Barbara Hulanicki

Born in Poland, but raised in England, Barbara Hulanicki is deservedly recognized as a British fashion icon, having just been awarded an OBE for Services to Fashion in the 2012 Queen’s New Year Honors.


Barbara began her career in Fashion in the early 1960′s working as a freelance fashion illustrator covering all the important fashion collections for the major publications of the day, including Women’s Wear Daily, British Vogue, the Times, the Observer and the Sunday Times. In 1964 she founded, with her late husband, Stephen Fitz-Simon, the boutique BIBA, beginning as a small mail-order business featured in the fashion columns of newspapers such as the DAILY MIRROR.

Today, Barbara continues to create her innovative designs as a retail & design consultant to a number of US and UK major fashion and homeware retailers, supplying designs exclusive to each company.

Ariel Swedroe

I’m Ariel Swedroe, a 17 year old fashion designer and senior at Design and Architecture Senior High. I fell in love with Fashion design and textile making when I collaborated with my collage artist grandfather at the age of 7 by digitally printing his collage artwork onto fabric. I created a resort collection that was displayed in Miami Swim Week and various publications.


I went to Cartagena Colombia with DesignLab Give in 2017. To be able to interact with these young, strong women and see how they were raising children when they were the same age as me was surreal. And I am honored that I was able to give them an opportunity to support their families and to better their lives. In March 2020 I initiated a call to action to sew face masks at the start of the Covid-19 virus. At DesignLab I filmed a tutorial on how to sew a mask at home with a sewing machine or without and with the help of Design Lab students, we sewed over 2,000 masks that were donated to various hospitals around Miami, pharmacy’s and police departments.

I love teaching the beautiful skill of sewing and the fact that something so enjoyable can also alter someone’s life for the better is so extraordinary.


Jorge Villamizar, Andre Lopes & Jose Javier Freire

Bacilos is a Latin-pop band based in Miami. With humble beginnings at the University of Miami in 1998, Bacilos began playing at various spots in South Beach while growing an impressive following of local college kids.


The band has won 6 Latin Grammys, with record hits as “Caraluna”, “Mi Primer Millon”, “Tabaco y Chanel” and “Pasos de Gigante” after 10 years.


In 2017, they produced their album "Donde Nos Quedamos?”., including the songs “Por Hacerme el Bueno” and “Perderme Contigo” both hitting the Top 10, while touring Latin America and Europe. 


By 2020, Bacilos has finalized their must recent album “Cupido y Compania” which include their top song “Carta a Cupido” among other popular ones.

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