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.
I feel like I’ve just watched a series of short films when I look through Evan’s work. The cinematic quality of his photography reminds me of some of my favorite independent or foreign films because of the types of moods he sets. The photos are simple, yet moving, and yes the subjects are beautiful, but it doesn’t feel overly glamorous or forced and instead the moments seem authentic and natural. Evan’s photos make us want to road trip, to play dress-up, to fall in love, to be young. We feel fortunate to be able to feature Evan’s work today, and hope you spend the time to look at more of his 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.
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:
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.
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.