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Although Miami has been “home” since early childhood, Mara Menachem is a true New Yorker. Her love of fashion, particularly vintage, pays homage to her New York roots. Mara’s obsession blossomed when she was just a kid -- knee-deep in her grandma’s closet. Over time, friends started gifting her items from their granny’s closets and slowly but surely she became a neighborhood style icon.
Throughout high school and college, Mara interned at fashion establishments including Louis Boston and Donna Karan before making a more permanent career coordinating ad campaigns for major fashion publications at The Woolmark Company. Years later, while volunteering for Dress for Success New York, Mara realized that giving back was her greatest asset and accepted the position of program director at Dress for Success Atlanta.
A husband and two kids later, Mara took on the role of “mommy” while continuing her philanthropic endeavors at United Way of Miami-Dade and Alonzo Mourning’s Overtown Youth Center. But through it all, her profound love of fashion remained and www.hautedropoff.com was born -- a fashion blog/photo series of fashionable parents at school drop-offs.