Ahwatukee’s Clothes Minded clothing store recently showcased local talents: painter Dustin Klassen, designer and photographer Everardo Keeme, and jewelry maker Stacy Eden.

“I really like to do events in my store, and I love to promote local,” said Clothes Minded owner Kim Kendall. “We reach more people by coming together.”

Klassen’s painting collection was on display and on sale around the store.

“It’s a culmination of the 10 years I have been painting,” he said. “I started with still life and have moved into figurative and abstract work.

“Most of the time I paint from life. I kind of work a lot with light and how light falls upon certain objects.”

Klassen doesn’t have a set approach to a piece. He doesn’t feel art is required to be representative of larger themes.

“It can just be paint and represent my emotions,” he said.

Eden, jewelry designer from Clutch Jewelry, featured her most recent line, “Metal and Eve.”

“I started researching and almost every culture in humanity has a reference to snakes and apples,” Eden said. “I started playing with textures of snakes and apples.”

She was inspired by the juxtaposition of the symbols and textures.

“I do like to draw. I do a lot of drawings, but my designs never look like the drawings,” Eden said.

Ahwatukee’s Keeme had his designs and clothing on display. He was showcasing men’s clothing from J. Hilburn. The collection was custom-fit dress and casual wear that costs less.

Keeme said all the clothing is made in the same factories as Pual Smith, Incotex, Burberry, Zenga and Armani.

He had a display that compared the pricing of an Ermenegildo Zenga suit with a J. Hilburn suit and the J. Hilburn suit was $2,947 cheaper.

“Why not buy a suit that fits?”

Clothes Minded is located at 4810 E. Ray Road, Suite 13. For more information, call (480) 940-9200 or visit clothesmindedaz.com.

• Matt Covert is a sophomore at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. He is interning this semester for the AFN.

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