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My Style: Anna Zietz and Erica Tankesley, owners of Glad & Young Studio

Anna Zietz and Erica Tankesley, owners of Glad & Young Studio
Anna is wearing a blazer by the Fifth Label (through Poshmark), a Hanes x Karla tee, and vintage lime pants. Erica is wearing a Nooworks top, vintage floral pants, and Topshop shoes.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Anna Zietz, left, and Erica Tankesley, who met as bartenders, wanted to inject a little fun and whimsy into a handmade leather goods market that was mostly utilitarian. In 2015, they mixed Zietz’s graphic-design background with Tankesley’s seamstress skills to launch a high-octane leather line, Glad & Young Studio, with a growing cult following.

Neighborhood Studio at Ponce City Market

Brand Colorful, fun-loving, upbeat, and energetic products inspired heavily by our personal style

Color Confidential Pink! Always pink. When in doubt, pink!

2020 life lesson
Tankesley: Go with the flow.
Zietz: Embrace being scrappy. Make it work!

Best-kept Atlanta secret
Tankesley: Highland Row Antiques
Zietz: El Tesoro in Edgewood

I can’t wait until we  ____ again
Zietz: hug

Style Statement
Zietz: Pattern, stripes, bright
Tankesley: Floral, neon, velvet

Tankesley: Michelle Norris of Tropico Photo
Zietz: Michelle Obama

Closet staples
Zietz: Chunky sweater, patterned pants
Tankesley: Doc Martens, polka dot overalls

Take Two (accessories) Both: Fanny pack and a hair tie

ATL shopping dossier Megan Huntz, the Bombchel Factory, Press Shop, Brick + Mortar, Citizen Supply

Zoom ready
Zietz: Mascara and a good window
Tankesley: Eyeliner

Vintage or new Secondhand

You as a cocktail
Zietz: Aperol Spritz. The color is so me!
Tankesley: Hemingway Daiquiri

This article appears in our May 2021 issue.

My Style: Visual artist Marryam Moma

My Style: Visual artist Marryam Moma
Moma is wearing a white tee featuring her original collage art and produced in collaboration with VuVoi, a tulle vest by Oyemwen, a sequin skirt she made, and Converse sneakers.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Nigerian-born Marryam Moma’s art draws heavily on her heritage and her architecture studies at Temple University. However, it was her time working as a model at the Parsons School of Design that transformed her work like only influence from fashion and haute couture can.

Neighborhood Alpharetta
The Soul of a Lioness
Virtually Speaking Because people weren’t gathering in traditional ways during the pandemic, I had to really think about how I could fully present my work in virtual environments and spaces. There has been lots of amazing support in the Atlanta arts community during this transition.
Brands that Inspire EightTwenty91, Marabou Koban, VuVoi, Arafa Ukonga, Andrea Iyamah, lots of vintage
Inspiration in ATL High Museum, Mint Gallery, ZuCot Gallery
Tell our stories It is important we share more stories of Black life that have long been left untold. We need to talk about building generational wealth, togetherness, and community.
Style statement Classic, timeless, comfortable
Style muse Tracee Ellis Ross
Spring must-have Converse (I have like 15 pairs), lipstick
Take two (accessories) Vibrant lip, great bag
Zoom ready Mascara, lipstick, a well-lit room
Cook or eat out? Cook
Sing or dance? Dance

This article appears in our April 2021 issue.

My Style: Fashion designer Lisa Hale

Lisa Hale
Lisa is wearing a short Biya Wonder kimono, Moe belt, and Carmelita earrings, all by Johnny Was; plus vintage Halogen booties and jewelry.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Lisa Hale is a role model for embracing, celebrating, and reinventing yourself at each stage of life—a passion she explores in her nationally recognized blog, the Silver Stylist.

Neighborhood: Snellville

On diversity:
Fashion brands are embracing diversity in size and ethnicity. The time has come to embrace age diversity as well.

Be the change:
Representation matters for older women. My blog reaches women who need to see themselves respected in fashion.

Statement look: A road map going in all different directions. But I do like lots of florals and pattern mixing.

Brands: Tibi, Trina Turk, Megan Huntz, COS, Jil Sander, J. Crew

Closet staples: Denim, cozy knits, trench coat, black pumps, anything asymmetrical

Trend watch: At 59, I do my own thing.

Flats or heels: Heels, even though my feet say flats

On aging: Don’t fear aging. Embrace the freedom and wisdom it brings. Stay open and interested in the world around you.

This article appears in our March 2021 issue.

My Style: Trey Veal, creative director at Coca-Cola

Trey Veal
Veal is wearing a vintage linen blazer, Surge graphic tee, EMG Denim jeans, Dr. Martens boots, Automic Gold earrings and initial ring, a large gold Versace ring, and a J. Crew chain necklace.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Growing up, this small-town boy from rural Georgia figured he’d follow his mom, a nurse, into medicine and become a doctor. But he enjoyed editing his school yearbook and, at the last minute, applied to SCAD Atlanta instead of Emory. Clearly, he made the right choice. He’s currently the creative director, water and active hydration for Coca-Cola North America.

Neighborhood: Westside
Hometown: Sandersville
Style statement: Power dress, but fun
Motto #1: There is no right or wrong in design. Any style can be done “right” with appropriate and thoughtful execution.
Motto #2: So ugly it’s good
Favorite “ugly” fashion trick: Using a nontraditional or even gaudy piece in an everyday look. Black latex in the office? I make it work.
Design in a post-Covid world: Blurring the lines between the digital and physical worlds will continue to increase. Companies need to answer the question: How do we bring interesting experiential design into a digital space?
Coveted: My grandmother’s original set of blue Georgia plates—either for entertaining friends or eggs for one on a Saturday
Atlanta vibes: Vintage stores like Highland Row, Rock It Vintage, Westside Market, Atlanta Used Furniture
Style muses: George Michael, Diane Keaton, Jane Fonda
Scene: Petit Chou, Golden Eagle. The ’70s yacht vibe of the den at BeetleCat is 100 percent me.
Brands leading the way: YSL, Peter Do, Chloé, Target
Best of IG: @70sdinnerparty, @decorhardcore, @vignellicenter, @standards.site
You as a cocktail: Superfloral gin and tonic
As a destination: London

This article appears in our February 2021 issue.

My Style: Elementary school teacher Anna Greene

My Style
Anna is wearing a top from Ace & Jig, pants from Zara, shoes from ModCloth, and a jacket she bought on ThredUp and embellished with faux flowers. She made her own jewelry.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Art teacher Anna uses her creativity—and her “wardrobe crafting”—to bring joy to her students during challenging times. She documents her quirky, colorful style on Instagram @whattheartteacherwears, featuring her collection of “slow fashion” brands like Ace & Jig and pieces she’s stitched herself or enhanced with details like tinsel or flowers.

Lives in Carrollton
Origins I’ve always loved clothing. Becoming an art teacher was a good excuse to take it up a notch.
Stripes or Florals? Both at the same time!
True story The school secretary dressed up as me on Halloween last year.
Art tour you can’t get over Yayoi Kusama at the High Museum of Art
Shopping Citizen Supply at Ponce City Market—and also Instagram
Go-to brands Ace & Jig, Bryr Clogs, Marimekko, DusenDusen
Teacher’s pet or Class clown? Teacher’s pet
Post-school indulgence Ice cream at Butter’dudder in Carrollton
Syllabus Be kind. Teachers are doing it all this year—trying to provide therapy, empathy, and social skills, on top of the curriculum.

This article appears in our December 2020 issue.

My Style: Makeup artist Erica Bogart

Erica Bogart
Moto jacket by Marrakech, pants by Good American, shoes by Kenneth Cole.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

A love of art, people, and working with her hands drew Erica Bogart to the makeup industry. Her business, Bogart Beauty, is known for working with all skin tones for bridal, fashion, and film. On Instagram, the “skinfluencer” shares a mix of beauty, wellness, and travel tips.

Neighborhood Buckhead

Famous faces Chloë Grace Moretz, Zoe Saldana, Shaquille O’Neal, Lauren Cohan, Christian Serratos

Trending Korean beauty brands Laneige, NeoGen, Sulwhasoo, Hanacure

Following @nudieglow, @revolvebeauty, @nicoleisaacs

Quarantine Self-care I drink MUD\WTR—a mushroom, chai, turmeric blend—instead of coffee and swear by the hair-repair conditioner by Save Me From.

Go-to beauty brands Patrick Ta, KOSAS

Desert island must-haves Lip conditioner by Laneige, Supergoop sunscreen, a good blush that works overtime on lips and eyelids

This article appears in our November 2020 issue.

My Style: Rigel Gemini, influencer, music artist, director of analytics and SEO

Rigel Gemini
Gemini is wearing a shoulder piece and choker by Ada Zanditon Couture and a shirt from T by Alexander Wang. Jewelry is by John Hardy and Jan Leslie; handmade Navajo and Zuni turquoise pieces were picked up on a trip to Arizona. Styling by Marissa Motley.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

“My parents are hippies,” says Rigel Cable, better known as Rigel Gemini. “My first name is a star in the constellation Orion.” Born on the first day of Gemini, the data director by day/influencer by night epitomizes cosmic duality in his life and style.

Neighborhood East Atlanta

Breakout moment L.A. Fashion Week. One day, my husband said, You need another hobby that’s not shopping. You’re a good writer. You should blog and share on social. Being invited to be an ambassador for LAFW allowed me to connect with people who were really going after their dreams. It was transformative.

Style mantra Fashion is a tool to lift elements about yourself and morph into different aspects of you. One moment, I am a buttoned-up suit, and the next, I am a genderfluid piece with a statement necklace.

Your song Anything Gaga, especially “Telephone”

Rigel Gemini
Rigel Gemini

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Following Aquaria, B. Hawk Snipes, Joey Thao, Alexx Mayo

Shopping staples COS, Mr. Turk, Bloomingdale’s

Alter egos Bright and bubbly vs. dark and wild

Quarantine date night Watching RuPaul’s Drag Race on a Friday night with our dog

Horoscope I see live performance in my future once we can do things together again. I can’t wait to experience the energy of my music with others!

Activism My favorite organizations in support of the LGBTQ+ community are Transcending Barriers, Lost-n-Found Youth, and TLDEF

This article appears in our October 2020 issue.

My Style: Shahad AlQaysi, fashion designer and blogger

Shahad AlQaysi
Shahad is wearing a dress from her own line, the Shaha, shoes by Christian Louboutin, and earrings from Banana Republic.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Born in Iraq and raised in Dubai, style maven Shahad AlQaysi left her career in dentistry to launch her own fashion label, the Shaha, in Atlanta in 2017. She created her line for women like her who come from conservative cultures—but the midiskirts and elegant high-waisted suits appeal to any woman who loves a classic, dressy style. With nearly 800,000 followers on Instagram, she’s sold her looks worldwide and plans to open a retail space in Atlanta in 2021. theshahafashion.com

Neighborhood Buckhead

Culture I used to be hijabi, covering my entire body and only showing my hands and feet. You are either hijabi or not hijabi—but I realized I am in the middle. I consider myself to have moderate style, but I do love wearing turbans. They reflect the more modest side of me.

Fashion houses Louis Vuitton, Valentino

Personal style Vintage, moderate, classic. I always dress up. I am very rarely casual.
Muses Olivia Palermo, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe. Concerning fashion, I was meant to live in the ’50s and ’60s. I love the big dresses and the hair and the makeup—everything.

Shahad AlQaysiGo-to shop Saks Fifth Avenue

Beauty musts Sunscreen without fail. A good vitamin C serum and retinol. My must-have brands are Shishedo and Murad. I love makeup so I must be equally devoted to my skincare routine.

Quarantine looks I get dressed up and wear makeup every day—no matter if I’m leaving or staying. Quarantine could not affect my love for fashion and beauty. I do it for myself.

This article appears in our September 2020 issue.

My Style: Chris Classic, recording artist and entrepreneur

Chris Classic
Classic is wearing a linen suit by Bar III, a shirt by Goodfellow & Co., brogues by Panelli, and a hat from Atlanta’s Fruition Hat Company. Rings are by Pitango and David Yurman.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

New York transplant Chris Classic is something of a creative renaissance man. His claims to fame include an American Music Award (for best soundtrack for the 2007 Alvin and the Chipmunks) and a viral internet moment in which he transformed an H&M lookbook image of a young Black child wearing a controversial hoodie to an image of him as a king. Now, Classic has a new fragrance line, Savoir Faire. (Its logo also features a crown.)

Neighborhood Cascade

Style The new Black dad. Staples include multifunctional blazers, white tee, jeans, and comfortable lace-ups.

Scents I like to walk into a room and have fragrance pique interest without saying a word. We currently carry three fragrances, blended and bottled by hand—Soul Café, Beau Noir, and a signature scent with notes of sandalwood and leather—and have two more in the works.

Celebrity style crushes Professional basketball player Chris Paul, fashion consultant Nick Wooster

Atlanta shopping Men’s vintage shop the Tough Boot

Go-to accessory Colorful pocket squares by Atlanta brand Igrushi

Chris ClassicOn breaking the internet I was thinking about that [H&M model] child years from now and what he would see when he Googled himself. I wanted to give him the opportunity to see himself with a crown instead of the words on the hoodie. We have the choice to create things that allow others to see us differently.

Advice for Black brands Move in a spirit of camaraderie and collective excellence instead of competition. Be original, authentic, and unapologetic while maintaining elevated standards. We do not have to bend to Eurocentric ideals about the meaning of beauty and luxury. Black-owned does not necessarily mean Black-only.

This article appears in our August 2020 issue.

My Style: Brandé Elise and Danielle Gray

My Style: Brandé Elise and Danielle Gray
On Danielle (left): Suit by Cinq à Sept, shoes by Tom Ford. On Brandé (right): Dress by Prada, jacket by Moschino, booties by Jimmy Choo.

Photograph by Ben Rollins

“She’s weird, and I like it,” described marketing guru Danielle of her first impression of voiceover artist Brandé, her partner in life and business. Yin and yang personified, this entrepreneurial couple’s latest endeavor is a CBD brand, Unoia. “As a voiceover artist, I drink a lot of tea, and CBD honey was born,” says Brandé. “We both believe in holistic and natural healing.”

Neighborhood: Downtown

I love wigs! A good platform heel. Bodysuits. Vintage bathing suits. People tell me I’m too much—Danielle tells me I’m just enough. She gives me permission to be exactly who I am.
DG: Masculine and feminine balance. Lots of prints. No heels! It’s been a journey to get here because I only saw certain boxes to fit into as a lesbian woman.

Celebrity style crush:
Keyshia Ka’oir
DG: Lenny Kravitz.

My Style: Brandé Elise and Danielle Gray
Danielle Gray and Brandé Elise

Photograph by Ben Rollins

Local shopping: Bill Hallman, Fruition Hat Company, designer Akua Gabby

In the works:
A new late-night talk show called The Comments by Todd Tucker.
DG: Whenever things go back to “normal,” we’ll revive the 4211 Experience, events for networking and creative collaboration.

This article appears in our July 2020 issue.

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