Posts Tagged ‘Barranquilla’

The Black Book

Thanks to Nina Garcia and her Little Black Book of Style!  Full with tips and tricks, basic insights, inspirations and a trip through time, this book fulfills its promise to provoke the senses by contemplating fashion as part of one’s inner identity.

Quoting fashion icons from Coco Chanel and Audrey Hepburn, to the genius minds of Pablo Picasso and Leonardo Da Vinci, The Little Black Book, makes it entertaining to anyone who might be under the magic spell of fashion.   With contributing fashion anecdotes, amazing illustrations by Ruben Toledo and Q&As from Heidi Klum, Oscar de la Renta, Vera Wang, Diane von Furstenberg, and many more, it is surprising that we managed without it!

Great Illustrations

Nina Garcia is to be admired, not only because she is an authority figure in the fashion industry; or because she is the equivalent of Simon Cowell in Project Runaway; or not even because she is from our native hometown Barranquilla, Colombia, but because she makes the most important fashion point finally obvious to everyone!  The latest It Bag should not inspire your personal style, but instead, YOU should be your own fashion!


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Every last Friday of each month, The MOCA (Museum of Contemporary Art) located in North Miami, Florida celebrates Art Walk & Jazz Night at the MOCA.  On its latest event, Mandrake PR was there to appreciate some local modern art.   During this wonderful night, a Colombian artist was included to the night’s repertoire and that was our very own Marl Vilaro. His collection of tribal inspired accessories were on display for everyone to enjoy next to other great pieces of art at the vintage fashion and art boutique, Art with A Purpose, located in 791 N.E. 125 Street, North Miami, Florida 33161.

Our experience of MOCA’s Art Walk & Jazz Night was one remembered as a moonlight night visiting art galleries while enjoying wine and jazz tunes by Jean Caze and as one, we recommend and we are sure to repeat. For more information about MOCA’s nightlife schedule visit: http://www.mocanomi.org.

Exploring Some Art

Jazz Entertainment

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Building a brand is easy to say but difficult to accomplish.  Mandrake Public Relations, as a full service public relations and marketing firm, has experienced the tenacity one has to possess in order to succeed in this market.  Creating new ventures and possibilities for unknown artists and designers bring many challenges as well as hard work, but the final outcome outweighs anything else.

Case in point, Marl Vilaro Accessories.  Little by little, this young accessories designer, together with Mandrake Public Relations, is creating a brand name in a distant country, one he has yet to visit.  But magically, his name makes way into this constant competitive bazaar of intricate creativity, where every day brings something new to the table.

Marl Vilaro Accessories has much to offer and is in his initial stages of having his official U.S. launch in the United States.  So stay tuned.

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Being that on our last post we introduced this talented individual, well here goes more information about his work.  Enjoy!

Sex appeal, color and a flair for fashion, strange combination of words to describe an artist’s vision through a camera lens, but Tawfick De La Espriella mixes all that and something extra nice in his photos.  One sure thing, he has no limits, case in point, his Legs Infatuation Exhibit.


Once upon a time this talented young photographer didn’t have his heart set out to live by the way of a click and a flash of a camera, but instead had enlisted to become a chef.  And thanks to life’s unexpected turns, he became infatuated with taking photos which led him to study fashion photography at the School of Pop Culture Engineering, also known as Miami Ad School in Miami Beach, FL.

His photographs are explosive and seductive, but at the same time they captivate the attention of any audience, even when is just a pair of shoes.




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A Glimpse of Our Unsuccessful Photoshoot

As Mandrake PR is in the process of creating its own website, the Mandrake team was required to get professional but yet very artistic photos in order to properly complement the website.  We requested the services of the talented and young photographer, Tawfick De la Espriella for this special task.  And let me say, being a model is not as easy as it seems!  We envy those professional models that with a flick of a switch or with a snap of their fingers are picture perfect!! On the contrary, we mortals are succumbed to the trials and tribulations of standing straight while making sure we are aware of every single part of our body as we try to emit a sexy but yet demure image to the camera.

Giselle Bundchen, Kate Moss and Linda Evangelista, we applaud you for showing us how to work it, but for now, we are just going to leave the modeling sessions for the professionals.

Tawfick's Work


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Mandrake PR was asked to represent a very talented and young designer. Warning: his style is very different; if you are in the search accessories with a showstopper attitude, Marl Vilaro accessories is just right for you.  Craftsmanship with passion.  Allured in a second. For Marl Vilaro, a young designer from Barranquilla, Colombia, inspiration comes out of nowhere, as a celestial touch from the unknown.  It feeds his creativity and maneuvers his hands and fingers into one of kind items that speak volumes of his outlook on life.  So let him bewitch you.

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Leyla De La Espriella is the bubbly personality missing in the Mandrake Public Relations equation.  Her free-spirit character and business-like personality have reached the perfect nirvana as she has effectively balanced fun and business together.

Leyla De La Espriella

After graduating with a Management and International Business degree, she successfully found her niche as she managed national and local companies for the last couple of years.

Now, Leyla is able to mix two of her favorite subjects: fashion and business, and with her ability to whip out business strategies while sharing a contagious smile, Leyla is the business wiz that makes Mandrake Public Relations such a business success.  Just one word of advice, don’t let that killer smile and quiet facade fool you!

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