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Talented Locals With Designs On You

Thursday, February 3, 2005; Page C02

The Washington area is full of talented designers. Here's a sampling:

• Robyn Garza of Rockville and Potomac's Carrie van Bergen met at their daughters' preschool class. Van Bergen had owned a children's clothing boutique and Garza a jewelry business. Two years ago they launched Chemistry, a line of tees and tanks that combine sassy colors and silly sayings.

Ame:Koh Couture cowl neck dress, $98 at Pink November (1231 U St. NW), Plaid Boutique (715 Eighth St. SE) or amekoh.com. (Julia Ewan - The Washington Post)

• A layoff propelled Amy Coleman of La Plata to launch her Ame:Koh Couture label in 2002. Self-taught, she likes to blend femininity with sexiness. "Everyone thinks that fashion is lost here. But there is a hotbed of talent."

• Burtonsville's Linell Jackson started her Linell Ellis handbag line to curtail her purse habit. The shapes are simple but she uses hot pink crocodile imprinted leather, polka-dot cotton fabric and faux fur to kick them up.

• Jewlery designer Beth Lauren Silverberg grew up in Washington and recently returned home after college. "I use the phrase 'modern garnish' to describe my jewelry in the sense that it is a touch of added adornment for the wearer."

-- Janelle Erlichman Diamond

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