brands, Dolce & Gabbana, Roberto Cavalli but I realized I wanted to provide a different type of product for my customers. So I began to travel to Europe where I could research product and began working with small companies, no names, where it was solely about the product.

RM: How did the process change for you? What was the first thing you ever produced?

Moshe: The benefit of working with small companies is that you have an in to the process from start to finish. Most of the time things could be modified for my needs and my customer’s needs.

The first thing I ever produced was leather pants, 5 pocket leather jeans.

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RM: How would you describe the feel of Ari?

Moshe: I call it classic with a twist. There is some aggression to the look. You’re not looking like everybody. We focus on the silhouette and the way it fits a man who takes care of himself.

RM: What sets you apart from other brands?

Moshe: We try to offer a different experience when shopping. The staff is very knowledgeable. Men like simplicity and they like a good experience. They want to know that when they walk in a store you know their size and understand their fit. We also produce pieces that work well for our customer. We are known for a shop that has many buyable items. We have a lot of returning customers.

RM: When did you move your store to SoHo and what did that mean for the expansion of your brand?

Moshe: In 2001 we moved to SoHo. At that point we were only doing researched product. Name brands weren’t our focus anymore. We wanted to focus on giving someone the best for their money.

With the move we started to go into production. We started customizing for the shop with shirts and jackets. 5 years ago we started to do everything from A to Z. This included shoes, jeans, bags etc. We use the best materials, we stick to luxury because our customer deserves it. Everything we make is made in Italy. We produce in the same factories that produce for Hermes and other large brands. We are going to have 2 locations. We are now in the expansion stage. Its time for us grow.

RM: So you’ve been in business for 15 years, what has been the biggest lesson that you’ve learned in that time?

Moshe: Number 1, you’ve got to keep moving. If you’re not progressing you’re not growing. Number 2, don’t delay, don’t push it off. The reason you push it off is only because you really don’t want to do it.

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Ralph Roberts, a cable pioneer who built Comcast from a small cable TV system in Mississippi into an entertainment and communications behemoth, has died. He was 95.


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Silk Road Founder Sentenced To Life In Prison

If you were aware of the black market website, Silk Road, during its heyday at the top of the decade, then you were already one step closer to committing a felony. The online marketplace for heavy drugs such as heroin, cocaine and ecstasy amassed millions in revenue before being shut down in the November 2014.

Now, Silk Road founder Ross Ulbricht has to answer for the multiple crimes, including at least one victim overdosing from the drugs being purchased, with a life sentence in prison.

Reports the New York Times:

Mr. Ulbricht, 31, was sentenced by the judge, Katherine B. Forrest, for his role as what prosecutors described as “the kingpin of a worldwide digital drug-trafficking enterprise.”

Mr. Ulbricht’s novel high-tech drug bazaar operated in a hidden part of the Internet sometimes known as the dark web, which allowed deals to be made anonymously and out of the reach of law enforcement. In Silk Road’s nearly three years of operation, over 1.5 million transactions were carried out involving several thousand seller accounts and more than 100,000 buyer accounts, the authorities have said.

Judge Forrest echoed that message. “What you did was unprecedented,” she told Mr. Ulbricht, “and in breaking that ground as the first person,” he had to pay the consequences. Anyone who might consider doing something similar, the judge added, needed to understand clearly “and without equivocation that if you break the law this way, there will be very serious consequences.”

Mr. Ulbricht was convicted in February on charges that included engaging in a continuing criminal enterprise and distributing narcotics on the Internet, each of which carried potential life terms. The government had also alleged that he had solicited the murders of people he saw as threats to his operation, and that at least six deaths were attributable to drugs bought on the site.

At the hearing, the mother of one such victim and the father of another each delivered emotional statements to the judge. The father, identified as Richard, whose 25-year-old son had died after using heroin that prosecutors said was purchased on Silk Road, accused Mr. Ulbricht of being driven by greed in making drugs easily available to vulnerable people.

“I strongly believe that my son would be here today if Ross Ulbricht had not created Silk Road,” he said, adding, “All Ross Ulbricht cared about was his growing pile of bitcoins.”

A tearful Ulbricht expressed remorse for his actions at his sentencing but you know they say hindsight is always 20/20.


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Christian Audigier — Ed Hardy Founder Battling Cancer (VIDEO)

9:15 AM PST — TMZ spoke with Christian Audigier who says he was diagnosed with MDS (Myelodysplastic Syndrome) in January. It is the same bone disease GMA anchor Robin Roberts was diagnosed with back in 2012. Audigier was on chemotherapy until he…

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Designer and Founder of J. Stark Chats About His American-Made, Timeless Pieces

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Those with an affinity for classic movies might immediately recognize the name Jim Stark and associate it with James Dean’s emotionally-charged character in Rebel Without A Cause, but for those who didn’t grow up in that era (or didn’t have parents who had a healthy addiction to TCM) it might just be the name of a cool new accessory brand. J. Stark is a new, American company that offers quality, hand-made leather and wool accessories that inspire everyone to connect with their inner rebel. Sitting down to chat with the founder and designer Erik Holmberg, we discussed trends in men’s fashion, the quality of American-made goods and his hometown of Cleveland.

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Holding a degree in computer science, Holmberg had a career in technology for over ten years, working for tech companies and designing ephemeral programs that were forgotten the moment they served their purpose. “I’d work on projects for a month or two at a time and then I’d show people, and they would enjoy it and really appreciate what I’d done, but you could tell that because of the medium of it that it sort of left their consciousness, and didn’t really have as much of an impact on people as I thought it would,” Holmberg explains. “And it sort of troubled me that when electricity wasn’t available that all the work that’d been doing wouldn’t be available either, so I wanted to create something with my hands, something tactile that lived on in the world in a non-digital sense.”

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Leaving behind his tech-heavy background, he began J. Stark a little less than a year ago and was almost immediately rewarded with some of the most meaningful work in his life. Using good, old-fashioned hard work and quality materials, Holmberg began working with his hands again and creating things that people could cherish for years to come–with or without the use of electricity. “I don’t have formal experience or training when working with leather, but I did take a sewing class when I was in eighth grade so I knew I was capable of doing that and capable of working with my hands from doing some other things growing up–like building a bike from spare parts and working on my car,” he explains. “I’ve been teaching myself and learning along the way through each generation of the products I’ve been creating.” And while a shop class in junior high might not be the best way to start a business, we can definitely admire the impression it made on him.

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And with such a die-hard love of the American work ethic, it’s no surprise that his inspiration comes from none other than his mom and pop. “My parents are a huge inspiration to me, I don’t know if everyone feels that way about their parents, but they really gave a lot of themselves so that me and my two older sisters could have a better life than they had,” Holmberg explains. Realizing that his parents were once the same rebellious teenagers that he once was (and that James Dean’s character was), allowed him to feel a connection with them and his hometown. “I’m from Cleveland which is kind of an old, dying-out, steel town that not many people know about, so they don’t really speak highly of it, but it’s a beautiful place and a lot of what made me who I am today. It’s sort of a tribute to my parents and the city of Cleveland, and [the products are] all named after streets that are in downtown Cleveland that my parents grew up on, that I went to as a kid when my grandparents lived there, and that I still go back to when I visit Cleveland.”

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So was the brand named to capture the rebellious spirit of it’s namesake character? Actually, when asking about the meaning behind the name, Holmberg had a surprising answer. “I think the best way to connect with people is through shared experience and being vulnerable, and I think that a good time period when we were vulnerable and also had the experiences is during young adulthood and those late teenage years when we’re trying to become an individual,” he explains. “I think everyone’s gone through that so I picked out a movie and a character of a person who goes through those things that we’ve all gone through, and that’s sort of the thread that runs through all our lives that maybe we can connect on.” We’ve heard of some pretty fun and creative names in the fashion industry, but this might be the one with the most heartfelt meaning.

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The pieces in the collection don’t scream angst-ridden, teenage rebellion with metal studs, safety pins and hanging chains, but are rather the opposite with simple lines and minimal detailing. “The design in general, of everything I try to create, I want to be timeless and sort of authentic,” Holmberg says. “If you picked up my product 10 years from now or 20 years from now you wouldn’t be able to tell the date that it was made, and I think that that happens when you try to capture sort of the essence or the need that the product’s serving in the best manner possible.” And it’s this idea of being able to hold onto, and actually utilize, a piece without impressing upon each man’s individual style that Holmberg is striving for. They are simple pieces that can be passed down from father to son.

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While some men prefer bits, baubles and logos of every manner covering their accessories, Holmberg is following the trends–resurgences in classic shapes, vintage designs and nondescript facades are among some of his favorites. “[Men] don’t want to wear something with a huge logo on it that you can tell ‘oh that’s Gap or that’s Louis Vuitton or whatever,'” he assures us. Nor does he want customers to feel concerned about wearing in or scuffing up the leather, so he distresses every piece beforehand. “I want people essentially to use the product, so I think if it already has a couple scratches on it then they won’t feel bad scratching it up, or using it, or beating it up, because I think that actually is really what makes it your own,” he explains. “When you have a wallet and it starts to get dented or scratched by the way it carries in your pocket, that’s how you make it your own. I don’t want people to feel bad about it; I don’t want people to buy something and set it in the corner just to look at it because it’s pretty.”

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And that’s some fancy leather he’s breaking in. J. Stark is comprised exclusively of Horween leather, an American family brand that has been in business for over 100 years, and has a very specific process on curating and tanning their pieces–something that Holmberg appreciates. For his wools he draws from Abraham Moon & Sons in the United Kingdom–the same wool that one of our favorites, J. Crew, uses. For Holmberg, using top quality materials while still trying to be eco-conscious (it is leather after all, there’s only so much one can do), is one of his biggest priorities. “If using leather contributed to the killing of more animals then I’d probably stop using it,” he says. “What I’m really trying to do is–I know that those animals are being killed for their meat, and I really just want to make sure that all pieces of the animal are used down to the skin and the leather.” And he uses every piece of leather in-shop as well, keeping leftover remnants for smaller straps, pulls or parts. Plus he couldn’t imagine throwing away such high-quality fabrics–it’s all about quality over quantity. “I think the modern man is more interested in buying one item that lasts a really long time, [rather] than two or three items that break down easily that you have to keep replacing,” he explains.

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With so much work, research and sourcing that goes into the J. Stark brand, we had to wonder if the switch in careers gave him the deeper emotional connection he was looking for–turns out it was. He speaks softly, “the reaction when you give something that you’ve made with your hands, that can be touched and felt and passed around to people, I think is a much deeper, much more visceral reaction than I think will ever be able to be achieved digitally.”

J. Stark is available online and priced from $ 24-$ 100.

By Marissa Stempien
(Photos Courtesy of J. Stark)

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