Armando T. “Mondo” Guerra knows a thing or two about adaptation: The 32-year-old Denver native got his start in fashion by taking thrift-store clothing and repurposing it for his own designs with scissors and a glue gun. But after graduating from the Denver School of the Arts in 1996 and taking art and music classes at Community College of Denver, Guerra started designing seriously in 1999 after winning a contest and getting a job out of it. Since then, he’s split his time between New York and his home in Denver’s Highland neighborhood. And he’s been a winner elsewhere, including The Fashion Project at Tamarac Square in 2007.
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