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.
We featured Voo for the ladies last week, but now it’s all about the guys. Opening Ceremony, DSTM, Carven, and Acne are a few of the brands gracing the Voo store’s interior. Blacks, grays, and browns usually tell winters story and as a lot of the items at Voo still scream winter with oranges and traditionally fall hues, we love how color is still a focus and finds itself scattered through the line. Check out the ladies post from last week if you missed it! Voo Ladies.
The opposite of most stores in Southern California, Berlin’s boutiques are filled with enough amazing sweaters and jackets to make any winter living soul not only warm, but looking fantastic. I found myself lost in Voo Store last month located on Oranienstr. in Kreuzberg Berlin, and this shop proved to be one of my favorites in the city. The girls section was amazing filled with brands such as Reality Studio, Wood Wood, and Stine Goya. Voo has a sale cranking post holidays and I thought it fitting to feature some of my favorite tops from the girls side.
No one makes us want to slip on a pair of skin-tight eagle print spandex pants more than Australia’s We Are Handsome. Animal prints have never looked this good. And we’re not talking just leopards – we’re talking eagles and elephants, birds of paradise and even jellyfish. We Are Handsome’s 2013 video lookbook for their new line, “The Enchanted” has been released. Chosen to accompany the imagery is RAC’s “Hollywood”, and yet perhaps an unexpected soundtrack to pair with a swimline by the name of “The Echanted”, it perfectly sets the tone for a high-class, nonchalant poolside swim safari in some seriously incredible prints. We Are Handsome does it again. And again.
Video courtesy of Nylon Mag
All images courtesy of wearehandsome.com
Influenced by the Mexican beach culture, Toronto-based Scout & Catalogue was born from creator and designer Breanna Musgrove’s year living in Mexico in 2009. It was there she began exploring the craft of tye-dying leather and ‘accidently’ began making bags and scarves. A couple of years since her trip and currently living back in Canada, Scout & Catalogue is steadily gaining ground and continues to create unique and quality accessories. Now expanding to include “The Scavenger Series” and the “Yard Sale”, Musgrove uses fabrics sourced from thrift stores and restores unique vintage pieces. Also be sure to check out the blog featuring beautiful imagery and designs.