Monthly Archives: January 2016

Celebrating League’s Entrepreneurs: Stephanie Price and Jillian Skovran

 

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Since League was founded by a serial entrepreneur, we thought it would be great fun to highlight many of the businesses that our team members have launched — starting with NUMiNOUS Magazine founded by Stephanie Price, and Belletona Activewear founded by Jillian Skovran!

Combining A Passion for Design, Fitness, and Sewing: Belletona Activewear

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“The idea of owning a small business had always been in the back of my mind,” says Jillian Skovran, graphic designer here at League. ” My grandmother, who taught me how to sew, started her own tailoring business. And my mom is the owner and lead designer of a flower shop.” But Jillian wasn’t sure what, exactly, she wanted to do. “It wasn’t until my first job after graduation, where I was designing sports teams uniforms, that I figured out what I wanted to do,” she says. ” My friends started joking, saying ‘well, Jill can just make us work out clothes…’ That’s when I started looking into it and realized it actually was possible!”

Jillian studied graphic design at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She uses a digital textile printing process to print her own designs on her tank tops, and then sews them all herself. The fabric is a 100% polyester performance piqué knit with a moisture-wicking, soil release finish — so it doesn’t stick to you when you’re sweaty during your workout.

Jillian launched Belletona in June of 2015, and is currently working on her Spring 2016 line, scheduled to be available in late March or early April. Tanks run from X-Small to XX-Large. Check out her website and Etsy shop and support Jill!

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Fine Art Meets High Fashion: NUMiNOUS Magazine

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“I was inspired to create a fine art and high fashion publication as an outlet for artists to be published in an elegant presentation that is viewed in print or digital form,” says Stephanie Price, production artist at League. “It is also a way for me to tap into my creative outlets by focusing on design and layout, developing and directing conceptual photo shoots, and hosting art and fashion events for the artistic community.” Stephanie studied art at Moore College of Art & Design here in Philadelphia.

NUMiNOUS Magazine launched on New Year’s Day in 2014, and is now published seasonally. The magazine features not only local artists and holds many local events, but features artists from all over the world. “In every medium, from fashion photography to illustration, NUMiNOUS is meant to inspire, encourage, and enlighten,” says Stephanie. “Our collection is scouted from the brightest submissions.”

If you’d like to submit your work to NUMiNOUS Magazine, you can do so here. You can also support the magazine by purchasing copies from their website or donating to keep the magazine going!

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Keep your eye on the blog for more features from League’s brilliant entrepreneurs!

SNOWPOCALYPSE: Most Binge-Worthy Shows For Snowstorms

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Here on the East Coast of the United States, we’re gearing up for not only our first big snow storm, but an actual blizzard with wind gusts as high as forty miles an hour. This seriously impacts visibility when driving, so you know what that means — time to stay home and curl up with some great television while sipping hot chocolate!

We asked team members at League for their favorite shows, and they have some great recommendations to keep you entertained while the snow falls and the wind blows!

Account Manager Kristin Ippolito loves Master of None, starring Aziz Ansari and recent recipient of a Critic’s Choice Award for best comedy.

Production artist Nyssa Smith confesses to having “bad” taste, but has some fun suggestions, including Hercules from the 90s, Rosemary and Thyme, and the kid’s horror series Goosebumps.

Dylan Platt, another Production Artist, prefers the humor of The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidtthe not-for-kids animated series Archer, and 30 Rock.

Sarah Roman, who works in Licensing, reminds us that It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia never gets old, and just added a 10th season to Netflix.

Ben Harvey, Graphic Artist, offers a wide range of suggestions including the docu-series Making A Murderer, the dark super hero series Daredevil, and soon-to-be-back-on-TV The X-Files.

Stephanie Harvey, Account Manager, recommends Party Down (on Hulu, not Netflix). She says, “It’s about a catering company in Hollywood and each episode is a different party. If you like the humor of The Office, Wet Hot American Summer, or Arrested Development, I definitely recommend!”

Licensing Manager Kate Mikotacyzk seconds Ben’s suggestion of Making A Murderer, and adds a handful of other favorites including Orange is the New Black, crime drama The Killing, The Office, and oldy-but-goody Friends.

Tori Santangelo, Account Manager, throws her vote in for Making a Murderer and adds Parks and Recreation, noting that the final season of the show is now on Netflix.

Nicole Schreiner, Account Team Manager, loves the show Younger (on Hulu) as well as crime drama Person of Interest.

Cecily Kellogg, who manages social media for League, suggests you read while you watch and enjoy the Danish crime drama Dicte or the Swedish/Danish series The Bridge (on Hulu).

There you have it! Now you’ll have plenty of shows to enjoy while it snows and the wind blows. Stay safe, everyone, wrap yourself in your favorite League fleece and stay home and binge!

Don't forget the hot chocolate!
Don’t forget the hot chocolate!

In Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

MLK-league-college-outfittersToday the nation honors a true inspiration and hero, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His bravery and activism ushered in amazing changes to our country.

What some might not know is his thoughts on college and education. Interestingly, he wrote a paper in 1947 while attending Morehouse College that spoke directly to his beliefs regarding the role colleges and university play in society.

He believed college should be not only about teaching critical thinking, but instilling good character as well.

We must remember that intelligence is not enough. The complete education gives one not only power of concentration, but worthy objectives upon which to concentrate. The broad education will, therefore, transmit to one not only the accumulated knowledge of the race but also the accumulated experience of social living.

Today we honor Dr. King’s memory with a day of service — which seems like the perfect way to honor his dream of building character.

League Collegiate Outfitters contributes to the MLK Day of Service in small ways; we are one of many sponsors of Greater Philadelphia King Day of Service, and we help with the costs of creating over 40,000 shirts for Global Citizen 365 to be worn while doing service on Martin Luther King Day.

We are proud to honor Dr. King’s memory today.

The tee you'll see all over the Philadelphia area during the Day of Service.
The tee you’ll see all over the Philadelphia area during the Day of Service.