POLISHED Magazine Fall/Winter 2023

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LETTERS Trashion is the perfect portmanteau of trash and fashion. My vision for this issue was to allow small business designers to collaborate and design pieces made from trash for the Editorial. Sustainability has taken the fashion industry by storm, and I wanted to show a different way designers and those interested in fashion could upcycle their wardrobe. In the Trend Report you’ll find trending styles such as “gorpcore” and “dark romance”. Layering pieces such as oversized accessories will make your outfit cohesive this winter. All of my editions as Creative Director have one common theme which is sustainability. With this being my fourth and final semester as Creative Director, I am proud to look back and see all I have done to grow this organization into what it is today. Thank you to my team for your hard work and dedication. I will miss being a part of the magazine, but I look forward to seeing what the future of POLISHED becomes. Inspired by trash off the streets and trends on the runway, “Trashion” will certainly have you curious of ways you can upcycle your next outfit.

CONTRIBUTORS Publisher Lasell University Founder Richard Bath Creative Director Sydney Pesaturo Managing Editor Liah Brown Lead Editor Oliver Pruett-Reed Art Director Amelia Capron Art Editor Julia Figueiral Associate Art Editor Emmett Anderson Editor Angela DeFelice Lead Stylist Kayla Campbell Stylists Alyssa Guglielmo Felicity Nystrom Ella Rivera Editorial Photographer Amelia Capron Hair Bella Brandt

We continue to strive for a world surrounded by sustainability which has been an evolution in fashion, changing how the industry produces garments. While we all are “Crushing on Clothes”, upcycling is on the rise, taking second-hand fashion and giving them a new life. “Empowering Threads” gives us a new take on garments through crocheting community connections, and how inclusivity can influence the fashion industry. In “Trash to Treasure”, you can read how trash from our oceans can transform into beautiful works of art. I would like to thank all of my writers and the rest of the team for another successful creation of the magazine. This POLISHED team has curated a space where we can all use our talents to create a beautiful finished product. “Trashion” is upcycling our ideas into reducing waste and reclaiming the fashion industry.

Makeup Kayla Campbell Models Layali Nasser Elliot Rafael Media Directors Julia Figueiral Hillary Gherardi Kim Nguyen Nicole Reusch Social Media Team Alena D’Antonio Anna Cardinale Lila Carpenter Emma Gott


Maeve Keneally

I remember when Sydney first conceptualized this idea. I believe it perfectly represents what our generation of POLISHED magazine has tried to involve within its mission. As sustainability is a prominent topic in the fashion industry, I feel that we have a responsibility to promote it. This theme was a fantastic opportunity to express that. For my first edition as Art Director, I wanted to lead our new team of designers to have courage and creativity through the process of developing their layouts. The graphics team has always felt like a community and I want to continue that. I have the honor and privilege of bringing this semester’s issue of POLISHED to life. Thank you to everyone on this team who has made this experience possible, and it’s been a pleasure to work alongside Sydney on her final issue.

Brooke Mcfarland Kirsten Miller Jonah Rubin-Salzberger Margaret Sheridan Blog Director Payton Hebert Blog Writers Morgan Healy Daniel Iannuzzo Rebecca Donovan Clare Tonucci Maddie Young Jenna Messina Design Mentor Caelan Watson


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Designer: Amelia Capron Writer: Angela DeFelice


MOCHI MADNESS 6 Designer: Jamie Kinteris Writer: Inès Dupupet

Designer: Olivia Sousa Writer: Liah Brown


Fashion Designers: Alyssa Guglielmo, Amelia Capron, Jackie Wolf-Schmidt, Make Me Feel Better, NROR ART, Paige Sechrist, Stargirl Designs, & Sydney Pesaturo Location: Yamawaki Studio Photography: Amelia Capron


Designer: Alizé Romero Writer: Hazel Nichol

CLASSY EATS IN ITALY 10 Designer: Atllas Stone Writer: Emma White

TRASH TO TREASURE 22 Designer: Angela Murray Writer: Anya Misage


Designer: Amelia Capron Writer: Sydney Pesaturo Models: Gabriela Acebo, Elijah Antoine, Ryan Dinoff, Ximena Mendoza-Galvan, Jasmine Somaya, & Evan Terry


Designer: Amelia Capron Writer: Liah Brown & Oliver Pruett-Reed

THE WORLDS FRIENDLIEST TOAST 28 Designer: Erin Tilley Writer: Liliana Luksch

CRUSHING ON CLOTHES 30 Designer: Erin Tilley Writer: Kassandra Fisher

ON THE COVER Layali Nasser and Elliot Rafael Designers: Alyssa Guglielmo & Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Photography by Amelia Capron

MISSION STATEMENT The mission of POLISHED Magazine is to promote and highlight the diverse and vibrant culture and fashion scene of Boston and the surrounding area.

POLISHED Magazine is produced by the Lasell University School of Fashion with graphic design support from the Graphic Design League at Lasell University. Visit us at graphicdesignleague.com POLISHED Magazine is printed by Wing Press - beau@wingpress.com



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Boston Symphony Hall creates the must see experience of the Boston Holiday Pops. Conducted by Keith Lockhart, holiday songs are played for all to hear. With an ensemble of talented musicians, a night of cheer and joy is guaranteed for all. Songs such as “Hark! The Herald Angels Sing!” “Hallelujah,” Boston Celtic Music and “Sleigh Ride” will be played with a Festival at Club Passim classicalPops” take on the “Holiday at holiday theme, one unforgettable for people of all ages.

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The Boston Celtic Music Festival is three nights full of Irish and Scottish traditions. Join in on the fun this January! You can participate in dances, enjoy live music, and see musicians from the Celtic scene in Boston. On the last dayTeller of the festival, Penn and Live brunch will be served with the ambiance of the folk-rock band at The Boch Center Mrs. Wilberforce playing in the background. Attend this festival and immerse yourself in a world of Celtic folklore!


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The famous magicians are coming to Boston! Penn Festival atCenter. ClubThePassim and Teller will be live at the Boch duo has been performing together since the 70’s and did a TV show together in 2011, which has just been renewed recently for a new season. The much-beloved pair is back with live performances packed full of comedic and magical elements, bringing a good time to all audiences. Join them for a great spectacle of magic, skepticism, and comedy.

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Moulin Rouge graced the big screen, now watch as it’s reinvented live as a musical! Witness the story of heartwrenching romance intertwined with glamour and twisted with grandeur in this musical retelling of the beloved movie. It has earned ten Tony Awards throughout the years, which includes “Best Musical”. It’s packed with love and care for its movie counterpart, and everyone will be in for an amazing time.

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Bringer of pop metal, Bon Jovi is performing this year at TD Garden. With hit songs like “Wanted Dead or Alive” and “Living on a Prayer”, come enjoy a night of rock n’ roll greatness! The band “Holiday Pops” at members, such as lead singer Jon Bon Jovi, pianist David Bryan, Bostonbassist Symphony Hall Hugh McDonald, guitarist Phil X, and drummer Tico Torres will serve you one hell of a night full of music and fun. Get your tickets now!

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Have you ever wanted to learn how to cook Italian dishes? Well grab an apron, and join this seminar to prepare foods like ravioli, tortellini, tiramisu, and more! At the end of this event, not only do you get to enjoy the meals you’ve made, but also some light snacks and drinks that will be provided. This class is for chefs of any skill; all are welcome. Have no fear, you’ll be receiving full guidance from your host and be cooking in no time!


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The goddess of pop, the icon, Cher! After years, her story is retold and reborn Penn andmany Teller Live in the Tony Award-winning musical of her at The Boch Center life. The musical tells the tale of how Cher transcended pop culture throughout her rising fame which only rose as time went on. Cher was a force to be reckoned with and she was unashamed to be herself freely. With ten hit singles in four decades under her belt, Cher rose to the top and even became an actress as well. This musical brings all of Cher to the forefront and no doubt about it, you’ll be in for a showstopping time this year at the Wang Theater.

Boston Ballet Cinderella

Moulin Rouge at Citizens Bank Opera House

Italian Dinner with Tiramisu Finale

Boston Ballet Cinderella

Hold on to your glass slippers, The Boston Ballet is bringing a magnificent production of Cinderella to the big theater! Adorned with stunning costumes and talent, these dancers will bring the beloved story alive right before your eyes. Set to Sergei Prokofiev’s beautifully moving score and paired with choreography curated by Sir Frederick Ashton, this timeless classic will make you fall in love all over again.

Illustrations by Amelia Capron

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irst opened in 2021 in Allston Massachusetts, Pon de Joy has since opened two additional locations with another in the works. Between the three current locations, customers can choose between an array of mochi donuts, bubble tea, and other specialty items like taro chia pudding. On top of their own locations, they can be found at various events in the Boston area. Most recently, they made an appearance at SoWa Open Market. Heather Kim decided to open Pon de Joy in Boston, where she was a former longtime resident, after discovering mochi donuts in her current home state of California. Working with designer Rahul Bhogal for branding and marketing, Kim was committed to coming up with a unique business name to set her business apart from other mochi donut places. The name is a play on the Japanese name for mochi donuts: Pon de Ring, which Kim and Bhogal discovered after doing research into the history of the pastry. Pon de Joy is an American take on the name that references the joy that Kim wants to bring to customers, while also honoring the donut’s Japanese origins. The branding also honors what is special to Kim: her adorable dachshund pup, Charlie. He inspired the leaping dog logo, and also has his name written in the floor tile of the Newton store.

“I still have roots in Boston, so it was, I guess, a natural location for me to start a new business,” said Kim. Mochi donuts, unlike typical American donuts, use glutinous rice flour to achieve a bouncy, chewy texture colloquially known as “QQ.” The term also describes the texture of the tapioca pearls in bubble tea. The flavor for mochi donuts typically comes from the glaze. At Pon de Joy, the typical baking process involves mixing the batter, frying the donuts, and adding the flavored glaze and toppings. The flavors you can choose from at Pon de Joy are extensive. Their Instagram boasts a rainbow of options that rotate on a weekly basis so that newcomers can try a variety of flavors and regulars can try something new. These are divided between their staple flavors, sweet cereal and cookie concoctions, and even savory donuts. Living on the West Coast, Kim is inspired by bakeries and cafés that she tries in Los Angeles, bringing far away flavors to Boston. Seasonality has an important impact on flavor availability, favoring fresh and fruity flavors in the summer and fall specialties as the weather cools. The donut shop has offered over one hundred flavors in total. As for Kim, her favorite way to eat a mochi donut is unfortunately not an experience that can be offered to customers. She prefers donuts in their purest form: straight out of the fryer and coated in just a bit of sugar. In addition to these many options, Pon de Joy stands out by using premium ingredients, never compromising on quality. Though powdered sugar is commonly used on mochi donuts, the bakery instead focuses on high quality chocolate and uses toppings generously on each donut. On October 6th, 2023, Pon de Joy celebrated its second anniversary, but growth has yet to cease for the donut chain. Kim hopes to expand further, with goals of opening new locations each year. Her ambition and confidence have undoubtedly been key to the bakery’s success. A Newton location recently opened, selling specialty donuts, bubble tea, and coffee. After seven months in Newton, Kim has encountered great reactions to the newest addition. An Andover location is on the way as well, serving the same items in addition to some savory options. “It’s been really amazing, the community has really embraced us,” said Kim. For the Newton location, boba and milk tea are always freshly brewed in small batches, and the cold brew uses specialty beans

from California to stand out from other coffee options in Boston. Taro chia pudding is a newer addition to the bakery’s lineup, and Kim is working hard to add more Asian-inspired flavors, ensuring that they taste exactly right before they hit the shelves. The stylish packaging is another factor that stands out; beautiful packaging makes a box of donuts perfect for gift giving or bringing to a party. A day behind the scenes at Pon de Joy goes beyond baking donuts. In fact, they start the previous night tracking their sales. This strategy allows them to best estimate a day’s sales to avoid leftover product once the day has finished. Donuts are then distributed among the three locations and any catering orders are taken care of. The business has an active presence in the community, participating at events and helping through donations and fundraising. Recently, Pon de Joy was in the Newton Bakery Crawl alongside other local bakeries. The donut shop also sponsored The West Suburban YMCA’s Preston Basketball Tournament, raising money for The Preston Settles Memorial Fund.

customers come from afar to try the mochi donuts. The business’ success clearly speaks for itself! “Customers don’t say it’s the best mochi donuts, they say it’s just the best donuts they’ve ever had,” said Kim. Pon de Joy isn’t just about delicious food, it’s a colorful experience. Getting a box of donuts is always guaranteed to brighten one’s day, but getting a vibrant box with a dozen pastel donuts is all the more fun. Bubble tea, high quality coffee, and purple chia pudding only sweeten the deal. The bakery lives up to its name, spreading happiness through the specialty foods that are offered. With so much already on the table and more to come, it’s worth taking a trip to Pon De Joy to get a taste of sweetness. @pondejoy; pondejoy.com

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On the digital end, social media is a fun project that serves as advertisement and is run by Kim, with employees supporting her along the way. Their Instagram grid displays tiles of colorful donuts, memes, and events they have attended. On TikTok, the bakery uses trending formats to advertise their donuts and other products. Catering to the music lovers, a series of playlists can be found on their website, accompanied by images designed by Kim. These are sometimes played in stores and customers can listen to them at home. She is most proud when enthusiastic customers become ambassadors for the brand, bringing along new friends. Kim also enjoys seeing

Photography by Angela Murray



ost people who walk into The Caf, an artistic business in Hartford, Connecticut, probably wouldn’t guess it was an outcropping of the web of artists and communities that make up Connecticut’s art scene. As the store buyer and Creative Director, Josh Jenkins plans the shop with care. The curated selection of clothes are a marriage of trendy New York City street fashions and the rugged outdoor clothing every New Englander keeps in their closet for those gray rainy days and famous northern cold weather. Situated right by New York City and mountainous New Jersey, The Caf has a style that acknowledges both neighbors, offering the work of new designers, local artists, and small Japanese brands to its patrons. Along with clothing, the store also brings its customers global fashion and culture in the form of magazines from all over the world, with headquarters in cities like Tokyo and Berlin. The store also has a good selection of music, with albums and LPs from both rising stars and old artists. The store is unique in Connecticut’s sea of impersonal retail. None of the multi-brand shops in the region are as much of a collective and a community as it is. Which is what makes The Caf as special as it is; it falls under the category many refer to as “a diamond in the rough”. “In some ways, we kind of look at it like...a gift shop for, you know, all these different ideas and people that we like to celebrate,” said Jenkins. The Caf didn’t start out as a store, though. At first, there was only the radio show, Cafeteria. This media agency, founded in 2015, grew into a digital magazine as the two owners, Jenkins and Jeff Devereux, pursued their mission: to connect people through art and ideas. Cafeteria has hosted countless events. It values the connections that people are able to make in person. Though the Hartford club scene has faded, Cafeteria works hard to revitalize it, whether it be through hosting events themselves or spreading the word within the community about local events. “We basically look at ourselves as a community venture building agency, so basically we have sort of helped and supported a lot of artists and cultural events, mainly in Hartford, for the past several years,” said Jenkins. Even now, this far from its radio days, music is still an important part of Cafeteria. From the music ever-available on its website, to the articles it publishes on musicians, to the albums it sells in-store, music still remains at the heart of the company. In the winter of 2021, Cafeteria organized a holiday market. For five weeks, small businesses sold their wares directly to many holiday shoppers, and the money the shoppers spent on their holiday gifts helped out artists. The profits were sent back into the community, instead of lining the pockets of a multinational department store.

Cafeteria made a pop-up for themselves at this fair and called it The Caf, which later became the name of its brick- and-mortar store. “I think for us, contributing to the nightlife scene in Hartford just comes natural. A lot of connections, conversations and ideas span from coming together in social spaces,” said Jenkins. Because of its roots as a radio station, Cafeteria works with and promotes many musicians. It gives rising artists publicity and a space to sell their work. The shop frequently hosts DJs, and often records the sets from their sessions for its site. The origins of the shop are very characteristic of Cafeteria itself; the holiday market is the kind of community building venture that Cafeteria was made to facilitate, whether it be through magazine articles or through connecting artists with customers. The Caf is one of the platforms the company has created to promote artists. It operates like a consignment store: an artist sends their pieces to be sold at the store, and when a customer buys something, the store keeps a percentage of the money. Lasell graduate Josh Michna, developer of his own design project, Bushland, sells his works through The Caf. His pieces, which are often handmade and gorgeously distressed, evoke rural America with icons like faded denim, telephone poles, and silhouetted barns. His style is a natural fit for the Caf. Since its radio days, Cafeteria has seen itself as having the important job of recording and sharing what’s special about its part of the world. A person can travel all over the United States and walk into a clothing store and see more or less the same brands they would see anywhere else, but that’s the opposite of what the company is trying to do. Cafeteria, and by extension The Caf, were created to bring visibility to the underground art scene in Connecticut. New designers are less known, and usually have less production value in their pieces, which means more of the designer’s effort goes into each individual piece than would be true for a larger brand. Because of this, shopping at the Caf can be an intimate experience, an interaction between the customer and the person who designed and possibly made the clothing. Cafeteria brings communities together and facilitates the sharing of ideas. The Caf, as a branch of Cafeteria, is a part of that collaboration. Be sure to tune in next time to see what creations have painted Connecticut next. @thecafbycafeteria; cafeteria.fm/thecaf

Hazel Nichol Photo graphy by Josh Jenkins & Karina Zhukovskaya



hether it’s a family dinner, romantic date, or a night out with your friends, Capo Restaurant provides a unique and enjoyable environment suited for every occasion. Capo is a classic Italian restaurant located in South Boston that has you covered for every desired dining experience. Since 2016, Capo has served as an elegant dining space where you are guaranteed delicious food ranging from Maine lobster gnocchi to prosciutto-wrapped figs whilst in a classy and comfortable environment. Not only is the dining experience exceptional, but you are also just steps away from a historical speakeasy-inspired space on the floor

below. Capo’s Supper Club, a speakeasy within the establishment, will transport you back in time with an alluring ambiance assured to provide you with entertainment and a good time. The business is owned by Eric Aulenback and Michael Conlon, and this location is managed by Mike Doyle. Located on West Broadway, Capo is joined by Loco and Lincoln, two additional restaurants both owned by Michael Shaw. As previously mentioned, not only is this an elegant restaurant, but tucked away beneath the first floor is the Supper Club. The Supper Club is what the business calls their speakeasy-like area where you can enjoy a variety of entertainment. Downstairs you will be met with an old time environment which includes a stage that hosts events such as bingo, comedy shows, and live music. There are many events to choose from each week at Capo Restaurant. You can enjoy bingo followed by a comedy night hosted by local comedian Will Noonan, all while enjoying


an exquisite meal and unique cocktails. You can also check out Capo’s website for their weekly rotating events to spice up your night! Ranging from karaoke to a night filled with country music, there is always something going on. As for your weekend plans, you can add some excitement with a night of dancing and live music at the Supper Club. If you’re looking for a more classy option, you can reserve a spot at one of Capo’s most adored events, which happens each Sunday night. Performed by Rich DiMare and the Ron Poster Trio, you can enjoy a fabulous performance of Frank Sinatra’s most loved music. Another event held here is gluten-free nights on Tuesdays. Each Monday night the kitchen is tackled with a meticulous deep clean from the pots to the oils and everything in between; this is to ensure that there is no chance of cross contamination. The utensils and tools are switched out for Tuesdays as well, where the entire menu is made gluten free. Most importantly, Capo Restaurant takes pride in their elevated culinary program, serving classic old Italian dining; no matter the time you eat there, you are assured of high quality, satisfying food. With all of these events in mind, there’s not a week that goes by without exciting events that are sure to cater to your interests! “Capo is by far the most exciting place I’ve ever worked,” said Doyle.

Photography by Erin Tilley

Bringing groups of people together in a welcoming environment adds to the customer’s experience. Providing this atmosphere lights up the room when the talent takes the stage. Engaging the audience is what they do best, channeling a crowd that is full of laughter and fun. Sitting down with friends and family to watch a show can be accompanied by their menu of savory food and delicious drinks. What sets Capo apart from other restaurants in the Boston area is the energy; the element of moody dining, from the lighting, to the music. At Capo, it’s not just about the meal in front of you, it’s about the entire experience from the moment you walk in the door to the moment you leave. It’s also important to note the ability of

transformation inside the restaurant for different events. They can hold events up to 700 people and will transform the space into an unimaginable environment that will be sure to give you a successful event. Capo wants their customers to leave with an experience that keeps them coming back for more. “We want to stimulate all of your senses, not just taste,” said Doyle. Capo is sure to give you a pleasant dining experience that is different from any other. They want to cater to you and make your event, or even just a casual night out, special and memorable. From weddings to corporate parties, you can experience fine Italian dining, with entertainment, and a night that is sure to captivate and stimulate all of your senses. @caposouthbos; caposouthboston.com

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ustainability is something that has blossomed into fashion, evolving the ever-changing industry into fashions that will continue to inspire. The garment industry has turned to fast fashion as a way to quickly produce garments for lower costs. We strive in our industry to have clothing sold, only to have that clothing thrown away, and when these pieces are thrown away, they poison our earth. Reusing fashions and giving them a new life is how the world can change our impact. The new trend of saving the planet by reusing what we have is how we can recycle within the fashion industries life cycle. The garment industry is made of disposable fashion that gets sent to landfills to decompose for years on end. Instead, they send harmful chemicals into our atmosphere, and there are designers that want to give these materials a second chance at life.

High fashion is an evolution that can make an impact in our everyday lives. Designers such as Anna Molinari (@annamo.1), Jackie WolfSchmidt (@jwolfschmidt), and Paige Sechrist (@paigesechrist) exercise upcycling as power within the construction of fashion. Pushing boundaries is how designers show the importance of style with the overall use of textiles found in our everyday lives. When sewing, upcycling, and thrifting, these designers are creating pieces that will give each item a new life, rather than the fashions ending up in landfills where they go to decompose. Using items from bubble wrap and plastic packaging, to bottle caps and thrifted apparel, the construction of these garments are made to be trendy by breaking boundaries to what fashions can be made of. Designers from all over the world have been experimenting with how they can make new, sustainable garments from objects and clothes that we as humans have already used. Going beyond fashion and what we can use from our everyday lives is important to the future of the fashion industry. Clothing will continue to fill landfills, affecting our earth. It is no longer about the creation of newer clothes; it is all about how we can use what we have to create new designs. Anna Molinari is doing just this, as a designer that is pushing the boundaries between garments made of trash that go beyond sustainability. She includes current events and social justices into her work of art to make a larger statement in the industry. These fashions draw you in, as you want to learn more about how these designs came to life. A designer by the name of Jackie Wolf-Schmidt, from New York, is pushing boundaries in fashion as the owner of a sustainability brand. Many of her clothes are made with trash that we as humans have thrown away. This has taken the idea of “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure”, to a whole new meaning. Though we have thrown away these items that we have established as garbage, that doesn’t mean they cannot be given a new life. Items such as bottle caps, that we see as pieces of trash, can be connected together by jump rings to make editorial fashion.

Having garments on social media and in magazines is what will draw in the consumer to want to learn more about fashion sustainability. Having the ability to create wearable pieces of art from these pieces of trash, or found objects, can leave a bold impression on those who are willing to see the true meaning. Recycled bottle caps, canvas, puzzle pieces, trash bags, and repurposed clothes are only the beginning of what designers can use to create wearable and functional fashions. Our generation promotes sustainability and making fashion quality stronger. We are uncovering the mask of what the fashion industry has done to impact our economic status and what it has done to change the climate as we know it. Every year, humans throw away endless amounts of trash, and where we send it allows for the trash to continually pile up in landfills. As a generation, we are painting a new picture of what this is doing for our planet. There is a cost to what we support and as we demand more products, this comes at a hefty price. This has been in the news more as the conversation surrounding sustainability becomes a topic of high importance. Embracing sustainability will set a new standard in the fashion industry, as we are not just in the business to make money, but to show the world that sustainability can be desirable. As we give products from our home a second life, designers can create new fashions with creativity to push the boundaries of what fashion means, and what fashion can be. Upcycling or recycling your clothing before tossing them can give them a new meaning; just because it is trash doesn’t make it any less fashionable.

Photography Courtesy of Instinct Brand, Anna Molinari, Associated Press, & Brandon Alexander

Aluminum cans and puzzle pieces are something that are thrown away every day, but can be used for different purposes. Wolf-Schmidt created an entire collection in 2021 by using different textiles of trash to create a sequin effect for the garments. This collection displayed both menswear and womenswear and how these out of the box materials can be used to create couture garments that make a statement about the industry and what the items we throw away are doing to our planet.

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Crocheting garbage bags together to create a new textile for the garment gives texture to each of the pieces, allowing the consumer to see the impact that fashion statements have. Using this method of creation, Wolf-Schmidt as a younger designer has allowed herself to push the boundaries of fashion and create these new designs that are influenced by trends that we see throughout social media. Layering old pieces of fashion that consumers decide are no longer in fashion can give the garment a new life. Wolf-Schmidt has also taken previously owned leather belts that no longer served a purpose and gave them a purpose again, allowing for them to be sewn together to create a garment that can be photographed for magazines. Paige Sechrist is a designer who balances the art of “do it yourself” fashions by creating garments through upcycling. Thrift stores carry many different fabrics and textiles that can be reinvented and given a new life, and this is something that Sechrist uses to share her impact of upcycling. She creates one-of-a-kind fashions that can’t be found in any store, this is the individuality that we thrive to achieve in the industry. The creation of unique garments tells a story, and adds to the ethical creation of garments in our industry. Her brand encompasses making old clothes feel new again, giving them a second life and her consumers’ closets a sustainable refresh.


Alison Elliot Dress: Shirt: Vintage Amelia Backroad Capron Pants: Earrings: Stargirl NROR Designs ART Earrings: NROR ART

Layali Outfit: Jackie WolfSchmidt Belt: Alyssa Guglielmo Earrings: NROR ART

Alison (Top) Bathing Layali Suit: Fits The Vibe Dress: Global Store Corset: Paige Thrift Sechrist Marissa (Bottom) Skirt: Make Me Feel Better Bathing Suit: Global Thrift Store Bolero: Sydney Pesaturo Dress: Vintage Backroad Earrings: NROR ART

Elliot ( Top ) Sweater: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Pants: Sydney Pesaturo Necklace: NROR ART Layali ( Bottom ) Outfit: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Purse: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt

Elliot Sweater: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Pants: Sydney Pesaturo Necklace: NROR ART

Layali Corset: Paige Sechrist Skirt: Make Me Feel Better Bolero: Sydney Pesaturo Earrings: NROR ART

Elliot Sweater: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Pants: Sydney Pesaturo Jewelry: NROR ART

Elliot (Left) Shirt: Amelia Capron Pants: Stargirl Designs Jewelry: NROR ART Layali (Right) Corset: Paige Sechrist Skirt: Make Me Feel Better Bolero: Sydney Pesaturo Earrings: NROR ART

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ull-based artist Jackie Ranney stands out for many reasons: the vibrancy and complexity of her work, her ecological activism, but, perhaps most significantly, her choice of medium. Her pieces might not look like it at first, but they actually consist almost entirely of recycled material, namely marine debris recovered from the beaches and coastal waters of New England. Ranney’s work is motivated by both the beauty found in the oceans and the urgent issue of marine pollution. Art has been important to Ranney for her whole life, as has environmentalism. After attending Walnut Hill School for the Arts, she studied fine art and anthropology at the American University of Paris. She has had careers in painting, sculpting, and design. Around 2019, she had a “lightbulb moment” in which she realized there was a way to combine all of her lifelong passions. “It’s a balance between being an artist and... talking about how important it is to be aware of our environment,” said Ranney.

A lot of Ranney’s works are commissioned, and for her clients they are often very personal. She has, for example, sourced the marine debris in a piece from a client’s local beach. Locale can also simply be a source of inspiration, as can the client’s personal interests and aesthetic preferences. In lieu of outside direction, though, the materials themselves tend to play a role in whichever way the piece goes. Generally, Ranney doesn’t start a project with a clear plan for the finished design; she is willing to see where the creative process takes her. Rather than just “beach trash,” the debris Ranney works with includes the expected single-use plastics and discarded fishing equipment. However, at certain times of year, everything from golf balls to peach pits will wash up en masse. She finds multiple uses for the same objects, such as buoys, repurposing the colorful outside for paintings, and the interior as a carving medium. The only materials that aren’t recovered from the ocean, such as the foam board she uses as her canvas, are recycled scrap that would otherwise be thrown away. Other ways she has found to “upcycle” is to use “reject” paint from hardware stores and plaster that construction companies throw away. Ranney’s goal is to both exclusively use recycled material and to make sure as little of that material as possible is disposed of in the end. Even with her unconventional choice of materials, Ranney’s experience as an artist is apparent in her pieces. Generally, her art doesn’t depict the pollution itself; it evokes parts of the natural beauty that pollution poses a threat to. Some pieces or collections are created primarily with

one specific variety of marine debris, such as balloons, which have proven to be a significant threat due to their prevalence and danger to wildlife. Oftentimes, her materials are able to spark ideas. Though her work is often somewhat abstract, it always carries a clear piece of its inspiration, the ocean. Ultimately, Ranney’s intention for each piece is to create something that can both stand as its own work of art, and be able to spark a conversation about its materials and meaning. Ranney works hands-on with marine debris not just as an artist, but also as a diligent participant in coastal cleanup projects. These efforts have the immediate effect of removing pollutants from oceans and beaches, and are a less obvious — but nonetheless important —opportunity to gather data that can help drive legislative action. “It’s good for people to know that there are organizations that do [ocean cleanups] and are always looking for volunteers. There’s a lot of positive change happening, so it’s not all doom and gloom,” said Ranney. Ranney has participated in beach cleans in Hull and Provincetown, to name just a couple. She is also taking steps to get young people more involved with environmentalism. She has worked with high school students in Scituate, and plans to work with Hull Middle School on projects that combine the art and science curriculums. Ranney’s art is currently being displayed locally, at The Studio in Hingham, and she has plans to display more at Lark and Soul in Duxbury. She is also working on some upcoming collections, which include themes of the elements and even archeology, which she has prior experience with. There are numerous things Ranney would like her art to accomplish, but the most significant are sparking discussion, spreading awareness, and bringing a bit of joy to people’s lives. As both an artist and activist, she wants her work to be meaningful to people,

Photography by Jackie Ranney & Kjeld Mahoney

whether that is through appreciating its beauty or being encouraged to participate in environmental initiatives. Combining art and environmentalism brings a very human sort of hope to a problem that often feels insurmountable. The many issues the environment is facing can seem bleak, and people often hesitate to take action because they feel there’s nothing they can do. It is a situation in which people need hope, a reminder of what they are fighting for, and evidence that their goal is possible. Ranney’s artwork is able to provide all three. To be inspired by the natural world, and to make art that serves as a clear reminder of how important it is, can be a powerful force in the movement to have and maintain a healthier planet. @jackieranneygallery; jackieranneygallery.com

Anya Misage 23

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ech-inspired outerwear, better known as “Gorpcore,’’ is a trend that became popular on TikTok. This style turns workwear into statement pieces that are functional and versatile. Brands usually worn for the rugged outdoors, like Carhartt or Wrangler, are being transformed into tech-outerwear on the runway.

We see this trend with major brands like Arc’teryx, The North Face, and Patagonia. Some styles can be worn exaggerated with oversized accessories such as a hiking backpack, a beanie or hat, gloves, or a large puffer coat. Gorpcore has no gender or styling limits; just be comfortable and dress in layers.


ark romance, with its mysterious allure and gothic undertones, has transcended its previous seasonal appearance to become a timeless style. This aesthetic draws inspiration from historical periods such as the Victorian Era where many wore clothing that was a perfect balance between horror and romance. Deep, moody, colors such

as burgundy, forest green, and midnight black dominate the palette, creating a sense of drama and sophistication. Silver accessories, when added to a dark romance outfit, elevate the mystery behind the look. Big earrings, chain belts, and oversized handbags give this trend more passion.

Sydney Pesaturo

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hat started as a pandemic hobby has now turned into a new brand hitting the block. Andrea Pascual has a strong passion for crocheted, knit, and multi-textile fashion, as well as breaking the binary expectations that run throughout fashion trends. Combining these two formulates a plan for Pascual to create her dream boutique displaying her brand, so appropriately named, Make Me Feel Better. After being gifted crochet supplies by her sister, Pascual was able to learn everything there is about knitwear and to discover how she could develop her own place in the industry. Her mom had influenced the creation of her brand, ensuring her daughter learned how to make a business for herself. Pascual shared that her mom has been her biggest inspiration and motivation to continue pursuing her goals, as she works towards owning her very own boutique. Pascual creates fashions that can be worn by anyone and everyone, creating gender fluid garments that could be dressed up or dressed down. Crocheting and knitting are what Pascual uses to make her pieces of art. These fashions are made by interlocking loops using a crochet hook or knitting needles, which allows for her to create variety within her brand. These garments are universal, as they are a simple staple in each of our closets. Within these garments that Pascual designs, she looks to create a space where everyone can purchase them at the same price. Developing a brand where everyone is paying the same price for a garment, no matter what size you are, is important to Pascual, as everyone should feel comfortable in the buying process of clothes. “These are the clothes, wear them however you want,” Pascual said. As Pascual has gotten her start selling her creations in markets and pop up shops, she has been able to grow into a business that has a following on Instagram. This has allowed her to appeal to a larger market of those who would like to wear her pieces. The idea of her garments not conforming to any gender binary is what drives her to continue making the pieces that she chooses to. Clothes that Pascual has created are meant to be styled how the wearer would like, providing a safe space for her clients to express themselves through their fashion choices. When hand picking her models, she wants to create a space that is comfortable for her clients to thrive in. Seeing what each buyer does with her clothing pieces shares the success that she has been able to achieve through the creation of her brand.

“Everyone deserves to have something they feel good in…I want everyone to feel confident in what they are wearing,” Pascual said. Self-expression through this brand is timeless, creating multiple lines of clothing that can be worn by one of the most diverse demographics, no matter their shape or size. Using sustainable practices allows for Pascual to push boundaries in fashion to accommodate for many body types. This medium of design allows for Pascual’s creativity to flow, and be carried out across all seasons. Clothing and accessories are her specialty as she produces garments for the everyday wearer and those who would like to stand out. From sweaters to handbags, Pascual has created a brand around the self-expression of an individual and where they take their individual style. She asks her customers to send pictures of themselves wearing the garment they purchased. Pascual expressed that she looks forward to seeing how people style pieces differently, sometimes in ways she didn’t even think of. Gender expression comes in many forms as well as many definitions. Since expression is so fluid and personable, Pascual strives to ensure that all of her customers feel seen. She is constantly working to keep up with trends and make them her own, as she believes that the things that make us different are the things that make us most beautiful. Pascual does her best to send a message: embrace and acknowledge others surrounding you for they could inspire you one day. An opportunity to grow and learn about business and art has become a golden opportunity for Pascual’s young designer mind. Moving forward into the future, Pascual will be joining a cohort of designers in Rhode Island as a part of the WaterFire Accelerate Program for younger designers under the age of thirty, who would like to be in a creative space to learn more about their own personal art. Pascual was hand-picked from a list of other artists, and this will allow her to have her own free studio space to work. The program will also pay for any supplies that she may need to create her artwork, and she will have her work promoted in the WaterFire Arts Center to be admired by those who visit the campus.

The future hooks Pascual in, as she would love to be able to open up her own boutique in the future. Alongside her ideals for genderless fashion, she would love to have her store not be defined by sections according to gender. If one of her designs stands out to her customer, then they should style it however they would like to. Having a storefront is a dream for Pascual, and one that her family has supported her through, helping her with the business aspects to ensure her success. Pascual wishes for all bodies and identities to have an easier time shopping for clothes, making everyone who wears one of her pieces feel better. @makemefeel.better

Photography by Andrea Pascual & Renee Newman

Liah Brown & Oliver Pruett-Reed



he Friendly Toast is an all-day brunch and bar restaurant that has eleven locations throughout New England. The independent restaurant group is helmed by Vice President of Operations, Staci Pinard. The homestyle layout and warm smiles from the staff immediately create an inviting atmosphere upon entering the establishment. With unique flavor pairings and memorable names to go with their dishes, The Friendly Toast has set themselves apart calling themselves a scratch kitchen and bar.

They make an effort to give back to the communities they are a part of by holding a rotating fundraiser in conjunction with their special’s menu each month, called friendly fundraisers. Occasionally, the restaurants in each state (ME, NH, VT, MA) will raise money for a different organization for their state, while other months they all contribute to the same charity. This allows The Friendly Toast to bring communities together, giving back in ways that directly help individuals.

The interior designer for The Friendly Toast finds inspiration for the brand’s kitschy decor by traveling around New England to vintage markets, consignment shops, antique stores, and more to find unique pieces that fit the vibe of the brand. Most of the decor is vintage, sprinkled with unique and quirky finds, giving multi-generational diners an environment to relate to and spark great memories and stories from the past. The seating is reminiscent of a retro, mid-century restaurant, with comfortable booths, barstools, and chairs. Their decor brings a sense of nostalgia with a range of memorabilia such as a photo wall full of magazine cut outs, pictures of animals, and portraits of historical figures and celebrities.

“We put a lot of time and effort into being a very welcoming group of restaurants for our staff and guests alike, and to push those efforts even further, we pride ourselves on giving back to the communities we are a part of,” said Pinard.

The Friendly Toast stands out as an all-day brunch and bar restaurant that serves an array of beverages to their guests. Having a bar in each location, they are able to bring in a wider demographic of customers. Their dishes are also one of a kind. They serve dishes such as The Friendly Toast Benny, which is thick cut English muffins, local New Hampshire North Country smoked ham, poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce. Their most successful items, the ones that make you want to keep going back for more, include items such as the chicken and waffles, the benedict, and their burgers, which are served all day on their signature brunch menu.


The Friendly Toast values culture, diversity, and inclusion. The business prioritizes the feelings of others to a commendable degree. Not only do they want to provide a judgment free space for their team and community alike, but they also take pride in their partnerships with ethical companies. Partnering with businesses such as Las Hermanas Peet’s Coffee, located in Nicaragua, and SlopeSide Maple Syrup, found in Williston, Vermont, The Friendly Toast has made it a point to make a wide array of connections. Ties to the people and places around this brunch spot are important to this brand and how they will continue to evolve. The brunch restaurant faces some of the same difficulties as the rest of the industry, such as staffing and supply fluctuations. As they navigate these challenges, they also have the rewards of being able to create a comfortable dynamic between their employees and consumers. As you take a seat at a table, or at the bar, you will be greeted by the kind staff, who are ready to help you with anything that you may need. This is something the brand is known for, and they will continue to nurture this environment in all of their businesses, as it sets them apart. “It’s the normal things that are difficult, but we have been able to successfully navigate challenges by prioritizing people and community. Yes, we’re a fun place to work, but what makes our locations stand out is how our team members are respected and treated as the highly valued members of our organization that they are. It’s important to our leadership team that our employees have balance in their life, with work and whatever else it is that is important to them,” said Pinard. The future of the restaurant is very bright, as they continue to expand into new regions of New England. The twelfth location is slated to open as the third New Hampshire Friendly Toast restaurant. This location is still in development, but having another opportunity to dine at The Friendly Toast is sure to bring excitement for many returning and new guests. The company aims to continue bringing The Friendly Toast to new locations in need of a fun, creative brunch spot for years to come.

If you plan to dine in any of The Friendly Toast restaurants on a weekend morning, it is highly recommended that you join their online wait list from home beforehand, allowing you to wait for your table on your own turf. The food is so good that you will want to come back multiple times a month. Maybe, you’ll be back a few times a week. If you want to have a drink with your friends, grab a seat at the bar or order it with your meal from the friendly staff. If you like to have breakfast later than noon, or start the morning with a brunch burger, this restaurant is right for you. With The Friendly Toast being such a comforting spot, it’s best not to keep its glory to yourself. Next time you’re in the mood for some good food, be sure to grab some friends, and come on down. @_thefriendlytoast; thefriendlytoast.com

Liliana Luksch

Photography Courtesy of The Friendly Toast


his is the story of two childhood best friends who quit their corporate jobs to pursue their passion in fashion and open their own boutique. A PR specialist and an IT auditor who remained in touch from their early teen years, both discovering where their true passion lies: creating this boutique that they fell in love with. Their goal was to fill the store with pieces that their customers could have a “crush” on. Laura Ayers and Rebecca Hall, the two best friends and store owners, are the ones who took the leap to follow their calling despite being a little scared. They had previous retail experience, and had taken courses on fashion marketing and entrepreneurship. The start obviously had its ups and downs. Both Ayers and Hall had to work seven days a week, from day to night, to get this boutique to where it is today. Opening up in April of 2007, the boutique was not open long before the market crash of 2008. Thankfully, it was early in their business venture, which allowed them to make adjustments. They faced a few more unexpected challenges as a small business during the Covid-19 pandemic, but with a few adjustments they remained working mostly online. Ayers expressed the added stress that this caused and the challenges it created, but at the end of the day it has all been worth it. Learning through experience isn’t always easy, but you can learn a lot from it. These two women are so passionate about their desires to help others find clothing that they absolutely adore. That passion has carried them through many different struggles and taught them how to make it out on top each time.


Coming up with the name Crush Boutique came from their idea of being innocent, flirtatious, fun and simple. The two of them have created an atmosphere that is whimsical and sophisticated through the ways in which they decorate and approach each customer that walks through the door. They encourage their customers to just take a look around at their own pace. It’s the sort of place where you have your repeat customers and the families that have been coming in for years. Located in Beacon Hill, Boston, they are set right in the neighborhood, creating a connected community that has helped to build their store up. Ayers shared her stories about many of the families that, as a business, they have gotten to see grow up. These clients have even been with them up through their weddings and even having their own children. They have a wide range of an audience with an array of different prices, therefore

they are able to dress just about anyone. Opening this boutique has been so wonderful and rewarding for the owners. From working with customers to getting to know them, they strive to help them make the right purchase decision. “Being a part of people’s lives in a rewarding way,” said Ayers. This boutique has had the chance to grow and adapt through the years, as Ayers and Hall began to start their own families and bring that lifestyle into their business. They use their business as a way to inspire their children, teaching them that you can follow your dreams and you should. It’s a life lesson that many of us should listen to. This family life also inspired them to bring in their “sister store” Whitney and Winston, which is their children’s and lifestyle side of retail. Whitney and Winston are welcoming in families to help them pick out the perfect items for their newborns and babies.

Photography by Eva Parker & Brianne Stief

Crush offers a diverse selection of clothing in a variety of styles creating a large market that targets a wide demographic. The store offers numerous different brands as well. They have something for everyone from daily life up through cocktail parties, showers, and engagements. Their color palettes always change with the seasons. Not only are they a family-invested boutique, but they also do many outreach projects within their community. Working with local organizations to provide charity. They have one customer that they support and help fund to run a marathon for a positive cause. They support the Pink Agenda, Runway for Recovery, and numerous marathon funds that benefit different departments at MGH and Women’s Lunch Place. During Runway for Recovery, they typically dress a few models to walk. This event, among many others, is one of their favorites that happens in late October. The show is for all

women who are fighting breast cancer, have survived breast cancer, or have lost someone to breast cancer. This small store has such a big heart. “The future could hold anything and they are ever evolving,” said Ayers. Crush Boutique, devoted to their whimsical and giddy atmosphere, has learned to grow with the challenges of owning a small business. There are possibilities that at some point, if there are the means, another store may be opened, but for now, take advantage of getting a chance to go into their store or even take a look at their website. You could also give their social media a look for weekly highlights and inspiration for buying their clothes. A cherished store that has so much to offer, and sweet owners and employees that want the best for their customers can be hard to find in a world that has become so digitized, yet set in this neighborhood one still exists. Take some time to look around their store and you are sure to fall head over heels with the space and many of their pieces. The least that might happen is you catch a little crush. @crushboutique; shopcrushboutique.com

Kassandra Fisher


Elliot (Left) Sweater: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Pants: Sydney Pesaturo Layali (Right) Outfit: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Purse: Jackie Wolf-Schmidt Belt: Alyssa Guglielmo

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