SS 2019

Canal (Jonathan Ngan) is inspired by the iconic street in New York City, Canal exists as the sum of these influences and more. The brand concept was conceived in 2006. At the core of our movement lies the intersections of skateboarding, art and design.


In Residency since AW2017

Bolex Studios is a full-service production company focused on social documentaries, narrative, and branded content production. Past work has been featured in the MoMA, Netflix, NYFW and the TriBeCa institute. Clientele ranges from start-ups to fortune 500 companies such as NASA and LVMH. TJ Ferrari and Brandon Warrick met while in undergrad at NYU Tisch film school, where they received top training in tv/film production. Known for "Made For New York" NYU Langone Health campaign and honored as New Filmmakers of New York, the duo decided to open a satellite office in Los Angeles. 


Residency AW 2018/19 AND SS 2019

William Macaulay _ Modern Day Auteur  

Nostalgia for the New Era. Combining filmmaking techniques old and new to create story through documentary and narrative, Modern Day Auteur is committed to discovering truth in every client's story. From large brands such as Grey Goose, Starbucks and Bulgari to non-profits and artists alike, we work with an array of missions to better ourselves and the world around us. CEO/Creative Director William Macaulay founded the production company in 2018 to bring storytelling and independent medium back into the commercial field.

Residency SS 2019

Up2Code is a digital service agency focused in software development and digital marketing. Past clients include Y-Comibnator companies, VC backed startups, and established entrepreneurs. Dan and Willy met while at undergrad at NYU Gallatin where they both studied product development. Since launching Up2Code their freshman year they have worked on 40+ web and mobile products spanning across various industries such as online dating, health & fitness, and cryptocurrency. You can catch them enjoying a happy hour Lagunitas at Taberna 97 on Saint Marks.


Residency SS 2019

The Unlonely Project _ Foundation for the art and healing.

Our mission is to expand awareness of the important relationship between creative arts expression and health, to bring forward through research and related explorations critical knowledge about these vital and enduring humanistic concerns and to make effective arts-based health enhancing opportunities increasingly available and accessible at the individual and community level.


Residency SS 2019

BriAnna Olson is a filmmaker and creative producer of videos, special events, and digital projects. She has premiered new visual artworks at Boston Symphony Hall, Brooklyn Academy of Music, and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and thanks to the internet, her hypnotic works of video art have captivated audiences around the world.


Residency SS 2019

Leticia Moreno is a born and bred Mexican who relocated to New York City after completing her business degree at Tecnológico de Monterrey with the goal of utilizing business and creativity to make the world a better place. Since then, she has worked and collaborated across industries and functions at companies such as Apple, Facebook, Proctor & Gamble, and The Walt Disney Company.
Her impact started when she was 10 years old, as she was selected to be part of a kids contest to improve livelihood in her community, at 17 she co-hosted a youth program to address teenagers most pressing issues and a year after was named a “Future Leader of Sinaloa state” back on her home state in Mexico due to her leadership and collaboration with social and economic growth.
She is now heavily involved in sustainability, green fashion, and collective consciousness projects. Her focus at DS Labs is to create a more inclusive technology industry for Hispanics and other underrepresented communities.

Walter Godinez is a native New Yorker with a mission of empowering first-generation Americans through exposure, skill-building, and mentorship. A first generation university graduate, Walter graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Science in Media & Communications and Northwestern University with a Master of Science in Learning & Organizational Change with a focus on Organizational Development, Adult Learning, and Digital Transformation.
Walter is currently a Strategy Manager at Samsung with a background in planning, process improvement, project management, digital strategy, communications, and business development. Most recently, Walter worked at Toyota where he used lean and strategic planning to improve operations across North America

Residency SS 2019

Daniel Abse is a New York-based multimedia designer, actor and voiceover artist. As a designer, Daniel works under the brand name Retrocast Lab, where he creates motion graphics, animation, graphic design, sound design, and does video editing. He is on the Advisory Board of the Florence Belsky Charitable Foundation, an organization devoted to the arts, education, and mentoring. As an actor, Daniel has appeared onstage in New York, and has been seen on television and independent film. Additionally, he has been coaching actors, opera singers, and students for fifteen years and was trained in acting and directing by George DiCenzo, and has additional training from Yale Drama School. Daniel has produced work for many non-profits, most notably CauseVision, a media production company devoted to combat human trafficking. He holds a Masters in English Education from the University of Pennsylvania, where he is also finishing his MPhil in English, Comparative Literature, and Theatre.


Residency SS 2019


Culture Hard  (Scott Kushman) Culture Hard is a bite sized digital lifestyle brand that focuses on promoting people and their causes through the entertaining scope of three subject tiers: “the interesting, the funny and the characters”.  Culture Hard’s mission is to try and change the way people look at content on the Internet by reducing the focus to just a  few daily pieces of content sent out in a  multi-platform strategy, to increase the viewer’s focus on the content’s meaning. With a greater focus on micro content, Culture Hard will bring better attention to people’s talents, ideas and causes in a more personalized way to each viewer.

The Culture Hard brand is created by  Scott Kushman,  a 7 time award winning multimedia professional who started his career in television production in 2007 and has evolved his skill-set into digital media  over a decade of working at various media outlets such as A&E, GO90, and ABC NEWS.



Residency SS 2019

Beginning her career in dentistry as an unpaid intern, Holly Mitchell has worked her way up to becoming a nationally recognized practice manager, consultant, and public speaker, leading her own dental practice to Inc. 5000's list of America's Fastest Growing Companies for 5 years in a row, grossing $8 million in 6 dental chairs.
She is the Founder and Chief Empathy Officer of the LeadWell Network, a consulting company combining practice management, life coaching, and hypnosis to create a total shift in the mindset and habits of a leader. She is a Master Practitioner in Neuro-linguistic Programming, a Certified Life Coach and Hypnotist, and has a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre from NYU's Tisch School of the Arts. Holly's personal mission is to train 10,000 compassionate leaders.


Residency SS 2019

Allison Alt  Social Impact 360 Executive Director

Alt is a non-profit advocate, policy professional, and attorney with more than 10 years of experience creating social impact in partnership with all sectors, including at The White House, Department of Education, Capitol Hill, The World Bank, and The InterAmerican Development Bank. Allison began creating organizations to solve social issues at age 16. At Generations United, she built coalitions nationwide. She joined Year Up NCR in the startup phase and helped it grow 50%; working with an expert, multi-disciplinary team on solutions to youth unemployment and poverty, and served as part of the team that created the largest youth-serving organization in the last 50 years. Allison is now the Executive Director of Social Impact 360, the only youth-led movement for business for good. SI360 trains the next generation to create businesses that solve social issues and create social impact in corporate America. SI360 is transforming it’s 1,000+ alumni into the Service Corps for Business for Good. Allison is a Forbes 2018 Fellow, 40 Under 40 in Leadership and Public Service in Washington, DC, and a past service award winner under President Bush, who has served in both Republican and Democratic offices and non-profit teams to solve social issues.



The Indigo & Pyrite Collective

Simeon Coker is a freelance Associate Creative Director, Social Venture Founder, and Podcaster. After working at some of the top ad agencies as a copywriter, Simeon co-founded the podcast 'Mixed Company' where he candidly discusses diversity, equity, and inclusion in creative industries with his cohosts and industry leaders. In 2015, he founded Indigo & Pyrite to help agencies create measurable and sustainable creative and business solutions that foster diversity, inclusion, retention and professional development.

Stefanie A. Smith is Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Consultant with a Bachelor’s degree in advertising from Salem State University, and two Master’s degrees, one from the University of Massachusetts – Boston’s Women in Politics and Public Policy program and the other from Baruch College School of Public and International Affairs, as a National Urban Fellow. As a Diversity and Inclusion Subject Matter Expert, Stefanie partners with agencies and corporate brands to develop DEI initiatives and programs to maximize diverse representation in creative industries. In addition, her work on a global scale develops pathways for elevating diversity to the c-suite and industry-wide global diversity models and educational strategized programs.

Rebecca Goldberg has more than 10 years of experience leading large scale public health initiatives to prevent the spread of HIV and to strengthen the quality of care accessible to people who use drugs. After directing one of the largest Harm Reduction programs in New York City, her work has become focused on developing the leadership qualities of the workforces that serve marginalized communities.
In 2017 she launched Growing Into Power, a website for women and people of color who haven’t seen people who look like them in positions of power, and who have been historically excluded from the sphere of professional leadership grooming. Twice weekly Rebecca posts practical tips for a new generation of diverse leaders to help them create inclusive and effective workplaces. In addition, she provides organizational management support for nonprofits, individual career strategizing, and trainings on management best practices for the community.
She holds a BA from Bard College.


Residency AW 2018/19 AND SS 2019

Advisor 2018-19

Amanda DeSantis _ Technology
Entrepreneur and Corporate Executive

DeSantis’s great passion is innovation and creating leading-edge products and business models.  She has built data-driven strategies, operational structure, and industry level and stakeholder partnerships from the ground-up while shifting between technology startups and corporates in multiple sectors that are changing the world - mobility, food/agriculture, energy, and the built environment.

She has deep corporate and startup expertise and work across government, academia, and NGOs globally – from building a machine learning global innovation platform to accelerate product development to developing partnerships that created sustainability assessment frameworks tha served as industry best practices.
Most of her spare time is spent as an advisor to startups developing ESG investment platforms, blockchain technologies, infrastructure robotics, and social impact initiatives.  

For more, please check out her LinkedIn profile -

Residents Since SS17

Createvores _  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

In Residency since AW2017

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.


Residency AW2017 - 2018

Abby Russell is an Emmy-nominated television producer and filmmaker working to transform experiences, learning and messaging through the magic of cinema.  She recently directed multiple Telly Award-winning films, as both ‘filmmaker-in-residence’ and Executive Producer and Creative Director at Yeshiva University, where she oversaw multimedia and marketing product for the university’s online learning initiative. Abby teaches multimedia storytelling and producing as an Adjunct Professor at NYU, makes MOOCs for Coursera and speaks and consults on how visual media enhances learning.  Abby started in multimedia journalism at local television station NY1 News and has since produced multiple hours of documentary and filmed content – including a James Beard Award winning TV series – for PBS, Discovery, Food Network, MTV, Sundance and Lifetime. She co-directed Eat Drink Laugh: The Story of The Comic Strip, a feature documentary executive produced by Chris Rock that world-premiered at the Just For Laughs International Comedy Festival in Montreal and is currently available on Amazon and iTunes.  She directed comedy specials and shorts for VH1, Nickelodeon and Funny or Die, including viral hit Café Attitude, which the Huffington Post called the parody “we’ve all been waiting for.”  Her first documentary film, Politics… Sifting Thru the Spin, called ‘creative and edgy’ by the News Hour with Jim Lehrer, was funded by the Annenberg Foundation and aired nationally as part of the PBS Democracy Project.  As the founder and CEO of Nuforms Media (and its food media affiliate Food-Pops), Abby creates award-winning, digital messaging and branding content for both non-profit and corporate clients, including Ogilvy, Digitas, Razorfish, Hellmann’s, Jenn-Air, Hess, Rolls-Royce and TED.  Find Abby @abbyrussell on Twitter and LinkedIn or abby@nuformsmedia.com

Residency SS2018

SoaPen (Shubham Issar, Amanat Anand, Yogita Agrawal) 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. Currently, the team are fellows at the Halcyon Incubator in Georgetown, DC.


Residency AW2017 - 2018 AND SS 2018

Simon Carriere is a social entrepreneur who’s passionate about storytelling, climbing mountains and building good stuff. He is currently in New York City where he is spearheading Nalu, a clothing line with the mission of enabling students to stay in school through giving school uniforms. His obsession with responsible apparel started when he saw the dark side of the industry first hand while visiting manufacturing plants in Asia. Since then, he’s committed to learning as much about the fashion world in the hopes of seeing it evolve into a responsible and human-centred industry.


Residency SS2018 AND FW2018-2019

Established in response to the rapid rise in anti-Semitic and anti-Muslim hate crimes from the 2016 US Presidential election cycle, Interfaith Ventures is a nonprofit incubator that produces products and programs that promote interfaith unity and dialogue. Its flagship program is the "Shabbat Salaam" interfaith dinner series, which has been hosted across the US -- from San Francisco to New York's Times Square. More than 1,000 attendees have participated in the program. The organization's first product is the first-ever "Interfaith Meat" that is both (Zabihah) Halal and (Glatt) Kosher. The combined production process helps food businesses save time, money, inventory space, and food waste, while making faith-based foods more accessible. It is distributed through Abe's Meats (AbesMeats.com).

Interfaith Ventures is represented at the DS Labs Residency by Founding Director Mohammad Modarres, Financial Officer Brian Lai, Director of Shabbat Salaam Juni Hoppe (not photographed), and the organization's first Entrepreneur-In-Residence Arshiya Kherani.

Residency FW 2018 _ 2019


Residency SS 2019

Gabriele Carriere _ Passionate about design, technology and all things in between, Gabriel Carriere is a recent marketing graduate who currently resides in New York City where he works as a brand strategist for Nalu, a clothing company with the mission of enabling students to stay in school. Prior to joining Nalu, Gabriel worked for a consulting firm specialized in brand management and freelanced as a content creator for various brands in the music and fashion industry. Originally from Montreal, Canada, Gabriel lived in Australia, Hungary and Nepal before finally moving to the Big Apple. Driven by social and environmental challenges, he seeks to harness the power of business for the greater good.


Residency  FW2018-2019

Shaan Couture _ Originally from France, Shaan now lives in New York, NY, after residency in Montreal, QC, and San Diego, CA. With a B.A. in Sociology, and a master in Communication (specializing in emotional and non-verbal communication), Shaan has always been passionate about human interactions.

With an advertising agency background, Shaan co-founded WediaWix in 2011, a film production company that allows her to produce her own projects. In 2014, after a successful crowdfunding campaign, she shot and directed her first long feature documentary during the 2014 World Cup in Brazil (broadcasted on TV in France, Canada, and China). Since then, Shaan shot, directed and produced a variety of documentaries, including her latest one "New York Scherzo" currently in post-production. In 2016, she wrote and directed her first short film entitled “Thin Lines” (35min) that tells the encounter between an aspiring singer and a Deaf man. Since then, Shaan has directed a few short films and music videos who won various festival awards and nominations.Since 2016, Shaan works as a freelance director and line producer. She is mostly based in New York, but often travels between Paris and Los Angeles.


Residency AW2017 - 2018 AND SS 2018

As a Digital Media Professional with close to a decade of on-air network news and entertainment experience, Lucy Norris has created a career for herself as an On-Camera Personality, Content Creator and Creative Director.
Throughout her career, she has appeared on a variety of Fashion and Lifestyle segments, turning her love of fashion, sustainability and conscious living into an expansive repertoire of multi media productions. 10 years in the fashion and beauty sector include episodes as a New York-based Fashion TV Host, Stylist, On-Air Commentator for Fashion News Live, Featured guest on QVC, HSN and Creator of the digital series "At A Glance" and most recently "Do Well DO Good," streaming on Knekt TV.
As a Content Creator and Brand consultant, she founded OCP Media Training, to help other entrepreneurs bring about the best version of themselves when in front of the camera and has since gone on to coach Executives, Politicians, Influencers and Artists.

Do Well Do Good OCP Media Training

Residency SS 2019


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