Tony Long – Founder and CEO
Of FashionBar LLC is a Chicago resident focused on a mission to help identify Chicago as a fashion destination. Tony acquired his Bachelor’s degree in Marketing, Management with a Certificate in Entrepreneurship Studies from University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). Tony worked for various fortune 100 companies such as Federal Mogul Corporation (Formerly known as FelPro Corporation), Avery Dennison, Alcan Packaging, WW Grainger etc. In his 20yrs of corporate experience in Marketing, Management, Manufacturing and Distribution, he’s accomplished the opening of a manufacturing facility in Orange, France for Nestle Corporation during his employment at Alcan Packaging. He’s implemented SAP technologies at WW Grainger and project managed the execution of Healthcare Reform mandates and regulations at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois which was set forth by Obamacare and the US Federal Government.
After achieving a list of comprehensive corporate achievements, Tony shifted his focus on his true dedication onto Fashion business where he’s been able to launch FashionBar Chicago. This vision to combine this corporate experience coupled with his flair for fashion has strengthened his presence within the Chicago fashion industry. FashionBar Chicago continues to grow as a central source for business and consulting to nationalize Chicago as a fashion capital bridging LA to New York City!
Steve Alvarez – Director of Runway Execution
is the Director of Runway Execution/Master Stylist for FashionBar Chicago a premier fashion strategy consulting firm specializing in runway execution, styling, marketing, public relations, and promotions. He has over 15 years of vast experience within the Fashion Industry ranging from fashion styling, wardrobe styling, window styling, fashion consulting, and personal shopping working with various national corporations/brands such as Ralph Lauren, Neiman Marcus and Macys to name a few. He received a Bachelors in Business Administration from Loyola University of Chicago and later obtained a Master’s of Science in Integrated Marketing Communications from Roosevelt University.
Style Philosophy: Fashion is an amazing outlet for ones self expression. It’s an opportunity for people to motivate, cultivate, aspire, create and become who they feel they want to be. The person becomes the master of their own story through fashion.
Sara Ovando – Director of Compliance
Exton Julius – Fashion Photography , Marketing & Strategy
Exton Julius’s reputation for pushing boundaries both technically and creatively at every opportunity and being at the forefront of innovation is deeply attractive. He has worked on a range of often controversial photography to help push models and fashion designer brands to the limits of non-conforming artistic expression. This drove Exton to better understand his extraordinary gift to Fashion, Branding and Marketing of high-end luxury brands. Exton has experiences in photography and marketing designer brands within the North America, South American and European fashion luxury markets. On his journey of self discovery through the lens of his camera, Exton was able to create a life style that signifies the ultimate brand consumers and business strive to achieve within fashion, beauty and wellness lifestyle.
Exton expanded his creative knowledge, coupled with this love for business, he grew up interested in modeling, fashion and lifestyle strategy. An entertainer of all trades. “Why not have it all, is that too much to ask?” Photography, Fashion and Marketing does just that. “I like to capture all of it in a shot and be able to help and influence clients to experience the lens through my eyes.” Exton enjoys reaching new heights and loves each step of the way. He likes to keep his photos minimal, high-end yet simplistic. “Like all photographers, I’ve found my style of photography that impacts consumer behavior within a marketing environment through my creative images.., So why not be real and love what you do?” He loves to have fun with his talent. He makes it fabulous in his own way. “Thank-you.”Exton for joining the FashionBar team!
Anthony Rizzo – TR Media
Anthony Rizzo is owner and creative director of TR Media. Tony portfolio of work consists of video production, marketing and branding for CEO’s and Entrepreneur’s looking to capture their story by utilizing moving images, music and content needed to capture your vision from a storytellers perspective. A brand deserves more than just a video. It deserves a FILM, a beautifully realized STORY that has great impact and inspires your audience to believe in future if your product and/or service. Tony has directed a feature film and has worked on various commercial and artistic projects since 2009, as writer,director, producer, cinematographer and many other roles in production and post-production. “Don’t let your story go untold. At TR Media, we use cinematic, broadcast-quality storytelling to bring it to life”.
Pamela Kieck – Master Blogger/Stylist
is the Master Blogger/Stylist with a list of credentials which is in line with her intense interest in style and fashion. Pamela studied as a fashion merchandising at the University of Wisconsin Stout, Pamela began working behind the scenes at fashion events in Milwaukee and Chicago maximize within the Midwest fashion industry.
In 2012, Pamela launched her website, now known as “It’s Pamela Kieck The Diary of a Curvy Fashionista”. Within two years, she’s been featured in plus model magazine and landed a position at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee as one of the instructors for Fashion Boot Camp, which is a summer program for girls interested in the fashion industry. She soon parlayed that experience into a recurring gig on Milwaukee’s Fox 6 “Studio A” Television program as a style expert. Pamela has recently been named an influencer by Vogue Magazine and is currently expanding her website to include not only fashion but also beauty, decor, travel and lifestyle, giving everything a touch of her trademark flair. Still based in the Midwest, Pamela shares her home with two furry companions, her dogs Cooper and Winston.
With a fashion driven mentality and striving to achieve the highest level of quality in everything Pamela delivers, it’s only natural to have Pamela be a part of FashionBar’s Styling Services as Master stylist!
Pamela can be reached at email@example.com Please, let’s welcome Pamela to the FashionBar team!
Faithima Wright – Master Stylist
had a desire to have a career in fashion from a very young age. To feed her desire she would gather as many vintage fashion magazines that she could get her hands on as a preteen. Over the years she developed her individual style that represents the business, fashion-oriented, and creative sides of her. She prefers to make a bold statement with her look, yet remain timeless and elegant. While her own style evolved, Faithima has learn to view fashion as a form of art, where the human body is the canvas. She believes that fashion is not merely a great wardrobe, but the outer introduction to one’s inner being.
Faithima has made a strong kickstart towards a successful career as a Fashion student in the International Academy of Design and Technology (IADT) in Chicago IL, where she obtained her Bachelors in Fashion Merchandising. During her time as an undergraduate, she worked behind the scenes in numerous fashion shows in Chicago.
She took a leap of faith and traveled to New York City for New York Fashion Week where she had the opportunity to meet fashion industry leaders. Her skills caught her a gig on the 21st Century Fox Chicago television series ‘Empire’. She continues to sharpen her stylist’s skills by working in retail and outfitting clients. She assists the clients in finding the best attire that will display their own unique personality, while applying functionality and comfort.
Being born in the heart of the Midwest, Faithima spends her time in the Chicagoland area studying current fashion trends in the big city, or window shopping to find the hottest looks. She keeps her mind cultivated in the arts by frequently visiting Art Museums and Art galleries.
Rashima Sampson – PR & Event Specialist
is a fashion public relations and events specialist with FashionBar Chicago. Rashima has a natural flair for fabulosity; her love of fashion and dressing up started at a young age.
By high-school, she knew that she wanted to pursue fashion as a career. Being inspired by movie ‘’The Devil Wears Prada,’’ she became confident that behind the scenes was where she wanted to be. Rashima combined her love of fashion and journalism and decided to take classes in Fashion Marketing-Management at The Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago. During that time, she volunteered for numerous industry professionals and experimented with different aspects of Fashion Marketing. Her creative calling came after assisting with events, interning with a local fashion designer and traveling to New York to prep a photo-shoot.
Having memorable experiences in the industry, she is passionate about providing an experience through event planning, conveying creativity and achieving results in business. Rashima has recently became a published fashion assistant and has started SincerelyRashima, a blog that highlights her experiences in the industry. She is now working as a freelance publicist aspiring to build Chicago’s fashion and beauty market. Rashima’s aesthetic is feminine and classic; she appreciates a business-woman look with a trendy, modern twist.
With her city girl drive and vivid imagination, Rashima is always ready to take on new challenges and be apart of the growth of Chicago’s fashion industry!