Executive Producer Terri Stanley created styleboston in 2009 and has seen the show go on to receive four New England Emmy® Award nominations and garner high ratings on both ABC and CBS stations in Boston. Since Terri launched the show she has interviewed former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Best Buddies’ founder Anthony Shriver, Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino, Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, and actor/director Ed Burns. Terri earned her style stripes as Executive Editor of Boston Common, the preeminent New England luxury lifestyle magazine, where she interviewed leaders in business, sports, and entertainment and was previously the Editor-in-Chief of Scene magazine. A Boston native, Terri was president of New Boston Properties for 15 years. She has a degree from the Carroll School of Management at Boston College and is a member of both The Council for Women at Boston College and Boston Women in Media and Entertainment.
Jan Saragoni is usually so busy running her eponymous public relations and communications firm that trying to schedule a photo shoot proved impossible. That’s why we had to snap this shot of her in her “casual Mondays” garb shortly after she left her firm’s headquarters, which also double as the second floor of her Cambridge residence. A Boston native who initially trained as a reporter, Jan knows every short cut from here to there and can rattle off every hotspot, former hotspot and the site of every great news story or moment of history along the way. Unfortunately, she drives like she is from Boston and has yet to offer a reasonable explanation as to why her closest friends and family members refer to her as “Jane” or “Janie.” She is fluent in Italian, and holds an Italian passport, which makes it all the more confusing why she owns a home on the Greek island of Hydra. The styleboston.tv staff has learned that she has been asked by friends in the publishing world — who should know better — to consider writing a book or travel piece about her Hellenic adventures. Jan has suggested “Under the Trojan Sun” as a possible title and can’t understand why that might not be as clever an idea as she thinks it is.
Carol Beggy has a big Rolodex (remember those?) and is not afraid to use it. She loves books and other Old World pursuits but lives totally in the modern world where you carry a thousand books on your e-reader. A former reporter and editor at the Boston Globe, Carol is currently working with Bill Brett on his book “Boston: Irish” due out in Fall 2014. It is their fifth collaboration. She likes pina coladas, dancing in the rain and talking to people on elevators about what they are reading.
Richard J. Baiano is the President and Co-Owner of Childs Gallery in Boston, MA, as well as a Principal in the interior design firm Platemark Design. He is an avid art collector and has been engaged in the buying, selling, and appraising of American and European art for the past fifteen years. He serves on the Executive Boards of the International Fine Print Dealers Association (IFPDA), the Danforth Museum of Art, and the Boston Chapter of Save Venice. He is currently a member of the Harvard University Art Museum Fellows, and serves on the steering committee for the Patron Program of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. Prior to joining Childs Gallery, Richard worked as an architect at GUND Partnership. His degrees in architecture include a BS from Clemson University and an MArch from Syracuse University.
Emily Rooney is an enthusiastic lover of vintage cars and boats – particularly the ones that go fast. It’s an area her nightly television program, “Greater Boston” on WGBH, doesn’t cover too often, so weekends you might find her at Larz Anderson Park’s “Cars and Coffee” or up at the family lake home in the Adirondacks. She also describes herself as a “shopper” – one who’s aware of what’s kinky, kooky, or just plain cool. She’s also current on the restaurant scene and makes the rounds on the charity circuit. You can catch Emily Rooney Monday-Friday at 7pm on Channel 2 or tune in for her infamous “Emily’s List” Fridays at 1:00 on 89.7 WGBH-FM.
A regular on the invite lists of fashion events in Boston, New York, Miami and, well, any place that sells Lanvin and accepts American Express, Tonya Mezrich has become a prominent voice on the fashion scene. She also loves to knit, bake and sew and has gained a reputation in certain Boston quarters as the “Asian Martha Stewart.” She’s not a 1950’s housewife, but don’t let her taste your seven-layer bar recipe – because Tonya will be at home that night reverse-engineering your grandma’s “secret” recipe! When she’s not busy baking cookies for her two kids (both under 5) or playing “mom” to a (sometimes gassy) pug named Bugsy, Tonya is hard at work running her clothing line mike&ton, with Michael DePaulo. She is slightly addicted to (some say more liked obsessed with) Instagram and Twitter. Tonya was part of the debut of styleboston as a 30-minute TV show and was the inaugural host of its Fashion Forward segment. She later landed a role at NECN’s “The Morning Show” in her own segment titled “Tagged By Tonya.” In addition to styleboston.tv, Tonya maintains her own blog at http://tonyamezrich.com. Because of her time on TV and her active social media presence, people regularly come to Tonya for fashion advice. And she’s not too proud to take advice from others, particularly her kids, who she lets select her outfits.
Tonya has also joined the hip new tech start-up company Dunwello.com as the Brand Ambassador. Tonya will be advising the CEO on strategic matters and will spearhead the Maven Campaign.
Kennedy is a smarty pants. Every morning she shows off her knowledge of all things pop culture during “Can’t Beat Kennedy,” everyone’s favorite part of the “Karson and Kennedy” show on Mix 104.1. When she’s not on air she’s hanging out at the L Street Tavern, sneaking her dog Elvis onto M Street Beach for a game of catch, or checking out the incredible music scene in Boston. Newly single, she’s dived into the world of online dating and has determined she is very bad at it, but knows it’s funny to watch. She loves a good adventure, fears nothing but tinfoil, and wants to try everything once. And the fun stuff twice. “And I’m serious about the tin foil,” she says.
Her undiagnosed personality disorders are important to her and a delight to her family and close friends. She prefers motor boats to sail boats because they’re more fun. She can often be found motor boating in sail boats.
A failed smoker, she ruminates and germinates story ideas, but rarely incubates unless it’s chicken eggs. Although fame continues to elude her, she wears dark sunglasses and a hat just in case.
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What looks like a scattered mess, is actually fashion brilliance waiting to happen. The lights are on but the candles are lit and the pins, needles and fabric are strewn across the floor – one could mistake Ms. Hyde for a voodoo queen at the sight of her beautiful disaster. Unfortunately she’s not spiritually inclined to cast spells over you, but her clothes can. Slip into one of her designs and you can feel the originality, creativity and thought put into her designs. This girls on a mission, a Massachusetts native that always finds her way back home, she is out to prove Boston isn’t just made up of college hipsters and financial yuppies. Check out Allie’s work here on her official website.
Jeff Lahens is a GQ Insider and an award-winning fashion entrepreneur. He is creator of the social engagement platform DressCode Boston to promote men’s fashion in Boston and to celebrate individuality in men’s lifestyle. “Forget what you’ve heard, style is not a label or a price tag. Style is personal!” says Jeff. He is a regular content producer for local media including BostInno, Improper Boston, Chronicle 5, The Rhode Show on Fox12 RI, and more. He is accredited with BostInno’s 50 on Fire (2013) in Retail & Dining, STUFF Magazine Boston’s Sexiest (2012), Boston Magazine Best of Boston (2011) in Designer-Men’s, Fashion Boston Magazine Top 100 Bostonians Who Rock the City (2010), and Boston Globe 25 Most Stylish Bostonians (2008). He has built a thriving consumer following as a relentless contributing member of Boston’s fashion community.
Take a look into his workshop and think hoarder. Door knobs, broken windows, dressers missing drawers, table tops, pieces of old wood that clearly belong in the trash. Or do they? Because dumpster diving is the original source of all that makes up this heaping mess. Now take a look into the next room; pieces reminiscent of West Elm, Anthropologie and Restoration Hardware. You guessed it, they’re not actually from those stores – they’re from the trash. Harry Koffman has an eye for what others consider to be trash; he sees the potential where others don’t. He’s designed rooms using 100% recycled furniture and accessories, turning bland, boring spaces into works of art that range from historic, to modern to chic. Why does he do it? There’s enough trash in the world today as it is, Harry is a firm believer in recycling and sustainability. His work can be summed up in three words: revamp. restore. re-love.
You can check out his work here at harrykoffman.com or by searching #handymo via Instagram.
Jason Margaca has been in professional media production for more than 12 years. Getting his start in music and audio production, he quickly found that his passion for sound wasn’t the only thing he had his eye on. Getting behind the camera he found as exhilarating as putting in a 12-hour studio session.
Jason has composed music and done audio work for video games, film, commercials, promotional videos, and artists in an around Boston and New York City. In his years of being in video production, he has also worked with multiple companies and organizations and has filmed commercials, narratives, short films, television, music videos, corporate videos, and promotional videos.
His passion for all things creative is his driving force and he holds this in extremely high regard. Now involved with the Boston/New York City based V-Neck Media. He loves getting in from the ground floor of any project and working on the creative ideas, storytelling, and planning that truly brings every project to life.
Jen Royle is an Emmy Award winning sports reporter currently hosting “Talk of the Town” video series for The Boston Herald. In addition to sports and food, her life revolves around her bulldog Truman, named after Truman Capote. His bum stinks, but his face certainly doesn’t. He’s the boss. She’s covered the New York Yankees, The Baltimore Orioles and Ravens for MASN and CBS Radio, and was the first female sports radio host in Boston in the summer of 2013 for WEEI.
She recently wrote her first cookbook, Bullied Into Cooking, to help support the anti-bulling campaign in the Boston Public School systems. When it comes to writing and reporting, if you appreciate honesty, this is the column for you. Jen is raw, she holds nothing back, and tells things exactly how she sees them. If your food stinks, she’ll let you know… and all of us.
UK native Ben Illis is a freelance writer and photographer, specializing in travel, food & drink, style and wildlife, whose work has appeared in The Daily Telegraph, Elle Magazine, The Independent, Wild Travel Magazine and online atwww.stylebible.com and www.theglassmagazine.com, among others. He has also written, photographed and contributed to several guidebooks for Time Out, Hg2, Explorer & Frommers. Although happy writing about high thread count bed sheets and killer cocktails, Ben is at his happiest lost up a jungle somewhere, grappling (photographically) with some obscure piece of wildlife and dreaming of the inevitable high thread count bed sheets and killer cocktails that lie at the end of his trip. You can find out more about Ben on his website, www.benillis.com.
Kathy is a fashion event producer and stylist obsessed with skiing, surfing and activities that make her heart race. Her clients include individual brands and designers, international charities, retail stores, e-commerce ventures, and well known business entities. Kathy has developed, styled, and produced fashion events during New York Fashion Week, Boston Fashion Week, and throughout each calendar year. Excellence in event production, complete client satisfaction, and bringing a fresh creative twist to her collaborations are always the goal. Kathy”sees runways” everywhere she goes and keeps her fashion adrenaline level high by developing opportunities to create magic in new arenas that had not previously utilized fashion as the business tool Kathy knows it to be. As leader of the over 1,000 member strong Boston Fashion Meetup, she is always looking for vehicles to support the next generation of fashion professionals and especially enjoys her work with Boston’s fashion colleges.
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