Laura Tufariello is a long-standing advocate for sustainability and corporate environmental responsibility. An active founding member of the Sustainable Packaging Coalition and past adjunct professor in the Packaging Department at the Fashion Institute of Technology, Laura uses education and peer-collaboration to develop new paths towards social change.
Laura founded the award-winning company, Design & Source Productions in 1996 and has supplied global brands like Starbucks, MoMA, Royal Caribbean, and Nordstroms with branded merchandise and luxury packaging for 27 years. Her business has motivated greater sustainable development & innovation such as TerraSkin ® the tree free stone paper she introduced to the US market.
In 2017, Laura introduced a new division within her business with a peer collaboration platform. She devoted a large portion of her NYC loft office to create Design and Source Labs, a free coworking space for creative young entrepreneurs aimed at stimulating professional growth and idea generation both individually and as a collective. The space gathers innovative thinkers to work on projects with a social mandate. Projects have included a currency of caring, a line of accessories designed to promote empathy and good communication, and now an award-wining short educational film about sustainability and life cycle thinking called, “Watch the Feet".
Laura strongly believes education is critical to change. Her continuing mission is to inspire and empower people to be better consumers and citizens of this world.
Laura’ serves on the board of The Felix Organization.
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FILM MAKER ANIMATION
Residency AW2017 - 2018
Projects involved: Altru + Watch the Feet
Sashko Danylenko is an award-winning animation filmmaker from Ukraine whose work explores wonder and curiosity. He joins folk and contemporary, nature and digital in his works. He creates magic worlds with colorful characters and extraordinary allegories. In 2015, Sashko decided to travel to the USA to broaden his horizons and seek new experiences and inspiration. Now he working on his comic book projects and on documentary animation films. Prior to joining DSLABS, Sasko Danylenko was a resident at TED, Cité Internationale des Arts de Paris, and School of Life in London.
SHUBAM ISSAR, AMANAT ANAND, YOGITA AGRAWAL
SOCIAL START UP
Residency AW 2017 - 2018
Projects involved: Altru + Evolving Voice
SoaPen is an innovative teaching tool that reimagines the way that kids are taught hand washing to create a habit that they retain for a lifetime. Soap Pen won the Wearables for Good Challenge by UNICEF, ARM and frog design in 2015, receiving mentorship and funding to develop SoaPen and is a Forbes Under 30 recognized young social enterprise. The founders (L-R) Shubham Issar, Amanat Anand are based in New York, USA while Yogita Agrawal is based in Mumbai, India.
During their residency at DS Labs, they were runners up of the James Dyson award and backed by Quickbooks on SoaPen's successful Kickstarter campaign. Then the team went on to be fellows at the Halcyon Incubator in Georgetown, DC and participated to Shark Tank in 2022.
PRODUCER / CREATEVORES
Residency AW 2017 - 2020
Projects involved: Altru + Evolving Voice
Julian Locke has spent his career in TV production and worked as an Executive Producer for a number of multi-episodic shows including House Hunters International on HGTV, Man Caves on DIY Network, Disaster Guy on A&E and Taste in Translation on the Cooking Channel. In January 2017, Julian started Createvores a staffing and recruitment agency for TV and Video Production. The company is positioned to sit between the job boards and the big Hollywood agents staffing below the line positions. Createvores is build off the back of an influential Facebook networking group called NYTV People, which boasts 18,000+ members from TV and digital production industries. The group recently expanded into LA, DC, Atlanta, Austin, Chicago and Miami giving them a nationwide reach. Julian is excited to join the DS Labs Residency Program and is looking forward to collaborating with the other participants.
NY TV People