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Mikel Hunter

Fashion Stylist • Owner of Mikel Hunter Boutique

Episode #362 – Aha! – That’s It!

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Episode #362 – Aha! – That’s It!

ABOUT

“I believe in defining your own silhouette through fashion,” says Mikel Hunter, owner of the eponymous fine art and clothing boutique on Warren Street in Hudson. Throughout a 25-year career as a fashion stylist and art director in New York City, Hunter developed his brand in a boutique on Martha’s Vineyard, curating a tight selection of high-end, artisanal products and limited-edition collaborations with designers, all the while fighting the Lilly Pulitzer undertow. “For me, every artist and artisan has a story to tell, and my boutique starts a conversation with clients eager to hear their tale,” Hunter says. His Hudson location opened in November 2017; the 2,000-square-foot space includes men’s, women’s, and gender-fluid fashion. “At least 65 percent of my stuff is unisex. Savvy people can interchange pieces and make them work,” he says. An advocate of self-expression through fashion, Hunter, prides himself on the quality of his products and delights in expanding his customers’ awareness. “So much of what I do is education, really letting people look at the workmanship and the details,” he says. “That is a huge part of my passion.” While fashion is at the forefront, Hunter’s shop also features bold work by handpicked contemporary artists like Robert Szot and Terry Rodgers. And he has plans to turn his curator’s eye to home goods shortly, stocking a selection of exquisitely crafted products like handblown Murano glass and Patch NYC quilts. The vibe of Mikel Hunter boutique in Hudson is something like couture with a punk edge (think handwoven sequined silk wraps and funky fine iron jewelry made with gold and diamonds). The highly curated selection marries artisanship, texture, and a F**k You, counterculture attitude that is so refreshing in the world of cheap,
mass-produced goods. “The boutique experience is very interactive,” Hunter says. “If you’re up for it, it is a petting zoo of beautiful things.”

Amanda Gross

Illustrator

Episode #68 – Trust Yourself

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Episode #68 – Trust Yourself

ABOUT

Amanda E Gross draws and paints from her home studio in Beacon, NY. She moved to the Hudson Valley in the summer of 2017, by way of the Chicago city and suburbs, Providence, Boston, and San Francisco, and can’t get enough of the green hills, wildlife, local culture, and vibrant people-watching. After attending The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Rhode Island School of Design, Amanda taught the practice and history of art to children and adults, and worked as a museum coordinator, marketing copywriter, and Instructional Designer, while maintaining a studio practice. Since moving to Beacon, making and exhibiting art has returned as her focal point. Current series include bright and expressive pastel portraits of inspiring people, mixed media paintings of native birds on reused ceramic tiles, surreal acrylic landscape paintings, charcoal drawings colored digitally that become cards and prints, and embroideries that pair text and image. Amanda lives with her fiancé and three gifted rescue cats.

Denise Gianna

Interior Designer

Episode #313 – You Can’t Please Everyone!

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Episode #313 – You Can’t Please Everyone!

ABOUT

Denise Gianna is the owner and principal interior designer at DeniseGiannaDesigns. Our interior design studio & retail shop is located in Beacon NY. Denise and company specialize in innovative residential interiors, small space design, green design by reuse, recycling, and creative re-imagination, and custom window treatments, upholstery, furniture and home goods. Denise has a degree in psychology, a masters in business from New School University and interior design certification from Purchase College, where she is also an Interior Design program instructor.

DENISE GIANNA DESIGNS Interior Design & Home Goods 494 Main Street Beacon NY 845. 216. 4196