Monthly Archives: December 2013

Designer Mischka Velasco Making Moves in the Fashion World in NYC and Beyond

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With New York Fashion Week which is scheduled for February 2014 a little less than two months away, fashion lovers and enthusiasts are gearing up to see what’s new with well-known designers and definitely what is happening with new designers. Each season, there are new styles based on past ensembles and every now and then there is something very new and original to be discovered.

Founder/Fashion Designer, Mischka Velasco just happens to be one of those new and original creators. Born in The Panama Canal Zone, Velasco now resides in Manhattan. In fact, she lives in an area known for great shopping and small boutiques known as SOHO and from viewing some of her designs it is clear that the city has a great influence on her.

Mischka, like many other designers studied at the well known school, FIT also known as The Fashion Institute of Technology. While there, she immediately threw herself into the industry, creating previous fashion lines and also working for start up labels.

In addition to following her fashion dreams, she was involved in other cool things. In fact, she formed a punk band called “Mischka’s World” and performed. She also held art gallery shows featuring her Asian American art paintings, in Seattle. This certainly displays her ability to multitask well.

As a result, she has spent her life devoted to various art forms and explorations. Mischka is currently studying conscious capitalism and its role for businesses in the future. With a serious passion for international business and its interconnections to fashion, she is in the thralls of how finance and art collide in harmonic unison. This looks to be a pragmatic approach because without one you cannot have the other.

As her brand continues to grow and become a household name, Mischka hopes to become an investor for future upcoming fashion designers. Her goal is to advise on their day to day challenges while maintaining her pleasure of creating a dress out in love and passion. She believes in giving back and doing her part to be instrumental in shaping the future. With these goals it is clear Mischka Velasco has a strong and growing brand.

For more information about Mischka Velasco, visit her website at: http://www.mischkavelasco.com/. She can also be found on her social sites like Facebook and Twitter. Also, keep an eye out for her upcoming fashion show during New York Fashion Week in February 2014.

Dogfish Accelerator Hosts First Demo Day to Showcase Independent Films in NYC

9c8e7ad7d285cad1527d84acf7412f2fThe film and television industry is changing. Over the past few years, there has been a constant shift in how films are being made. With convergence of technology and entertainment, there are becoming more and more ways to create independent film. This great news for the Indie filmmaker and even better news for studios since this will allow more access to films they normally would have never seen.

Enter the company called Dogfish Accelerator. What is Dogfish Accelerator? It is the world’s first accelerator program for film producers and on December 6th they hosted the very first Dogfish Accelerator Demo Day at the Microsoft Technology Center in New York City. The event was put together to allow 8 selected films companies the opportunity to pitch and display their work.

During the program, each of the eight companies participating were given the chance to present their projects in front of over 200 investors, film production companies, distributors and other entertainment industry thought leaders to discuss fundraising efforts for their companies. This is one of the new ways of doing business in the film arena in the hopes of the projects getting made and brought to the big screen, small screen or internet.

The pitch began with an introduction from Dogfish Accelerator Founder and Managing Director, James Belfer. He gave the crowd a brief history of the company and explained the mission the company has for up and coming filmmakers. According to Belfer in a statement from the press release, “the film industry needs to shift the way it develops, markets and monetizes independent films and other valuable content assets. In short, film producers need to think like a startup.” “We’re very excited to present investors and entertainment executives a first glimpse at our teams: eight innovative film and new media production companies who will ultimately change the landscape and economics of the independent content creation industry.”

The Dogfish Accelerator program utilized entrepreneurial skills and techniques to develop a business strategy for projects submitted. The companies worked with the Dogfish Accelerator team and more than 50 industry mentors to refine their film financing model; develop and deploy targeted marketing strategies; and create key branding and distribution partnerships to yield a greater likelihood of financial return. In fact, some of these mentor relationships have blossomed into investments.

Launched at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, the first Dogfish Accelerator program started this September after an extensive selection process that whittled 440 applications down to eight teams focused on producing and distributing in dependent films and new media content. The participating companies received $18,000 in seed funding from Dogfish, plus perks and resources, free office space,and mentorship from industry leaders.

For more information about Dogfish Accelerator and the teams presenting at the Dogfish Accelerator Demo Day, please go to their webpage. Also, to view the CEO’s speech, check out thisvideo. With the success of this first event, it is definitely a great possibility that there will be otherevents planned for the future.

Travel the World in Comfort with Kozy Cushions

c5c88762a476ba44d40bbf1f199cbdffHave you ever been on a overnight flight or long trip on a train or bus and wished you had a soft pillow to rest your weary head? Even better, have you seen people with some type of travel pillow and wondered where you could get one for yourself. If you are one of the many people who enjoy traveling for business or leisure, it is definitely important to be as comfortable as possible.

Now, there is an up and coming business that might just have the answer to one of your travelcomfort problems. The company is called Kozy Cushions which was created by Terance Harmon who is quite the travel expert. Located in New York City, the company offers a variety of plush travel neck pillows and has more than 25 years of experience in the travel industry. As a result, the Kozy Cushions staff truly understands what travelers need for optimum comfort and convenience.

Current customers often comment that the products are very practical, affordable, colorful and fun which is important to make the travel experience more enjoyable. The cushions are great for all modes of transportation such as: airplanes, trains, buses, and automobiles.

20d466759011c5cc6e214cf1c0e52184As the Kozy Cushions brand grows and the company expands, there is more outreach. Kozy Cushions has created specialty products for organizations and foundations by using the company’s design tailored to their specifications. The company recently created a unique cushion specifically for breast cancer awareness month. They also have provided gift bags for special events and bulk orders.

The products are also easy for upkeep. The cushions are hypoallergenic, machine washable and very practical and currently ships worldwide for your convenience.

For more information on Kozy Cushions, visit their website. They are also on social sites such as:Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you can keep up to date with the latest designs.