Listee Features — Fashion

LANI CLICK

After receiving a Bachelor of Arts from the prestigious Carnegie Mellon University and a Master of Fine Arts from Yale Drama School, “Helaine London” (Lani Click) created an original survey, which was later transformed into an article called “The Playwriting Student: A Threatened Species,” published by the Yale Alumni Magazine. She worked as a playwright for many years, and taught on the faculty of University of Connecticut and Hampshire College, as well as the Community College of Baltimore County, where she produced a traveling vaudeville show starring senior citizens. Decades later, she established Palm Beach Purses in south Florida, where she excels as a designer. While living in south Florida, she has delighted in the easy access to vast tropical

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ODALYS MARINO

Coming of age in the midst of poverty, Odalys Marino relocated to the United States from Cuba in order to pursue a better life for herself and her children. After earning a Master of Arts in economics from the National University of Cuba, she arrived in the United States and worked in a variety of different settings, including a medical office, beauty salon, cleaning company and in accounting for a national bank, where she remained for nearly a decade and a half. During this time, Ms. Marino retained a love of sewing and designing clothes that she learned from her mother. Eventually, Ms. Marino’s considerable hard work and unwavering drive allowed her to foster her true dreams of becoming a

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GLORIA D’ANGELO INGRAO

Coming from a family long involved in the fashion industry, Gloria D’Angelo Ingrao felt a strong desire to keep the legacy alive. Her grandfather was the first to join the world of fashion, when a men’s coat he designed won a competition in Paris in the late 1800s. Her father then took up the trade, opening a suits and coats company, D’Angelo’s, in the early 1900s. Ms. Ingrao joined her father’s business as an administrator in 1975 and fell in love with the work. She had been brought up to be creative, so fashion was a perfect fit. She advanced to become the president of D’Angelo’s Originals Ltd. in 1978. Then, in 1981, Ms. Ingrao decided to branch out. She

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