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Letter from the

CONTRIBUTORS

“Onward & Upward” is a photo story of a love triangle that also reflects the love for travel and exploration. Through life, we encounter complications and challenges, but it is important that the positive moments encourage us to keep going. Discovering new places along our journey is one way to remain inspired.

PUBLISHER

For this photoshoot, we traveled to Cape Cod Airfield in Barnstable, Massachusetts - home to private biplanes offering rides to the public. We worked with many local retailers, including Bessie Blues of Belmont, SoWa Market and Bobby from Boston, G-Star Raw and DeWolfe Leather Goods on Newbury Street, Sault New England, and Benrus from Providence.

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Lasell College

FOUNDER Richard Bath

Sophie Weidhaas

MANAGING EDITOR

MEDIA DIRECTORS

Miranda McCrea

ART DIRECTORS Eva Der Katelynn Staples

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

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SOCIAL MEDIA TEAM

Julie Young

EDITORS

BLOG TEAM

ART EDITORS

I invite you to wander far and wide. Until you get lost in our enchanting city, you’ll never know what you may find.

Amy MacDonald Kaitlin McCarthy Erika Patnaude

Maggie Haggerty - Facebook Kendra Sperry - Facebook Rachel Stankus - Facebook Karlianne Wilson - Facebook Hannah Bowerman - Instagram Katherine Burke - Instagram Gabrielle Boyce - Instagram Emma Davis - Instagram Grace Dubovick - Instagram Lauren LaCava - Instagram Catharine Aronson - Twitter Alexis Cabral - Twitter Alyssa Corrente - Twitter Elizabeth Savickas - Twitter Carly Smith - Twitter Katelynn Wackell - Twitter

Letter from the

In this issue of POLISHED, we encourage you to feel empowered in your decisions, your creations, and your lifestyle, no matter how far from the norm your choices may be. Discover M.Gemi, the up-and-coming luxury e-commerce footwear brand, in “If the Shoe Fits.” Be inspired by jewelry designer Christie Melene Kent as you read about the creative journey that followed her brain surgery, in “Finding Silver Linings.” Follow fashion show producer and stylist Kathy Benharris into the uncharted realm of skiing and snowboarding attire, in “Owning the Vertical Runway.”

MODELS

Danielle Fortin - Maggie Inc. Ruben Volovitz - Model Club Inc. Amina Ndoro - Maggie Inc.

ASSOCIATE ART DIRECTORS

As you explore new places and meet new people, you’ll see what makes Boston so astonishing. Walk down the cobblestone streets and stray from the beaten path to unearth the city’s hidden gems.

Krystal B. Lexi Rodriguez - Assistant

CREATIVE DIRECTOR

Not everyone has the time to travel often, but I hope this issue inspires you to visit new places right around our own city of Boston.

EDITOR

EDITORIAL MAKEUP

Ashley Burke Emma Helstrom

Julia Henry Michaela Kotob Chelsea Scannell

ASSOCIATE MANAGING EDITOR

Kelsey Fagan Alex Faszewski Sara Wailgum

STYLISTS

Meghan Borges Cassandra Moisan Ashley Owembabazi Danielle Sojka

EDITORIAL PHOTOGRAPHY TEAM Michael Bueno Margaret Brochu Corinne Ciraldo Stephen Fischer Michaela Kotob Kelli Wagner

Corinne Hennessey - Blog Editor Meghan Bailey Corinne Ciraldo Raegan Cleary Kira Dausch Emma Davis Tess Dooley Danielle Hogan Madison Paloski Jessica Spillane Avery Stankus Jacqueline Tran

FACULTY ADVISORS Lynn Blake Stephen Fischer Becky Kennedy

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.


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LIFESTYLE

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Downtown Cycling

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Retailers: Bessie Blues, Stephanie Pernice from SoWa Market, Bobby from Boston, G-Star Raw, DeWolfe Leather Goods, Sault New England Makeup: Krystal B. and Lexi Rodriguez Editorial Photography Team Location: Cape Cod Airfield 1000 Race Lane, Marstons Mills, MA 02648

Getting to Know Jonathan Soroff

Writer: Sara Wailgum Graphic Designer: Chelsea Scannell

FASHION

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Date My Wardrobe: Local Spotlight

Something Wicked

Owning the Vertical Runway

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Prehistoric Freshness

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Lincoln Tavern

Writer: Amelia Bickford Graphic Designer: Julia Henry

Sustainable Versatility

Writer: Emma Landegren Graphic Designers: Lillian Baker and Eva Der

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FOOD

If the Shoe Fits

Writer: Sarah Reese Graphic Designer: Julia Henry

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Walk This Way

Writer: Kelsey Fagan Graphic Designer: Katelynn Staples

Writer: Holly Chernick Graphic Designer: Eva Der

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Writer: Rakia Achab Graphic Designer: Karen Burt

Writers: Skylar Diamond and Brianna Serio Graphic Designer: Ashley Burke

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Finding Silver Linings

Writer: Kelsey Hoak Graphic Designer: Emma Helstrom

Writer: Katelynn Staples Graphic Designer: Katelynn Staples

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Writer: Alexandra Faszewski Graphic Designer: Ashley Burke

ON THE COVER

Amina (left) Dylan Shearling Jacket: Bessie Blues Veronica M Suede Cutout Top: Bessie Blues J Brand Jeans: Bessie Blues Marlyn Schiff Necklace: Bessie Blues Boots: Our Own Luggage: SoWa Market Ruben (middle) Penfield Oretta Reversible Jacket: Sault New England Powel Shirt: G-Star Raw

3301 Visor Stretch Tapered Jean: G-Star Raw Shoes: Model’s Own Quartermaster Duffle Bag: Benrus Danielle (right) Nic + Zoe Leather Fringe Wrap: Bessie Blues Sangria Faux Suede Dress: Bessie Blues Boots: Model’s Own

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Makeup: Krystal B. and Lexi Rodriguez Editorial Photography Team

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estled in the heart of Boston, between the Financial District and Downtown Crossing, a small cycling studio plays bass-heavy music and buzzes to the beat of a busy Federal Street outside. Bicycles line a dark room fashioned with a few blue and magenta spotlights. Cyclers cannot see one another, but they pedal to the sound of the thumping notes. The energy is intense, but it is not intimidating. This is B/SPOKE, and it is not just a gym—it is a lifestyle. After attending cycling classes in New York that catered to the small demographic of fit women, Mark Partin, design fanatic and cofounder of B/SPOKE, wanted to create a luxury boutique experience that aesthetically and financially appealed to more people. Partin and his cofounder, Ryan Olsen, developed B/SPOKE with the concept of mind, body, and spirit connection. The studio operates sans membership, so cyclers can come as often, or as little, as they please and pay as they go. However, after one class at B/SPOKE, cyclers are hooked.  

“A sense of community is paramount,” said Partin, who conducts surveys to find out what clients think. “The vibe is everyone’s favorite thing about B/SPOKE. When branding, we take artistic aesthetic and human emotion into consideration. We appeal to a wide demographic, so anyone is comfortable coming in, and we fit in seamlessly with people’s schedules.” Music is the most important aspect of the studio, with fresh and updated tracks influencing each class and motivating riders. Each rider will hear EDM, Hip-Hop, Indie Electro Pop, and seasonal playlists.   “I want to get a trumpet player into classes, and a beatboxer. We also want to do live DJ nights where a DJ would play [in the common area] and then move into the studio for a class,” said Partin. There are a number of different rides, or classes, including a 101-minute Renegade Ride for the advanced cycler and a Hot

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“When people work out, they gain confidence and then start to change other aspects of their life. you’ll see people stop partying on saturday nights and go hiking on sunday mornings instead.” Ride where the heat is turned up to 85 degrees. B/SPOKE also offers a Beginner’s Ride and plans to add more entry-level classes in the future. “We don’t want it to be intimidating, but create a smooth transition for beginners,” said Partin. B/SPOKE also sells cycling apparel that is designed in-house. The merchandise includes racerback tanks, cropped tees, textured leggings, and menswear, all with the sporty B/SPOKE logo. Riders can view, try on, and purchase the clothing displayed in the industrial Zen studio. When designing the studio, Partin imagined a space that inspired people, so he looked to the nightlife and hospitality industries to simulate the design elements they were already using. He was also heavily influenced by Aesop, a luxury-spa-product brand, whose brick-and-mortar stores and product packaging are modern, earthy, and simplistic. Aesop’s sustainability and appreciation for history and design are exactly what B/SPOKE aims to emulate. The goal was to create a space of contrasting strong and warm materials, like metal and deep wood, using colors that exist in nature to foster a comfortable environment, since so many gyms tend to be bleak and emotionless.   Aesop products are one of the amenities available in every locker room in B/SPOKE, so riders can pamper themselves after their workout. Riders also receive complimentary cycling shoes, towels, and performance-tracking metric technology that is installed on each bike. They have the option to email themselves their personalized reports after every session. Curated newsletters appear in their inboxes from the co-owners, who share inspiration in the categories of art, culture, fashion, and health.  

Giving back and engaging with the community is another way B/SPOKE extends beyond the realm of fitness; for example, B/SPOKE donates the proceeds of its pink Breast Cancer Awareness tank top to the National Breast Cancer Foundation during the month of October. Additionally, the brand contributes to New England Aquarium’s Women Working for Oceans organization. “We used to give out free waters every class, but people would walk out with two or three waters in their hands, so we had to take a step back and look at our ecological footprint. Boutique gyms are a big culprit in water consumption, and when we started charging for water, consumption went down by 85 percent in just one week,” said Partin. While the Federal Street studio is the only location for now, B/SPOKE also holds a seasonal pop-up shop in Cape Cod during the summer months and is planning to expand to other locations in the near future. A Wellesley studio will open in January 2017, and from there, the duo wants to grow the brand without becoming a chain. “Fitness is a lifestyle. When people work out, they gain confidence and then start to change other aspects of their life. You’ll see people stop partying on Saturday nights and go hiking on Sunday mornings instead,” said Partin. This is a cycling studio that wants to change the way we sweat, work, and live. “We don’t do anything half-ass,” Partin stated matter-of-factly, and you can tell. 101 Federal St., Boston, (617) 951-9900; bspokestudios.com •

- Katelynn Staples

Photography by Kelsey Jones

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he Improper Bostonian’s feature writer and social columnist Jonathan Soroff talks “Crimes of Fashion,” dancing in “The Nutcracker,” and reasons he loves to call Boston home.

POLISHED Magazine: Take me through your typical day. Jonathan Soroff: Well, that’s what’s fun. There is no typical day. It’s a variety depending on what I’m working on…One day I could be in a cranberry bog, and the next day I could be at the Federal Reserve Bank. It’s always different. And that’s what makes it great. But in terms of my routine, I wake up, I go to the gym, and then I do whatever I need to do. PM: Who has impacted your career the most? JS: He’s actually a colleague of mine at The Improper Bostonian, a man named John Spooner who has been a great mentor, friend, and father figure to me. He’s a really wonderful writer. He’s a best-selling author. A highly, highly, highly successful investor… He’s just a wonderful person and has just always given me great advice and sort of steered me in my career. PM: What do you like about covering the lifestyle and social scenes? JS: It’s really fun. My responsibilities are the social column, which is the last page in the magazine, and then I do a celebrity interview in every issue. My core job is to go to parties and write about them and then to ask famous people intrusive questions. PM: Ever get star struck interviewing celebrities all the time? JS: It’s really funny; I never was. I guess when I was a kid, celebrities sort of meant more to me. I think part of the reason I’m good at what I do is that the celebrity aspect of it is meaningless to me…When I’m in the supermarket checkout line looking at the cover of People Magazine, 99 percent of the time I’m like, “Who are these people?” I have no idea who they are. And that’s gotten worse with the rise of reality television. PM: On your website—It’s My Life, Get Your Own—and your Twitter account you call yourself a narcissist. Why? JS: It’s a persona that I adopted. It’s not really who I am—although my husband would probably beg to differ. What I do requires a certain level of vanity. It’s not that I’m on air the way a television personality is, but I’m in black tie at an event. I have to care how I look; I have to watch my weight; I have to be well groomed; and I have to present myself, because I’m the public face of the magazine. That’s what I mean about being a narcissist. And it also just sounds funny.

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PM: Favorite person you have ever interviewed? JS: Julia Child, who I had a friendly acquaintance with, was an amazing person to interview. Mike Wallace, who was such a huge figure in journalism. Maya Angelou. Giants who aren’t here anymore and I have captured. Tom Menino…My mother died 16 years ago and she was absolutely a woman very ahead of her time and a very strong feminist. I was very sorry to see she wasn’t alive to see that I interviewed Gloria Steinem. There’s those people as well. The ones I wish my parents had been alive to hear. PM: Is there a favorite piece you have written? JS: There’s a couple of stories that were more than stories. They really changed my life and were such incredible experiences that it’s hard to just call it doing a story. I had a fantastic editor who had the idea of me dancing in “The Nutcracker”…I had to rehearse with the company. I had to appear on plaster stilts which are four feet high, wearing a 45-pound dress that was about 16 feet wide, come out on stage wearing a wig that was three feet tall, and have eight little girls appear from underneath my dress…That experience was unbelievable. PM: Why did you decide to write your book “Crimes of Fashion?” JS: I actually wrote the first draft of it a long time before I published it…The genesis of the actual story was that I was living in a friend’s apartment, and she had a stack of Danielle Steel and Jackie Collins type of novels. I read one and I was like, this is so formulaic and silly. I could do this. PM: How do you like to spend your free time? JS: I’m definitely very much a beach person. I think my spirit animal is a seal…I can eat my own weight in sushi. I have a weird fascination with great white sharks…I really like to ride my bike and I have since I was a kid…I love to cook. I love art, so I really love going to museums. I really like design, so I redecorate our apartment all the time. PM: Why do you love to call Boston home? JS: I’ve been privileged enough to see a fair amount of the world, and I think Boston is a unique and absolutely extraordinary city that punches way above its weight. •

- Sara Wailgum


When the app was first launched in 2014, it only allowed customers to rent items to one another. Most customers were wary of renting their personal items to strangers, but they liked the concept of renting clothing. Upon hearing this feedback, Aviyente searched for local designers who were willing to rent out their merchandise. Date My Wardrobe now has six local designers featured on the app— Candice Wu, Denise Hajjar, Shaunt Sarian, Colette Chrétien, Jeffrey Dickerson, and Maria Bablyak. Denise Hajjar and Shaunt Sarian also offer handbags, and Maria Bablyak designs silk scarves.

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ne step into Boston’s Saks Fifth Avenue and luxury apparel from high-profile designers like Maison Margiela, Alexander McQueen, and Giorgio Armani are within an arm’s reach. Local designers, however, have difficulty making their way into high-end department stores like Saks. Enter Amrita Aviyente, creator and CEO of Date My Wardrobe, an app that allows users to rent high-end clothing and accessories from designers in the Boston area. With just the click of a button— or, more appropriately, the touch of a fingertip—users are able to wear local luxury apparel at a fraction of the cost. Users can rent items for the standard four-day period or choose to extend the rental at an additional cost. In addition, users can purchase or save items to a wish list within the app or through their website.

Aviyente has always encouraged females to immerse themselves in technology-based fields, as technology is typically a male-dominated profession. Learning to code is an excellent way for people to understand the mechanics behind the scenes for simple daily tasks. Browsing the internet, opening up Facebook on a phone, or even customizing a layout for a blog are all tasks that require coding. “To women, I would say learn how to code. Get into the tech field... It’s not just for guys at all. Then sometimes do what you love, but then at the same time, make wise decisions. Sometimes it is okay to go with your instincts,” said Aviyente. Just like a great pair of heels, the Date My Wardrobe app is a necessity for any woman who wants to look luxurious without draining her bank account for a single item. Date My Wardrobe plans on expanding once the Boston location is stable and successful. Next stop, New York City. datemywardrobe.com •

- Skylar Diamond and Brianna Serio

The idea for Date My Wardrobe came to Aviyente when she was traveling to see friends from high school but had nothing to wear. An experienced software engineer, Aviyente had a tech background, encouraging her to fill a gap in the market and create an app that satisfied every woman’s ultimate woe—I have nothing in my closet. “I had the right shoes but not a good dress to go with them, so I wished there was someone I could borrow a dress from just for the night and give it back the next day,” said Aviyente.

“Here in Boston, we are looking [at stores] where the minimum retail is $250 for any dress, so that renting a $250 dress will make sense. It also depends on the quality of work, how long they have been there, what people are saying about them,” said Aviyente.

Photo courtesy of Date My Wardrobe

The logo for Date My Wardrobe, which is the infinity symbol, represents a woman’s desire to try new things and purchase new clothing for different events or occasions. Designer apparel is desirable to many women, but the cost aspect is what turns most people away from taking a chance on a new designer’s merchandise or a new trend. By pairing luxury products with a rental mentality, users are able to experience a whole new world of design without the fear of commitment or of disliking the garment. This noncommittal atmosphere encourages users to keep coming back for more and, once users are comfortable with their decision, may even result in a purchase.

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treetwear began as a movement in the late 1970s with the popularization of Los Angeles surf culture. At its core, streetwear involves casual clothing that takes on the essence of each individual designer. WICKED Clothing, an online, New England-based apparel brand, provides high-quality and unique merchandise for customers with a strong interest in streetwear styles. JB Macaroco, the sole founder of WICKED, has been the company’s backbone since its conception in March 2014.

“A lot of work goes into making each piece…If it doesn’t come out the way I envisioned it, I either go back and tweak it or throw it away…A piece can take me from a couple days to a couple weeks [to complete], depending on how much work the piece itself entails,” said Macaroco.

“The name ‘WICKED Clothing’ came about because I wanted to name the company with something that was synonymous with the area of New England…‘Wicked’ is a word that can be used in many different ways, from being something evil and dark, to something great and cool. I thought it was cool how I could use the meanings of the actual word to shape the brand. That’s why it has stuck,” said Macaroco.

“The aesthetic of his brand is something I dream to be able to achieve someday with WICKED. Everything is super clean and sophisticated in a sense that sometimes I just sit in awe of the pieces and how they are presented. Stampd and Chris are definitely a driving force for inspiration,” said Macaroco.

For Macaroco, fashion was not a career he just stumbled into. A family background in design has shaped Macaroco’s dreams and has allowed him to find a balance between being a businessman and being a creator.   “I have always been in the fashion industry—really since birth. My grandfather started a small screen-printing factory in his basement, which is now the biggest screen-printing factory in New England…Ever since I could remember, I was in the factory running around and learning,” said Macaroco. Macaroco is heavily involved in the production process at WICKED. He personally creates the graphics that are printed on his merchandise, and he is meticulous when checking the quality and overall concept of every product.

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With a particular image in mind, Macaroco gleans inspiration from designers like Chris Stamp from Stampd Clothing.

Although Macaroco emphasizes that WICKED is mainly a oneman show—personally taking care of all aspects regarding design, printing, order fulfillment, marketing, and vendor research—he is grateful to be able to call upon friends as advocates for the brand. “WICKED definitely wouldn’t be where it is today without [Jonna Mojica],” said Macaroco of the photographer who has set the visual stage for the brand. He also claimed that Leah Neves deserves credit for “everything to do with the women’s pieces from WICKED.” WICKED Clothing’s current fall/winter 16 collection is the line Macaroco has “spent the most time, money, and overall effort on.” Macaroco claimed that this collection is a defining moment for WICKED, and that he finally has the resources and experience to create the aesthetic he has always dreamed of.


“Everything will be very minimal, from the pieces, to the visuals, and even an updated website layout…The inspiration for the line is fall fashion essentials with a very minimalistic/high fashion spin on streetwear. You’ll be able to see that every piece intertwines with each other from color, to message, to quality. I’m really excited about this collection because I feel like it could make some waves in the fashion world and show that WICKED isn’t your regular independent clothing company,” said Macaroco. With this new launch, Macaroco is finally expanding his brand by selling items out of brick-and-mortar stores; however, he wants to make sure the stores are on board with WICKED’s values and vision. “To me, it’s not just about being in a store to be in a store. I want my product to be featured in a store that fits the culture of the brand and that can cater to the customer base that I have already established with WICKED,” said Macaroco. Although Macaroco enjoys the freedom to take his brand in whichever direction he chooses, managing an independent online clothing company does not come without its challenges. He claims that the rapid nature of the fashion industry and the dynamics of brand reach are the greatest hurdles for a small company like WICKED to overcome. “The fashion industry is so fast moving that you really have to be on top of designs and the direction of your collections months ahead of time…Brand reach is also a big challenge for small start-up fashion companies. You need to really know how to brand yourself and get great visuals to showcase your product in a professional way to gain the attention of customers, and to gain some respectability,” said Macaroco. Macaroco envisions WICKED as a staple in New England, but expansion is necessary. Los Angeles and New York are huge markets for streetwear, so Macaroco hopes to enter those areas soon. However, WICKED’s roots will forever remain in New England. “Without struggles, I feel like a company would plateau at a normal point,” said Macaroco. “You need to have constant growth in a company to keep it moving forward.” wickedclothing.us •

- Holly Chernick

Photos courtesy of WICKED Clothing

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hen it comes to designer footwear, many think of luxury brands like Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Stuart Weitzman. Labels of this caliber often come at a steep price, forcing average consumers to seek out cheaper alternatives. M.Gemi, a Boston-based e-commerce shoe company, has reimagined this idea of unattainable luxury. The Italian footwear company is dedicated to providing noteworthy quality at a reasonable price for its customers. “At M.Gemi, we’ve realized that true luxury is about the quality of your products, not a specific brand name. We have built our brand from the ground up by focusing on the finest materials, detailed Italian craftsmanship, and trend-right updates on classic silhouettes,” said Cheryl Kaplan, president of M.Gemi. Standing apart from the name-brand-driven luxury shoe industry, M.Gemi has set out to keep costs low. The company makes it possible for shoppers to obtain stylish footwear without compromising the integrity

of the product or breaking the bank. M.Gemi is able to do so by selling its product outside of a retail setting. “By selling directly to consumers, we are able to cut out traditional retail markups and offer true luxury at an approachable price point,” said Kaplan. Since its inception a year ago, M.Gemi has attracted a faithful following. The company aims to create lasting products that keep its customers happy and coming back for more. The success of the company thus far is a clear reflection of the importance M.Gemi places on its customers. “M.Gemi’s success is driven by our customers’ loyalty. We are proud to create products that stand the test of time and that our shoppers can wear season after season. We are thrilled at how many M.Gemi shoppers become repeat customers who share their excitement for the brand with family and friends,” said Kaplan. Though it is still a fairly new company, M.Gemi has already begun to make its mark on the fashion industry, raising the standard for shoe making. Forget about mass-produced shoes that will only be in style for one season, or shoes that will last a year before falling apart; M.Gemi’s shoes are handmade in Italy in small, family-owned factories that are devoted to their craft. The extreme pride and dedication to detail that goes into every pair of shoes is what sets M.Gemi apart from the competition. “Craftsmanship is the central reason we started M.Gemi. We saw the incredible quality of heritage shoemakers in Italy, work that small factories have perfected over generations, and we were inspired to bring these time-honored styles to the U.S. market,” said Kaplan. Bringing back timeless classics is something that M.Gemi is constantly working toward. The company aims to transform past styles, incorporating updated and modern twists. The designs not only are fashion forward but also are updated weekly, providing a variety of style options for customers to choose from. “M.Gemi provides the perfect medium for customers that appreciate both newness and the value of lasting craftsmanship. Since new pieces are debuted every Monday, our customers are constantly excited to see what is new and order before each limited-edition style runs out,” said Kaplan.

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The company has experienced success with pop-up stores in Los Angeles and in the SoHo district of New York City. Allowing the customer to see the actual product is something that M.Gemi finds important. Although future plans to establish an actual store are brewing, the company is reveling in the convenience associated with e-commerce. Given today’s fast-paced fashion climate, waiting for something has become almost a foreign concept. With the click of a button, consumers have the world in their hands. This push to make products quickly accessible has resulted in many companies resorting to mass production. M.Gemi, however, strives to keep up with consumer demands, while maintaining handcrafted artistry.

“All of our styles are carefully produced by master craftsmen to ensure the utmost quality…They are brought to our shoppers in a fast-paced and exciting way, providing the shoes they need, exactly when they need them,” said Kaplan. It is clear that M.Gemi designs shoes with passion and purpose. The company’s refreshing approach toward succeeding in such a competitive market places customer satisfaction above all. The e-commerce site acts as the perfect place for the fashion-conscious, frugal shopper. Look out, Boston, because M.Gemi is changing everything we know about luxury footwear. With beautiful shoes, quality craftsmanship, and an impeccable reputation, M.Gemi already has heads turning. mgemi.com •

- Sarah Reese

Photos courtesy of M.Gemi

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n a country bursting at the seams with opportunity, there are very few people who actually enjoy their jobs. Colette Chrétien, owner of La Fille Colette, has found the answer; by marrying her passion for design with sustainability, 26-year-old Chrétien gets to do what she loves every day of the week. La Fille Colette, a Boston-based apparel brand, is influenced by Chrétien’s French background and is widely known for its versatility. The brand is worn by women of all ages. Chrétien, a graduate of Tufts University, also took classes at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts. Although Chrétien never specifically studied fashion design in school, she is a longtime lover of design and has been creating dresses since high school. Chrétien worked diligently for a year after graduating to set up her business, which has been up and running for a year now with the help of The Good Clothing Company, a sustainable-apparel manufacturing company in Mashpee, Massachusetts, that assists with the production of Chrétien’s work. Before sending sketches to The Good Clothing Company, Chrétien must first find inspiration. The designer is drawn to Impressionism, which she often incorporates into her design prints. “A dress usually comes to my mind, which may spark an idea for a whole collection. I enjoy harsh lines, color blocking, and curves,” said Chrétien. The design process is very complex and involves first sketching the design before sending it to The Good Clothing Company. From there, patterns for the garment are produced, and a sample is sent back to Chrétien, who makes sure the piece is exactly as she intended. This process can be repeated up to four times, depending on the complexity of the garment.

“I have a different aesthetic for each collection,” said Chrétien. While Chrétien’s designs are interesting and complex, she is never frivolous in the way she works. Sustainability lives at the heart of her brand. Chrétien practices ethicality, making sure that excess items are not produced, that waste is limited, and that people are treated fairly. Fast fashion is rapidly changing the way we view fashion; with innovative technology, consumers want items at the snap of a finger. Chrétien hopes to educate people on the dangers of fast fashion. “Fast fashion is manipulative,” said Chrétien. Chrétien has released two collections in the past year. Last September, a few of her newest pieces were revealed at Boston Fashion Week. Her love for geometric design could be spotted immediately. Her latest collection is for spring/ summer 2017 and will be available for preorder by Christmas. The collection features white, black, and printed dresses in a crepe material, as she is solely a dress designer and creates garments with a basic color palette to leave room for intricate garment design. ���There will be many choices. You will find something for everyone. A little black dress is a staple, but with my print it takes on a new life,” said Chrétien. Designing collections once a year is a sustainable way of creating and allows Chrétien to completely focus on each collection. Chrétien enjoys working one-on-one with her customers, as she is able to ensure that each client leaves with a smile on her face. “Watching other women wear my clothes, and to see how happy they are in them, is the most rewarding part of my job,” said Chrétien. “I enjoy giving women something they want to wear.” lafillecolette.com •

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“Watching other women wear my clothes, and to see how happy they are in them, is the most rewarding part of my job.�

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Finding Silver Linings C “Most clients want their jewelry to evoke meaningfulness and to have something with a personal connection.”

hristie Melene Kent, jewelry designer and owner of Melene Kent Jewels, lives by Christian Dior’s mantra, “Zest is the secret of all beauty. There is no beauty that is attractive without zest.” After learning from her grandmother to live her life with zest, she has continued to live by this motto and wants it to shine through in her designs and business.   Kent grew up surrounded by design and fashion because her grandmother and mother were both buyers and designers of jewelry for big department stores in Manhattan. As a child, Kent would make little crafts and bracelets, selling them door to door. Even though creative design ran in the family, she never thought it would be in her future.   “I never considered doing something artistic as a career,” said Kent.      Kent was always business oriented and went the traditional route. In 1998, she received a bachelor’s degree in health policy and management from Providence College. In that same year, Kent suffered from many seizures and had a major brain surgery. While she will never know for sure, she often wonders if part of her creative side was brought out after the surgery. “Life is about the silver linings, and I look for them whenever I can,” said Kent. After graduating, she went into the corporate world for many years, but she eventually left to go on maternity leave. With some time off, Kent had time to tap into her true creative self. She ended up taking some classes in metalsmithing at the Boston Center for Adult Education. With her new skills and prior experience, she started making jewelry. Kent started working with stones and went on to incorporate different

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metals into her designs. Appreciative friends and family asked her to make them pieces of jewelry and loved what she created. In 2007, Melene Kent Jewels was established.    Kent’s designs are not for the typical woman. Her clients want something unique and handmade. She puts a twist on classic designs; her sophisticated rocker style is chic and traditional with an edge. She uses symbols like the eternal circle and the evil eye, as well as materials such as stones, crystals, recycled African vinyl, pave diamonds, gold, and silver.  “Most clients want their jewelry to evoke meaningfulness and to have something with a personal connection,” said Kent. Kent makes appointments with her clients to create personalized pieces. She loves to make a client’s vision come to life and is always learning new things from collaborations. 

Photos courtesy of Christie Melene Kent Jewelery

“When I design each piece, I keep in mind the end result and hope that the person will wear the jewelry in health and happiness,” said Kent.

too, inspires her designs. For example, she designs a piece by finding something at the beach like a barnacle. She then takes the barnacle and casts a mold, which she uses to create  the final product. Kent’s jewelry designs include bracelets, earrings, headpieces, necklaces, and ring sets. Necklaces are mostly pendant style and can range from $50 to over $200, depending on the stones, metals, or complexity of the design. Ring sets, stud earrings, and bracelets range from $25 to $80.

“LIFE IS ABOUT THE SILVER LININGS, AND I LOOK FOR THEM WHENEVER I CAN.”

Kent even spots women wearing her designs when she is walking down the street. She is also proud of the fact that her jewelry is worn internationally. “I love the idea that people all over the world are wearing jewelry that I design,” said Kent.   To create her designs, Kent gets inspiration from people she finds interesting, like Buccellati and Alexis Bittar. Nature,

At the moment, Melene Kent Jewels is a onewoman show. Kent runs the website, the books, and the budget, and she creates all the designs and jewelry. She plans to hire an apprentice and more help in the future. As the business grows, Kent wants to maintain the handmade quality of the product, as she does not want the product to lose its value.  “I stand by the quality of my jewelry and my designs,” said Kent.

Kent has faced some challenges with juggling the business and raising a family. With the passing of time, she has been able to focus on escalating the business and get back to what she loves doing.  Kent’s jewelry is sold on her website and through shoptiques.com, a website where customers can explore thousands of boutiques in one place. Kent’s designs can also be purchased locally at Exhale on Arlington Street and Crush on Newbury Street in Boston’s Back Bay. melenekentjewels.com •

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Amina (left) Shearling Vest: Bessie Blues Cuff: Bessie Blues Boots: Model’s Own Hair and Makeup by Krystal B. Ruben (middle) Rovic Trans-seasonal Cardigan: G-Star Raw Oxford Button-Down: G-Star Raw 3301 Visor Stretch Tapered Jeans: G-Star Raw Shoes: Model’s Own Luggage: Our Own Hair and Makeup by Lexi Rodriguez Danielle (right) 209 West Faux Leather Jacket: Bessie Blues Turtleneck: Bessie Blues Ecru Cargo Pants: Bessie Blues Hat: Bessie Blues Boots: Model’s Own Luggage: Our Own Makeup by Krystal B. Hair by Lexi Rodriguez

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LEFT PAGE Ruben Suede Bomber: Bobby from Boston New England Shirt Company Shirt: Sault New England Save the Khaki Corduroy Jean: Sault New England Matte Black Aviators: Benrus Sky Chief Watch: Benrus Quartermaster Duffle Bag: Benrus Hair and Makeup by Lexi Rodriguez RIGHT PAGE Danielle (left) Jacket: Bessie Blues Sweater: Bessie Blues Plaid Shirt: Bessie Blues Pants: Bessie Blues Infantry Watch: Benrus Boots: Model’s Own Luggage: Our Own Makeup by Krystal B. Hair by Lexi Rodriguez Amina (middle) Jacket: Bessie Blues Shirt: Bessie Blues Pants: Bessie Blues Sunglasses: Benrus Earrings: Bessie Blues Plaid Blanket: SoWa Market Hair and Makeup by Krystal B.

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LEFT PAGE Ruben (left) Hanley of Scotland Fair Isle Sweater: Sault New England New England Shirt Company Oxford: Sault New England Save the Khaki Corduroy Jean: Sault New England Shoes: Model’s Own Luggage: Our Own Plaid Blanket: SoWa Market Hair and Makeup by Lexi Rodriguez Danielle (right) Claudia Nichole Tunic: Bessie Blues Belt: Bessie Blues J Brand Valentina Jeans: Bessie Blues Makeup by Krystal B. Hair by Lexi Rodriguez RIGHT PAGE Ruben Shirt: Model’s Own Jumpsuit: Bobby from Boston Shoes: Model’s Own Sky Chief Watch: Benrus Hair and Makeup by Lexi Rodriguez

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LEFT PAGE Danielle 5621 Trainer Boilersuit: G-Star Raw Concorde Sunglasses: Benrus Infantry Watch: Benrus Makeup by Krystal B. Hair by Lexi Rodriguez RIGHT PAGE Ruben (left) Penfield Oretta Reversible Jacket: Sault New England Powel Shirt: G-Star Raw 3301 Visor Stretch Tapered Jeans: G-Star Raw Shoes: Model’s Own Bivouac Backpack: Benrus Hair and Makeup by Lexi Rodriguez Amina (right) Dylan Faux Shearling Jacket: Bessie Blues Veronica M Suede Top: Bessie Blues Marlyn Schiff Necklace: Bessie Blues J Brand Jeans: Bessie Blues Boots: Our Own Fringe Wolfepack: DeWolfe Leather Goods Luggage: SoWa Market Hair and Makeup by Krystal B.

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hoes are a basic necessity and a simple concept, but over time they have become a stylish and iconic means to make a statement. They have embodied power, confidence, and even wealth. Styles have changed colors, fits, and silhouettes from one decade to the next. The Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts, is showcasing Shoes: Pleasure and Pain from November 19, 2016, until March 12, 2017. The exhibit features an eclectic array of over 300 pairs of shoes that range from historic cultural artifacts to contemporary works of art. Designers Jimmy Choo, Christian Louboutin, and Manolo Blahnik appear in the exhibit, just to name a few. Some of the shoes were worn by British icons such as David Beckham, Sir Elton John, Kylie Minogue, and Naomi Campbell. “The exhibition includes a fine selection of contemporary footwear, and also historic shoes that were worn at different time periods and come from many different places, such as Turkey, Japan, and Egypt,” said Paula Richter, exhibition and research curator at the Peabody Essex Museum.   

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Centuries ago, shoes were worn for many different purposes, such as functional necessity, ceremonial dress, or status denotation. Extraordinary examples of historic footwear include the lotus slipper, which was used to bind the feet of young Chinese women in the sixteenth century, and slap sole shoes, which were worn by European men in the seventeenth century. The Peabody Essex Museum hopes the exhibit will resonate with people who understand there is a greater significance behind every piece of art.   “We make choices on what shoes we wear and how they will be presented in public,” said Richter.  

Shoes: Pleasure and Pain was first shown in the Victoria and Albert Museum in London before appearing at the Peabody Essex Museum this winter. The Peabody Essex Museum has prided itself on showcasing buzz-worthy topics that spark interest since its opening in 1799. The shoes in the exhibit were carefully selected and required the participation of multiple museum collections, as well as consultations with designers and lenders. “Staff at the Victoria and Albert Museum developed and organized examples of shoes so that they could highlight design characteristics or certain cultural practices that connect shoes from different time periods,” said Richter. The exhibit is broken up into three sections: “Transformation and Status” (with subsections All Eyes on Me, Follow Me, The Way You Move, and High Society), “Seduction and Creation” (with subsections Craft and Construction, Explore and Experiment, and Supply and Demand), and “Obsession.” Film clips and videos are also a part of the shoe presentation. Although the Peabody Essex Museum’s collection of Shoes resembles that of the Victoria and Albert Museum in layout, displays, and selection, it also highlights shoes from local collectors in the Boston area that will not be shown anywhere else. The collection has artifacts by 20 designers from 15 countries, including Germany, Pakistan, Italy, and Colombia.


“We make choices on what shoes we wear and how they will be presented in public.” “In recent years, the Peabody Essex Museum has brought a number of traveling exhibitions to the Boston area...We try to have exhibits on many different topics that pique people’s interest,” said Richter. In the exhibit, shoe design is explored and boundaries are pushed to create footwear that goes far beyond the norm. Zaha Hadid’s “Nova” has a striking 6.2-inch heel, while Andreia Chaves’ “Invisible Naked” shoes infuse a study of optical illusion with 3D printing and leathermaking techniques.  “There is an interesting pair of sandals by Prada called tail light sandals, and they’re imaginative and playful because they are based on automobile design. These Prada sandals were worn by singer Kylie Minogue,” said Richter. 161 Essex St., Salem, (978) 745-9500; pem.org • - Rakia Achab

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he frosty winter weather is upon us, and for many thrill-seeking New Englanders, this means it is time to head for the slopes. Kathy Benharris, a successful Boston-based fashion show producer and stylist, is among these snowchasing adrenaline junkies. With 30 years of skiing under her belt, Benharris has found a way to fuse her devotion to style with her love of zooming down the snow-clad hills. “I started skiing because I loved it so much, both the thrill of flying down a mountain and the alpine lifestyle and its fashion. Once I started producing fashion shows and styling, I realized, wait, here we are with skiing and snowboarding, to me the most fashionable sports there could possibly be, and nobody in the East is showcasing on slope and après fashion in this way,” said Benharris. “We all check out what each other is wearing when in the lift line, in the lodge, and from the chairlift above. Let’s celebrate alpine style and not pretend we don’t notice or it doesn’t matter.” When it comes to skiing and snowboarding attire, she stresses the necessity of “performance over pretty.” Given the conditions—whipping winds and frigid temperatures—skiers and snowboarders must consider ways to equip themselves well for the environment. One effective way to combat the chill? Layer, layer, layer. “I definitely have a uniform that I think really works well. To start, I wear a base layer. A really thin, wicking kind of fabric. I like it [to be] nylon, actually. You’re working out and sweating and the wicking helps pull that moisture away from your body,” said Benharris. For extra-cold days, Benharris suggests the addition of a mid layer, such as a zippered fleece, to provide additional insulation. Thumbholes are also ideal, as they allow the sleeve to remain tightly tucked within the glove.

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“You have to think about wind coming in every way it can, right? So, a lot of times, there will be thumbholes. You are looking to build this seamless scenario so that the wind can’t get inside… With that, the glove comes up over it and cinches, so that you’ve made this seal, and there’s nothing getting in there,” said Benharris. Although each layer, top and bottom, is essential, Benharris considers a good ski jacket a closet must-have for anyone heading out this winter. Selecting a jacket that will trap in the warmth, while still allowing for movement and technical precision, is fundamental. For women, she suggests a jacket that is slightly formfitting this season. “I’m especially loving seeing the silhouette of females. I like the curves and all of that; I think, why do we need to tone that down to be considered good athletes?” said Benharris. For those seeking skiing and snowboarding essentials locally, Benharris recommends Country Ski and Sport in Westwood, Massachusetts. This familyowned business not only offers the latest products but also demonstrates a dedication to customers that creates a personalized shopping experience. Country Ski and Sport sells brands like Burton, Völkl, Marmot, Obermeyer, SCOTT, Spyder, and Karbon, all of which are Benharris approved. Each of these brands was featured at the 35th Annual Ski and Snowboard Expo held in


“Everybody looks prettier after a day skiing because you’ve been out playing. You’re like a kid, you know? ” Boston in November 2016. This collaborative celebration of skiing and snowboarding fashion, which Benharris produced and styled, featured show after show of this season’s newest trends, lines, and innovations. Created and run by Bernie Weichsel of BEWI Industries since its inception 35 years ago, the Expo acts as a meeting ground for passionate skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts. The engaging four-day event included live musical performances, an extreme trampoline show, interactive presentations, giveaways, and the latest on skiing and snowboarding attire. The event demonstrated that within this realm of performanceenhancing, functional apparel, there is an abundance of room to experiment with style. Benharris is constantly finding ways to stay fashionable and have fun with her skiwear. As a brand ambassador for SKEA, a popular ski line, she is up to date on the latest trends for the season. SKEA’s new holographic design, which incorporates a reflective shine that is sure to beam off snow-covered hills, is one of the many ways to spice up skiwear. By playing with color, skiers and snowboarders can personalize their look while staying stylish. “I definitely am always loving black. It’s timeless, and you tend to see a lot of that in New England. It’s a safe, go-to color. Neon is making a real comeback, but not just in a catchy way. It pops against the snow and it looks great…It’s something you see people of all ages gravitating toward,” said Benharris.

Illustrations by Stephanie Stinfort

Adding accessories is another way to enhance this relationship between style and sport. Little touches like hats, headbands, and fur bring a level of individuality and flair to every look. Whether bold or subtle, these pieces make a statement. When it is time to head to the lodge for some refueling and relaxation with friends, hats can also act as a great tool for taming unruly hair.

“My hair, when I take off my hat or my helmet—it is what it is. Sometimes it’s all frozen and crazy; if that’s the case, I put on my little pom-pom hat. The higher the pompom, the closer to God,” said Benharris. It is safe to say that after a long day on the trails, one might need a quick touch-up before retreating to the lodge. Benharris suggests tucking a little lip balm and concealer into a pocket and keeping it simple. Wearing waterproof mascara is also a great way to maintain a fresh face during long hours out on the slopes. “Everybody looks prettier after a day skiing because you’ve been out playing. You’re like a kid, you know? You’ve been out in the snow all day, smiling and laughing. There’s nothing better than that,” said Benharris. Benharris draws inspiration from ski fashion icons like Lindsey Vonn, Suzy Chaffee, and Barbara Alley Simon. These three women are revered both on and off the slopes for the roles they have played in the skiing and snowboarding fashion industry. Benharris had the immense pleasure of meeting Simon, a true pioneer of ski fashion whose approval would later become a true testament to Benharris’ success. “When I met her, I totally fan-girled out; I couldn’t handle it. And the fact that she and I are now friends and talk frequently blows my mind! She’s like, ‘You’ve picked up the mantle,’ and I could just die,” said Benharris. For those in search of skiing and snowboarding spots in the area, Benharris recommends Loon Mountain in Lincoln, New Hampshire for a day trip. Sunday River in Newry, Maine, although farther away, is one of Benharris’ absolute favorite locations. It is clear that Benharris is passionate about what she does. She encourages everyone to hit the slopes and have fun this winter, all the while taking advantage of the opportunity to be expressive with a personal skiing and snowboarding style. Follow her lead and make a mark on what she calls the vertical runway. •

- Kelsey Fagan

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agels are an essential breakfast menu item, but what about a bagel paired with a dinosaur? Well, there is a first time for everything. What started as an idea in owner Mary Ting Hyatt’s head turned into a bagel-bodied dinosaur logo created by her graphic designer friend, and the rest is, well, history. Hyatt opened the bakery and café in October 2014, with the name Bagelsaurus stemming from a logo that had already been created. “I had an idea in my head for a logo, and the name kind of fit in,” said Hyatt. “I wanted a fun and playful logo, nothing too serious.”   The logo is cute and draws the attention of kids and families. Hyatt describes Bagelsaurus as a modern bagel bakeshop and cafe for all ages. The menu at Bagelsaurus has a variety of options. Lunch offerings include The Classic Jumbo, Eggspanōla, Hot Smoked, T-Rex, Chicken Salad, and a BLT. The most popular sandwich that Bagelsaurus serves is The Classic Jumbo, which is a simple egg and cheese topped with mustard and butter. The shop’s bagels have a slightly different taste than the New Yorkstyle bagel that most are familiar with. Each bagel is handmade

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and slow-fermented, using only five ingredients and a decadesold sourdough culture. The handmade bagels are available in plain, sea salt, pretzel, seeded wheat, cinnamon raisin, sesame, poppy, everything, black olive, pumpernickel, onion, cheddar garlic, and bialy, which is a flatbread roll topped with onions. A single bagel can be purchased for $2.50, or a half dozen can be purchased for $13. Various spreads are also offered, such as cream cheese, salted butter, mustard butter, house-made almond butter, beet hummus, and jam.   “We have unique spreads...which is a unique offering. They often go really classic or mix it up,” said Hyatt. Hyatt’s favorite bagel on the menu to enjoy is the Black Olive, which is made with oil and black olives and pairs well with a mustard spread or butter. “Customers love or hate that one usually. It is kind of the divided one. They’re not used to black olives in bagels,” said Hyatt. The bakery also offers other baked goods, such as oatmeal chocolate chip cookies and banana coffee cake. Coffee, cucumber lemonade, San Pellegrino, and orange juice are offered as well.


"I wanted a fun and playful logo, nothing too serious.” The best time to stop by Bagelsaurus is around the holidays, when seasonal bagels are offered. Chocolate bagels are specially made around Valentine’s Day and Easter, apple spice bagels are made during the fall, and cheese balls with bagel chips on the side are created during Christmastime; the cheese balls are perfect when hosting a cocktail party. “It’s one of the best sellers during that time of year,” said Hyatt. Hyatt has been in the food industry since 2007, when she moved to Massachusetts. After starting out in restaurants, she realized she wanted to have her own business. She began exploring the different areas of culinary art to discover which route she wanted to follow. “I started out in restaurants, live cooking, and fine dining,” said Hyatt. “That’s when I realized that I’m more of a day person than night. I found that bakery hours were well suited to me.” 1796 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, (857) 285-6103; bagelsaurus.com •

Photography by Julia Henry

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Four Score and Seven Meals Ago

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alking into South Boston’s Lincoln Tavern, restaurantgoers are greeted by rustic brick walls, a large square clock, and a stretch of bar standing in front of the wood-fired oven that creates the restaurant’s most popular item— pizza. “When the restaurant was created, we knew we wanted to do pizza and we just kind of had to try to figure out the style of pizza we wanted. Nick Dixon, our chef, went to Las Vegas and studied under the pizza guru, and they came up with the idea that they wanted to do the Neapolitan-style pizza,” said Kellene Ratko, restaurant manager at Lincoln Tavern. The menu offers eight styles of wood-fired pizza, from a classic Margherita to the intriguing steak-and-potato option, which is topped with a blend of mashed potatoes, prime rib, onion, truffle oil, and arugula. Each pie is 10 inches across and will satisfy even the most adventurous eater. Lincoln Tavern switches up its menu seasonally, aiming to change entrees approximately four times a year. For fall, additions included pumpkin fritters and winter squashes, as well as treats reminiscent of the holiday season. For example, gingerbread pancakes for brunch are a mouthful of Christmastime. Ratko’s personal favorite menu item is the Fruity Pebble pancakes. “They’re something fairly new that came out of our brunch test kitchen, which takes place every Friday; we do a different rotating brunch menu. Basically, it gives us an opportunity to be a little more creative than we can during the high-volume days,” said Ratko. Ratko went on to add that the colorful treat was special to her because it brought back fond childhood memories. While this whimsical dish is a delightful addition to an Instagram page, it is a nostalgic experience as well.

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Lincoln Tavern is co-owned by Eric Aulenback and Michael Conlon, who each owned restaurants separately before coming together to take on this new project. Aulenback and Conlon were drawn to South Boston for its community feel, as their intent was to create a family restaurant. Mothers with their children, businessmen, and food industry workers are the demographic that enters Lincoln Tavern’s doors daily. The restaurant itself is geared toward the young professional in his or her late twenties to early thirties. Lincoln Tavern’s day is shaped by various factors, including what is going on in sports. For example, if a sports game is on, business picks up; the Tavern’s television screens lower for major sporting events, and when it comes to Patriots games, the restaurant turns the sound on for all to hear. “But we try to focus on being a restaurant that serves dinner and do our best at executing food,” said Ratko. Aulenback and Conlon hoped to create a community hot spot with the Tavern, where employees and other customers could recognize regulars and foster more meaningful connections with one another. Participating in the West Broadway cleanup and planting flowers along the street have made the Tavern’s presence known in the community. In addition, the establishment has hosted an annual Christmas party for at-risk youth who struggle to successfully transition to adulthood. Employees donate Christmas gifts to the children and hire a Santa Claus; the guests are then able to enjoy food and open their gifts with Santa. This event is one of Ratko’s favorites. Involvement with the community’s youth is a recurring theme in the Tavern’s involvement, as local summer camps also participate in special events at the restaurant.


“[They] have done pizza parties where they’ll come in and make their own pizzas with the chef teaching us exactly what goes into our pizza—they get to touch the dough; they get to play with it,” said Ratko. With this sort of sneak peek, children may know more about the magic that goes into the pizzas than the average adult customer. “We try to be an active member of our community in every way, and we’re very, very proud to be located in South Boston. Everything that this community embraces, we try to do the same,” said Ratko.

Serving brunch, lunch, and dinner, Lincoln Tavern opens its doors at 11:30 a.m. on weekdays and 10:00 a.m. on weekends. Stop by early to try the nostalgic Fruity Pebble pancakes or grab a late-night bite before the restaurant closes at 2:00 a.m. No matter the choice, customers are sure to feel at home in this extension of the Southie community. 425 W Broadway, South Boston, (617) 765-8636; lincolnsouthboston.com •

- Alexandra Faszewski

“Everything that this community embraces, we try to do the same.”

Photos courtesy of Lincoln Tavern

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Amina (left) 209 West Cream Tiny Puff Jacket: Bessie Blues J Brand Valentina Flare Jean: Bessie Blues Boots: Our Own Snakeskin Wolfepack: DeWolfe Leather Goods Hair and Makeup by Krystal B. Ruben (middle) Ralph Lauren Trench Coat: Bobby from Boston New England Shirt Company Chambray Shirt: Sault New England 3301 Visor Stretch Tapered Jeans: G-Star Raw Shoes: Model’s Own Matte Black Aviators: Benrus Sky Chief Watch: Benrus Hair and Makeup by Lexi Rodriguez Danielle (right) Faux Fur Cape: SoWa Market Velvet Heart Indigo Anita Denim Dress: Bessie Blues Boots: Model’s Own Hat: Our Own Cuff: Bessie Blues Steven Saddle Bag: Bessie Blues Makeup by Krystal B. Hair by Lexi Rodriguez


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