The IBest Wines team has worked with some of the most talented creatives across the globe. This is where we spotlight the people we have worked with, admire, and aspire to work with - from South Africa to New York and beyond.
ARTIST // ART DIRECTOR // PHOTOGRAPHER // STYLIST // WRITER
Grace Bukunmi is a renowned multi-dimensional artist with expertise in photography, art direction, and styling. Her work has been recognized by over one hundred publications and she has contributed to over twenty editorial outlets as a photographer and writer. Having launched her career with Elle Magazine South Africa, her photography has since been commissioned by a myriad of publications, including VOGUE, Complex, and Refinery29.
Her portfolio includes clients such as Selena Gomez, Paris Hilton, and Alicia Keys, as well as Fortune 500 brands such as American Express, Maserati, Target and Delta
Diamond Mahone is a renowned US fashion stylist who has made her mark in creative direction and celebrity styling. With an eye for eclectic style and a passion for cultural fusion, she brings a unique flair to her work. Diamond’s innovative approach to fashion has earned her recognition as a trailblazer in the industry, making her a sought-after stylist for celebrities and influencers alike.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER // FOUNDER OF THE AUTHENTIC ASIAN
Misa Chien is an authentic leader who is known for inspiring others, and helps people feel less alone and more connected through positivity and transparency.
Misa’s engaging and charismatic communication style stems from her experience through multiple forms of communication through being on TV, speaking at renowned institutions (Harvard Business School and The Harvard Club), and gracing the runway for brands such as Neutrogena and Target.
Misa’s exceptional leadership and entrepreneurial style have propelled her into high demand as a speaker, podcast host, television personality, and has even earned her the distinction of being ranked as the 23rd most viewed woman on LinkedIn worldwide and #1 most viewed Asian American woman nationwide with 16 million+ views per month.
In terms of her background as an entrepreneur, over the years Misa has founded several companies from food trucks to software that have reached 7 figures in revenue, a milestone that less than 2% of female entrepreneurs are able to achieve.
Based on her experience as an Asian American female founder for 18+ years, Misa launched The Authentic Asian in August 2023, an Asian American Female Leadership Community to help Asian American Female Founders and C-Levels feel less alone and more connected.
Megan Gabrielle Harris
ARTIST // MODEL
Playing between reality and imagination, artist Megan Gabrielle Harris creates sublime escapes that surround black and brown female figures having pleasurable, peaceful and contemplative moments. Making this work is not only a cathartic process for the artist; she aims to inspire viewers to take time to nourish their own bodies and minds and to recognize the transformative power that our dreams hold. Harris currently works between Sacramento and New York City.
Cinthia Sifa Mulanga
Cinthia Sifa Mulanga (b. 1997, Lubumbashi, DRC) was initially trained as a printmaker but soon gravitated towards painting and collage – the mediums that have come to define her practice. The core focus of Mulanga’s art is to challenge the representation of Black female subjects by investigating the individual’s relationship with space. Mulanga developed a fascination with the radical self-acceptance and self-confidence that Black women exude despite the systems of white patriarchy that bear down heavily on the conditions set for Black women in accruing visibility, success and confidence. The visual references and influences in Mulanga’s oeuvre are largely rooted in her adopted home of South Africa, where she grew up and trained as an artist. At times, Mulanga references well-known artworks produced by her South African contemporaries; they are intended as tributes to their work, playful acts of recontextualisation.
CHEF // RESTAURANTEUR // EVENT PRODUCER // CONTENT CREATOR
Michele McQueen, born in East Orange, New Jersey but raised in Oakland, California is an African American self trained chef, restaurateur, event producer and content creator best known for her outstanding soul food creations and her ability to put a spin on the traditional. She first garnered attention as one of the few Black female restaurant owners in the Bay Area after graduating from Howard University with a degree in business. Michele has been featured on ABC, KRON4, Food Network and more. Her food has been enjoyed by thousands including many celebrities, athletes and major corporations. Michele’s versatility is evident in the multiple talents she brings to the field.
INTERIOR DESIGNER // ART CURATOR
John Bailey is a dynamic professional, seamlessly blending the worlds of interior design and art curation. With an innate sense of style and a keen eye for aesthetics, he has established himself as a leading figure in the creative industry. As an accomplished interior designer, John Bailey transforms spaces into captivating works of art. With a portfolio that spans 8 years, he has curated stunning interiors for both residential and commercial clients, infusing each project with a unique blend of functionality and artistic flair.
In addition to his prowess in interior design, John Bailey also serves as an esteemed art advisor. His expertise in the world of art allows clients to build exceptional collections that reflect their personal taste and vision. He has a knack for identifying emerging talents and curating pieces that resonate on a profound level.