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LION’ESQUE FOUNDER AND NEW YORK’S NATIVE, MELISSA GONZALEZ IS SETTING NEW TRENDS IN FASHION AND LIFESTYLE MARKETING

I love New York City. When summer begins I always visit and hopefully meet up with a few new and interesting people. This summer, I was fortunate to meet Melissa Gonzalez founder and CEO of Lion’esque Style thelionesquestyle.com, a premiere website for the fashion forward.Melissa was once a top Wall Street trading executive. Since leaving the industry, she has channeled her passion for uncovering intriguing stories into hunting for must-know yet under the radar brands in fashion and lifestyle. With her knack for being on the pulse of upcoming trends, Melissa is spearheading a new online destination experience – a marketplace for “what’s fresh” – and giving access to women who value having the inside scoop to unique, quality finds.Born...

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INTERNATIONAL ARTIST AND DESIGNER ONA CHAN HAMILTON TO BRING HER TALENTS TO DOWNTOWN NYC

Ona Chan Hamilton is an internationally renowned artist and designer and fashion influencer. She will lend her talents, innate sensibilities and voice to DOWNTOWN Magazine brand as a contributing Lifestyle and Fashion Editor. We’re so excited about her contributions that we couldn’t wait to tell our readers more about her.Born in Toronto, Ona Hamilton developed a passion for art at a young age. Through her love for drawing and painting she found her niche in the creative world.Eventually, Ona went on to attend design school, which led her to a successful career in fashion merchandising and PR in Europe and Asia.Upon getting married and starting a family, Ona decided to leave her fast-paced career and moved to New York City....

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TORY BURCH BRINGS HER PHILANTHROPY TO THE FAR EAST

  Tory Burch has created a multimillion-dollar lifestyle brand based on her preppy-hobo chic lifestyle. Her accolades include Accessories Designer of the Year with the Council of Fashion Designers of America, Accessory Brand Launch of the Year from Accessories Council of Excellence and Rising Star Award for best new Retail Concept from the Fashion Group International. Combined with the influences that come from her love of art, music, culture and travel, Tory credits her parents Buddy and Reva with adding their stylish flair to her palate. After studying at the University of Pennsylvania, paying her dues in the public relations and advertising departments for Ralph Lauren, Vera Wang and Narciso Rodriguez, Tory approaches design with a keen marketer’s eye and...

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