Where can you find a plot of grass with pretty ladies eating guacamole in the middle of the street? Only in your dreams and/or Todd Baxter‘s computer. It’s always exciting working with Todd because he’s a Photoshop genius and nothing ever quite looks like how it did in studio. My focus was on the wardrobe, which was directed to be ladies out at brunch. The challenge was finding clothing that was bright enough to break them away from the city background while also being climate appropriate. What I didn’t want was for the shot to look like a circus in color, or for the ladies to look like twin-kies in that they all dressed in very similar styles. Each girl needed to have their own personality, yet work together in proportion and color at the table. The solution… as always, bring a whole lot of options and play around with it until you have something that works.
Goochie, goochie, baby blog, you’re one year old! I started this on a whim and it has strangely become something that’s close to the front of my extra large head at all times. I feel oddly committed to it like it’s my pet goldfish. In reality, I shouldn’t care about it, but you’d hate to kill your goldfish. So here I am, 124 posts later, wondering why? I started this blog with the intentions of sharing all the tests I was working on, but then I got into the writing aspect of it, rather than just posting personal work. It makes me dive into topics that would have originally been an abrupt burp in my brain and never articulated. I was always anti let’s write down our feelings, therefore I’m a bit ashamed I skipped the 7th grade diary and went straight to blogging, but in a very strange way it has been really good for me. The fact that it’s out there in the open makes you really think about how you want to present your burps. In a sense, it’s exactly that, annoying to some and enjoyable to others. Look, right there, an Ah-ha moment through online self exploration, blogs are burps. Thanks for reading my friends. Let’s keep this goldfish alive.
Um…. I just received Bear Grylls shiny catalog for his new rugged clothing line. I guess to no surprise, Bear Grylls from Man vs. Wild, MacGyver to the great outdoors, and the leading Boy Scout of the galaxy (this statement is actually true, he’s numero uno on the international list of reputable scouts), clothing design seems like a natural step. I laughed as quickly as a hastily flipped through the pages to see if there was a camel carcass with cargo pockets. If you’ve seen it, you’re laughing there with me. If you haven’t, you might have missed the best 5 minutes of reality television, EVER! To sum it up, Bear visits the Sahara and hollows out a camel, first wrenching it’s excrement for water and then nestling in for a nap. For that, Bear, I’ll order a windbreaker.
Bear tests each item in the wild…. I think the cover says it all. Hilarious.
A big thanks to the super awesome photographer, Dave Rentauskas for asking me to style this entrepreneurial family who own the bar/liquor store, Maria’s Packaged Goods and Community Bar. Ed Marszewski, the creative engine behind the bar, a couple of art zines, and one of the coolest art spaces in town, Co-Prosperity Sphere, was chosen as Time Out’s Chip Off the Old Block. The kicker behind this shoot was that we couldn’t tell the family why we were photographing them AND I was directed to dress them in matching outfits. The challenge was to not make them feel like the Partridge family and finding wardrobe that still made them look like the hip people they are, while keeping the art director’s wishes. They were great sports, easy to photograph, and in the end look like a band I’d want to be part of. If you haven’t visited Marias Packaged Goods in Beverly, I highly suggest you do so. Killer Manhattans.
New SOCCER images I styled with the great, Thomas Chadwick. I really love these and want to give a big thanks to Thom for asking me to be part of it. If you’re wondering where you can find incredibly good looking people playing soccer in alleys, well, the secret is ours!
Driftwood- With its focus on reclaimed timber furniture and decor (they weren’t kidding about the name), the store’s edits contain articles that work around its rustic counterparts and make you feel like someone did really, really well at the best flea market you just missed. You may want to call it more of a general store, having equal parts furniture, books, and home chotskies, to apparel, accessories and shoes. An easy and more affordable one stop shop for your hip, tree hugging enthusiast. You’ll even find some vintage worked into the apparel selects. Located across the street from Mohawk General Store in Silver Lake LA, this store extends its North Woods flare, something I personally can’t get enough of.
They have a limited selection online at, http://driftwoodla.com/index.html.
Resurrection- This high-end designer vintage store does a large part of their business to studio and print pulls, but you may buy the pieces yourself if you sold something small, like your home and/or Bentley. You must be buzzed into the store and it’s very much of a look, but don’t touch type of situation. Nonetheless, it’s really excited to see Yves Saint Laurent, Versace, whomever else gowns from long before I was born in perfect condition. I also saw the largest Chanel bag I’ve ever seen, tucked high away from anyone’s grubby fingers, but close enough to think, dang… bring out the 24 hour guards because you would lose your arm if you dared to carry it down the street. With a sister store in NY and a constantly updated online store, Resurrection Vintage is a great place to be inspired.
Here’s what you’ll see before you get buzzed. Check out their website HERE.
LA’s very own department store, but far from what you’d consider typical. It fits the description in that you can shop for your whole family, your feet, and your home, but the vine-covered building is filled mostly with independent designers, with a J. Crew corner here and there. I’ve been following this store for a while, hadn’t been able to peak my head in until now, and I’d hate to say I was a bit underwhelmed. Maybe it’s the trend that’s in season, but I felt like I was in an overpriced pastel Pottery Barn display. It took high-end beachy to the next level, which feels like an oxymoron. Filled with mostly casual wear, I found that a 15 minute browse did the store justice. I hate to be negative about a store that has had continued success, but it didn’t quite get the juices flowing. Maybe next season.
Opening Ceremony– The single best store, EVER! I geek out in here. I annoyingly press the sales clerks with questions and admittedly aim to touch every article of clothing they sell. I have to get the most out of it while I’m there because my credit cards would sweat tears if I dare brought anything home. You won’t find a stitch of anything that feels mundane, it’s only filled with the other worldly. A good chunk of people would feel like a jackass attempting to wear half of the stuff, but that’s not the point. Not to sound heavy-handed, but it’s ready-to-wear art, that is, if you don’t mind pit staining your art. I have now gone to all three outposts in Tokyo, NYC and LA and only wish I was a neighbor. The store is even capable of making you chuckle. Look at this Rodarte for Opening Ceremony dress. It’s nothing short of the dresses made from curtains for the Von Trapp family in The Sound of Music.
The store stands alone off from the high-end stores on Melrose on La Cienaga Blvd and resembles a 1950’s car dealership, with big iron letters wrapped in Christmas lights out front. There are many nooks and crannies with its jigsaw layout. Make sure you don’t miss a crevice because there’s a lot of thought and love that went into each one. Click on the picture below to bring you to the site.
TenOverSix– Started off with accessories, now how has a little bit of everything you want from apparel to books, this bright white store that’s perfectly edited is here to stay, and started during the recession no less. Voted as one of the top 5 boutiques in the country by the New York Times, and for good reason. You can tell a lot of love goes into each of the store’s selections. You won’t walk away with a paper bag full of goods, (unless you eat money mcmuffins for breakfast), but you will leave with a million ideas. They also have the coolest bag I’ve seen in a long time, from Slow and Steady Wins the Race, the four-sided Birken that you can see HERE.
Located 8425 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles CA. Check out their website at, http://shop.tenover6.com/
Mohawk General Store– I’m a sucker for anything that is designed with an old world north woods flare, therefore my creepy, unexplainable to others smile while browsing through this store was tough to wipe away. I feel like this store was meant for me. If I had unlimited funds, I would curate my closet with everything they sell. They carry A.P.C., Generic Surplus, Industry of All Nations, Rachel Comey, and much, much, more. To top it off, they display it on the most beautiful mid century modern furniture from Amsterdam Modern. No wonder they have unlimited good press. If you’re ever galivanting through the great LA neighborhood called Silver Lake, make sure you give this store a stiff browse. http://www.mohawkgeneralstore.net/
Creatures of Comfort– Filled with a whole lot of whimsey, and subtle, one of a kind details, it’s hard to do a quick lap through this store without admiring all the work that goes into every piece. With that being said, they weren’t lying when they gave it their name because you won’t find anything that you wouldn’t want to wear on a 12 hour flight. There’s plenty from great up and coming designers, such as Isabel Marant, Bernard Wilhem, Alexander Wang and Opening Ceremony. You’ll say a lot to yourself while browsing, “It’s so ugly, it’s pretty,” which also creates the feeling of things being unexpectedly cool, but timeless, a fine line to achieve.
After 6 years of success on Melrose in LA, and an overwhelming demand for an outpost in NYC, they opened a store in Nolita, but I doubt they’ll stop there. With store owner Jade Lai’s creativity, I bet we’ll start to see store concepts we’ve never seen before. For example, she recently hosted an event for United Bamboo’s cat pin-up calendar, curated a photography exhibition by Peter Sutherland that documented a Nepalese workshop and opened a store-within-a-store for Playmountain, a design boutique in Tokyo that features artisanal housewares. I’m very excited to see what Creatures of Comfort does next. http://shop.creaturesofcomfort.us/