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Susan Roemer Goes From Dancer to Designer

A dislocated knee and torn ACL lead a dancer into the world of design.
March 25, 2020

Aliya Wanek Moves From Dreamer to Designer

By day she’s a speech therapist for the Oakland school district, but at other times, Aliya Wanek works on her eponymous line that has gained a loyal following.
March 25, 2020

Marion Maynor Moves From Novice to Master Seamstress

Marion Maynor trained at Oakland’s Apparel Arts and credits the sewing and fashion industry program with changing her life.
March 25, 2020

Maika Makes Bags for the Rest of Us

An Oakland maker turns out functional canvas totes and buckets for multitasking people on the go.
March 25, 2020

Go Retro With Vintage Finds

The Alameda Point Vintage Fashion Faire celebrates 10 years and kicks off a second decade and pays homage to the ’80s. Get ready to show your fashion creativity.
March 6, 2020

Spray Tans Find Fans

They’re less harmful than sun and tanning beds, but dermatologists aren’t entirely sold.
September 30, 2019

Pansy Perfects Panties and More

Company founder Laura Schoorl creates products good for people, with good meaning comfortable, well-designed, and sturdy as well as sustainable and good for the Earth.
September 23, 2019

Margarette Laizure Melds Fashion and Dance

The local clothing designer uses tango for inspiration for one-of-a-kind dance attire.
September 11, 2019

East Bay Boutiques, Designers Embrace Plus-Size Positivity

Plus-size shoppers have fashionable options these days.
September 10, 2019

A Circular Fashion Economy Offers Big Benefits

Oakland fashion sustainability expert Annie Gullingsrud and others like her want consumers to shift from the linear fast-fashion model to a circular fashion economy that keeps goods in circulation longer. It’s good for the planet — and humanity.
March 28, 2019