FMLYBND are a six piece electronic indie band that are a prime example of the every changing notion of family in these modern times. They hail from Isla Vista, California a densely populated youth haven perched above the bluffs of the Pacific Ocean just north of Santa Barbara. It’s literally a neverland of couch fires, stolen bikes, Floatopia, casual sex, Gaucho Ball and the best Halloween parties on the west coast. Void of adults (seeing anyone over read more >


When I first met Laura Mckellar, she didn’t say that she was an artist right away. She mentioned that she was from Australia, loved to travel, we talked about music, and what it was like to be staying a few months in LA. It was only after I dug a bit that she mentioned that she did design. She handed me a business card and on it was a woman with a bird on her head. I know read more >


I’m thankful for shops like Lone Flag because they make it impossible to look like a chump when you outfit yourself there. You don’t have to read fashion blogs or spend time cruising the mall, because you’re guaranteed to have guys like Sam Larson and gals like Kelli (husband and wife team) selectively placing every piece in the store. Shops like this are the absolute future. The sure fate of our entire consumer culture will be saved by read more >


Homme Girl is designed by Natalie Yuri and Brittenelle Fredericks and run by a solid group of LA based guys and gals. I came across their site through a friend and appreciated the no bullshit approach to fashion. On the girls side, I feel this is harder to find, as LA is home to a lot of over-the-top fashion. The line feels edgy, young, and sprinkled with some punk and rock and roll which for me really works. read more >


Album artwork by Laura Mckeller
Inspired by my move to Berlin and the time I spent lost in the city. There is no other place on earth that can evoke such a powerful, lonely, wondrous, state of mind. I lived for part of the time on Torstrasse in Mitte, sleeping on the floor of a friends study. During that time, I fell in love with deep house as it became the soundtrack to my explorations throughout the city. This read more >


FM Attack creates soundtracks to another era, his albums speak to another time and place in such a manner that I find myself gazing off into the distance, imagining myself ripping off down the road next to Ryan Gosling in Drive, or throwing parties with Cruise in Risky Business. Shawn Ward is the man behind FM Attack, whom we’ve featured in our Genius section a few years back. With the release of the new album Deja read more >

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The debut line from the New York brand Aimé Leon Dore launched online recently and I’m loving everything about this street-meets-high fashion line. What is thoroughly impressive is the attention to detail in everything from the stitching and hardware that adorn the clothing. Visit their online store here.

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The first single from Shadows, Opium, one of our favorite albums from 2011, finally has a video to go along with the amazing track. The music video is directed by Keegan Wilcox, starring Avan Jogia and Zoey Deutch, and produced by Dersu Rhodes and Steven Bender. Filmed in Mammoth CA in 2 full days, the finished product tells a story of love and addiction. You can find the song here and make sure to check out read more >

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Dora Kontha’s photographs feel strangely clinical even though her subjects are open, free, and majestic. Her grand landscapes somehow feel like intimate studies of our planet, a stunning, powerful waterfall through Dora’s lens seems to be delicate and quiet. When looking through Dora’s series titled Wanderlust I come across an image of a road heading straight into the side of the mountain, the scene is carefully framed, as if she painted the landscape with oils. The read more >

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Photo courtesy of Burning Man Blog All other photos courtesy of Michael Garlington.
Words and Interview by Kari Hendrick
A hundred different eyes stared back at me. Their black pupils seemed to be from another time, as if they were spirits lost in the transition from our world to theirs. “Who are these characters?” I wondered, as I looked up at the steeped walls of “The Chapel” – covered in black and white photos.
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Photos by James Chiang | Design by Dersu Rhodes | Curated by Lindsay Colip
Our friends in Germany use the expression guten rutsch when wishing someone a happy new year. Meaning good slide as in ‘have a good slide into 2014,’ they shout this phrase the days leading up to the clock chiming midnight. I heard this for the first time yesterday and loved it. I think they absolutely nailed where we all read more >

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words by Dersu Rhodes photos by Dean Bradshaw

I have reached a time in my life where I am confronted by a fashion/personality/lifestyle/age crisis. Sounds complicated and dramatic but it’s really very simple. The look I have at my age doesn’t really cater to being active in the way that I love to be. For example, I choose to dress more maturely than I did in high school and college; stylish read more >