Robin Leach has finished his annual summer vacation under the Tuscan sun in Italy, and many of our Strip personalities again stepped forward in his absence to pen their own words of wisdom. As Robin enjoys the final birthday week of his working vacation with his family, we continue today with our popular guest columns. Here is Vincent Celano, designer of several Las Vegas restaurants including Buddy V’s Ristorante, Carlo’s Bakery and Mercadito at Red Rock Resort.

When I was young, I was always enthralled by the architecture around me — the neighborhoods, the culture and the people. I decided to pursue my passion for design at New York’s Pratt Institute and then gained experience at firms at which I was impressed with their work. After learning from the best, it just seemed like the natural next step to launch my own design studio and have a solid team working with me to work with all of the clients.

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