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LIFESTYLE LETTER

SEPTEMBER 2018 PUBLISHER

Matthew Perry | matthew@lifestylepubs.com EDITOR

Angela Broockerd | angela.broockerd@lifestylepubs.com

Letter from the Editor OUR SEPTEMBER ISSUE IS DEDICATED TO FASHION AND STYLE. While working on this issue, I couldn’t help reflect on my own love of fashion and clothing

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Frank Flores | frank.flores@lifestylepubs.com Gabe Thibault | gabe.thibault@lifestylepubs.com

and how much it has morphed over the years. I love looking back at old photos and

CONTRIBUTING WRITERS

seeing the fashion trends of the day so heavily reflected. It brings back a flood of

Angela Broockerd, Alan Goforth, Judy Goppert,

memories and often a lot of laughs about what I thought looked great. I grew up predominantly in the ‘80s and ‘90s where fashion trends were both distinct and diverse. Big hair, perms, blue eye shadow, shoulder pads, leg warmers, parachute pants, jelly shoes, stone washed tight rolled jeans and Aqua Net dominated the ‘80s, while overalls, Birkenstocks, Doc Martens, plaids, and textures such as corduroy, velour, and velvet distinguished the ‘90s looks. Each decade had its own unique trends, and although some cycle back decades later, the originality of each look that is reflected often times is connected to the culture and music of the day.  One of my favorite memories tied to clothing was when my Aunt Barbara came in town from Georgia and took me to the Laura Ashley store on the Plaza to buy my confirmation dress. Being one of 10 children, we didn’t frequent expensive stores, so it was extra special when we got something nice. She let me pick out any dress I wanted and had no stipulations. The price didn’t matter and neither did the style. That blue floral dress in all its glory had an overly large bow in the back and big puffy sleeves with shoulder pads

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and was the best outfit I had owned up to that point in my 12 years of life. That memory with my sweet aunt was something that I have always treasured. As common as a shopping trip for our kids can be now, back then it was not (at least

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INSIDE THE ISSUE SEPTEMBER 2018

FEATURES 20 Meet the Maker Anna Vogel of GoldyBelle

26 Like Mother Like Daughter Fashion through the Ages

34 Garment District Revival Johnson County manufacturer believes KC is poised for a come back.

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38 Ethan Maddox Clothing Feeling good on the fairway

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A R T F U L ARTICLE NATALIE FIELEKE PHOTOGRAPHY CHAD JACKSON

D E S I G N AN OVERLAND PARK COUPLE POSSESSED

complete the remodeling portion of the project.

GALLERY-WORTHY MODERN ART PIECES,

She reviewed drawings and elevations and spec-

BUT NOT YET THE SHOWCASE FOR THEM.

ified all the materials used in the project, from

So they turned to Arlene Ladegaard, principal

tile and countertops to paint and stain colors,

designer at Design Connection, Inc., to transform

light fixtures, and carpeting.

their newly-purchased contemporary home into an art-collector’s dream space.

Clients purchased the modern and minimalistic furniture, area rugs and accessories

Ladegaard drew design inspiration from their

– many of them one-of-a-kind pieces – under

collection – settling on a color palette of corals,

Ladegaard’s guidance from some of her favorite

oranges, and blues – to create a styled space

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allowing art to be the focal point.

Some areas, like the bathroom, were conceived

“Since the artwork was so outstanding, the

and designed as completely new spaces, while

other elements work off it to create a unique feel-

other areas, like the kitchen, were freshened with

ing in the home,” Ladegaard says.

new facades, countertops, and backsplash.

One example of this is in the dining room,

Although blending old and new finishes and

where the light fixture, furnishings and rug

furnishings could represent a potential design

were all specially selected to bring to life three

challenge, Ladegaard achieved a cohesive feel

coordinating pieces of art. Another case-in-

throughout the home by keeping the natural

point is the living room, where Ladegaard

elements and colors consistent.

refreshed an existing sectional sofa with new

At the end of a nine-month renovation period,

back cushions and color-pop pillows that draw

the project was complete and the client ready to

the eye to the adjacent art and custom-built

move into their spacious, modern home.

Courtesan Oak floating cabinet.

Although she says her Midwest clients don’t

Design Connection, Inc. managed the whole-

typically lean this modern, this home’s natural con-

home renovation from start to finish. Ladegaard

temporary style comes easily to Ladegaard with her

viewed the home with the clients, coordinated

sourcing connections and her love for using natural

their wish list and selected a contractor to

elements in a variety of ways.

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Arlene Ladegaard is the principal designer at Design Connection, Inc., an award-winning design firm in Overland Park. She can be reached at 913.851.8776. You may view other projects at DesignConnectionInc.com

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MEET THE MAKER:

A of GoldyBelle

ONE OF ANNA’S EARLIEST MEMORIES IS EMBROIDERING A HEART WITH HER MOM AND THEN MOVING ON TO ATTEMPTING TO MAKE ARTICLE ANGELA BROOCKERD PHOTOGRAPHY CHRISTINA HILLIARD

DOLL CLOTHES. Sewing has always been a part of her life. With fabric, she always felt like there were endless possibilities. “I’ll always be grateful to my mother and grandmother for giving me the tools to be creative and for being a huge reason why I do what I'm doing now. I wouldn't have the skills required to sew and design as I do currently without their guidance. To this day, I use bits and pieces from my late grandmother's stash,” Vogel says. Vogel credits her father, a successful entrepreneur, with encouraging her to pursue her dreams. She believes she may not have had the confidence to dive into a real business without his support and belief in her. After the birth of her daughter in 2014, Vogel started working on little pieces for her baby and decided to take the plunge with her own label, GoldyBelle. “My first business prior to my clothing line was a pottery and gift boutique that I named Florence Adams after my grandmother, so it only seemed natural to name my next venture after grandma Florence's mother, my great-grandmother, GoldyBelle,” Vogel explains. Living and studying for a couple of years in Europe shaped a lot of Anna’s design sensibilities. She leans toward classic, timeless looks and updates them in ways that are both practical and contemporary. “I know the general shapes I like to use in kids’ clothing and enjoy the process of making samples. More often than not I end up tweaking and adjusting a rough pattern until it has the look I'm trying to achieve. Then my very talented pattern maker takes it and streamlines the look for production.” They started by making everything locally, but as they grew, they moved some of their production to Los Angeles. They soon found that it's harder to keep a close eye on the process from beginning to end from afar. Although Vogel was generally happy with the production, there were often delays and problems she couldn't address from such a distance.

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Photo Paul Versluis

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“Before producing in Los Angeles, I searched for local manufacturing. At that time, there was nothing. I am thrilled that we are now able to move everything we produce to local Kansas City businesses. It's not only practical and much easier, but it fills me with so much local KC pride. That being said, I will always use any local help with seamstresses who like this kind of work that lets them stay at home if needed for unique small batch and/or heirloom quality looks.” They often use vintage materials for these pieces and have so much fun working on these creative looks. Having both truly handmade pieces and local production is a dream come true for her. While Vogel loves creating the really unique and special looks, she’s been moving toward styles that are both more practical and pretty. She focuses on high quality from her local handmade seamstresses, which is immediately evident in GoldyBelle products. They line their knits, try to hide interior seams when they can, and add unique details that you won't find elsewhere. Other ways that Vogel has made these pieces practical can be seen in one of her most popular pieces, the Heidi Dress which features leather details that snap off and on for easy laundering. “It's a tremendous help to have my daughter, Clara, as my own little model to try designs on. In fact, because she isn't really interested in "modeling” for me, it actually helps me to know when something is practical or not. One of our most popular designs, the Sophia dress, has been tested up and down by her which led to a few design changes over the years,” Vogel explains. “Clara is very independent and loves to dress herself, which led me to realize that a dress that is the same in both the front and back is truly helpful.” The Sophia dress has a design that has proven to be really popular, especially because this dress is suitable for playing at the park or going to church, and the little wearer can slip it on and look perfect with ease.

“MY HOPE IS THAT WHEN YOUR DAUGHTER WEARS GOLDYBELLE, SHE IS BOTH COMFORTABLE AND STANDS OUT A BIT FOR HER UNIQUE YET CLASSIC LOOK,” VOGEL SAYS. You can find out more about GoldyBelle at www.goldybelle.com,

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REALTY REPORT

JOHNSON COUNTY

NEIGHBORHOOD

ORIGINAL PRICE

SOLD PRICE

%SOLD/ORIG

DOM

BDRMS

BATHS

MISSION HILLS

$4,850,000

$3,700,000

76%

487

5

5.2

ROCKWOOD FALLS ESTATES

$1,850,000

$1,732,000

93%

3

5

6.2

SIENA OF LEAWOOD

$1,575,000.00

$1,487,500.00

94%

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6

6.2

TUSCANY RESERVE

$1,450,000.00

$1,440,000.00

99%

17

4

4.3

WILSHIRE BY THE LAKE

$1,450,000.00

$1,440,000.00

99%

17

4

4.3

SAGAMORE HILLS

$1,295,000.00

$1,220,000.00

94%

58

4

3.3

INDIAN HILLS

$1,229,500.00

$1,220,000.00

99%

3

4

3.1

INDIAN HILLS

$1,075,000.00

$1,183,000.00

110%

4

4

3.2

TOWN & COUNTRY

$975,000.00

$975,000.00

100%

2

5

4

LIONSGATE THE LINKS

$975,000.00

$950,000.00

95%

338

5

4

SOUTHWOOD

$950,000.00

$882,700.00

92%

315

6

6.0

$895,000

$865,000

96%

6

4

4.1

HALLBROOK

Information compiled is from Heartland Multiple Listing Service (MLS) and includes properties listed and sold in the area from multiple brokers. Statistics from 7/1/2018 to 7/31/2018. DOM=Days on Market.

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L I K E M OT H E R

L I K E DAU G H T E R FA S H I O N T H R O U G H THE AGES ARTICLE ANGELA BROOCKERD PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

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IT ALL BEGINS WITH THOSE THREE LITTLE WORDS, “IT’S A GIRL!” Visions of dressing a little

S H E L LY &

girl can be a mother's dream (or nightmare), and what used to be all frills and lace has now turned into a variety of options for mothers today. The styles are endless, and even infant outfits are trendy and versatile. Our mothers are often our first “stylists” responsible for our first fashion statements in our early youth. However, often the tables turn as daughters grow up and get their own sense of style becoming a great resource to their moms of what to wear and what definitely not to wear. Not only do they discover what they truly love to wear, but sometimes daughters begin to help their mothers stay on trend and can help with a closet overhaul. Throughout the many seasons of life, dressing and shopping with our moms and daughters have probably been a mix of fun, frustration and memory-making. These local mothers and daughters share how fashion has morphed throughout their lives.

M O M — S H E L LY D A U G H T E R — B R I T TA N Y From the time Brittany was little, she has always thought of her mom, Shelly, as someone who was into fashion and shopping. Shelly taught her daughter that if you find something that makes you feel good and confident, you should rock the look. Brittany completely agrees and tries to carry that into her everyday life. This mother and daughter combo believes it is more than just fashion -- it’s about being confident and feeling good about who you are.    “There was a time when I was really into white lipstick and glitter eye shadow. Needless to say, it was not a good look, but my mom supported me anyway. Then again, there have been a few times where she buys children's shoes because she can fit in them seeing as she has such little feet,” Brittany explains. A special memory between these two was the annual shopping outing for Brittany’s first day of school outfit. They even have continued this tradition as adults before their first day at a new job.  Although their tastes vary, they both love clothes that are comfortable and that can be an everyday outfit but can still be dressed up with fun jewelry or a good shoe. “Regardless of our different taste in style, we always find good things we know the other will like and love giving each other gifts,” Shelly says.

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JOANN &

MOM — JOANN DAUGHTER — NICOLE JoAnn and Nicole rarely shop together and have vastly different styles; in fact, they may be opposites. Nicole likes high heels and showing her arms and legs, and JoAnn likes over the knee dresses, three-quarter sleeve tops and a good comfy flat. However, Nicole has come to realize that she has adopted some of her mother’s fashion habits as her own. Nicole explains, “My mom keeps a lot of her clothes for awhile, and I just realized that I do the same thing. Some pieces never go out of style and some will go away and then come back. You never know, so I learned the art of taking care of my clothes and hanging on to them from her.” Instead of shopping trips, this duo grew up catalog shopping. “We would receive those massive JCPenney catalogs  in the mail, and I would get so excited when they arrived so that I could pick out what I liked,” Nicole remembers. “Several years ago I called a favorite clothing store of mine to see if they had some sort of catalog to send to me as a visual, and the younger-than-me woman was so confused as to what I was talking about. Old habits never die! Needless to say, they didn't have one. I will say though, there is something about seeing someone else wearing a great outfit that encourages you to really love and pursue it.” JoAnn says she recently needed to borrow a dress from Nicole’s closet and discovered that Nicole really enjoyed picking something out for her. “Maybe it's a start to something.”

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FAVO R I T E C U R R E N T T R E N D : NICOLE: Combat boots and two-piece sets JOANN:  Casual one-piece knit dress. They are low maintenance and can be worn anywhere.

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MOM — LISA DAUGHTER — LAUREN

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Lisa and Lauren both have a shared love of fashion and appreciate each other’s style choices. Their styles are definitely different, but they almost always love what the other is wearing. It's the first thing they mention when they see each other and like to call it "the compliment parade.” “My mom has always had great style, and I always loved watching her get all dressed up when I was a kid. I couldn't wait to wear her high heels,” exclaims Lauren. Lisa loves to share her finds with her daughter and is always looking for her approval on her wardrobe selections. “I appreciate that she will be brutally honest with her feedback. We love hitting the sales, and having my personal shopper along with me ensures a successful return on the investment,” Lisa explains. Their shared love of a good bargain makes for fun after-shopping gloating, all in good fun of course. “We love to play the "guess how much I spent?” game to show off who got the better deal,” Lauren says. One of Lauren’s favorite shopping memories was when her mom got her out of school early to go shopping for her eighth grade dance dress because it made her feel so special to have that time with her mom. “Shopping for the wedding dress has to be my favorite memory,” says Lisa. “Shopping for prom and homecoming brings back stressful memories.  Oh, the drama!”

FAVO R I T E C U R R E N T T R E N D : LAUREN: Two-piece sets because they are way easier than a romper.

LAUREN

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ARTICLE ALAN GOFORTH | PHOTOGRAPHY PAUL VERSLUIS

LO C A L D E N I M M A N U FACT U R E R B E L I E V E S KANSAS CITY IS POISED FOR R E V I VA L O F O N C E -T H R I V I N G GARMENT INDUSTRY

THE BUSTLE OF WORKERS AND HUM OF SEWING MACHINES HAVE LONG SINCE LEFT THE OLD KANSAS CITY GARMENT DISTRICT. At one time, however, garment manufacturing was the city's No. 2 industry, employing more than 4,000 people. An estimated one in seven American women wore a garment that was manufactured in Kansas City. "We don't always appreciate the history we have here in Kansas City," says Kerry Duffin, owner of The Garment Factory in the West Bottoms and the Lucy Marie and Herman product lines. "Up until the early 1990s, we were second only to New York City in garment production. It fell off a cliff with NAFTA and China trade opening up." However, Duffin believes the industry is poised for a revival that could create thousands of jobs and put the city on the national map for apparel. "Kansas City has a huge opportunity to capture the Made in the USA apparel industry," he says. "Much of the manufacturing is done in Los Angeles, which is perceived as fake, but we are perceived as authentic. Kansas City has a heck of an opportunity to wake up and grasp. The growth can be exponential, because bringing in one business can attract 10 more." Duffin has put his money where his mouth is. The Kansas City native, who started out working in the music industry, had a brainstorm while visiting the South Beach area of Miami. He noticed women wearing a style of jeans that were designed to flatter their figures. Market research convinced him that proper fit is a top priority for women purchasing denim. As a result he launched the Lucy Marie line for women and later the Herman line for men (both named after his parents) in 2013 (www.lucyandherman.com).Two years later, he opened the Garment Factory to provide contract manufacturing.

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"WE DON'T ALWAYS APPRECIATE THE HISTORY WE HAVE HERE IN KANSAS CITY," SAYS KERRY DUFFIN, OWNER OF THE GARMENT FACTORY IN THE WEST BOTTOMS AND THE LUCY MARIE AND HERMAN PRODUCT LINES. "UP UNTIL THE EARLY 1990S, WE WERE SECOND ONLY TO NEW YORK CITY IN GARMENT PRODUCTION. IT FELL OFF A CLIFF WITH NAFTA AND CHINA TRADE OPENING UP."

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"We are the only cut-and-sew facility in Kansas City," he says. "Several people are working out of their homes and doing small, single-piece production. But as far as assembly-line production, The Garment Factory is the only one doing it." A major challenge of trying to revive a long-dormant industry was simply finding basic equipment and skilled workers. "Basic things such as shears would cost $100 here but just $19.99 in Los Angeles," he says. "Thread and other things we buy in bulk had to be shipped in. But the biggest hurdle is finding skilled assembly-line workers. It has taken two years to find around 10 good operators. Many have come from immigrant populations. It's a highly skilled position and difficult to teach. I initially had to import my entire production crew from Los Angeles. They fell in love with Kansas City and said they wanted to move their families here." After frequent conversations with West Coast clients and suppliers, Duffin began to realize that Kansas City had a golden opportunity. California companies are being squeezed by high labor costs, suffocating regulatory burdens and environmental concerns. "Many companies that have been in Los Angeles for 25 or 30 years are considering moving and see Mexico as their only option," he says. "Many major brands have moved to Mexico, but with tariffs, they are looking over their shoulder wondering if they made the right decision. There are not many options. Union labor makes New York cost-prohibitive. There are some in Chicago, which also is expensive, and in Kentucky and Tennessee." This is where Kansas City, where the cost of living is 78 percent lower than Los Angeles, enters the picture. "Kansas City has a central location, lower shipping costs and an ease of doing business," Duffin says. "I made a call to City Hall, and there is only one page of codes. By contrast, Los Angeles requires eight types of business licenses." Kansas City also offers something less tangible but just as valuable – authenticity. This is especially important with strong consumer demand for Americanmade products. "Kansas City is perceived as down-to-earth, not contrived," Duffin says. "Many people are now willing to pay 10 percent or 20 percent more for something manufactured in the United States, where they know the quality." The biggest challenge is overcoming inertia. Duffin has contacted city officials, civic leaders and bankers about his vision. He admits it has been a tough sell. "I can't facilitate the moves myself and need assistance," he says. "It's a hard business to understand. Many people focus on a romantic vision of the industry, with fashion shows and galas, but our business is very blue collar." Hardly a day goes by that Duffin doesn't receive a phone call from someone asking about Kansas City. He shares his enthusiasm for all the city has to offer, even as he works to grow his own business. With the proper strategy and persistence, he is convinced the sound of sewing machines again will echo through the garment district. "Civic leaders are interested but don't grasp the economics, since we haven't had a garment industry here in 35 years," he says. "It will take a concerted effort to grow the apparel industry." 36

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WHO IS THE PERSON BEHIND THE ETHAN MADDOX BRAND? TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT YOURSELF. I’m originally from Central Missouri and have lived in Kansas City for the past seven years.  My wife, Heather, and I currently reside in Olathe.  My background is in engineering and power marketing, but I’ve been a lifelong lover of golf, and I still enjoy playing regularly with friends, along with a few competitive events throughout the year.

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TELL US A LITTLE BIT ABOUT HOW ETHAN MADDOX GOT ITS START. Growing up playing competitive golf in the mid-to-late ‘90s, I was extremely underwhelmed at the options for golf apparel. I was never satisfied wearing double-pleated cotton shorts, and with the help of my amazingly talented mother would shop local department stores for pairs of suit pants that I liked. My mother would then cut and hem them into shorts at the length I wanted to achieve the look I was going for. Golf apparel has come a long way since then, but I still felt the desire to create my own brand of better-fitting golf apparel. I launched Ethan Maddox in late 2016 with casual golf-themed apparel. After meeting Kerry Duffin at The Garment Factory here in KC, I decided to take the plunge and develop our own private label of shorts and polo shirts. We have been developing products ever since.

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WHAT CAN PEOPLE EXPECT IN AN ETHAN MADDOX PRODUCT? WHAT ARE YOUR BRAND STANDARDS THAT MAKE YOU STAND OUT? Our brand has several distinguishing features. Above all other brands, we are one of only a couple who manufacture their apparel in the United States. We source all components of our apparel from within the U.S. — even weaving our fabric from scratch at a mill in Ohio — and take great pride in manufacturing everything here in Kansas City at The Garment Factory.   Secondly, we utilize the highest quality, state-of-the-art fabrics available today. At its core, Ethan Maddox apparel is meant for the golf course, so we use fabrics that will look great, keep you cool, and provide you with the necessary range of motion required to execute great shots.     Finally, our fit. We didn’t want Ethan Maddox to fit like every other big-box brand to appease the masses.  Our fit features a modern, athletic cut that is slimmer than traditional fits, but not necessarily what we describe as “slim.”  We feel it provides a nice happy medium.

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WHAT IS IMPORTANT TO YOU IN DESIGN? Fit is our number one design priority. We source the highest quality materials that go into our apparel, but fit is our key focus in the design process. I’m a firm believer that looking great breeds confidence and yields better golf. We want our customers to love our fit so much that they’re overcome with confidence and give themselves the best opportunity to play great and enjoy their time on the golf course.

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