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In the 25 years since Alisa Barry founded her award-winning artisan food company, Oprah has twice named Bella Cucina one of her Favorite Things. Barry remains owner and CEO, but her business card reads “creative director” because creating is what energizes her. She is at once entrepreneurial, expressive, and adventurous.
For team Mashburn, business is a family affair. Sid and Ann have been a fixture in the Atlanta design community for more than a decade. Their eldest daughter (of five), Elizabeth, is helping elevate the company to a national lifestyle brand. Having grown up surrounded by classic, compelling design, her style is easy and confident.
Gina Tollese became a DJ because she couldn’t find anyone playing the music she wanted to hear in her hometown of Birmingham. Her talent eventually brought her to larger crowds in Atlanta, where she mixes everything from Jamiroquai to 21 Savage at venues like Space 2 and Revery VR Bar.
Okey Nwoke started the ATL Fashion Tech Collective to bring Atlanta’s fashion and tech communities together. Fashion has always been part of this former model’s life, from his early childhood in Nigeria to his current role as a client advisor at Louis Vuitton.
Herbalist Lauren Haynes spends a lot of time in the woods. Her small-batch apothecary, Wooden Spoon Herbs, uses plants to create healing salves, creams, syrups, and tinctures and is housed in an 800-square-foot studio in the North Georgia mountains.
Emily Sistrunk’s style hasn’t changed in 20 years. It has always been bold, eclectic, and a mix of high and low fashion. The stylist-turned-studio owner got her start working for music producer Dallas Austin. Now she's known as a go-to stylist for commercial advertising who opened her own studio, Pixhouse, six years ago.
Thomas Raab studied at the Fashion Institute of Technology before landing his first job at DKNY as a menswear designer. After seven years with the brand, he was lured to Atlanta by Sid Mashburn and appointed head of men’s design. Next up? His own label, TAR, which combines the sport of American workwear with the precision of Japanese tailoring.
Becoming a mother fueled Jaycina Almond’s career. The 23-year-old became a full-time model only after her daughter, Syx, was born in 2017. Somehow, she found the time to publish a book of poetry, In No Particular Order, and launch a subscription box for expectant mothers called Tender.
Whether Allie Bashuk is working to empower women and nonbinary individuals through her nonprofit, Dream Warriors Foundation; producing large-scale event installations as codirector of Brutal Studio; or bringing the city’s artists together as a director at the Goat Farm Arts Center, this creative powerhouse is helping foster culture and community in Atlanta.
As half of the creative photography studio Tropico Photo (with fiancé Forrest Aguar), Michelle Norris spends her days dreaming up bold and bright imagery for fashion layouts and advertising campaigns. Tropico’s portfolio includes work for Red Bull, Samsung, the New York Times, SanDisk, and King of Pops, but Norris says her favorite shoot was for the summer 2017 edition of Georgia-based Secret Catalog.
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