The Office of Angela Scott Partners with GO Campaign to Pay It Forward

The Office of Angela Scott Partners with GO Campaign to Pay It Forward

Teachers are arguably the most undervalued superheroes in today’s workforce — and The Office of Angela Scott knows that all too well having had many teachers throughout her life becoming psuedo-family as she developed her creative muscle to become the designer — and woman — she is today.

 
In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day on May 7th, the female-founded footwear brand is paying it forward by giving 40% of all web sales on May 7th to the GO Campaign to support the Redeemer Community Partnership (RCP). The Office of Angela Scott launched the Pay It Forward program in August of 2018 to honor our incredible teachers with an investment piece that gives them confidence, comfort and a strong foundation to stand tall. The Pay It Forward Program offers teachers a continuous 40% discount applicable to any collection.

The Office of Angela Scott is proud to announce its partnership with GO Campaign for Teacher Appreciation Day 2019 (May 7). GO Campaign, a non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, identifies deserving pioneering Local Heroes throughout the world and partners with their organizations to give opportunity to vulnerable children around the world. Since 2006, GO Campaign has improved the lives of over 133,000 children throughout 35 countries.  In honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, The Office of Angelea Scott is partnering with GO Campaign to support Redeemer Community Partnership (RCP). RCP is an organization focused on nurturing some of Los Angeles’ most vulnerable youth and providing them with the critical academic support they need to ensure that every child growing up in Los Angeles’ most impoverished neighborhoods has the access to education they deserve.

Founded by Richard Parks in 2001, RCP was created to build a safe, healthy, opportunity-rich community where children, youth and families living in Los Angeles’ University Park neighborhood can thrive.  This neighborhood is densely populated, low income, and home to many immigrant families. The median household income is $30,205, much less than the City’s median of $54,501. The schools in RCP’s community struggle to meet the needs of their students. At most schools in the area, the concentration of low-income children is above 90%, and often 30-50% are English Language Learners (ELL).  With large class sizes, high teacher turnover and limited support staff, many students never get the help they need.

At Mack Elementary, just four blocks east of the RCP facility, only 3% of last year’s fifth-graders achieved proficient scores on the state standardized math test. Children entering middle school with math and reading deficits face overwhelming obstacles to college-readiness. . . but RCP is changing all this!  RCP offers an individualized reading curriculum to students during the academic year – giving children the access to the academic support they need to provide them opportunities they never imagined possible. RCP aims for all fifth graders who graduate from their program to have reading skills at or above state grade-level standards. And not only that, but children who are a part of their program are learning to enjoy reading, to feel confident about their ability to learn challenging material, and to use technology without intimidation.  RCP is giving these children the confidence they need to face the world with hope and pride. RCP’s results are a gift to teachers, making their students more engaged and eager to learn.

GO Campaign & The Office of Angela Scott believe in the work RCP is doing and that is why in honor of Teacher Appreciation Day, The Office of Angela Scott is committed to raise funds to provide RCP with three teachers for the fall semester.  These additional staff members will enable RCP to reach its goal of making sure that every fifth grader who graduates from their program not only has reading skills at or above state grade-level standards, but the confidence they need to go on to thrive in middle school.

You Can Help Celebrate Vans’ 10th Custom Culture Competition: Vote Now!

You Can Help Celebrate Vans’ 10th Custom Culture Competition: Vote Now!

In its tenth year, Vans’ esteemed Custom Culture Program continues to inspire high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design, while bringing attention to diminishing arts education budgets nationwide. This year marks a milestone, and in the last 10 years, the competition has inspired more than 12,000 high schools while Vans has donated over one million dollars to support art education. On April 22nd, Vans announced the 50 semi-finalists from the national competition, and opened the vote to the public to help determine the top 5 finalists, who will be in the running to win $75,000 for their high school’s art program! The public vote will be open until May 3rd.

 

A number of celebrities, influencers, musicians and artists elect to be ambassadors for the program each year, designing their own pair of Vans to help spread awareness. This year, Jasmine Sanders, Arielle Kebbel, Sydney Sweeney, Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda, Rebekah Steen of Goldfish Kiss, and Zooey Miyoshi of Zooey in the City are among this year’s ambassadors. You can check out the Vans Custom Culture Instagram to view more ambassador shoes.

50 U.S. High Schools Reimagine Vans as a Canvas for Creative Expression

Vans has selected the top 50 semi-finalists continuing on to the public voting phase of the tenth annual Vans Custom Culture art competition. Now, through May 3rd at 5 PM PST, individuals can cast their vote for their favorite designs on customculture.vans.com. Votes will help determine the top five finalists who will continue and have a chance to win the grand prize of $75,000 towards their high school art program.
“The Vans Custom Culture competition has really been a source of pride for our community and school, and it’s great to see how it has flourished over the last 10 years,” said Dave Fuller, an art teacher from Parker High School, and the 2017 winner of Custom Culture. “Since the competition, students have entered other art competitions and we have noticed a rise in students entering our art class. It provided so many memories for myself, students and chaperones – it has been the highlight of my teaching career.”

Among the 500 qualifying schools, Vans chose 50 schools based on design, craftsmanship and overall execution to continue to the next competition phase. Each school designed two pairs of Vans shoes around themes representing ‘Local Flavor’ and ‘Off the Wall.’ Each school also submitted an Impact Document to further explain how the monetary donation would benefit their school’s art program and community.
“Each year, we’re blown away by the imagination of our youth across the country as they redefine Vans as a literal canvas for their creative expression,” stated Kristy Van Doren, Vans Senior Director Brand Marketing for North America. “Our 10th anniversary year was no exception, as each of the top 50 semi-finalists offered unique representation and distinct storytelling through their shoe designs.

As the competition proceeds, we encourage communities to support these students so that they can continue to change the world of art and how it comes to life.” Public vote is the time for schools to excite and involve their communities and help take them one step closer to winning the $75,000 grand prize. With support from partners including Journeys, Yoobi, Laguna College of Art + Design (LCAD) and Americans for the Arts (AFTA), this year’s winner will be surprised with a special event and a $75,000 check for the school’s art program. The four runner-up schools will not leave empty handed either, as they will receive a limited-edition gift from Vans and a $10,000 donation to their art programs.
Vans Custom Culture continues to provide a platform for high school students to embrace their creativity and self-expression. As art education budgets are often the first to be cut, Vans puts it foot forward and strives to contribute more than $1,000,000 behind youth culture and creativity.

For more information and to cast your Vans Custom Culture vote, visit customculture.vans.com.

The Top 50 Schools competing for their place in the Top 5:

Anadarko High School (Oklahoma)
Andrew P. Hill High School (California)
Atherton High School (Kentucky)
Bel Air High School (Texas)
Branson High School (Missouri)
Bunker Hill High School (Illinois)
C. E. King High School (Texas)
Cache High School (Oklahoma)
Carl Junction High School (Missouri)
Central Park East High School (New York)
Chicopee Comprehensive High School (Massachusetts)
Danville High School (Arkansas)
David Brearley High School(New Jersey)
Deming High School (New Mexico)
Earl Warren High School (Texas)
East Central High School (Texas)
Elk Grove High School (Illinois)
Flagstaff High School (Arizona)
Greater Lawrence Technical School (Massachusetts)
Harbor High School (California)
Harding High – Saint Paul Public Schools (Minnesota)
Harrison County High School (Kentucky)
Highlands High School (California
Kirby High School (Tennessee)
Middle Township High School (New Jersey)
Moanalua High School (Hawaii)
Monterey High School (Tennessee)
Muleshoe High School (Texas)
Munster High School (Indiana)
New Bedford High School (Massachusetts)
North High School (California)
Porterville High School (Porterville)
Portola Junior Senior High School (California)
Ridge Vue High School (Oregon)
Ridgeview High School (Oregon), Riverside High School Visual Arts (Texas)
Roselle Park High School (New Jersey)
Saint Ignatius High School (Montana)
Seneca Valley Senior High School (Pennsylvania)
Sheboygan South High School (Wisconsin)
Sheldon High School (Oregon)
Shenandoah High School (Iowa)
Sierra Vista High School (California)
Thomas Kelly High School (Illinois)
Tomah High School (Wisconsin)
Vallivue High School (Idaho)
Van Weert High School (Ohio)
Windham High School (Connecticut)
Wright City High School (Missouri)
Yuma High School (Colorado)

About Vans

Vans®, a VF Corporation (NYSE: VFC) brand, is the original action sports footwear, apparel and accessories brand. Vans® authentic collections are sold in 84 countries through a network of subsidiaries, distributors and international offices. Vans® has over 2,000 retail locations globally including owned, concession and partnership doors. The Vans® brand promotes creative self-expression in youth culture across action sports, art, music and street culture and delivers progressive platforms such as the Vans Park Series, Vans Triple Crown of Surfing®, Vans Pool Party, Vans Custom Culture, and Vans‘ cultural hub and international music venue, House of Vans.

SweetFlower Blooms in LA All Week Long

SweetFlower Blooms in LA All Week Long

SweetFlower, a luxury cannabis lifestyle brand committed to modernizing the retail customer experience, opened its first retail concept on April 8th, on Melrose — directly across from LA landmarks “The Improv” comedy club and Fred Segal. Headquartered in Culver City, CA, SweetFlower’s second location opens on April 15th in Studio City, in a space formerly occupied by famed cannabis retailer, Perennial.

The hallmarks of the SweetFlower experience are unparalleled customer service, the highest quality, locally-sourced products, and retail environments distinguished by their design and inviting ambiance. Founded in 2018, the company is headquartered in Culver City, Calif. and has filed an application for a Cannabis Business Permit in Culver City. SweetFlower is committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer and to addressing the needs of the communities it serves. In a warm Spring welcome, SweetFlower has created four fun in-store activations to celebrate their official brand launch. For more details on how you can take part in the fun, read the full breakdown of each themed moment below.

Tuesday, April 16th, 2019 at the Melrose Store:

  • Who: Sunday Goods, Original Pot Cookie, and Cool Haus
  • What: Join us for an evening of Creativity with Sunday Goods brand ambassadors educating guests on key products and use. Cool Haus serving their famous non-cannabis ice-cream cookie sandwiches, and Original Pot Cookie will hand out non-medicated cookies
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 8163 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: Large mural of wildflowers with artist painting in store.

Tuesday, April 16th at the Studio City Store:

  • Who: Lowell Smokes and Think BIG by CJ Wallace
  • What: Join us for an evening of Connection with Lowell Smokes and CJ Wallace’s Think BIG brand. Son of Notorious BIG and Faith Evans, CJ Wallace created the Think BIG limited edition pre-rolled pack being sold exclusively on April 16th and 17th at SweetFlower stores and at Think BIG’s website on April 20th.
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 11705 Ventura Blvd. – Studio City, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: “Get Lit” lounge and “Your Royal High-Ness” Photo opportunity.

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at the Melrose Store:

  • Who: Lowell Smokes and Think BIG by CJ Wallace
  • What: Join us for an event of Connection with Lowell Smokes and CJ Wallace’s Think BIG brand. Son of Notorious BIG and Faith Evans, CJ Wallace created the Think BIG limited edition pre-rolled pack being sold exclusively on April 16th and 17th at SweetFlower stores and at Think BIG’s website on April 20th.
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 8163 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: “Get Lit” lounge and “Your Royal High-Ness” Photo opportunity

Wednesday, April 17th, 2019 at the Studio City Store:

  • Who: Sunday Goods, Original Pot Cookie, and Cool Haus
  • What: Join us for an evening of Creativity with Sunday Goods brand ambassadors educating guests on key products and use. Cool Haus serving their famous non-cannabis ice-cream cookie sandwiches, and Original Pot Cookie will hand out non-medicated cookies.
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 11705 Ventura Blvd. – Studio City, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: Large mural of wildflowers with artist painting in store.

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at the Melrose Store:

  • Who: Beboe, Mary’s Medicinals, and Dosist
  • What: Join us for an evening of Wellness, Dosist founder, Jeremy, will speak on the science of proper dosage for wellness and sleep use at 6 pm, Mary’s Medicinals to demonstrate use of and benefits of creams for beauty and health purposes. Beboe brand ambassador will discuss the use of their products. Enjoy hand and neck massages using non-cannabis products.
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 8163 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: Stop & Smell the Flowers photo wall

Thursday, April 18th, 2019 at the Studio City Store:

  • Who: Hot Nife, Quim Rock, and Dosist
  • What: Join us for a night of Adventure with Hot Nife and Quim Rock. Brand ambassador and pro snowboarder Circe Wallace will be on site to discuss key products and vision behind Hot Nife. Dosist founder, Jeremy, will speak on the science of proper dosage for wellness and sleep use at 6 pm
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 11705 Ventura Blvd. – Studio City, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: “Ride the High” photo op with a 3D wave and Hot Nife branded surfboard.

Friday, April 19th, 2019 at the Melrose Store:

  • Who: Hot Nife and Quim Rock
  • What: Join us for a night of Adventure with Hot Nife and Quim Rock. Brand ambassador and pro snowboarder Circe Wallace will be on site to discuss key products and vision behind Hot Nife. Lead educator for Quim Rock will discuss sexual health and product benefits with guests.
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 8163 Melrose Avenue, West Hollywood, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: “Ride the High” photo op with a 3D wave and Hot Nife branded surfboard.

Friday, April 19th, 2019 at the Studio City Store:

  • Who: Beboe and Mary’s Medicinals
  • What: Join us for an evening of Wellness. Mary’s Medicinals to demonstrate use of and benefits of creams for beauty and health purposes. Beboe brand ambassador will discuss the use of their products. Enjoy hand and neck massages using non-cannabis products.
  • When: 4 pm to 8 pm
  • Where: 11705 Ventura Blvd. – Studio City, CA
  • Instagrammable Moment: Stop & Smell the Flowers photo wall
Frances Austen Storms into Spring – Fashionably Sustainable

Frances Austen Storms into Spring – Fashionably Sustainable

Contributions by Anthony Stafford

Sustainability Has Never Looked This Good!

As if there weren’t a better time for an ecologically sound launch, San Francisco-based Frances Austen (an heirloom collection of 100% biodegradable, and conscious cashmere staples) launched its Spring 2019 Collection just days ago. After weeks of storms, Los Angeles is now blooming with luscious green mountainsides, dreamy flower fields, and now, vibrant, environmentally conscious and responsibly crafted sweaters. With three different styles, there’s truly a look for everyone.

Three Styles for Endless Looks

The collection features “The Raw Edge Crew,” “The Reversible V,” (which is exactly what it sounds like!) and “The Lantern Sleeve” — all of which come in a spectrum of colors to fit your mood. From bouncy spring time hues, to the dull rainy day blues, Frances Austen makes an illustrious statement in a way that only this California based brand can.

The Raw Edge Crew is nearly your average sweater, but made incredibly stylish, with its side slits and raw edge details along the sides and shoulders of the sweater. It’s sure to elevate your everyday look and boost your look to anything but ordinary. The Reversible V kicks things up several notches, as this sweater is suitable for work or a night on the town. The highlight of this sweater is the ability to wear it with a plunging collar down the chest, or down the back. This is undoubtedly versatility at its finest. The final style, The Lantern Sleeve, hugs you in all. the right places, and let’s go in some of the others. Imagine bell bottoms, but in a sweater style — yet modernized, simplified, and fun.

About Frances Austen and Their Heirloom Quality

Frances Austen’s collection, described by the founder Margaret Coblentz as “buttery soft, timeless staples to last,” are created with only the most premium expectations and highly acclaimed partners. With their cashmere yarn spun by one of the biggest producers of sustainability, quality, and transparency, Cariaggi (based in Italy), Frances Austen’s “threaded gold” is then knitted into beautiful and comfortable sweaters by Johnston of Elgin – A 200 year old factory known for luxury textiles! Simply put, don’t be afraid to wear these luxury sweaters everyday if desired. They’re made to last.

The family owned Johnston’s of Elgin carries great pride and honor in its practices of traditional and responsible craftsmanship. As the largest employer in their community and town of Hawick, it’s no wonder they’re not only held to such a high standard, but are also partnered with Frances Austen. With its yarn being Oeko-Tex Standard 100 Certified (chemical-free cashmere meeting international safety standards), and 15-micron fibers, Frances Austen’s pieces only get softer with time. In addition, their high quality yarn means less fabric pilling.

One Mission, One Goal

With over 15 years in the retail industry, Margaret has one unwavering goal: to minimize the overproduction of fast fashion, by producing more consciously consumed fashion. Exactly how can this goal be achieved? By using higher quality sustainable textiles and practices. By implementing cashmere yarn spun in Italy and woven in Scotland, Frances Austen’s collection of conscious cashmere sweaters are everlasting and designed to be re-worn every day.

Where to Buy

Frances Austen’s new collection can be purchased online, or at select retail boutiques, from $85 to $495. Sustainability may not have always been pretty, but if Frances Austen is any indication of the direction we’re heading in, it can only get better from here.

 

Brunch With MOBS @ Platform LA’s Hayden

Brunch With MOBS @ Platform LA’s Hayden

Photos / Story Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford & Joshua Pinkay

This Wednesday, MOBS Design was the extraordinary host of a spectacular brunch at Platform’s one and only Hayden restaurant. It was the perfect day and perfect way to welcome the shoe brand’s bright new colors, and latest design, The Grid. Culver City’s cool breeze coupled with the famous SoCal sun to create a bright, fun, music-filled brunch time party.

A line of numerous shoe styles and summer colors lined Hayden’s outdoor dining area, and shone brightly (but not overbearingly) in the sun. In fact, the pinks, blues, and other subtle hues are elegant and befitting to the season. As we begin to embrace the warmth of late Spring, and early Summer, it becomes apparent that MOBS are a staple for the shoe connoisseur: extremely comfortable, light-weight, and a magnet for the eyes. It’s a welcome change to the footwear landscape.

MOBS’ entire team, along with event organizers, wore their favorite pairs of the shoe company’s stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future.

Here’s what MOBS’ designer, Bryon Schroeder, had to say about his goals, the company’s competition, and what he wants customers to expect when they purchase a pair of shoes:

“My goal is to offer people a decent pair of shoes that blends elements of the athletic world with my own sense of fashion. I see a lot of footwear brands today that don’t particularly do that. That’s what we want MOBS to accomplish by bringing the best of both worlds to footwear. Ultimately, I just want people to enjoy our products. We’ve been working really hard with this concept and I’m so happy to be able to bring this brand to life in Los Angeles.”

MOBS’ Managing Director, Tony Ramo, added:

“It’s very hard launching a new brand when the landscape and market has changed so much over the years. It’s really nice to get support from various media outlets on what we feel is a truly amazing product.”

MOBS Design brings to the table what many footwear brands have long forgotten or done away with — unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort — so it’s refreshing to see the company tackle and defeat the obstacles that get in the way of some of their goals. Even more, it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way.


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