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MATERIAL WORLD

Style is all about creating a look that's just a little different from everyone else's. Who are you today? Whom do you want to be tomorrow? Adding a printed scarf or a contemporary clutch can be just the way to personalize your image.

Cotton, wool, canvas, satin and velvet may invoke images of fabric samples, but a Tampa Bay area business is using those materials in ways you may not have imagined.

In 2010, sisters Rebekah Eugenia Lazaridis and Rachel Woods Baynard opened a small shop in downtown St. Petersburg they called Eugenia Woods. They offered do-it-yourself workshops and created unique accessories.

As their popularity increased, they expanded sales of their custom handbags, launching a worldwide online business. Each piece is handmade, and no two are alike.

The women now design in a small cooperative, the WearHouse, where they also write their fashion blog and manage their website, eugeniawoods.com.

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