Bay Area Black Expo Showcases Fashion Designs

Janneth Thrasher, consultant for Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry.

Ladies’ Recycle All Haters V-neck Tee (Grey).

Men’s Vision Tee (Black).

Shortcuts Are For the Weak Men’s Tee (Purple/Gold)

Ladies’ Money Can’t Buy Sass Tee (White) / Men’s Shortcuts Tee (Purple).

Ladies’ My Heart Is Not In My Pants V-neck Tee (White).

By Ashley Chambers The Bay Area Black Expo, which will be held Saturday and Sunday in Oakland, will feature hundreds of local and national retail vendors showcasing fashion designs in jewelry. “If you’re into the latest look and you like to save money, our jewelry is very affordable. You can dress it up or dress it down,” said Janneth Thrasher of Traci Lynn Fashion Jewelry. Traci Lynn’s line is known for one-of-a-kind pieces that include necklace sets, rhinestone earrings, rings, and even anklets. Started in 1989 by Dr. Lynn, the jewelry is sold nationwide, providing high quality pieces to customers. With the highest priced items at $65, Thrasher says Traci Lynn is for “the fashion diva that loves the ‘bling’.” Making his own declaration is Michael Polk from Atlanta, GA with his brand Idée Fixe Clothing & Apparel, LLC, a Latin term defined as “fixed idea.” Polk created Idée Fixe (pronounced EE-day FEEKS) to inspire his customers to be confident. He’s spreading a positive message with his screen print graphic tees and embellished tops for the modern day man and woman. His most popular tees say “Shortcuts are for the weak’” and “Please be kind – Recycle all haters,” making Idée Fixe a fashion stop for the positively bold man or woman. The Expo is Polk’s first trade show in California. “We’re trying to be positively different,” he said. Another vendor who displays men’s and women’s apparel is Sytara Ellis of Sytara’s Boutique in San Leandro. Carrying formal and business casual attire, Ellis has been in business for 15 years selling leisure suits, hats, jewelry, dresses and bridal wear. Tapping into the market for smaller frames, Sytara’s carries sizes 4-32 for the elegant dresser. “You’ll find her on a Sunday morning wearing a dressy suit and coordinating hat, dressed as a lady,” said Ellis. “Men have on their suits with coordinating hat and socks, on an upscale level.” Look for these fashion vendors and more at this year’s Black Expo, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8 and Sunday, Sept. 9 at the Oakland Convention Center, 550 10th St. downtown Oakland.
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