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  • Fusion of Fashion Design, Music and Short Film
    July 22, 2016

    Fusion of Fashion Design, Music and Short Film

    Being a high quality Custom Products company, we live for fashion! Luckily  for us, we have the opportunity to work with the most talented fashion designers in the industry. Their innovative brands become the inspiration and the muse for our creations. This week’s Customer of the Week is one of those fashion designers who will leave her footprint or shall we say heelprint on the world of fashion. Here is our interview with the Owner and Founder of The brand.

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Emily: I am a LA based designer. I studied fashion design in Paris at the Instituto Marangoni and L’Ecole de la Couture Parisienne. I came back to LA to start brand of high-end womenswear. Since 2013 I have had runways shows in LA Fashion Week, Paris Fashion Week, and NYC Fashion Week. I take inspiration from the 60s and 70s combining fit and classic tailored lines with modern simplicity.

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    The brand fuses music, film, and fashion and creates short films with each collection. My collections have a story and through film I can share their stories with everyone.

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    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting The brand?

    Emily: Passion fuels everything. It is not easy and for the most part it is a 24/7 job, so it is very important you love what you do and that it makes you happy.

    The/Studio: What about The brand are you most proud of?

    Emily: I am very proud to have been recognized by L’Officiel Paris, as one of 4 LA designers to be making an impact during LA Fashion Week.

    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your business?

    Emily: Production can be challenging, meeting deadlines, and making sure I have enough time to create each piece. I using draping to create my patterns and sew every piece.

    The/Studio: Where do you see The brand in 10 years?

    Emily: I hope to have my flagship store with it’s own studio by then. I love to keep a personal relationship with my customers.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Emily: I would love for my company to be one of the lasting fashion houses based in LA, as Dior and Chanel have been to Paris. That it will continue to work and collaborate with other artists in creating something more than just a product but a lasting story.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom patches that you produced with The/Studio?

    Emily: I was inspired by anime and our craze for likes on instagram. I had been wanting to create patches that have a meaning and relate to one another for my latest collection.

    The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product?

    Emily: It will be included in my Spring Summer 2017 Collection.

    The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

    Emily: They will receive 10% off the products from my collection with these patches.

    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Emily: I will be doing a showcase this August 18th with RAW at the Globe Theater in LA from 7pm-10pm.

    Tickets will be available soon!

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    For more information about The brand, check out Emily’s website:

    http://emilydaccarett.com

     

     

     

     

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  • Havasi Wilderness Foundation – Helping to Protect and Preserve Our Ecosystem
    July 8, 2016

    Havasi Wilderness Foundation – Helping to Protect and Preserve Our Ecosystem

    Meet Marilyn Fordney

    As the Community Manager for The/Studio, I read hundreds of “Customer of the Week” interviews, looking for customer stories that will inspire and grab the attention of our community. Marilyn Fordney makes the perfect “Customer of the Week”. She turned adversity into personal and professional success. Here is her story:

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Marilyn: I am a Japanese-Irish-American interned during World War II. My family was rescued by an Irish priest, Father Flanaghan of Boys Town, Nebraska. Due to this experience, I became an overachiever and on graduation from high school began to work in the health care field as a medical assistant. I was invited to teach what I learned on the job eventually obtaining credentials. In 1975, I began writing for W. B. Saunders (Elsevier Science) and have been writing for 40 years. My textbooks won 4 national awards and helped my husband and I establish two nonprofit foundations. First in 2002 The Fordney Foundation and secondly in 2007 the Havasi Wilderness Foundation.

    The/Studio: What does your organization or business do?

    Marilyn: These nonprofit foundations are 501 (c) 3. The Havasi Wilderness Foundation’s goal is to help protect and preserve natural ecosystems through education and awareness to present and future generations. The Fordney Foundation is involved with the promotion of ballroom dance sport. Because we ordered items from you pertaining to the Havasi Wilderness Foundation our answers will be confined to that nonprofit foundation.

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    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting The Havasi Wilderness Foundation?

    Marilyn: There is much to learn about nature that the public is unaware of and we need to keep the balance on planet Earth.

    The/Studio: What about The Havasi Wilderness Foundation are you most proud of?

    Marilyn: We reach out to elementary school children to educate them about wildlife and plants so they will learn the importance of keeping the balance. An additional program we fund is at California State University Channel Islands where we are involved with the research the university students do at Santa Rosa Island. We also fund a program at the California Science Center the new home of the Space Shuttle The Endeavor that allows the public to enjoy the exhibits at no cost.

    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with your organization?

    Marilyn: Trying to fundraise so that we can reach out to more elementary school students and university students.

    The/Studio: Where do you see The Havasi Wilderness Foundation in 10 years?

    Marilyn: We hope to be able to reach twice as many elementary school and university students to enhance understanding of global climate change and effects of air pollution and their impact on daily lives.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Marilyn: We hope that both of our nonprofit foundations will carry on after we leave this life and continue to help future generations.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

    Marilyn: The embroidered logo patches for the Havasi Wilderness Foundation we hope to use on items to promote our nonprofit foundation.

    The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

    Marilyn: Yes, please visit our website every week to educate yourself by reading our blogs and seeing the photographs and video links (www.havasiwf.org) and also visit us on Facebook. Most photography at both of our websites is done by my husband, Sandor “Alex” Havasi who came from Hungary.

    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Marilyn: We offer video presentations to schools, bird club organizations, and community organizations, such as Optimist Clubs, Lion Clubs, and so on.

    The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

    Marilyn: Spread the word about our organization, our website, and if possible donate what you can so we can increase our programs to reach out to more of our next generation. Visit us on Facebook.

    Pictured are Panda, Marilyn Fordney, and Sandor “Alex” Havasi

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  • YUHSB: A Place of Education, Merging Tradition with Innovation
    June 30, 2016

    YUHSB: A Place of Education, Merging Tradition with Innovation

    Meet our “Customer of the Week”, Joshua Jacoby

    The/Studio would like to introduce you to one of our very honored and esteemed customers, Joshua Jacoby. He truly impressed us and we felt deep respect for the work he does in the world. We wanted to take this time to share what he is doing with the rest of our community as a true inspiration.

    The/Studio: What does your organization do?

    Joshua Jacoby: We have been providing the premiere Judaic Studies and General Studies education for high school students since 1916.

    The/Studio: What about YUHSB are you most proud of?

    Joshua Jacoby: The 9,000+ alumni! Each of our many graduates has their own unique story. They have built their foundation at YUHSB and then gone on to make an impact in the lives of their families, communities and the world.

    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face with YUHSB?

    Joshua Jacoby: Over the decades, many other Jewish private schools opened, creating greater competition for students. Our challenge is to continue to maintain our status as the flagship “yeshiva high school,” being at the forefront of private school education.

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     The/Studio: Where do you see your YUHSB in 10 years?

    Joshua Jacoby: As part of our Centennial celebrations, we are planning to launch a capital campaign to reimagine our historic building, Zysman Hall. We, of course, hope to succeed, which would allow us to synthesize tradition with innovation as we educate the next generation of scholars, leaders, and committed members of the greater society.

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    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Joshua Jacoby: Within the school we often use the slogan “Lions4Life,” building upon the Lion school mascot. We hope that the roots planted here at YUHSB, will continue to blossom over each student’s life. Their legacy is that they are a Lion, part of a proud and historic institution – the very first and oldest Orthodox Jewish school that also offered a secular education in North America.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

    Joshua Jacoby: The patch we did was of a sponsor of our baseball team, Astral Energy. They were very generous to help alleviate the cost of our participation in the Columbus Baseball Invitational. We also ordered special patches with our Centennial logo, which we plan to have placed on all of the team jerseys next school year.

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    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Joshua Jacoby: We plan to have a number of unique events scheduled over the course of the Centennial year in 2016-17.

    The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

    Joshua Jacoby: For the yearlong celebration, we have a number of corporate partnership (and private sponsorship) opportunities that we would love to share with your community members. The support of a corporate (and private) partner will not only greatly help us in our educational mission, it will also be a unique way for the partner to engage with our large community and audience.

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  • Low Spirits
    June 20, 2016

    Low Spirits

    Meet our “Customer of the Week”, Dylan Garrett Smith

     
    Many of us can attest to the power of music.  Our “Customer of the Week”, Dylan Garrett Smith is raising awareness, while creating beautiful music. I think his story will resonate with our community as we have all found solace in music. Here is Dylan’s story:

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Dylan: My name is Dylan Garrett Smith and I’m a fine artist, printmaker, illustrator, and designer, as well as the vocalist for Low Spirits.

    The/Studio: What is Low Spirits?

    Dylan: Low Spirits is a depressive surf punk band from northeast Pennsylvania that combines my experiences with bi-polar disorder, depression, anxiety, and an autoimmune disease called myasthenia gravis with the fun aesthetics of surf culture, the beach, and b-movies. I wanted to create a project that not only allows me to talk about these very personal issues and feelings, but discuss them in a humorous – albeit dark – way.

    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting Low Spirits?

    Dylan: This project has taught me a lot over the last couple of years- mostly that it’s possible for me to let loose and have fun while creating an outlet to discuss these deeply personal issues such as feelings of depression, suicide, anxiety, etc.

    The/Studio: What about Low Spirits are you most proud of?

    Dylan: I think with Low Spirits, I’m most proud of our ability to get 5 or more people together, make art, and have fun, and create a spectacle. Our live performances are the most important part of experiencing Low Spirits.

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    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face?

    Dylan: One of the most difficult challenges for me, initially, was coming to terms with the personal experiences that I’m pulling from and writing about them in a humorous way.  My personal work usually comes across as more dark and serious, so opening up and having fun with little inhibitions is tough.  Also, it can be tough to keep churning out puns that pertain to both depression and surfing, ha!

    The/Studio: Where do you see Low Spirits in 10 years?

    Dylan: We have some larger plans in the works for Low Spirits beyond just releasing records, making silly designs, and doing live performances, but we’ll see where all of these things go. In the meantime, I’m just enjoying spending time with my friends and having fun.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave?

    Dylan: I want people to see and hear Low Spirits and recognize that despite the tough times you’ve been through or the traumas you’ve endured, there is a community of caring and inclusive people in punk rock, hardcore, and metal that are probably in the same boat you are. If only for a little bit, let’s sing some absurd songs about being depressed over not being able to surf because its low tide and have some fun.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

    Dylan: Growing up in punk, I was always altering my clothing, sewing patches onto things, putting studs in my jackets and vests, etc. Having some nice embroidered patches made was the first thing I wanted to do to show what this project is about.

    Juxtaposing the hot pink logo reminiscent of 80’s surfing with a noose does a good job of showing our aesthetic and concept in a nice, simple way, but also allows people to own those emotions in a way that is on their own terms.

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    The/Studio: How are you going to use patches?

    Dylan: We’re going to wear them to continue the conversation about the project, as well as sell them online and at our shows, hoping that others will do the same and have some fun with them!

    The/Studio: Do you have any promotions you would like to offer our community?

    Dylan: If anyone from the T/S community purchases anything from www.dylangarrettsmith.com or www.lowspirits.bigcartel.com, I’ll also include a patch and some other fun goodies to go along with it.

    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Dylan: Low Spirits is playing a show at Castle Weird Skull in Effort, PA on June 25th with our friends in Cheap Pop, Aaron & the Burrs, and Daytime Cleaners, and we would love to see everyone attend in their favorite beach attire and loveliest monster mask.

    I also have a few exhibitions coming up in the near future outside of Low Spirits, a list of which can be seen on my site, www.dylangarrettsmith.com, along with images of my personal art and illustrations

    The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

    Low Spirits urges you to support each other in any way you can and have fun. We strongly support organizations like The Trevor Project, the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) young people and their allies ages 13-24. Asking for help and talking to someone when you’re struggling isn’t a sign of weakness. If you find yourself needing help, call The Trevor Project’s hotline immediately at 866-488-7386.

    The/Studio: How can our community find you?

    Dylan: People can follow our antics on Instagram at @lowspiritssadsurfers and @dylanxvx, you can look at our art and designs at www.lowspirits.bigcartel.com and www.dylangarrettsmith.com, you can find out more information for The Trevor Project at www.thetrevorproject.org

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  • The AlCor Invitational Est.1998
    June 13, 2016

    The AlCor Invitational Est.1998

    Our Story // As told by R .Alvey

     

    The “Al” and S. Corbin, The “Cor”
    of the AlCor. A Pretty Good Story!

    I receive hundreds of emails every day, but it’s not so often that an email captures my attention, the way Richard’s emails have. Richard’s emails are the best! They are filled with fun images and gifs, but most importantly they are very kind.

    From my correspondence with Richard, I could tell that he has a zest for life. I thought he would be the perfect “Customer of the Week”! In this interview, he shares his story of his love for fishing and the special bond he has with his friends, that form AlCor. I think this interview is a great way to kick of the start off the summer season! Enjoy!

    The/Studio: Introduce yourself. Tell our readers a little bit about who you are!

    Richard: A little history about us / Grew up in a small town in Central Virginia // Went to the same High School and both played trumpets in the school band. But to be perfectly honest, I “Al” was a senior and “Cor” was a Freshman // When I “Al” joined our Volunteer Fire Dept.. in 1975 “Cor” was already a member.

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    We both enjoyed the fire service, hunting, fishing and visiting our favorite restaurant and watering hole! We both had children born the same month and have been the best of friends since.

    Now to The “Paul Harvey” part of the Story // The owners of our favorite watering hole sold the business and started a fishing guide business at a beautiful lake in Va. We often fished with them // sometimes together // sometimes with other friends // But what really sealed the “bond” between us was a trip in the fall of 1998. Myself and three other friends had a trip planned for a Friday // My buddy “Cor” had one the following day // One of my guys had to work // so I invited “Cor” to come down and fish with us on Friday and he could meet his guys on Saturday // Well he said he was too busy // Long story short , We caught two Va. State Citation Fish and threw back many Big Fish //We were enjoying a glass of iced tea when “Cor” and his crew arrived !!  They of course asked “What did you catch?”, Our captain (smile on his face) told them.One of the guys said “I don’t believe it! Show me!” So we showed him and since then we have “All” fished together // Two boats and eight anglers!!

    This is Where, When and Why the “AlCor” Began

    Over the years we have had most of the original group of men // But due to work schedules , vacations, health issues, we have had to occasionally Go to what I ,”Al” call “The Bull Pen” the friends who go when called // The “Cor” Team has remained the same  since the beginning . The “Al”Team” has had to use the Bull Pen over the years !! As I am Jokingly reminded by “Cor” and his “fellow anglers”!!

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    Both teams consist of a group of men with very diverse backgrounds // but all love to fish , eat and enjoy their families and friends /Most of us are members of the Volunteer Fire Service // All but Two are now
    retired // Seven are Veterans with Three who served in Vietnam // An exceptional group of men who would
    do most anything for each other // “True Friends”.

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    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting AlCor?

    Richard: We Fish-We are not a Business!

    The/Studio: What have you learned since starting AlCor?

    Richard: We learned to never say no to a fishing Invite!

    The/Studio: What about AlCor are you most proud of?

    Richard: Most proud of our ability to still enjoy our trips and friendships.

    The/Studio: What are some of the greatest challenges you face?

    Richard: Greatest Challenge ” To Beat the Other Teams Big Fish.

    The/Studio: Where do you see Alcor in 10 years?

    Richard: If not in underground “condominiums”, still fishing with our friends.

    The/Studio: What type of legacy do you want to leave? 

    Richard: Hope to show our children and grand children the joys, rewards and lasting bonds between true friends.

    The/Studio: What is the story behind the custom product that you produced with The/Studio?

    Richard: Over the years we have had AlCor shirts and hats, but felt it was time for an “Official Patch”!!

    The/Studio: How are you going to use this custom product? 

    Richard: We will use them for whatever the guys choose to do with them , hats , shirts , fridge magnets!

    The/Studio: Do you have any upcoming events that our community members can attend?

    Richard: Fall Fishing Trip, but both boats are booked, but I can give you their phone number for a trip of your own!

    The/Studio: Is there anything our community members can do to help?

    Richard: Just tell your members to enjoy their families and friends each and ever day. And send a check to your Local Volunteer Fire Department or Rescue Squad!

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