An Up and Coming Designer!

Up-and-Coming Designer Proves That Vegan Is the Future of Fashion in FIT Runway Show


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Original Design by Christina DeGaglia

My son’s girlfriend, Christina DeGaglia, who graduates from FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) this week after years of many long hours and hard work. One of her designs (shown above) was chosen by FIT to be featured in an FIT’s “Future of Fashion” Show.

This is an excerpt from a magazine article which did a feature on Christina and her Runway design.

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Runway Fashion Model wearing Christina’s Design

“Wearing fur and animal skins is not only super-tacky but also cruel. And more and more companies have been taking notice. In fact, the largest clothing retailers have BANNED fur altogether! So it’s no wonder that up-and-coming fashion designers, including Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) student Christina DeGaglia, have chosen to design only vegan clothing.

The young designer and New York native just had a dress and jacket from her “Vegan Revolution” collection featured in FIT’s prestigious Future of Fashion runway show, where the ensemble was seen by some of the biggest editors and stylists—as well as other top names—in the fashion industry.

Christina’s runway piece includes a vegan leather jacket with faux-fur trimming that changes color with heat and that—like all her creations—is free of animal-derived materials such as leather, wool, suede, fur, angora, and exotic skins. The dress even features a super-cute oversized patch that reads, “You Can’t Love Animals and Eat Them Too.”

“No living being should be electrocuted and skinned for a frivolous furry pom-pom keychain or a bit of trim on a jacket,” says DeGaglia. “Today’s market is flooded with chic, animal-friendly fabrics, from supple vegan leather to soft, wool-free knits. I feel it’s my responsibility to use the design skills I gained at FIT to move the fashion industry in a more sustainable, compassionate direction.”

When Christina was accepted to FIT, she was committed to never using fur or leather in any of her designs. But after learning that shearers in the wool industry have been caught beating sheep and that workers often keep angora rabbits in barren cages and rip out their fur by the fistful, she also vowed not to use wool, angora, or any other animal-derived materials.


Cutting Fur off Angora Rabbit (notice the person standing on the Rabbit’s ear!)

Her goal is to start a chic vegan fashion line upon graduation, and if she can encourage just one person to choose a vegan leather jacket over a cow-skin one, she’ll consider it a success.

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Statement Design by Christina DeGaglia

You don’t need to be a fashion designer to save animals’ lives. All you have to do is check the labels of the clothing you’re going to purchase. Companies pay attention to consumers’ opinions and make decisions based on what people are buying. So NEVER buy anything that says “fur,” “angora,” “wool,” or “leather” on the label. It’s so easy. Chances are, most of the stuff you already wear is probably vegan!

Together, we can start a vegan fashion revolution and save animals’ lives.

Christina has also had some of her designs featured at last year’s Manhattan “Fashion Week”.


Keith Baker & Christina DeGaglia


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Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

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“Mother’s Day”  ….Banksy

For those you of who are familiar with the “street artist” Banksy – this is just one of his many painting’s which mysteriously appear on a building – one of many found around the world.

Although there are many theories as to who exactly Banksy is, no one knows exactly who the artist is.  Banksy is an anonymous England-based graffiti artist, political activist and film director of unverified identity.  His street art ranges from subversive epigrams combining dark humor, or satirical.  A graffiti artist who paints in a distinctive stenciling technique using only spray paints, mimicking the early days of graffiti artists with their spray can paints.

About 2 years ago I was in the City (NY) with my sons; as we left the East Village Bar, walking about 2 blocks – my son (who is also a street artist) immediately recognized one of Banksy’s work on the side of a building.  It is amazing as he paints these life size works of art which no one every sees him doing.  Of course my son took many pictures of this work.

There exists many theories as to who exactly Banksy is – which will have to be another article! Along with an upcoming article of my own son’s art work – he recently sold some of his work at Comicon NY the past two years,  and has some of his paintings hanging in Gallery’s in the City – follow #reso914.


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Spring Tulips

Spring Tulips

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Spring Tulips – Katonah, NY

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Tulips – Katonah, NY

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Take Your Child to Work Day

Take Your Child to Work Day

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The third Thursday of April is “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” where employees across the country bring their children to work offering a valuable opportunity for these daughters and sons to observe their parents in a different light.

Originally started as “Take your Daughter to Work Day” in 1993; the message was to help “empower” women (and young girls) to view the various roles offered to women. It was still a time when women were either supposed to be a “stay at home mom”, or if you were a professional, the best you were offered was to be a Secretary – now referred to Administrative Assistants.  A few years later, in 2003, it became inclusive as “Take your Child to Work Day”.  It is a great way to empower our kids to learn about the many career choices they have opened to them in later years,

There can be some very positive influences while bringing your child to work with you; and also, some quite negative aspects!  Often your child may wonder what exactly does Mommy or Daddy do when they go off to work after they drop me off at school. It is a chance for them to see you in a different, productive role outside our familiar roles at home.

When my daughter Kelly was in High School, right near my office, I did bring her to my office, which she was already familiar with as she would, at times, stop by after school.  At the time, I was working in the Stock Market with Financial Analysts. Kelly would help with filing, helping record Sales, always ready to help.

At the other end of the spectrum, was the negative aspect of “Take your Child to Work Day”.  Many of the fathers would bring their child to work, but it wasn’t a day of working with Daddy or Mommy.  As soon as they would walk into the Office their child was left at my desk, and the other Administrative Assistants would also become “baby sitter’s” for the day! I was often spouting the words “Please do not touch that”; “Please don’t play with the keyboard”, etc. I think my favorite was one broker’s son who discovered he could shoot staples across the room. Not exactly what Gloria Steinem intended when she started this day to help empower young girls into a world unfamiliar to them. 

 I came across these two humorous cards that I wanted to share that says it all!

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Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

Cherry Blossoms in Bloom


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Cherry Blossom Tree, Manor Park, Irvington, NY

Spring 2017 has been quite difficult to enjoy as the temperatures are continually changing day to day.  One day it is 80 degrees, only to be met with snow the next.  It has been a Season of back and forth weathered days. 

With all this brief teasing of Spring, if one looks around it is easy to see that Winter is finally losing its hold on NY, as crocus’ are popping their little heads above the ground; while many local Parks are blossoming with the burst of Cherry Blossoms around us!

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Crocuses in the Snow

This photo above was taken in one of my favorite places along the Long Island Sound at Manor Park, Larchmont, NY.  I can sit there for hours walking the long paths of Cherry Blossoms, or sit staring out at the peaceful waters of the Sound.



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The Boston Marathon



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It is hard to believe that is has been four years since the Boston Marathon Bombing on “Patriot’s Day”, April 15, 2013. 

The bombs were set to explode close to the Finish Line during the Marathon resulting in the killing of 3 people, and injuring 100’s of other runner’s and bystander’s.

Today, as the Boston Marathon takes place;  let us not forgot the Tragedy of 2014, and wish prayers and luck to those running today, “Patriot’s Day”. 


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The First Rose of Spring

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My favorite flower has always been the Rose ever since I planted my first rosebush, the “Peace Rose”, when I was very young.  Ever since then, I always await the bloom of my “First Rose of Spring”.  This year’s Rose is called “Nicole”.  As you can see it is pale pink in color with a darker pink edging, and very fragrant.
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Throwback Thursday – Play Ball!

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Baseball Season has begun


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Trial of the Big Bad Wolf

Lamby Makes His Stage Debut!

The Trial of the Big Bad Wolf!

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My little Lamb from my shop : , makes his first stage debut in the “Trial of the Big Bad Wolf”. Sponsored by the Montclair, NJ, Playhouse.  In the play, the Wolf – for the first time in Nursery Rhyme history is put on trial for all his atrocities – that being, chasing Little Red Riding Hood through the woods and finally eating her grandmother; blowing down the houses of the Three Little Pigs in the hope of catching them for a good meal; the ‘Boy who Cried Wolf’; to his every waking moment of trying to capture the innocent little sheep in many of the Mother Goose’s tales. Well, enough is enough, and the various characters have decided to fight back and put “Mr. Wolf” on trial.

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There at the trial you can see many of his offended characters sitting in the Gallery waiting to testify! One of which is Mrs. Shepherd, played by my daughter Kelly, holding her Baby Lamb (in his debut role!) sitting in the Courtroom Gallery, while admonishing the little shepherd who should have been watching the Baby Lamb.

**The Lamb although the same as the one in my Shop, this one was made for Zachary (my grandson) when he was a baby.


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Waiting for Spring

Bouquet of Roses

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