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SWFL veteran’s wearable art gives back, earns him spot in NYFW

One Air Force veteran is inspiring people to take clothes they don’t wear anymore and let him turn them into art.

The custom clothes he’s creating right here in Southwest Florida have earned him global attention and a spot in New York City’s Fashion Week.

Loki Anthony’s artwork swirls and shimmers on a jean jacket he created by re-purposing a pageant gown.

Loki Anthony of “Loki Designz.” (WINK News)

“If you have something in your closet you haven’t worn, he will rework it for you and it saves our landfills. He’s all about reuse, recycle and repurpose,” said Suzi Hozfeld with Envy Pageant Productions, Inc. “Every piece of artwork comes from his heart.”

Clothing is a canvas for this Alva-based artist who’s been drawing since childhood.

“I considered it like a therapy to do the art,” said Anthony. “A constructive outlet for the things I’ve gone through.”

After serving in the U.S. Air Force, the veteran says FGCU’s School of Entrepreneurship helped him turn his passion into “Loki Designz.” Now, he’s in the business of giving back.

“Almost every single show I’ve done so far has been a fundraiser show,” said Anthony.

Loki Anthony of “Loki Designz.” (WINK News)

“I think it’s wonderful and I think it’s gonna make a big difference,” said Sandra Kauanui, FGCU School of Entrepreneurship Director.

“This brings these pieces back to life,” says Anthony. “It’s serving a purpose; it’s helping other people.”

His slogan? “Love is key.” His wearable art is his heart on your sleeve.

Anthony is excited to take his wearable art to the runway of NYFW next year.

You can catch his designs on display in the Arts for Act Gallery in Fort Myers or check out his Facebook page.

Reporter:Melinda Lee
Writer:Briana Harvath
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