In this episode of Subculture Club we take you to the studio, the warehouse, the party, the home and the private office space of some of the most influential screen printers in Los Angeles, California. You have seen their posters, their t-shirts and their prints all over your city. Now get an intimate look into the art, the inspirations and the business behind screen printing.

Rachel Zoe on Style

August 28, 2012

"Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak." - Rachel Zoe


 The Democratization of Fashion 

Check out this fascinating article on the ‘Democratization of Fashion’ as it relates to e-commerce and niche consumers and producers.  Monogram (an iPad fashion discovery and shopping app funded by 500 Startups) co-founder, Leo Chen, recounts how the web has enabled numerous e-tailers to showcase and sell their brands online and compete in the retail market without many of the high risks involved in vertical retail and wholesale.  TVP is proud to be one of many pioneers of this online, niche-market fashion movement.  #WearReal

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This past week I had scare.  I was feverish, fatigued, and convinced that the scar tissue in my neck was changing. As I slowly moved my fingers from one lymph node to the next, I had trouble differentiating between lumps and bumps and scarring.  Beneath the skin lies what was once was a battle field. What used to be filled with cancerous tumors- is now scar tissue, which serves as a reminder of what was and what is.

As time passes my scars change- the ones that I  can see and feel-and the ones that lie beneath. Keeping up with those changes can be daunting.

My encounter this week with fatigue and fever -led me into a tail-spinning panic.

What if the cancer is back?

What if….what if…..what if….

The what if’s were starting to overpower my ability to be present.

I have worked hard to be present.

I decided that I would rather have them open me up and look inside than to be left wondering-what if….

As I coated my belly with barium, and wrapped myself in a caccoon of warm blankets, I breathed in one, two, three, four, five and out- one, two, three, four, five, six.

As I entered the CT scan, overwhelmed with fear, determination, and hope, it became clear that even if cancer has left my body, it has not left my mind.

The following morning I was told that my scans were still clear.

As I breathed a deep sigh of relief, it became all the more evident that this post treatment chapter is a constant balancing act between sickness and health. Like my disease, I now live somewhere in that grey zone.

As I continue to live in the here and now, in between the black and white, in between the sunlight and shadows, I have some decisions to make. Every day I have the choice to either let fear overpower my present or to let determination and hope guide my future.

Every day I have the choice to let myself be defined by the disease or to live in spite of it.

And every day I have the choice to retreat into what was, or to accept what is.

I choose today. I choose now. I choose hope.

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Street Food Philanthropy

March 29, 2012

 Check this out - Street food vendors are leading the way with charitable initiatives that help people in Britain and abroad 

Led Zeppelin reunion concert in 2007 led to whole lotta largesse from Mica Ertegun, whose husband co-founded Atlantic Records: 

The Business of Charity: Tre Wilcox, Top Chef All-Star and Marquee Grill Executive Chef

Feb 28, 2012 2:00 pm Kathleen Culliton

When I first heard that Chef Tre Wilcox was auctioning his culinary services to raise funds on, I assumed his philanthropy stemmed from personal experience. The charity, Bridge Breast Network, helps cover the cost of treatment for Dallas women with breast cancer. Wilcox is the Dallas chef whose appearance on Bravo's Top Chef in 2007 capitulated him into foodie celebritydom. Today he is the executive chef of Marquee Grill, a Dallas culinary epicenter.

I expected Wilcox to tell me about a mother, a sister, or a friend who had suffered -- someone he could have helped. But Wilcox is donating his time only because Bridge Breast Network is a good cause. It says a lot about Wilcox and Bridge Breast Network.

Bridge Breast Network is the brain child of Dr. Sally Knox, a breast specialist in Dallas who often found herself donating her services to uninsured patients. Costs mounted for endless lab reports, X-rays, and medications, and she realized her community faced a serious problem.

According to the New England Journal of Medicine, "women without private health care insurance who have breast cancer receive this diagnosis later and die sooner than privately insured women with breast cancer." Knox gathered together former patients, colleagues, and friends to find a solution.

Today the nonprofit 501(c) organization consists of over 235 physicians in the Dallas region with access to 49 medical facilities. Donations fund treatments such as biopsies, medication, and chemotherapy that have the capacity to save lives. Patients receive nearly 10 times the amount donated in medical care, reports the Bridge Breast Network, due to the strong volunteer network it has built.

When an event coordinator approached Wilcox about auctioning his talents, he agreed immediately. Wilcox is a Texas native who worked his way up through the ranks of the kitchen to become the head chef of Abacus, one of the top-rated restaurants in Dallas. But it wasn't until his appearance on Top Chefs that the nation took notice of the charismatic chef with exceptional skill. While he did not win the competition, he became one of the most popular contestants in Top Chef history. In 2010, Wilcox returned to the show as an All-Star.

The highest bidder will win a two-day training session with Wilcox at Marquee Grill, a tasting menu dinner prepared by the chef, and unlimited opportunity to quiz him about what it's like to be on TV. But be prepared; this chef doesn't mince with words. "The world is a really brutal place," Wilcox told me, "and there are people willing to help, and those who may not really give a f*ck. People like me want to give." For him it's simple; people are suffering but he can help.

Bidding ends on Wednesday, February 29, at 2:30 p.m., EST. Click here to bid.



February 28, 2012 


Kathleen Culliton

The Business of Charity: Tre Wilcox, Top Chef All-Star and Marquee Grill Executive Chef

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The Impact Ventures Accelerator Program (IVAP), which provides 8 to 24 months, of business consulting and financial support to social enterprises, has been launched in Indonesia, Thailand, Vietnam, and the Philippines.

The program is being run by LGT Venture Philanthropy, an impact investor spanning five continents that supports organizations with outstanding social and environmental impact.

IVAP is run in partnership with local partners around the region.

They are: GEPI in Indonesia, ChangeFusion in Thailand, CSIP in Vietnam, and xchange in Philippines.

Organizations that are registered legal entities, for or non-profit, in the respective countries are eligible to apply (full criteria). The deadline is 5th March, 2012, and only the top two to three entries from each country will be selected.

The accelerator program promises to provide business consultancy, funding of up to US$50,000 from equity, convertible loan or convertible grant, and access to mentors from Southeast Asia as well as LGT Venture Philanthropy’s global network of entrepreneurs, investment managers, and cooperation partners.

Quarterly workshops on topics like business modeling, market assessment and more will also be held, and participants may even potentially receive follow-on investments other institutions and individuals.



February 24, 2012 


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Impact Ventures Accelerator Program, for social enterprises, launches in Southeast Asia

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