Since the pandemic, there has been an increased shift toward bold, statement-making fashion choices. The YOLO (you only live once) mindset is in full gear, trickling over into fashion. Fashion has always been a form of self-expression, but today, so long as you’re being authentic, there is no style faux-pas. With that being said, in terms of taking risks, we’re each individually at different spots of the style spectrum.
So, what is one easy way to make a statement? Procure custom one-of-a-kind pieces to add to your closet repertoire. Think of yourself as the curator of your own exhibition, with each item as unique and wonderful as you are. After all, fashion is art! To help ignite your curatorial journey, get inspired by these four South Florida based female entrepreneurs.
Amanda Perna doesn’t need much of an introduction with her impressive fashion pedigree, including Project Runway alum, published children’s book author, and A Little Wyld boutique co-owner. During the pandemic, Perna put her custom creations on hold to focus on producing thousands upon thousands of face masks. Now that the dust has settled, Perna is getting back into her creative groove at The House of Perna’s Delray Beach atelier designing and sewing custom couture looks that are full of color, texture, vibrancy, and wit. She also designs fabulous accessories to complete any look. Perna loves to have fun with fashion and it’s infectious. If you have a chance to meet the designer, you’ll want to twirl in tulle for days on end.
Oksana Sakal caught my attention on Instagram with her beautiful custom hand-painted creations where “Chinoiserie meets fashion.” “The world of Chinoiserie to me is a sanctuary of beauty and magic,” shares Sakal. Originally from the Ukraine, Sakal had big fashion dreams, moving to NYC to study and work in the fashion world. Fast forward to the present, she now lives in Palm Beach where she is focusing on growing her brand Sakal Chinoiserie. After trying several painting techniques on different surfaces like denim, leather, suede and other materials, Sakal has her very own method where art is not only beautiful, but also wearable and durable.
To place your custom order, DM Oksana Sakal on Instagram @sakal_chinoiserie
Taylor Blaszczyk owns local Jupiter gem, Palm Harbor Boutique. This discovery is thanks to a friend of mine. We met for lunch and I could not stop admiring her personalized handbag showcasing the names of her beloved two dogs and horse.
Blaszczyk’s boutique offers a great array of unique finds with customization options that include beaded bags featuring her clients’ furry friends created solely based on the pictures that they provide.
Laura Chirino is one of the hardest working creatives that I’ve had the pleasure to meet. It’s wonderful to see her artistic career skyrocket. Earlier this year, she was selected as the official Carnaval Miami 2022 poster artist. Based in Miami, Chirino’s paintings are bold yet organic. In addition to painting on traditional canvas, she has been painting on hats, jackets, totes, and other wearable canvases for quite some time, making her art fashionable and personalized. Her designs add just the right amount of Miami flair to any look.
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