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STYLE GURU BIO: Sammy Pesick

Hello Fashionistas/os! My name is Sammy Pesick, and I am a freshman fashion merchandising major at Kent State University. I am so excited to be a Style Guru this semester. When you think of a fashion school, schools such as Parsons and FIT come to mind, but not Kent State University in the middle of Ohio. And that’s what I thought at first—why is there a fashion school in the middle of Ohio and how are they ranked as fourth in the nation and as thirteenth in the world? I may never know the answer to that question, but the fashion school continues to grow and out do itself every year.

I am from Detroit, Michigan (not directly from the city, but the suburbs) and like most Detroiters, I am proud of my roots, even though they are most often associated with a bad reputation, though not for long. Detroit is making a comeback and leading the way in the fashion industry. There may be a long road ahead, but I would love to be a part of the creation of the fashion industry and of a Garment District in Detroit. Whether you know it or believe it to be true, Detroit is growing and, sooner or later, it will be a city that comes to mind when you think fashion.

Ever since I was a little girl, I have had a passion for both fashion and writing. One day, I was asked the question, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” Right then and there, I thought I want to do something that I love, and I love clothes, so I want to work in fashion. In that moment, I was set and have been moving toward the goal ever since. I’m sure that when I made this claim, when I was probably 10 years old, I imagined playing dress up for the rest of my life, but there is so much more to the fashion industry than what is seen on shelves in a store. There is a magic that happens behind the scenes, and I want to be a part of that.

I do not associate with a distinct style, such as boho or preppy. I chose to wear my favorite AG Jeans, Steve Madden boots, striped sweater, fur vest and my favorite black and white polka-dot scarf. My outfits depend on my mood, so if I don’t feel like putting on pants, I’ll wear a dress. I don’t do bright colors, or many colors in general, and over the years, I have found what works for me, which is black, white and neutrals. You should find what works for you. My style is mine and you can’t put a label on that. As Rachel Zoe said, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”