Inside an unassuming building on Fore Street, in brightly painted offices with Portland views and at pods of desks with views of, well, each other, ideas are forming. The clean space of Kemp Goldberg is filled with glass, modern furniture, clocks set to international time zones, and creative minds. It's no wonder that the people who help local, national, and international companies craft brand identities also have a strong sense of personal identity themselves. In some cases, their style just happens (a pit stop at L.L. Bean, plus a Penfield Stapleton down jacket and voila!). In other cases, the shoes, the shirt, and the accessories are intently chosen...to look effortless. But either way, the people of Kemp Goldberg each bring a style that's all their own.
It's the people behind the counter that we're highlighting here - those knowledgeable, jewelry-loving folks who know the effect one piece of jewelry can have on a person (it can elevate an outfit, proclaim your personal style, or announce to the world, "Yep, I'm getting hitched!"). And they all seemed to have mastered a perfect blend of modern style with hints of vintage around the wrists or on a lapel.
The staff at Maine College of Art, aka MECA, isn't hindered by the mundane khakis and personality-less button-up shirts that plague many offices. Artistic license reigns here. Personal expression? That, too. The hallways at MECA see colorful brooches and patterned skirts, shiny blue shoes and tees decked with cassettes, or head-to-toe black with just a hint of white birds - and that's just the people who work there.
At the corner of Free and Oak Streets in Portland, there's an even flow of well-pampered, freshly pedicured, and expertly styled locals coming out of Head Games Salon for Hair and Body. And those are just the customers. Inside the bright, modern, eco-friendly salon, the professional stylists, estheticians, nail techs, spa managers, and Reiki masters showcase their own unique styles. From side-swept bangs and classic updos to bright stripes, detailed nails, pinecone pendants, and open-backed dresses that hint of summer. It's feminine edge at its finest.
From vibrant stripes and colorful Converse to sleek skirts and bold button up shirts, the styles at CIEE are as varied and unique as the employees themselves. The diversity makes sense. CIEE operates international exchange and education programs in over forty countries, and CIEE employees hail from Russia, Bulgaria, Spain, as well as Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, and right here in Maine.