Ali Eagen, 33, is a custom wedding dress designer who owns made by anatomy. She wears a few of her favorite things in her studio at Hotel at the Lafayette in Buffalo, New York. On the wall behind her are fabric samples for veils.

Her favorite things include a signature red lipstick she has worn every day about five years, a pair of hoop earrings designed locally by Gretchen Wochensky, of Peg's Hardware, and a Mar Y Sol woven straw bucket tote she has worn for six years.


Brian J. Straka, 25, director of Portfolio Recruitment & Selection at 43North in Buffalo, New York, which runs an annual startup competition to attract new companies to the Buffalo Niagara region. Brian takes a seat outside his office building.

His signature pieces include a pencil that is tucked behind his ear as always, a Fossil watch, and a pair of brown leather cap toe shoes from Johnston & Murphy with no-show socks.


Mary Pabst, 59, has been working in the field of fine art sales and custom picture frame design since age 17, now works at Vern Stein Art & Frame in Williamsville, New York. She wears a favorite summer dress, bracelets, earrings, and ring near Glen Park in Williamsville.


Fotini Galanes, 53, is an artist, muralist, and creator of My Mark Matters, a global, interactive humanitarian project for which she received an Arts Services Initiative of WNY (ASI) DEC Grant with the support of the Park School of Buffalo.

Fotini sits in front of one of two 20-foot-high murals she created in the lounge at Patina 250 on Delaware Avenue, Buffalo. It is a freehand charcoal drawing done directly on the wall. She designed and made by hand the belt buckle, top right, and bracelet below it.

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Louise Sano, 41, owner of Global Villages, a shop specializes in home accessories, jewelry and other gifts from artisans around the world, and Global Chic, a clothing boutique that sells African wax print fabrics in Buffalo. A current resident of the Town of Tonawanda, The Rwanda-born Sano moved to Namibia at age 18, where she finished high school and earned a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Namibia.

Her signature pieces include a two-piece purple and yellow dress made from African wax print fabric, and handmade necklace and earrings from Thailand. Her fondness for watches began with her very first Swatch watch, a gift from her uncle. Through the years she continued to collect Swatches, which now come in more sophisticated styles.