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July 24, 2007
'By Design'

Sacramento Bee/Autumn Cruz

I find that covering fashion for The Sacramento Bee is not just about the fashions - the shoes, the handbags, the shades - but also about the designers.

And no, I'm not on a first-name basis with Ralph Lauren or Vera Wang, but then, I don't have to be. That's because there are some incredibly gifted designers living in our midst. They're fun, funky, hip, happy and truly passionate about sticking with their sewing machines - even if it means holding down multiple jobs and going to school while spending hours and hours sketching and making patterns.

Some are up-and-comers; others are established and have been in multiple local fashion shows, selling their creations to boutiques and buyers.

I'd like everyone to meet these folks, so in Wednesday's Scene section, I'll be introducing an occasional series called "By Design." First up? Vesna Miksic (pictured), a recent graduate of the Academy of Art University in San Francisco.

At age 26, Vesna's spent the past four years in academic "boot camp," pushing herself to earn a double major in fashion and textile design.

She's a delight and a true talent, with lofty dreams I'm sure she'll fulfill.

Check out the story and let me know what you think - you can leave your comments here at 21Q.

In the meantime, check out this audio slideshow by Bee photographer Autumn Cruz. It'll give you a taste of what's coming in The Bee on Wednesday.

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