words by Kari Hendrick
I have been expanding my collection of printed pants and recently came across a number that has me drooling all over. The pieces of Clover Canyon. These are not just printed pants, they are truly a work of art, and as I was creating a wish list, I saw their swim collection…and THEN, I saw their collaboration with Los Angeles based artist Alexandra Grant. Based out of LA, each piece depicts the lifestyle and joyful spirit of California. All of these patterns are drawn, cut, and sewn in house to fit like a kaleidoscope of colors over the curves of these sunkissed women. The prints, they say, embark on endless voyage, from the tribal plains of Africa and the courts of ancient kings, through the annals of art history, and beyond. They’re bold, vibrant, and seem to dare me to try them on.
You can check out the Fall 2013 line for Clover Canyon here:
Scout is a boutique in Seattle, Washington. Scout is a new brand and they are already turning heads like crazy, carrying a beautiful array of merchandise, all hand crafted, and all with a story. Pay them a visit next time you are in Seattle at 514 28th Ave or visit their site and pick up some gear for your next outdoor adventure.
Chicago born Jesse Boykins III is a R&B/soul singer-songwriter and producer who is currently touring with The Beauty Created Inside. Today we wanted to focus on Jesse’s style as his original flavor is easy on the eyes not to mention inspiring beyond measure. His combinations of traditional African garb, mixed with sophisticated wools and cotton silhouettes makes his style impeccable. Enjoy some of our favorite looks from his blog.
Blockshop Textiles embodies what it means to be ‘artisan made.’ Utilizing techniques used in Indian textiles over the past 350 years, the silk and cotton-blend scarves are as natural as they come. Each scarf is different, each design is unique and all of the scarves are are created and printed using only natural elements found in nature. Ingredients used in the process include dried onion skins, turmeric, pomegranate skins, mud, nuts and the sun. Each design is hand-carved into a wooden block and then hand-printed onto each scarf.
Blockshop Textiles is the creation of power trio Lily Stockman, Hopie Stockman and Vijendra Chhipa. Lily manages the designs while Hopie is at the helm of the business side and Vijendra brings a breadth of experience and knowledge as a fifth generation Master Printer. Blockshop also donates $2 from each scarf sold towards an initiative bringing a mobile eye care clinic to Bagru.
All images courtesy of blockshop.com
Childhood friends Alexia Hentsch and Max Von Hurter created Hentsch Man out of the search for the perfect white shirt. It was through the creation of this single staple item that the brand was born. Each item added to the line thereafter was built upon a mission to create classic pieces for the modern man.
Melding the ‘old’ meets ‘new’, they purposefully source European manufacturers that are dedicated to using traditional materials and techniques – literally making clothing for our generation in much the same way as how they were made for our grandparents. It is this attention to detail and fit that set the foundation for the brand. Their clothing achieves a daunting task of being tailored yet effortless, chic yet comfortable. London-based Hentsch Mann’s casual fit melds beautifully in creating a fashion forward and timeless look.
Information and images: hentschman.com.
Witness This cruised amongst the black and white of Le Beau’s LA launch party this last week. Seriously everyone at this party was wearing either black or white. It was hard not to be inspired by Le Beau’s latest line, shown to us by Nicholas Routzen who did his best to educate over jams by Erik Hart, Ross O’Carroll, Becka Diamond & DJ Whitney. The tee/tank cuts are duel gendered and as deep-necked as always. Materials soft and loose fitting, graphics clean and dialed. Beautiful people is the name of the game at these parties and we took part in a lot of trailing off conversations due to the amazing people watching. Lash is in the heart of the city and as we closed down the party and headed on our way, new tees in hand, we found ourselves walking quickly to dodge some shady street characters that surely just wanted a Le Beau’s Los Angeles Tee of their own.
The Real Collective is based out of Venice Beach California, and was started by Xavier Sotomayor and Paul Elliot.
They say: “The Real Collective brand is about reviving authenticity. We celebrate freedom, self expression, and those bold Americans of the past who were daring enough to take the road less traveled. We are currently developing new product lines with some tank styles coming out in the next week or so for the spring!”
We say: Simple and to the point, great blanks and perfect patterns. The textiles they use here are fresh and add that perfect bit of detail to stand out, but not too much. Easy to wear and a great price point for custom tees like this.
Garrett’s photography moves. His knack for creating action in a still frame is breathtaking, and his understanding of composition and color only adds to the gesture in his photography. I will have the opportunity to work along side Garrett in the days to come and am beyond excited at this opportunity. Make sure to check out the rest of Garret’s work, and stay tuned for a collaboration we will be showcasing soon.
Quality Peoples are back with Spring Summer 13. We’ve followed them from the days of just a blog, when it wasn’t just a blog, and more of a salute to minimal beauty and inspiration. Now we celebrate their newest line and continue to be inspired by their color palette’s; fresh, and confronting of redundant surf lifestyle clothing. qualitypeoples.com
Beautifully designed pieces coupled with a hopeful story and compelling imagery, New-York based clothing brand Maiyet inspires on a number of levels. Pulling from world travels and projects in India, Indonesia, Nairobi, Kenya and beyond, each season’s designs are strongly influenced by the creators’ cultural surroundings and experiences. The clothing is a combination of high-end modern chic bohemian, the pieces bold yet unassuming.
Maiyet joins forces with world-renowned photographers, cinematographers and directors and promotes and sources the work of local artisans in developing communities worldwide. The brand showcases more than the mere objects it sells but also successfully encompasses a lifestyle and a clear vision which is emanated through each campaign. Maiyet is the co-creation of a celebrated social entrepreneur Paul Van Zyl and humanitarian, Daniel Lubtzky who are dedicated to creating businesses with the pure intentions of promoting piece.
“Sleepwalking in the Rift” a film directed by Cary Fukunaga for Maiyet from MAIYET on Vimeo.
At only 19 years old, Margaret Zhang has already so much to be proud of. Not only does she have a serious grasp on fashion, blogging, modeling, and photography, but she also just so happens to study Law in Sydney. Her multiple intelligences come through on so many levels in her blog Shine by Three, and her most recent shoot where she models neoprene and leather for Leroy Nguyen and Harpers Bazaar blows my mind. Her stunning features are complimented in the way she poses; sophisticated, poignant, and minimalistic.