Bestdressedmonk to Headline Fashion Funk Zone Show

The De Marcos Fashion Academy is pleased to announce their annual student fashion show that will take place in Santa Barbara’s Funk Zone, at MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery on Saturday August 31st, 2013.

DMFA’s mission of introducing their students’ talent to the fashion & modeling industries remains strong, and they are proud to continue growing their international student body. This year, you will see your favorite elements of the DMFA Fashion Show: a tribute to local designers, Allen and Kira Gold of BestDressedMonk; a world class production, and the talents of nine up-and-coming student designers, Wesly Johnson, Gabrielle Semerjian, Ruby Buddemeyer, Bridget Mitchell, Danielle Rocha, Jorge Hurtado, Tessa Dewell, Teena Grant, and Kat Zisser.

It has been the tradition of the De Marcos Fashion Academy to inspire their students by paying tribute to local professionals in the industry, such as Billy Mendibles, Louie Mamengo, and Luis Estevez. This year DMFA is proud to pay tribute to Allen and Kira Gold, who will be debuting their new men’s collection, BestDressedMonk.

BestDressedMonk is a new Santa Barbara lifestyle brand for the creative class of men who don’t wear ties and don’t have to. BDM is a new way for 30-60 year old men to look contemporary and stylish while still looking authoritative. The clothing fills the gap between traditional country club styling and youth-oriented street wear. The styling allows men to look casually elegant without appearing hippie or effeminate.

The fashion show provides the first opportunity for the public to see this collection, which will be available for sale in mid-October at BestDressedMonk’s flagship store on Coast Village Road in Montecito, and on the company’s website.

The clothes are made from sustainable textiles, wherever possible, and manufactured in Los Angeles.

BestDressedMonk is the vision of Allen and Kira Gold. Allen is a seasoned financial executive with many years of management experience including seven years as the CEO of a high-end fashion retailing business. Allen spent many years attending the collections in Paris, Milan and London before leaving the industry to become an investor and asset manager. Kira is a well-known Santa Barbara based theatrical costume designer who has done productions for Boxtale Theater Co, UCSB, Santa Barbara Rebels and others.

The collection can be viewed at:

Anyone interested in getting involved as a student, sponsor, designer, member of the press, or volunteer should contact:

Tickets to the show are available for purchase at the door, or by phone by calling 805-637-6989

For more information, please visit

We look forward to seeing you at MichaelKate Interiors & Art Gallery in Santa Barbara on August 31st!


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