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San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Kansas City and Phoenix are all places fashion designer Maria Behnen has called home. Currently, she teaches at Arizona State University’s Fusion on First, an apartment community and entrepreneurial incubator that helps students master their crafts, from architecture to fashion design. “It’s very rewarding to give back and help ASU grow the fashion program,” Behnen says. It’s a full-circle moment for the designer: She found her love...

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Glove It CEO Karen Gleason has fashion down to a tee – literally. Gleason moved from her hometown in South Dakota to study fashion merchandising at Arizona State University and later started a jewelry business in New York City. On an unsuspecting day at the golf range, she was inspired by a plain, boring old glove. “I looked at the glove and thought, ‘This just doesn’t cut it. We need to do something about this,’”...

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Two “mothers” planted the seed for Jean Marie Clarke’s clothing line, Pax Philomena. The Phoenix-based home textiles pro turned fashion designer took inspiration from her late mother, Philomena, and from Mother Teresa. “[I wanted] to take my passion for textiles and put it to use to give back to the world,” Clarke says.“I decided that we should donate to Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity, since I was born in Calcutta, India, where she started her...

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Baby, it’s cold outside! For Phoenix, that is. Parkas and puffers are overkill, but a long, cozy cardigan is perfect for winter insulation in the Valley of the Sun. Bunky Boutique (multiple locations, bunkyboutique.com) has a slew of cute cardis, but these are our favorites. Plaid Stripe Pocket Cardigan Cost: $68 Wear it: to chill at home; on a morning walk on the Scottsdale Greenbelt; to the Gilbert Farmers Market Polka Dot Knit Cardigan Cost:...

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Phoenix Fashion Week, Arizona’s premier style event, returns to the Valley October 3-5 for its 11th year. More than 5,000 attendees are anticipated for the showcase of Holiday 2019 and Spring 2020 collections by established and emerging designers. Don’t miss: Fashionably Pink Celebrity Fashion Show Celebrity breast cancer survivors strut their stuff for charities including Don’t Be a Chump, Check for a Lump on October 3. Style Villa Marketplace Buy locally designed and crafted clothing...