League landed right in our own backyard of West Philadelphia to help create our latest merchandise space in the University of Pennsylvania Bookstore. We loved having the opportunity to marry our vintage style with this Ivy League campus just in time for the holidays. Go Quakers!
Enjoy this tour of the new space.
Be sure to drop by the store to stock up on League for all the Penn Quakers in your life!
As finals week winds down on campuses everywhere, we’re all thinking about the holidays. We hope you’ve taken the time during your studies to enjoy some of the holiday events and traditions featured at your school!
Here, we take a look at some of the most festive and fun holiday traditions at colleges. Be sure to check these out!
Northwestern State University Annual Christmas Gala
Each year, hundreds of creative arts students and faculty at Northwestern State ring in the holiday season with four nights of performances combining songs, skits, dance, and visual art in an extravaganza. Modeled after New York’s famous Radio City Music Hall holiday performances, the Christmas Gala is a beloved tradition that draws 12,000 people from the surrounding communities annually.
College of William & Mary Yule Log Ceremony
Before students head home for winter break, William & Marywelcomes the holiday season with song and story. Students gather by torchlight in Wren Courtyard, where they are treated to live holiday music and student speeches. The College President, dressed as Santa Clause, then takes the stage to deliver a reading of a holiday classic, such as Clement Moore’s ‘Twas the night Before Christmas, or Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Then it’s off to the Great Hall to toss a sprig of holly into the glowing hearth for luck.
Seton Hall University goes all out for the holidays with a string of December events that includes a Habitat for Humanity Christmas Tree Decorating Competition, Division of Volunteer Efforts (DOVE) food and toy drives to help communities in need, the annual Christmas tree lighting, a free Christmas Cabaret, a coffeehouse jazz band Christmas show, and more!
High Point University—Community Christmas Celebration
The emphasis is on giving at High Point University’s Community Christmas, highlighted by free entertainment, Christmas décor, photos with Santa, falling snow, Polar Express train rides, hot delicious food, choir performances, and more. The event draws 20,000 people annually. There is also the Holiday Choral Concert and Winter Band Concert, as well as numerous charity-based events—including the Salvation Army’s Stuff a Stocking drive and the Angel Tree program that makes the holidays brighter for those in need.
A hallmark of the holidays at Notre Dame, the event’s name plays upon the names of Carroll Hall and the Dickens classic A Christmas Carol. On the first Friday of December, A Carroll Christmas features lighting the giant 40-foot Christmas tree, a cappella singing, sketch comedy, and on occasion a horse-drawn carriage ride along Carroll Drive with paper lanterns to light the way.
League continues to be the apparel company you know and love today thanks to our fantastic team members. Our classic Ivy League styles are created and fine tuned by our creative and design team members, including Lauren Brown.
Lauren has been with League for a while — over twelve years! “I started in Customer Service (later called an Account Manager) as my first position, then I moved onto the Design and Development Team,” she said. “Now I am the Director of Merchandising!”
There are many things Lauren loves about working for League, but it’s her coworkers that matter the most. “All of the friendships that I have accumulated over the years both internally and externally have been amazing,” she says. “I find it very lucky to have gained so many lifelong friends from my career!” She’s inspired by her coworkers too. “We have such a strong and creative team here… it is hard not to be inspired every day!”
But that’s not all she loves. “One of my other favorite parts about working at League is that even though it is very hard work it has always been exciting and worth it! Whether it’s traveling to different schools or finishing up a project with the team, it always feels like a great collaboration!”
Lauren is bringing her creative spirit to her adorable daughter Mabel. “I do lots of arts and crafts with my almost 3 year old!” She and her husband are celebrating an anniversary soon too. “My wonderful husband Bill and I will be celebrating our 5 year anniversary this coming January!”
Lauren spends a lot of time with her family and friends. “My parents as well as both of my siblings live close and have little ones so most of my weekends are spent with my family,” she said. “Also I tend to spend my early Saturday mornings on a long run with two of my closest friends — and one happens to be League’s Senior Designer, Claire!”
Lauren got her skills studying at one of Philly’s local universities. ” I attended Philadelphia University aka Textile aka Jefferson University (lots of name changes over the years!).” Luckily she can support her alma mater with her favorite League gear. “My favorite currently is the Vineyard Hooded Henley, but I also love the Eli’s ¼ Zip!” We asked about her favorite items soon to be featured in the Fall 2018 Catalogue. “Oh for sure our new fleece pieces, they are right up my alley!”
Since the holidays are fast approaching, we asked how she’s giving back this holiday season. “I always like to do the gift giving ‘adopt a child’ from the local YMCA,” she said. “I love the holiday season so much, it was always a very special time for me growing up. I hate to think that not every single kid gets to have that positive time in their lives.”
Lauren isn’t planning on any resolutions this New Year’s. “I feel like I always say I am going to cut back on sweets but that never works! Maybe I will try something new this year!” It might be challenging given how much Lauren loves cookies. “Cookies, all day every day. And not just for Christmas! This is why I run so much!”