Though only established two years ago, CFDA Fashion Incubator Program has given rise to some pretty serious talents, like Prabal Gurung and House of Waris. The most recent program has some feisty emerging talent, and amongst them is Ruby Kobo, the delicate jewelry company helmed by Magic City native Yuvi Alpert. Alpert cut his teeth at the University of Miami, where he studied finance, marketing, and, of course, getting some major sun (We kid! Yuvi doesn't deny the lure of the beach, but swears by his education). Now, along with partner Danna Kobo, he heads up both Ruby Kobo, and, one of our favorite purveyors of friendship bracelets for adults, Shashi.
As he moves forward, we ask him to look back on his time as a Miami resident. Yuvi shares some of his must-try student picks and lets us know where he heads when he returns home — he's back on the regular to hang out with his bro. We're thrilled to hear that Yuvi isn't too caught up rubbing elbows with New York's fashion elite to remember his favorite haunts (the beach at 3rd and Ocean, y'all!) and share his tips and tricks for students and non-students alike. Yuvi spills on how Miami helped put him on the map of Anna Wintour, so design hopefuls: get ready to take notes!
What it was like being a student in Miami?
"It was a beautiful experience. I had the opportunity to meet some interesting people that came from around the world to study at UM that I remain in touch with to this day. The University of Miami used to be called 'Sun Tan U', so I got a little taste of party life with the balance of a good education. I majored in International Finance and Marketing."
Why did you choose Miami? How did the city appeal to you?
"I wanted to be in a major city that has an international atmosphere...and the beautiful beaches and vibrant design scene didn't hurt. While education didn't seem so critical at age 18, I ended up really enjoying my studies."
What is it like being a young creative in Miami?
"There is no lack of inspiration in Miami, with the beaches, stunning sunsets, art deco architecture, and diverse cultures including Cuban, Brazilian, Argentinian, Columbian."
Photo: Courtesy of Rio PR
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