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In Full Bloom: Preston Bailey

In the rarefied world of high-profile and celebrity weddings, a relatively new name has been making the rounds as the go-to person for spectacular occasions that have transformed both indoor and outdoor settings into magical locations in time and space, bedecked with flowers, props and illumination worthy of top-tier theatrical productions.

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Luxury’s Leather Daddy: Peter Marino

On a high floor of Manhattan's 150 58th Street office building, a stocky, musclebound, leather-clad man sporting dark aviator sunglasses and a macho 1970s-style beard, moustache and goatee strides into a modern office amidst Damien Hirst paintings, Robert Mapplethorpe photographs and a cornucopia of other artworks valued in the millions of dollars.

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America’s First Couturier: Charles James

In America prior to the year 1900, "fashion" was a made-to-measure business; virtually all high-end clothing was painstakingly custom-made for both men and women. With the onset of the 20th century, however, large department stores and the media made it possible for unique, individual designs of clothing to be both promoted and mass-manufactured, allowing the skilled craftsmen and women who created them to become famous for their sartorial talents.

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Baseball Pioneer: Albert Spalding

Although Albert Spalding's name is more famous for the sporting goods company he founded, many are not aware of his prominent role in the early formation days of the sport of baseball. Spalding was both a star pitcher and a player for baseball teams in Boston and Chicago, and, in the latter city, he went on to become the president of the team that later became the Chicago Cubs.

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Fashion’s Daring Futurist: Rudi Gernreich

In almost every possible way, Rudi Gernreich was the most forward-thinking and forward-looking American fashion designer of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. Responsible for altering the way Americans looked at clothing, particularly as it both obscured and created consciousness of the body, Gernreich pushed the boundaries of what was socially acceptable and/or desirable for everyday apparel.

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An American Original: Perry Ellis

"When Perry Ellis was alive, no one did it better… He was able to be modern and yet not come off antiseptic. He’s the single greatest influence on my design life." So states fashion designer Michael Bastian, one of America's foremost creative names in the industry and a former men’s fashion director at iconic retailer Bergdorf Goodman in New York City.

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Remaking American Clothes: Calvin Klein

In the pantheon of American fashion designers, one man stands out for his minimalism, his ubiquity and his staying power in one of the toughest of all consumer businesses. That man is Calvin Klein, and, as a designer, he's had his share of ups and downs in the industry, although, in retrospect, there have been more ups than downs.

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A New American Design Hero: Michael DiTullo

Multitalented and multidisciplinary designer Michael DiTullo has conceived innumerable products from footwear to automobiles to razors to speakers. But for DiTullo, everything starts with a simple sketch on a sheet of paper that he uses to rapidly communicate an idea, usually to a client or a manufacturer. From a sketch, a manager or business person can quickly grasp what DiTullo has in mind from a design standpoint, what it would take to produce such an item and possibly what the manufacturing costs and/or potential production obstacles might be.

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Industrial Pioneer: Belle Kogan

Although Americans today regard the field of industrial design as a serious occupation that has an important and worthwhile place in business and industry, a century ago, this craft was just becoming formalized as mass production techniques grew more refined and a "middle class" of consumers arose whose tastes seemed to change as rapidly as they were discerned. Expectations for annual and even seasonal style changes needed to be catered to by manufacturers, many of which realized they needed to retain professionals who were dedicated to this newly emerging career specialization.

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California Coachbuilding By Michael Di Tullo

Every action has an equal and opposite reaction in physics as well as design. In this age of nearly autonomous appliances that we still call cars, there's an emerging group of American coachbuilders breathing new joy into the art of the automobile. The same person that uses a Tesla with autopilot to fight their way through their daily grind of a commute may want a very different kind of automobile to enjoy on the weekend. Affluent drivers with a sense of taste and nostalgia are now starting to turn to a select group of U.S.-based shops that are elevating the design of vehicles to a fine art form.