With summer just around the bend we found it fitting to feature the photography of Jenavieve Belair. Her knack for positioning herself around stunning, stylish young women makes us all want to be so lucky. Jenavieve paints a picture of a perfect summer day using the quintessential real life props; beers, skateboards, sunnies. We pulled a few of our favorites and suddenly found we had a badass collection of beauties wearing sunglasses, then we threw in a few more of our favorites for good measure. Jenavieve hails from Southern California and shoots brands such as Raen, RVCA, Port and a few more of our favorites. Enjoy much more of her work here.
The West is dead!
You may loose a sweetheart,
But you won’t forget her.
-Charles M. Russell
Our friends at Aloha Sunday in San Diego, turned us on to this daring duo of clothing designers, known in the apparel world as The West Is Dead. Will Cheng and Kaelen McCrane’s story begins in Northern Montana and has since then moved them to LA where they hand stitch every seam and make everything in their line right here in America. Their line breathes the history of the West and of the people who came before us; the Blackfeet Indians and the Montana ranchers and settlers (people the likes of Charlie Russell whose letter to a friend is the inspiration for the name of the brand). I refer to Will and Kaelen as daring designers because of their story, and the chance they took together coming south from Montana, spending all of their money and investing all of their time on their first line of clothing and then displaying it in an authentic way, staying true to the story of the west in every way they could.
The clothing is stunning. From the hand-stitched durable salvaged denim, to the chambray cotton chino, every material is used purposefully, and every detail adds a point of difference to the item. The women’s line is classic, feminine, and tasteful carrying everything from 100% custom California knit pocket tees, to left hand twill chinos.
My sister Nissa and I both come from Whitefish, Montana, a small town an hour west of Browning, which is where The West Is Dead established their first partnership with Chief Earl Old Person, the Chief of the Blackfeet Indian Nation and past president of the Intertribal Buffalo Council (ITBC), a cooperative of 57 American Indian nations and over 15,000 head of buffalo. Endorsed by the Wildlife Conservation Society, the ITBC is a non-profit organization established in 1990 to coordinate and assist American Indian tribes returning the buffalo to their native lands. We have spent time in Browning and have seen what the first nations people struggle with on a daily basis. They have been pushed from their land into reservations, and their lifeline which was and is the buffalo was taken from them. The fact that The West Is Dead supports the Indians reuniting with the buffalo is a cause we will support until the end of our days.
We are honored to feature TWID today on Witness This and hope that you take the time to watch their videos, and take a look at their look book. Please visit them online or pay them a visit in various stores across LA and San Diego. You can be sure that you will be purchasing American made products that are durable, hand-made, that will last a lifetime, and support a just cause that pays tribute to the proudest people/cultures of this nation.
All photos and diptychs by Luke Van Voorhis. Shot with Canon A-1, Canon AE-1 Program, and Canon AE-1 35mm cameras.
All photos by Luke Van Voorhis. Shot with Canon A-1, Canon AE-1 Program, and Canon AE-1 35mm cameras loaded with Fuji Acros 100 and Ilford XP2 400 black and white film.
Eliot Lee Hazel seems to embrace mysterious. His photography is theatrical yet remains bare which is one of the reasons I was so drawn to his work. I began pulling images to feature after I came upon this LA based photographers work last week, but quickly realized that I had practically put aside his entire online portfolio. In a way Eliot’s photos remind me of the old Stereoscopic apparatus’s where you could look into them and they seemed like far off three dimensional worlds. The soft edges, arresting colors, and alluring subjects all add to the stories told through his camera.