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It’s just a talk. It’s a smart conversation between two creative and extraordinary people. Learn about the inspiration, struggles, success, fun, and motivation behind some of St. Louis’ most innovative minds. Hold on to your seats; it’s going to get real; but surely there’s a laugh or two to be had.
This is a three-part series and includes video production.

The Lineup: 

Retta Leritz Tussey, Founder/Designer, Retta Jane

Retta is a celebrated interior and product designer who has set her sights on a new project: designing fashions for the next generation of tastemakers. Her collection, Retta Jane, is designed for young women, ages 8 through 14, and will focus on timeless yet fashion-forward pieces, including dresses, separates and outerwear.  The company, named for her grandmother, mother and self, who all share the same moniker, focuses on a classic sense of style with highest-quality materials and construction, while remaining relevant to the modern, active lifestyle of girls. Retta’s award-winning work and product line for Juniors has garnered attention from the likes of Domino, House Beautiful and Southern Living. (Site under construction)

Martin Goebel, Co-Founder, Goebel & Co. Furniture

Martin Goebel is a world renowned industry expert on digital design, automated manufacturing and its integration into the furniture industry. He has operated within the Furniture industry for 17 years, holds an MFA, Furniture Design, Rhode Island School of Design, a BFA, Studio Arts, University of Missouri and a Certificate of Fine Furniture, College of the Redwoods.

Alicia LaChance, Fine Artist

Alicia LaChance is a full time painter based out of St. Louis, Missouri. She is represented by galleries across the Untied Sates. Recently, her painting, New Village, was reinterpreted as a 27′ terrazzo floor public art installation at St. Louis International Airport. This work was also highlighted in the Wall Street Journal. Her paintings were selected by Julie Rodriguez Widholm, the Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, for the 2011 Midwest edition of New American Paintings. Most recently, she has been commissioned to create original artworks for Roman & Williams for a project at the CAA. The artist is proud to be working with a design team recently ranked by Architectural Digest as one of the top 100 design firms in the world. Her artwork is in collections throughout the US and abroad. LaChance is also co-founder of Hoffman LaChance Contemporary, a community based exhibition space that focuses on the exchange between regional artist and curators.

Education:Fashion Institute of Technology – New York, NY
Seattle Central – Seattle, WA
Fontbonne University – St. Louis, MO

Jim Harper, Creative Director, TOKY 

Kevin McCoy – Co-Founder/Artist, WORK/PLAY

Kevin McCoy is part of the interdisciplinary design/art duo WORK/PLAY that was started with his wife Danielle McCoy. Within their joint practice, McCoy utilizes a myriad of processes such as design, printmaking, time-based media, and book arts to explore racial inequality, erasure, and redacted histories. In May of 2019, McCoy received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Sam Fox School of Art & Design at Washington University in St. Louis.

Over the course of his joint artistic career with his wife, recent exhibitions include SPF 1991 at projects+gallery, St. Louis, MO; Dream Wavers at Laband Gallery (curated by Sage Dawson), Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles, CA; Overview is a Place at SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York (curated by Jessica Baran), NY; On & On at Beard and Weil Galleries in Norton, MA; Change of State atThe Wassaic Projects in Wassaic, NY; Color-ism at Kranzberg Arts Center in St. Louis, MO and Almost Now, Just Then at projects+gallery in St. Louis, MO. Recent book fairs include Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair in Los Angeles, California; Chicago Art Book Fair in Chicago, IL; Small Press Expo in St. Louis, MO; Fully Booked Art Fair in Dubai, UAE and Engaged Edition in New York, NY.

McCoy has also worked with clients such as the Pulitzer Arts Foundation, The Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, Saint Louis Art Museum, Sam Fox School of Art & Design at Washington University in St. Louis, Sole Bicycles, and a host of local art practitioners.

Elizabeth Tucker
Elizabeth Tucker co-founded Novel, a marketing agency and small press publishing house. She also co-founded Alive Magazine, St. Louis Fashion Week, the St. Louis Fashion Fund and Guided St. Louis. Currently, Elizabeth is passionate about serving on the following boards: COCA, The Visionary Awards, Tennessee Williams Festival and the Luminary.