THE CAKE CREW 

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CAT POLIVODA
OWNER & FOUNDER

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SYDNEY WALSH
ASSISTANT MANAGER
FOR DAILY OPERATIONS

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MING HSU
SHOP ASSOCIATE
FOR CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE

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2019 SUMMER Style INTERNS

 
Gracie

Graciela Duran

Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Instagram Handle: @graciejohannaxo
Sun Sign: Taurus

Where You Call Home: Minneapolis, Minnesota (born and raised)

Education/Career Goals: Currently a junior at Metropolitan State University, my major is Urban Elementary Education with a minor in ESL. I would like to continue my education and receive my masters, and teach in another country for a couple of years.

Describe your Aesthetic: Casual lazy chic with a hint of glam.

Favorite Type of Cake: Carrot Cake

 

 
Ian Harris

Ian Harris

Name Pronunciation: E-N hair-iss
Pronouns: he/him/his
Instagram Handle: @ian_harris_
Sun Sign: Scorpio sun (Sagittarius rising, Virgo moon)

Where You Call Home: I was born and raised in Boston, MA, until I was four years old. Then I moved to be closer to family and have called Savage, MN, home ever since. Both Massachusetts and Minnesota are special to me.

Education / Career Goals: I am pursuing my degree in Apparel Design at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where in the Fall of 2019 I will be a senior. For my senior line I will be creating a Spring/Summer collection of plus-size separates for men, women, and everybody in-between. Through the use of bold colors, voluminous details, and embellishments, it will be extra in the best way possible. My dream apparel job would be to design both in the ready-to-wear market for a plus-size brand (such as Ava & Viv at Target) and in the custom/couture market for stagewear for musicians (for someone like Lizzo or Beth Ditto).

Describe Your Aesthetic: In terms of the designs I create, they are bold, fun, and chock-full of my love for pop culture. They usually take form as statement pieces. I also have a strong love for the 1960's and camp sensibilities. In terms of my personal style, I go for more comfortable and casual pieces. If I had to describe myself it would be Ina Garten meets art school student.

Favorite Type of Cake: Carrot Cake (with cream cheese frosting!)


 
Kofo

Kofo Mustapha

Name Pronunciation: Kofo (Ko-foe) 
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Instagram Handle@badgalkofo
Sun Sign: Libra

Where You Call Home: Minnesota


Education/Career Goals: I am an upcoming junior at UMN studying Retail Merchandising. I’m interested in many of the different roles that are necessary in the fashion industry. I am currently really loving the process of designing and creating garments through sustainable methods! 

Personal Aesthetic: I’m very indecisive (classic libra!) so my personal aesthetic is constantly changing. One day I’m super into pastels, neutrals and very flowy and free garments and the next I’m wearing prints, neons and layers on top of layers. I am as well loving the whole picnic gal aesthetic and the concept of reconstruction when it comes to clothing! 

Favorite Type of Cake: Anything with cream cheese frosting! 


 
Paxyshia

Paxyshia Yang

Name Pronunciation: pa-see-SHE-ah
Pronouns: she/her
Instagram Handle: @paxyshia
Sun sign: Sagittarius (Pisces moon/Virgo rising)

Where You Call Home: St. Paul, Minnesota

Education/Career Goals: A stylist!

Describe your Aesthetic: Fat girl streetwear

Favorite Type of Cake: Ice cream cake!


 

2018 (former) SUMMER
SPECIAL PROJECTS INTERNS

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IAN HARRIS

Name (pronunciation): Ian Harris (E-N hair-iss)
Pronouns: He/Him/His
Instagram Handle: @ian_harris_
Sun Sign: Scorpio (with rising in Sagittarius and moon in Virgo, thank you Co-Star app)

Summer Special Project: Growing Masculine & Androgynous Selections

Where You Call Home: I was born in Brighton (which is a section of Boston), Massachusetts, but I’ve grown up for the past 15 years in the lovely suburb of Savage, Minnesota, after moving to be closer to family. I consider both Massachusetts and Minnesota to hold parts of my heart.

Education/Career Goals: I am pursuing my degree in apparel design at the University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, where in the fall of 2018 I will be a junior. My dream apparel job would be to design both in the ready-to-wear market for plus-size menswear and in the custom/couture market for stagewear for musicians.

Perfect Day in the Twin Cities: A perfect day in the Twin Cities would have to start out with cold press and a waffle at The Buzz Coffee & Cafe. I would want to shop for vinyl records (if it’s the first Saturday of every other month, it’d be at the Minneapolis Record Show), maybe fit in a walk (or drive, depending on weather) around the Chain of Lakes, and then grab some ice cream at Sebastian Joe’s. I’d love to spend time at the Walker Art Center and Sculpture Gardens, have a delicious dinner (I could pick one place, but that would just be too hard), and then finish the day by going to an event or seeing a concert at one of my favorite venues in Minneapolis, First Avenue (or if in St. Paul, then the Palace Theatre). Probably not the most logistically-friendly day, but I love anytime I’m able to go to my favorite spots in the cities.

Favorite Type of Cake: Oooh, tough question. But I would have to pick carrot cake, and it has to have raisins, walnuts, and cream cheese frosting.

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KACHINA YEAGER

Name Pronunciation: Kachina (kuh-chee-nuh)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Instagram Handle: @kachinayeager
Sun Sign: Virgo

Summer Special Project: Website Sales & Logistics

Where You Call Home: Prairie Island, Minnesota

Education/Career Goals: Currently a Bachelors of Individualized Studies major at the U of M in American Indian Studies, Global Studies, and Sociology. Intend to do Social Justice work, and will likely continue on to attend grad school.

Perfect Day in the Twin Cities: Would probably start off at a coffee shop, somewhere new that I haven’t tried yet. From there, my perfect day would include trips to: the Marjorie McNeely Conservatory at Como to stroll through the fern room and see the bonsais, Moon Palace Books to pick up something good to read, a stop by Northland Visions to get some more beads, and a delicious dinner at Brasa’s St. Paul location (because their pineapple ginger ale is the BEST).

Favorite Type of Cake: Dairy Queen Ice Cream Cake, that chocolate crunch is too good. 


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MING HSU

Name Pronunciation: Ming Hsu (Ming Shoo) 
Pronouns: They/Them/Theirs
Instagram Handle: @xiaomingbean
Sun Sign: Pisces

Summer Special Project: Merchandising & Shop Space ( + Style Sessions)

Where You Call Home: Woodbury, MN

Education/Career Goals: I am a recent graduate from Hamline University where I studied religion.  Eventually I intend to go to seminary and serve my (queer) community in what ever capacity the universe leads me to. 

Perfect Day in the Twin Cities: Start the day off with breakfast at Keys Cafe and a stroll through the como conservatory.  Then lunch at cafe latte and a visit to MIA, followed by a relaxing hammock nap in powderhorn Park.  Then onto dinner at Szechuan Spice in Uptown, drinks and people watching at the 19, and then close the night off with a pile up from the Nicollet Diner. 

Favorite Type of Cake: tres leches (despite my lactose intolerance, I can’t resist the creamy goodness) 

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KORYNE MARTINEZ

First Name Pronunciation: Koryne (Ker-in)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Instagram Handle: @korynemartinez
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

Summer Special Project: Events

Where You Call Home: San Diego, CA

Education/Career Goals: I am entering my senior year at the University of Minnesota studying English and creative writing. I hope to work in a creative marketing firm post graduation!

Perfect Day in the Twin Cities: Waking up to a cup of black coffee followed by a plate of biscuits and gravy (hoping whoever I’m with ordered sweet breakfast so that I can sneak a bite). Then a day of reading in any of the Twin Cities’ parks. Next I’d grab a beer from a local brewery with friends to cool off. I would end the day with an episode of Queer Eye. 

Favorite Type of Cake: Carrot (with extra cream cheese frosting)


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PAXYSHIA YANG

Name Pronunciation: Paxyshia (pa-see-SHE-ah)
Pronouns: She/Her/Hers
Instagram Handle: @paxyshia
Sun Sign: Sagittarius sun (Pisces moon & Virgo rising)

Summer Special Project: Buying & Plus Fashion

Where You Call Home: Minnesota born and raised

Education/Career Goals: Current student at MCTC studying apparel technologies. Hoping to be part of the fashion industry to create a change for real plus size fashion.

Perfect Day in the Twin Cities: A perfect day in the Twin Cities with Paxyshia includes waking up and not being rushed out the door. After that, going for brunch/lunch and relaxing before heading somewhere new and taking plenty of Instagram-worthy photos! Finished with the movie theater (and plenty of peanut M&M's) and then going for ice cream.

Favorite Type of Cake: ice cream cake