Italian Tramer Art Lounge Opening Night!


Friday August 8th, 7pm-9pm

8248 Beverly Blv., Los Angeles, CA 90048 – 323.879.9719

Valet Parking will be provided


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Andrea Marino, “Pathless Truth”

Andrea Marino was born in Italy and lives between New York and Los Angeles. In his native country, Andrea has worked extensively as a fashion photographer, shooting for publications such as Vogue Italia and Bazaar Uomo. Shot in 39 sleepless nights, The Building of a New Freedom, Sacred Grounds, and Pathless Truth, among others, are an homage to those who still dare to be open. To be free.


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Jeff Iorillo

Los Angeles-based painter working in acrylic and enamel on canvas, masonite, and metal. The experimental nature of his ongoing process of exploration leads to distinct bodies of work consistent through bold lines, and a vivid, abstract style that investigates the materials’ mass, momentum, color, and gesture. His work lives on the boundary between control and chaos, pushing a specific and unique technique past its breaking point in order to achieve a spontaneity and unrestrained quality beyond his original intention.


Italian Tramer Art Lounge

Italian Tramer is a new project conceived by the young Italian photographer Maddalena Patrese. Patrese aims to portray and trace the artistic expression of traveling and dreaming, hence the word “Tramer”. Maddalena shares her roots, memories, and stories with her audience. By looking at her powerful shots, one may enter her mind, and therefore her visions. Italian Tramer will host a comprehensive array of Italian contemporary artists, who are also deeply tied to the concept of dreaming and traveling. ‘Italian’ is the key word for this project. We represent Italian excellence, and the ability Italians have to evoke passion through the quality of their work. This new concept aims to promote and celebrate Italian Photography, Art, and Design.


Finding Inspiration For A Fashion-Able Future

One could almost picture Anne Gorke, with her sweet face and feminine grace, sitting in a small side street restaurant enjoying lunch with a friend. As she pulls at the petals of an artichoke, the artist in her finds it hard not to notice the strong green hues and soft golden accents of nature’s edible flower.

But her journey into the fashion industry began long before this day. Born in Weimar, Germany, Anne earned a Bachelor’s degree in media culture from the cultural and design hub of Germany, the Bauhaus University Weimar. With a mix of clean architectural lines, sophisticated elegance and a bit of femininity, her designs stand head and shoulders apart from many of the collections on the runway for Spring and Summer 2014.

Home Is Where The He(art) Is

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Often the origin of one’s roots, play a significant role in passions and career choice. Founded in 1860 as the Great Ducal Saxon Art School, the Bauhaus University Weimar has established itself as the place to be for students seeking the company of the creative. “[The Bauhaus Scene has] inspired my practice probably most by the form follows function aspect,” said Anne, “Overly designed objects I do not like at all, and this I transfer into my own designing process. I prefer visually calm surfaces and a certain elegant aesthetic. All this I learned during my time at Bauhaus University, and from growing up in Weimar.”

Being engulfed in creative energy and experiencing several years of fashion retail, led Anne to the nexus of an idea. She decided to tackle her dream of launching her own collection, and in 2003 this dream began to take shape into reality. Anne had great success at fashion shows across Germany and Austria, leading up to the eventual creation of her label ANNE GORKE in 2012.

Designs For The Future


Anne Gorke Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

However what Anne does, goes far beyond drawing pretty things on a piece of paper. In addition to stunning and bold designs, it is well known that her collections are 100% earth friendly, using organic and fair trade materials.  Feeling that this is absolutely necessary for the future of the fashion industry, Anne says “Anything else is unrealistic. I really do not understand how the industry can just go on even though everyone knows about the lack of responsibility towards nature and humans involved in the whole process.” She goes on to say, “People die while working and nature is damaged in an irreparable way. Sooner or later the industry has to face this.” 

For Anne Gorke, the choice to use sustainable practices was second nature. Even from her earliest beginnings, sustainability was never even a question. “We know exactly where our fabrics come from, we know what is in them and where they were made, same regarding zippers, buttons and lining,” said Anne, “Everything is produced close to our headquarters and atelier in Weimar, our production facilities are not more than 500km away from us. And we personally know the people that work for us.”

“Golden Khaki, Cool Silk and Bold Women.”


Anne Gorke Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

The ANNE GORKE autumn/winter 2013 collection, “Nightingales”, was the first and only sustainable collection at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin, paving the way for the spring/summer 2014 collection “Artichokes”. “Our second show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Berlin was a great moment because we made it to the stage a second time.” She added, ”We were not the sustainable label that only made it once on the runway. We came back and did it again.”


Anne Gorke Show - Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring/Summer 2014

While most of her inspiration is drawn from photography and film, she has found that a moment of revelation can come from anywhere. The most recent “Artichokes” collection was spawned from a small, seemingly insignificant moment, when sitting and eating one. Out of a single thought she develops a mood, or an emotion that is carried deeply into her main creative outlet, fashion design. But fashion isn’t the only conduit for expression. When not drawing and preparing for the runway, she often spends time on film sets and with movie production companies. “I feel very much at home when it comes to film,” said Anne.

On Being Anne Gorke

The future of ANNE GORKE is bright green, with discussions of creating brick-and-mortar locations on the table, but the focus doesn’t end there. “To me it is important to stick to my beliefs and go my way,” says Anne, “You receive a lot of mean comments when you bring your sustainable label into competition with “normal“ brands. But I do not mind because I know that there are more and more labels following: having their own design, and their own aesthetic language and yet working sustainably. “ With the idea of building a strong brand and a healthy company, Anne urges any blossoming fashion designer to always make very good choices with regards to whom you are listening to in the industry, and never let go of your personal vision.


Is Man’s Best Friend The Key To Recovery?


I listened intently as the lovely young woman with thick curly brown hair sat before me explaining how her treasured Golden Retriever dog, Brandy, had for the last two months continually nudged at her left chest area.  When you work in family practice medicine as a physician assistant for Kaiser Permanente, you hear a lot of strange things.  She was genuinely distraught so though I was bemused I decided to do an exam to reassure her.  When I discovered the contours of what I believed to be a tumor in her left chest area, precisely the area that had so concerned her dog, my blood ran cold.  After receiving the results of a fine needle biopsy and ultrasound my worst fears were confirmed.  This healthy appearing young patient had a deadly, aggressive form of breast cancer.  So aggressive that had we discovered the mass even as little as six months later it may well have claimed her life.  She was convinced that Brandy had somehow known and alerted her to the devastating tumor causing her to seek help and in the end saving her life.

I was skeptical, so I began to search the internet for information related to stories or claims of unusual canine abilities and learned that for some time now, the scientific community has been conducting studies on the premise that dogs have the ability to sniff out cancer cells.  Surprisingly, there is a body of evidence that our canine friends can somehow perceive malignant cells that cause a myriad of cancers:  Breast, prostate, bladder, colon, and ovarian cancers well as skin cancers such as malignant melanoma.

Investigation of dogs’ medical potential began in England in the late 1980’s.  It was a stretch for the scientific community, but in an online article presented by, the repeated accounts by individuals like my patient simply couldn’t be ignored.

This intriguing research is now conducted in almost every developed country.  In 2001, the Pine Street Foundation, recorded impressive results in clinical trials showing that dogs successfully detected breast cancer 88 percent of the time without false positives.  Repeated studies support the findings to an astonishing degree.

One theory for this amazing finding is something researchers call “Dognosis.”  It is known that a dog’s sense of smell is a thousand times more sensitive than that of a human’s.  There are 220 million olfactory sensors in a dog’s nose compared to a human’s mere 5 million.  Due to this sensitivity, a dog trained to identify cancer cells can detect the most miniscule Volatile Organic Compound (VOC ) emitted by these cancer cells.

This same canine ability to sniff out tiny alterations in a human’s scent has now been attributed to saving people’s lives from many medical conditions; this service is provided by an inspirational army of angels known as Therapy/Response Dogs.  For example, at the onset of a heart attack, enzymes are released into the blood stream that foretell the event.  These enzyme changes are picked up by the dog who alerts their human.  Imagine how invaluably gratifying it would be to someone who has a heart condition to know that they can rely upon the sensitive nose of their trusted companion to protect them against an unsuspected attack.

Additionally, it is found that about one in 10 dogs can predict the onset of a seizure in an individual.  A seizure patient’s life is dictated by the unpredictability of a possible attack.  Many simple pleasures that we take for granted are fraught with terror for the seizure patient.  Walking alone on a mountain path, going shopping, and even just day to day activities have the potential to be fatal if a seizure were to strike.  The seizure patient can turn to one of the many organizations that train “Response Dogs” to have a dog that can not only successfully predict an impending seizure but is trained to protect the person during the seizure, turn them on their side to protect the airway, and alert emergency personnel and stand down during the rescue.  These conceded canine abilities are opening up whole new fields of canine use in the medical arena.

These amazing feats notwithstanding dogs play a great role in our health and wellbeing by providing us with fierce loyalty, unconditional devotion, and an unquestioning bond. Their capacity to calm, to serve us and their human-like instinct to protect us provides us with the best and healthiest defense against sickness of all – love.



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Vico Magistretti – A Travelling Archive

Vico Magistretti was an Italian architect and industrial designer, known for iconic pieces such as the Chimera and the Eclisse lamps, the Chaise Longue and the Carimate Chair to name a few. Today some of his creations can be seen in Vico Magistretti. A Travelling Archive an exhibition that takes an in-depth look at the work of the great Milanese architect and designer, who, during his lifetime, received some of the most important awards in the field of design, including the Compasso d’Oro (three times) and the First Prize of the Triennale of Milan.

The exhibition, currently at the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles,  highlights Magistretti’s creativity and his work with some of the most prominent Italian design companies (Artemide, De Padova, Flou, Oluce, Schiffini), shown through sketches, pictures, notes, letters and faxes, as well as a selection of his most important creations, including prototypes of the Selene and Gaudi chairs, the Vidun and Caori tables; the Maralunga, Veranda and Pillow couches; the Pollack, Selene, Maui, Silver, and Gaudi chairs; the Eclisse, Chimera, Dalu, and Atollo lamps; the Nuvola Rossa bookcase and models of the India and the Andrew beds.

Vico Magistretti. A Travelling Archive is organized by the Italian Cultural Institute in Los Angeles and the Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti, in collaboration with Artemide, De Padova, Flou, Oluce, Schiffini and with the special participation of Artecnica, Diva Furniture, Functions, Galerie Sommerlath, Graye, Thema LLC. Curated by Rosanna Pavoni (Scientific Director, Fondazione studio museo Vico Magistretti), and on-site curator Ilaria Mazzoleni (IM Studio MI/LA, SCI-Arc). Designed by IM Studio MI/LA, Ilaria Mazzoleni, Elliott T. Freeman and Andrea Speroni.


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14 Toxic Ingredients To Avoid When Buying Skin Care Products

1. DEA (Diethanolamine), MEA (Monoethanolamine), TEA (Triethanolamine)
These three chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals that can form cancer-causing agents—research indicates a strong link to liver and kidney cancer. They are commonly found in shampoos, soaps, bubble baths, and facial cleansers.

2. Phthalates and Parabens
Banned by the European Union in 2003, phthalates and parabens are a group of chemicals commonly used as preservatives in cosmetics and pharmaceuticals. They keep hairsprays sticky and bacteria and fungus out of things like nail polish and perfume. Both have demonstrated themselves to be carcinogenic and particularly linked to breast cancer.

3. FD&C Color Pigments
Most FD&C color pigments are made from coal tar and studies show that almost all of them are carcinogenic. Many of these pigments cause skin sensitivity and irritation, or even oxygen depletion in the blood. FD&C Red #4 is no longer available for use in foods because of a known threat to the adrenal glands and urinary bladder.

4. Fragrance
“Fragrance” is a euphemism for nearly 4,000 different ingredients. Most “fragrances” are synthetic and are either cancer-causing or otherwise toxic. Exposure to fragrances has been shown to affect the central nervous system. “Fragrances” are found in most shampoos, deodorants, sunscreens, skincare and body care products.

5. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin
These are formaldehyde donors, which means that they are derivatives of the formaldehyde, which is what scientists and morticians use to preserve corpses and body parts. Remember dissecting frogs in school? These chemicals are linked to allergies, chest pain, chronic fatigue, depression, dizziness, ear infections, headaches, joint pain, loss of sleep, and can trigger asthma. They can weaken the immune system, and—surprise surprise—cause cancer. Imidazolidinyl Urea and DMDM Hydantoin are used in skin, body and hair products, antiperspirants, and nail polish.

6. Quaternium-15
Quarternium-15 commonly causes allergic reactions and dermatitis, and breaks down into formaldehyde. Quarternium-15 is used as a preservative in many skin and hair care products.

7. Isopropyl Alcohol
Isopropyl Alcohol is used in hair color rinses, body rubs, hand lotion, and aftershave lotions as well as in your car’s antifreeze and shellac! Scientists believe that it has the ability to destroy intestinal flora, leaving the body’s major organs open to parasites, and thus to cancers. Beyond attacking the intestinal flora, isopropyl alcohol can cause headaches, dizziness, mental depression, nausea, vomiting, and coma.

8. Mineral Oil
Mineral oil is a petroleum derivative that coats the skin like Saran Wrap, which prevents the skin from breathing, absorbing, and excreting. It also slows the skin’s natural cell development, causing the skin to age prematurely. Note that baby oil is 100% mineral oil—and 100% bad for your baby’s sensitive skin

9. PEG (Polyethylene Glycol)
PEGs are most commonly used in spray-on oven cleaners and in many hair and skin products. PEG’s main fuctions are to dissolve oil and grease. Thus, on the body, they take the protective oils off the skin and hair, making them more vulnerable to other toxins.

10. Propylene Glycol
Propylene Glycol is the active ingredient in antifreeze. It is also used in makeup, toothpaste, and deodorant. Stick deodorants have a higher concentration of PG than is allowed for most industrial use!Direct contact can cause brain, liver, and kidney abnormalities. The EPA requires workers to wear protective gloves, clothing, and goggles when working with it. And yet, the FDA says we can put it in our mouths!

11. Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate
Sodium Lauryl Sulfate and Sodium Laureth Sulfate are the most toxic ingredients on this list. When used in combination with other chemicals, they can form nitrosamines, a deadly class of carcinogen. They are used to clean engines, garage floors, and at car washes. AND still the most popular ingredients for makeup, shampoo and conditioner, and toothpaste. Exposure causes eye damage, depression, diarrhea, and many other ailments.

12. Triclosan
Triclosan is synthetic antibacterial ingredient used in soaps and disinfectant gels that has been compared to Agent Orange. The Environmental Protection Agency registers it as a pesticide, highly toxic to any living organism. It is also classified as a chlorophenol. In other words, it is in a cancer-causing chemical class. Triclosan disrupts hormones, can affect sexual function and fertility, and may foster birth defects. Triclosan has been linked to paralysis, suppression of the immune system, brain hemorrhages, and heart problems. It is widely used in antibacterial cleansers, toothpaste, and household products.

13. Talc
Talc has been linked to ovarian and testicular cancer. It can be found in makeup, kids and adult powders, and foundation.

14. Petrolatum
Petrolatum is a petrochemical that contains two well-known carcinogens: Benzo-A-Pyrene and Benzo-B-Fluroanthene. As you might imagine from a petroleum derivative, petrolatum prevents the skin from breathing and excreting.



Everything Stops For A Cup Of Tea

Customized down to the last detail, this whimsical, tea party-themed baby shower was as unique as it was fun to create.  The accents of vintage décor and vibrant colors throughout, provided the perfect backdrop for this gender-neutral party.

Unique elements such as guests writing on “Baby Wishes” stickers, instead of a guest book, and placing them inside vintage children’s books, created a timeless keepsake for both parents and baby.

In addition, a silhouette artist provided guests with a fun activity and custom party favors.  The custom tea towel favors, onesies and pillows were inscribed with quotes from the London-based classics: Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins and Peter Pan.

The artist also created vintage silhouettes of a top hat, Little Mister, and a parasol, Little Darling, to decorate the modern venue.  Included amongst the playful silhouettes was a custom profile of the Mum-to-Be


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Chem Fatale

Parabens, Pesticides and Formaldehyde: Inside and Unregulated Industry

We see the commercials every day, women backflipping into pools and frolicking through grass fields, all because their “revolutionary” tampons allow them to do so with ease! It’s clear to see that these feminine hygiene companies will show you just about anything to sell the product – anything but the list of harmful ingredients that find their way into these products that women are using every day.

Tampons and sanitary pads might seem simple enough: cotton guards for that time of the month. In reality, the materials, ingredients, and production of these items are far more complex and potentially hazardous than most people realize. The truth is that most major companies are selling products that are not made from cotton at all, but rather a synthetic blend of cotton and rayon, a manufactured fiber derived from cellulose that comes from wood pulp. The extraction process and the subsequent stage of bleaching the rayon with chlorine to give it that clean, white appearance creates toxic carcinogens such as dioxin and disinfection by-products like trihalomethane. Some studies show that dioxin, even in trace levels, may be linked to disruption of the endocrine system, suppression of the immune system, and abnormal cell and tissue growth in the body.

On the contrary, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that these bleaching methods are no longer used and “rayon raw material used in U.S. tampons is now produced using elemental chlorine-free bleaching or totally chlorine-free bleaching processes.” However it is also explained that during the elemental chlorine-free bleaching process, “dioxins are occasionally detected in trace amounts in mill effluents and pulp.” The FDA also states that “no risk to health would be expected from these trace amounts.” This might put our minds at ease if the use of tampons was a rare occasion for women, however this is not the case. It becomes a concern when we realize that the average woman will use over 10,000 tampons in her lifetime. Trace amounts or not, that is still more than enough exposure to a potentially harmful carcinogen.

Aside from this issue, other harmful ingredients of tampons and sanitary pads may include dyes, preservatives, and pesticides. You should also avoid products or product wrappers with a fragrance or perfume, as they can cause further irritation to your skin. Another thing to consider besides the tampon itself, is the tampon applicator. Usually the applicators are either plastic or cardboard. The plastic applicators could potentially be harmful to you and are most certainly harmful to our environment. The cardboard applicators most often have a glossy coat for “easy insertion” but this glossy finish actually comes from phthalates, which are chemical plasticizers. These phthalates and plastics are known to interfere with normal endocrine system function, possibly leading to other health risks.

Not a fan of tampons? There are risks involving sanitary pad use as well, as most brands are not made of pure cotton either. Additionally, most pads and panty liners are backed with synthetic materials and plastic which restrict the free flow of air and trap heat and dampness. These conditions lead to increased chance of the growth of yeast and other bacteria. Other products like washes, wipes and douching are actually medically unnecessary and could also put you at risk for a bacteria infection. It is likely that potentially harmful pesticides are present in the packaging for feminine wipes, as they are used to maintain moisture and prevent bacteria growth within the package.

What Should I Use Instead?

Now that you’re aware of some of the potentially harmful ingredients of feminine hygiene big-name brands, let’s get to the good news. There are safe and healthy alternatives that will significantly lower harmful risks because of their natural ingredients. For example, there are products made with 100% organic or natural cotton, which is a more breathable fiber that is healthier for your body and for the environment. Look for brands that are chlorine and toxin free to avoid potentially dangerous chemicals. Use low-absorbency tampons and change them often to avoid Toxic Shock Syndrome (TSS). Avoid tampons with plastic applicators and pads with plastic backs or lining to reduce toxic waste. There are also reusable pads made from organic and unbleached cotton that can be machine-washed and used again, which also helps to protect the environment from disposable, plastic-backed main brands.

While topics and concerns of feminine hygiene often get swept under the rug, it’s time to become aware of what threats are hiding behind vague labels and dramatic commercials. Make a change to protect your body, and the environment at the same time.


Say Yes To

- Organic cotton

- Chlorine & toxin free

- Low absorbency

Say No To

- Fragrance & perfumes

- Genetically modified (GM) cotton

- Plastic applicators

- Chlorine-compound bleaching process