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From his earlier modeling career to his groundbreaking Exposure Events, Michael Foster has always made a statement.  However, in spite of his personal relationships with many diplomats and international ambassadors, his successful promotional and fundraising efforts with local nonprofits, and his vast involvement in the arts, Michael has come to be known throughout the Chicago area and beyond by two defining factors: his extraordinary and genuine personality, and his scarves.

It was a rainy Chicago afternoon when I met with Michael at a local coffee shop.  “I’ve always been attracted to fashion,” he divulged as his eyes lit up.  Showing off the distinctive purple and blue scarf he chose to accent a simple white shirt and jeans, he shares his eureka moment that pushed him to pursue his own scarf line.

“I was asked to host one of the Celebrity Lounges at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and 2011, which was a great honor and a wonderful experience.  Wherever I go, I always wear my scarves because they reflect my personality – bold, outgoing, and confident.  One day I forgot to wear a scarf, and while walking through the streets of Park City, I was stopped on several occa-sions by strangers asking me about my missing scarf!  At that point, I realized that an incredible opportunity had presented itself and I had to seize the day.”

Scarves by Michael Foster are made from 100% Organic Egyptian cotton and designed by Michael himself.  He tells me that he is inspired by seasonal color palates and the latest fashion trends, and he enjoys the way different shades come together to accent not only each other, but also augment the per-sonality of the wearer.

When asked about his bright, colorful approach to men’s fashion, he explains, “Bold colors demand attention and create an aura of importance.  In the animal kingdom, the male species have always had more elaborate coloring to attract their mates and stand out from the crowd.  My dream is for all men to feel confident and comfortable in color.”

So what’s next for Michael Foster?  In addition to growing his scarf line, he’s begun working on a line of jewelry, and we should all keep an eye out for his new men’s skincare line coming out in 2013.  In addition, he will be hosting a Celebrity Reception at the 2012 Emmy Awards and also co-hosting a fashion TV series for Fashion Week in New York later this year.

Michael is a vibrant social chameleon and a trailblazing men’s fashion designer with big dreams and all the tools needed to make them a reality.  This exciting personality is one to follow in the upcoming months, and I can’t wait to see what he comes up with next.

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