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Snaps: Amirah Kassem Opens Up Her Kicks Closet With The Coveteur

"I always wear sneakers and a Wu Tang t-shirt. If it’s not that, it’s overalls and a white t-shirt. Anything I feel like I can dance in while I bake."

Let's put this in perspective for you: Amirah Kassem is Lisa Frank all grown up, with a bakery. The NYC-based cake goddess opened up a wonderful world that would make Willy Wonka grin in smug satisfaction as she welcomed The Coveteur into her kick-filled closet. Between a hot buttered popcorn machine, an apothecary of gumball-filled jars and an impressive collection of sneakers and Wu-Tang tees, Amirah makes it pretty easy to see why Beyonce and Jay Z trusted her to make Blue Ivy's six-layer birthday cake.

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