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Creative and Fashion Direction, Kingston

James Aguiar

For twenty five years powerhouse tastemaker James Aguiar has consistently brought a notably fresh stylized eye to every project in his career path; from his early days as a stylist at Bergdorf Goodman (and ultimately to Fashion Director at the fabled Fifth Avenue luxury retailer) to the world of Paris fashion at the creative helm of Nina Ricci, to on air host of Full Frontal Fashion and countless fashion spots and television appearances, and hollywood celebrity styling, the entire time with an insider's view from the coveted front row. For the past eight years Aguiar has held the role of VP Creative/Fashion Director for regional publishing giant Modern Luxury overseeing all of the fashion and celebrity pages.

Advertising, lifestyle, fashion, product photographer, Claverack

Michael Altobello

Born and bred New Englander I moved to NYC right before Sept 11th. It’s been a journey. I feel fortunate to be able to work with some of the most talented people on the planet week in and week out.

Creative Director, Copywriter + Verbal Designer, Ghent

Sarah Bassine

Creative Director, Copywriter and Verbal Designer Sarah Bassine has 10+ years of experience with 100+ clients. She assigns words to ideas to deliver a more connected brand experience for a broad range of major national and international brands. She mines her background as a filmmaker to inform the creative process from inception to execution, bringing vision and insight to make communications clearer. A team leader and cross-team collaborator, SB is passionate about people and brands with purpose. She is also an award-winning filmmaker and an accomplished editorial writer for fashion and food and what’s current. Her short films have screened at more than 30 prestigious film festivals worldwide. SB holds an MFA in Film from Columbia University School of the Arts and is a member of NYWIFT, New York Women in Film & Television.

Beauty Artist Assistant, Hudson

MacKenzie Campbell

Hudson Valley native MacKenzie Campbell envisions makeup as the synthesis of beauty and empowerment. As an emerging makeup artist, she surrounds herself with creativity and transformation. Whether snowboarding, or embroidering in her spare time, MacKenzie approaches everything with a desire to learn and improve her skills. She obtained her New York State cridential in Makeup Artistry to polish her technique and expand her knowledge and skillset. What draws Mackenzie to makeup is her love for portraits. “I have always viewed the face as the most important part of the body that captures both beauty and expression. It demands decoration and recognition.” MacKenzie applies her relentless work ethic to her craft. She is willing to go beyond what is expected and strives to learn in all situations. Timeliness and attention to detail are her calling cards. She understands the value of building her reputation through hard work and responsibility, and is looking forward to opportunities for assistant positions. Makeup has made her feel transformed and beautiful, and has given her autonomy and agency in how she present herself to the world. It is an expression of her own unique, artistic sensibilities.

Creative Studio, Olivebridge

Astrid Chastka

Astrid Chastka Inc. is a creative studio with over 10 years of experience in the NYC photo and creative industry - specializing in a wide range of artistic and spatial projects including set design, art direction, installations, styling guides, sourcing and interior design.

Custom Furniture and Fabrication Services, Hudson

E. Penderleith & Co.

Founded in 2015 by Eric Penderleith, we are a design and fabrication group based in Hudson, NY. Our work is split between two aspirations — The Workshop and Studio — which allow us to explore material, develop processes, and visualize creative ideas while providing custom build solutions to our clients.