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Photo Credit: Doug Mitchell Photo Credit: Doug Mitchell | Designer: MA+CH
Photo Credit: Doug Mitchell | Designer: MA+CH
2015 MA+CH (f. Marika Charles) | Photo: Doug Mitchell | RIGHT Photos: Doug Mitchell | Top: MA+CH | Bottom: MA+CH

MA+CH (f. Marika Charles)


Marika and Charlie Contompasis : Schenectady | New York

Marika and Charles Contompasis are the sister and brother design team who together, create the Marika Charles collection. Marika has been a knitwear designer for 20 years. Her collections have been carried by some of the most prestigious retailers in the country, including Ron Herman, Fred Segal, and Bergdorf-Goodman. Her private clients include several A-list celebrities. She previously collaborated with other designers creating sweaterand home collections.

Charles has designed and produced fabrics for 30 years. His career began with his original hand painted designs using the name Keryakos. Production of these designs led to his creation of Keryakos Inc. That company grew and became a state of the art textile printing facility producing millions of yards of fabric annually. During those years, Charles continued as an artist/graphic designer. In 1996 he sold the printing plant and created a new studio focused on original design and limited production of fabrics.

The studio uses elements of traditional technology, and his own creative methods. As a result, Charles now has been issued several patents and a trademark for his method of coloring garments. The process is trademarked Phly-Dye®. Its use in the Marika Charles collection has provided a unique and distinctive look. The Studio has an extensive library of original designs.

Website: www.marikacharles.com
Factory Store: 1080 Catalyn Street | Schenectady, New York 12303
Showroom: 250 W 39th Street | Suite 509 | New York, New York 10018

HAIR and MAKE UP:

Changes Salon
510 Old Loudon Rd | Cohoes, New York 12047
Web: www.changes7835400.com | Phone: 518.783.5400

Salon Lead: Cassondra Schauble
Team: Francesca DiGrigorio | Sarene Gillick | Tina Hanselman | Kayla Neenan

MODELS:

Brittany Drahos | Lisette Flores | Marissa MacKay | Brittany Phillips
Karla Reilly | Anna Riccardi | Stephanie Scalzo | Michelle Stone
Reanae Townsend | Liz Wolf

PRESS:

The Gazette (Schenectady, NY)
MA+CH by Bethany Bump

Special Feature:

 

Guest Cellist: Petia Kassarova of the Albany Symphony Orchestra
‘Gazebo’ Written and Arranged by Pianist Chuck Lamb

Sounds: 'Gazebo' | Written by: Chuck Lamb | Performed by show Music Director Nate daGreat with accompaniment by Petia Kassarova

Photo Credit: Sarah Pezdek


Special Thanks to Our Sponsors!

Headline Sponsors

Bonacio Construction | Keeler Mercedes | Knob Creek
Lifestyles of Saratoga
| Saratoga Pool and Tub

Fashion Directors

Lacey Thaler | Cudney's Cleaners | DiCresce Associates | M + T Bank

Fashion Producers

Circular Manor | Best Cleaners | Fine Affairs

Fashion Lovers

Fingerpaint | Hoffman Carwash | Reinhart Champlain Wealth Management | Agile Payments | Saratoga Smiles
ExploreSaratoga | The Adirondack Trust (Alex Dunshee) | Pavilion Grand | Gwen Ivins | Geico/Wilcar Insurance Agency | Sanctuary Spa at Jeffrey Ridha | Niki Rossi Photography

Model Sponsorship and Education

AMS Models and Talent : Thanks so much to Ann Marie Stonecypher and the team for your assistance and consultation, the runway was better for it!

Boutique Support

Spoken Boutique | Frivolous | Hatsational | Violets | Saratoga Closet | Something Bleu Bridal | Silverwood
Evoke Style | Saratoga Elegance

2015 Season partners include Universal Preservation Hall and Proctors. Electric City Couture is a 2440 Design Studio Production.

 

 

Photo Credit: Patrick Dodson l | Designer Credit: Gamakache Black Photo Credit: Patrick Dodson l | Designer Credit: Gamakache Black Photo Credit: Doug Mitchell | Designer Credit: Kristina Collins Clothing Photo Credit: Cindy Schultz | Designer Credit: e ko logic Photo Credit: Marc Roseburg | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo's Kimism Skirt Line Photo Credit: Doug Liebig for OEProPhoto | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo for Khymanyo
Photo Credit: Marc Roseburg | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo's Kimism Skirt Line Photo Credit: Doug Liebig for OEProPhoto | Designer Credit: Kim Vanyo for Khymanyo