Photograph by Roger Davies, styling by Liezel Munez Gunn
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Now fully recovered, Kaari, 42, bases her designs on colors and patterns she loves, such as rich shades of red and antique flower prints. "It's not about following trends," she says of her business, "because that will kill you at the end of the day. If I'm not making as much money as the guy next door, I'm okay with that because I'm doing something I enjoy."