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April 17th | 6 – 8 PM
Moniker Brewery | 432 W Fountain St. Providence, RI 02903

The first Creative Conversations of 2024 is coming soon to Moniker Brewery! Come hear Betha Wood from Salon Bianco, Charlotte and Danielle from The Nest, and Bao Vu from K-Zao discuss fashion, styling, and everything in between. We can’t wait to kick of the 7th year of the series with you!



Photograph of Billy Wirasnik

Charlotte von Meister
The Nest

Charlotte von Meister is the Co-Founder of The Nest. She’s on a mission to show people that they can be stylish and sustainably-minded while also supporting their community.

Charlotte earned a degree in Fashion Marketing and Management from Savannah College of Art and Design before moving to New York City, where she gained entrepreneurial experience working at the ground-level of two different start-up fashion brands.

Charlotte has always loved the power of fashion to express style and authenticity, but in 2019 she grew fed up with the wastefulness of the industry and pivoted into professional organizing. After completing her KonMari Method™ certification, she started a new career path helping people shed the excess in their lives, rather than pushing consumption.

Charlotte is excited to use The Nest as a platform to share her passion for intentional living and show people that they can learn to live with less without sacrificing anything.

Photograph of Billy Wirasnik

Danielle Sturm
The Nest

Danielle Sturm is Co-Founder of The Nest. Her deep passion for secondhand clothing and thrifting–mixed with a love for the local and underground art scene–has led to a personal mission to change people’s mindset of how we consume and support our local communities.

Danielle graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Sports, Entertainment, and Event Management and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Johnson & Wales University Providence. She got her start working in marketing and communications for startups and nonprofits in the medical technology and life science industries. Through her work, she has also produced two podcast series.

Danielle has interest in encompassing communication and culture, specifically through how music, sound, art, and history bring communities together. At The Nest, she has found the perfect avenue to successfully connect people over a sustainable cause and create a community of inclusion, culture, and fun.

After spending 10 years in New York City, it was time to get back to her roots and make Newport home again. Her goal has been to connect with local businesses and immerse herself in growing the design community here in Rhode Island. She co-founded Rippl, a strategic design studio based here in RI. Rippl focuses on elevating brands through strategic insights and functional design both locally and abroad.

Photograph of Billy Wirasnik

Bao Vu
K-zao Studio

Bao Vu is a non-binary bespoke cutter and tailor of Providence, RI based K-zao Studio. Founded in 2020, K-zao is the only queer-owned bespoke tailoring studio in the U.S where the team designs, cuts and makes every garment in-house for individual clients. K-zao accumulates Vu’s artistic practice in sculpture and relational aesthetics to propose an alternative approach to fashion focusing on craft and hospitality. K-zao’s unique point of view has been featured by major publications such as Robb Report and The Boston Globe among others.

A couple of my recent accomplishments include, collaborating with famous Providence artist, Jacque Bidon, for DESIGNxRIs 10th anniversary. Leading into to my acceptance into DESIGNxRIs community Design Challenge.

Photograph of Billy Wirasnik

Betha Wood
Salon Bianco

Betha Wood (she/her) is an LGBTQ+ community member, Salon Owner, and Non-Profit Founder, who has worked backstage in fashion all over the world. With her incredible team, they have carefully crafted a culture that is welcoming, and affirming for those questioning or in transition through the gender spectrum. Creating safety, in the pursuit of happiness for all.

CREATIVE CONVERSATIONS is a speaker series designed to bring together designers, creatives, and design enthusiasts to exchange ideas and get inspired. The series provides a platform for industry experts and up and coming creatives in their field to share their insights, experiences, and best practices with the broader creative community. This bi-monthly gathering is for designers, creatives, innovators and enthusiasts in Rhode Island.

Formerly known as “Clambake”, DESIGNxRI has been facilitating conversations with Rhode Island creatives since 2018.

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Past Creative Conversations

Check out some of our past Creative Conversations at locations like Moniker Brewery, Avenue Concept, and more!