It’s easy to write off something different. Growing up with a name like Dersu in Montana wrote me off as strange right off the bat, and I spent a big part of my middle school being the target of endless heckling. In a place like Denver, Colorado, Tikwid could be seen as the odd kid out, however when you begin to get to know what the brand/store represents and the cultural influences that permeate the shop, it doesn’t read more >


Inspiration is an imaginary coattail, an invisible road map, childlike wonder at the moon, a run through an open field, and the sun beaming down on closed eyelids. It slips in like a cool morning breeze and rushes out with the tide. It’s sand in your hand – all there, then slips away all at once. Fall freely into the crashing waves. Move with intention, be cautious, don’t be deterred by the possibility of a storm up ahead. Use the read more >

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It’s impossible to ignore what Justin Sullivan is doing with his camera. Justin is LA based and shoots fashion, lifestyle, and still life’s that are bold, clean, impactful and sexy. His color palette seems to channel an edgier part of LA, where deep set eyes, eerie with missed nights of sleep, stare vacantly at the camera and it’s a mystery as to how the six packs emerged from gym-less, cigarette smoking bodies. His work is diverse so make read more >


Thomas Erst is a midwest transplant making unique wood creations in Los Angeles, California under the name Thomas Wayne Woodworks. Now a seasoned craftsman, Thomas came to the West Coast years ago somewhat lost in life and searching for his true calling.  As cliche as it may be, a series of events unfolded that led him into a profession that is both hard work and true passion. Thrust out of his familiar midwest surroundings, read more >


With all the storms racing down the midwest and east coast I thought it would be nice to remind everyone that over seas our Australian brothers and sisters are dancing on the beach, trunking it in the ocean, and just generally being good looking. It’s summer in Oz and The Astral Plane recently launched some new gear for us guys. Loving the 60’s vibe of this stuff, and the one-color printed tees and tanks. See more read more >


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 >


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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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