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Meet our Fall Intern, Blake!

 

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1. Tell us about yourself a bit and journey to interning at Di Moda.

My Name is Blake Moya and I am originally from Palmdale, CA. I am a born and raised so cal native! I am currently finishing up my last quarter at FIDM in downtown Los Angeles as a visual communications major. I have always had an interest in PR, and was lucky enough to have Diana as a guest speaker for one of my PR classes at FIDM. I thought Di Moda would be the perfect fit after hearing Diana speak about her success with Di Moda.

 

 

2. What your favorite spot or area in LA?

There are so many wonderful spots in LA, its hard to chose just one. If I had to however, I would have to say it would be The Sunny Spot in Marina Del Rey, it’s the perfect place for a Sunday morning brunch with your girlfriends!

 3. What do you do at Di Moda?

I have a variety of responsibilities; multi-tasking is a MUST here at Di Moda. My tasks range anywhere from creating clippings and excel sheets to researching daily searches.

 4. What are three fun (and maybe a bit weird) things most people do not know about you.

-I love beets.

-I take my penny board everywhere just in case I have time for a quick skate sesh.

-Im half Australian, G’Day!

5. Tell us about a woman that inspires you.

There are many women whom have played an inspirational role on my future goals and career plans; however, the woman who sparked my initial interest for fashion and writing has been Carrie Bradshaw of course.

 6. What is your favorite Sprinkles cupcake?

My favorite Sprinkles cupcake has to be the Red Velvet cupcake, its heavenly and an absolute classic.

7. What is your favorite Magazine or Blog?

My favorite magazine is VOGUE, and my favorite blog is songofstyle.

8. What do you do to give back?

I give back to the community through volunteer events, such as fashion shows, mud runs, and American Cancer societies “relay for life” activities.

 

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Brent Celek talks about REVISIT with Entrepreneur Magazine

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NFL Star Founds Fashion Brand for a Cause With Former TOMS Exec

SEPTEMBER 9, 2014
Philadelphia Eagles tight-end Brent Celek didn’t just spend the off-season training — he also launched a fashion brand. This past spring he co-founded REVISIT, a line of bracelets, necklaces and leather bags with Jill Dilorio, a sales and retail marketing veteran who spent 7 years at TOMS Shoes.

Thanks to Dilorio’s influence, the line borrows from TOMS’ signature “One for One” business model known for matching every pair of shoes purchased with a pair for a child in need. For REVISIT, she’s developed a “Quarter-Back” model with Celek. The company’s leather accessories will donate 25 percent of profits to help preserve U.S. national parks. Celek says that while touring several parks, he and Dilorio learned that funding cuts led to fewer rangers, shuttering of children’s programs and overall park closures. The REVISIT founders partner directly with parks or support organizations to help fund specific projects at sites like the Independence Historical Park and the Yellowstone National Park, among others.

Just as TOMS expanded on its One for One model by launching TOMS Eyewear and TOMS Roasting Co (which provides clean water for every bag of coffee purchased), REVISIT is also designed as a multi-pronged social enterprise. To support the American maker movement, for example, Celek says the company partners with local artisans. These designers source the leather from mature cows raised for food to create the collection.

While it backs the Made in USA cause and highlights the need to source sustainably-made goods, Dilorio and Celek emphasize their company’s main focus: supporting the national parks. The social startup veteran has learned the importance of not diverting from the mission. “If you don’t say no then you don’t have a strategy,” she says. She adds “When building a business it is crucial to keep your eye on the goal, work to avoid daily distractions and then recognize every member of the team for the contributions.” Celek clarifies that at the moment, his goal is to win on the field but looks forward to revisiting his venture during the off-season.

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