David Bentley is the Publisher and Creative director of About Face Magazine Portland, Oregon. In the early 80's he moved to L.A. and Manhattan pursuing modeling, this led himto explore the other side of the camera. This new passion led him to working as a fashion and commercial photographer and then later developing a modeling agency "Quest Models". By the 90's he entered publishing with "Face Value" (Portland's Interview magazine ), then following up with Portland's "Seen" Magazine".
Throughout the years David has developed many relationships with small business owners that in turn inspired him (along with Mike Sant) to open "Choose Local Media". Today, their company mission is to educate and develop affordable products and marketing solutions for local businesses.
In the quaint neighborhood of S.W. Portland, Oregon, you'll find a street with original brick storefronts, and uniquely independent shops and boutiques. That's where you'll find a boutique packed floor to ceiling with local apparel, art, designer clothes, rubies, emeralds, sapphires, aquamarine, tourmaline, and original designer jewelry. Anne Bocci Boutique & Gallery, located right in the heart of Multnomah Village, carries all of these things (and more!) in a sweet shop where clothing, jewelry and art are finely designed and crafted with love.
The owner and curator of the shop is an artist herself. Anne Bocci designs jewelry, especially Tahitian Pearl pieces, and is a painter whom specializes in oils. Bocci has been on the artist's side of business for decades, giving her copious experience in both the creative and business sides of boutique owning. This is why she loves to support those who put their heart and soul into creating in our beautiful city! Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery is the only store that carries Project Runway winners, Seth Aaron Henderson and Michelle Lesniak, and was supporting them before their big win. For more info about Anne Bocci Boutique and Gallery, you can click here.
Marjorie Skinner is the retired managing editor at the Portland Mercury and has covered the city's culture, with an emphasis on its independent design and retail scene since 2001. She is also the producer of the annual Open Season fashion series, one of Portland's longest-running such events at 11 consecutive years.
Marjorie also consults, curates, and otherwise assists with popular events such as Content at the Ace Hotel and Dan Savage's HUMP! film festival.
Jeff is an honors graduate of Reed College and a distinguished tax and bankruptcy lawyer in Portland. He spent ten years as a Special Assistant United States Attorney, has been a partner and department manager in a Portland law firm, and has been listed in Best Lawyers in America since 2011. He is a frequent speaker and writer for the Oregon State Bar and Oregon’s tax professional societies. He currently runs a solo practice in Northwest Portland.
Throughout his life, Jeff has pursued numerous hobbies with the same energy and passion he invests into his law practice. He fell in love with photography twenty years ago, and a meandering path through landscape, wildlife, sports, travel, and jewelry photography lead him to fashion. Jeff’s fashion photography has gained momentum over the last several years, and it now consumes most of the time Jeff is not practicing law. His work appears in the websites and portfolios of many of Oregon’s prominent designers, fashion boutiques, and models. During 2014, Jeff’s runway work will include the Oregon Bridal Showcase, the Portland Bridal Show, Portland Fashion Week, Style in the Pearl, Vancouver BC Fashion Week, Washington DC Fashion Week, and Fashion XT.
Elizabeth Mollo got her start producing fashion shows in 2004 with the first Doom Town Rock and Roll Fashion Show, where she participated as one of the designers and helped to coordinate the show. She discovered her true passion in life with that show, and has been producing fashion shows and events ever since. Starting with Doom Town, which later changed it’s name to Sweet F.A., she has helped produce FashioNXT, Open Season, The Alley 33 Fashion Event, and many other shows and events including Fade to Light, which she conceived and executive produces.
Elizabeth originally hails from San Jose, CA and moved to Portland in December of 2000. She received her B.S. in apparel design from the Art Institute of Portland in 2005. In addition to producing shows and events she teaches the Fashion Event Production classes at The Art Institute of Portland and The Portland Fashion Institute, is a contributing writer for Portland Mercury, is a seamstress for Krista West Vestments, and occasionally will collaborate with fashion designers to produce capsule collections.