Maison Kitsuné’s Spring/Summer 2016 collection evokes the intense brightness of Sahara Desert coupled with the soft calming nature of a mirage. In “Paris Desert” Kitsune uses subdued neutral contrasted with vibrant blue, indigo, and green. He also experiments with texture, using material that ranges from raw cotton to moleskin. This collection was made to catch the eye of every Parisian, or Angeleno for that matter, who has their heart set on exploration, adventure, and refined design. Have at it above and below:
In Fear of God’s first collection, Chi-town native/L.A. transfer, Jerry Lorenzo took on 90s grunge. For his second collection, BROTHER’S KEEPER, Jerry and his creative partner Ceeje Sargent went a decade further and took inspiration from another subculture, this time from across the pond – designing clothing similar to the type of uniform any 80s English skinhead would’ve worn.
These working-class, British exiled mods not only had awesome taste in dub music – they had a striking, intimidating, hard look starting from the top of their shaved heads down to their steel-toed boots – and every must-have crisp-cut apparel in between. FOG’s collection carries the old street-tough attitude while revising the skinhead image to appeal to a more fashion savvy and politically open-minded guy.
The video released with FOG’s new collection was shot by cinematographer Christian San Jose and it features a gang of three tattooed male models, Micky Ayoub, Josh Scroggins, and Luk Magil, layered in Lorenzo’s modern approach to the iconic British rude boy look: puffy bomber jackets, bloody red button-downs, side-zipped hoodies, long draped tees, cream and grey dropcrotch shorts, and white cozy thermals. If this was England, it is now Los Angeles. The items were made for L.A.’s always changing winter weather. The video is accompanied by an in-studio look book shot by Cameron McCool.
You can pre-order the clothing starting December 16th.
Raan Parton, founder and creative director of Apolis, along with his wife Lindsay Parton, recently opened Alchemy Works – a stylish multipurpose garage-like retail store, art gallery, and event space. The large, bright, open studio with its high ceiling and burnish concrete floor was designed to reflect Raan’s hometown of breezy Santa Barbara. He wanted to bring cool beach vibes to the industrial-chic area known as the Art District, asserting that even downtown L.A. will have endless summers.
For it’s launch, Alchemy Works is selling its centerpiece, a neatly polished dark blue 1959 Fiat Abarth Spyder convertible, the only one in the U.S. yet somehow perfectly designed for a sunset drive down PCH. And fret not ladies, although the shop may look like a man’s dream garage, not everything in the store is for guys, there are some well-selected items for women as well.
Almost all of the items in the store, including the art pieces, are made in California. Much like the art, everything in the store will be rotated in an effort to continue to provide a platform to showcase as many designers, photographers, and all around creatives that live in our city. Stop by frequently – there’ll always be something new to check out.
Allow them to reintroduce themselves as: DURIMEL. Originally known, affectionately, as ‘Those Damn Twins.’ The twenty-year-old fashion bloggers/film students have already re-branded themselves in the fashion world. With a name that better matches their personal aesthetic, Jalan and Jibril Durimel are laying the groundwork so their namesake defines them, and no one else. Born in Paris, the boys spent some formative years in Miami and the Caribbean before landing in Los Angeles the Summer of last year, making them perfect candidates for our latest style-blog series, The Diplomats.
LAC’s latest style exhibition, aptly named The Diplomats, gives the good people of the Internet access to those tastemakers who have chosen to hang their hat in the greatest city in the world (Bias? Maybe). We are bringing you the movers and shakers who have migrated to Los Angeles and are now representing their respective countries and/or cities while making a considerable stylistic contribution to the LA culture and scene. We asked Jalan and Jibril to style some pieces from Zanerobe’s upcoming SS ‘14 collection, and the results are smart outfits that feel wise beyond their years — It must have something to do with always having a pseudo-mirror equipped with opinions and good taste.
We sat down and spoke with the Durimel twins about blogging and what’s ahead for their bourgeoning career in fashion.
LA CANVAS: Do you like being seen as twins or as individuals?
DURIMEL: We like the twin thing but we feel like, this might sound cocky, but without us being twins, I feel like I’d be just as good… We are good together but we can create on our own as well. We don’t want to just feed off of that twin effect. That’s why we changed our name, too.
LAC: You guys chose to change your name from Those Damn Twins to Durimel. Why do you think that was a good move for your image?
D: We are still always going to be Those Damn Twins, but we had to change it. It was just like, we would walk around and people started recognizing us and that was cool, but people were like, ‘Oh my god, it’s Those Damn Twins!’ and I’m thinking, man, branding-wise, we are doing collaborations with [people like] Ozwald Boateng and it might sound weird to see ‘Those Damn Twins’ [in print].
LAC: Where did the “Those Damn Twins” name come from?
D: It was [originally] a YouTube video, and we made our own YouTube page. At first, it was just Jabril and it was called Jabril Talk, then I joined the show and we changed the name to Those Damn Twins. We weren’t even into fashion, it was supposed to be a comedy page. When we decided to get into fashion we felt we should drop the less serious name and stick with our last name.
LAC: Why did you ditch the comedy show in lieu of fashion?
D: Well the YouTube thing, it got some buzz but growing up it just got corny. Older people made YouTube videos but they were genuinely funny, and they can appeal to an older audience. With us, we used to show the videos to our mom and she would be like, ‘yea its funny, for your age,’ and… our mom laughs at everything so we knew we were doing something wrong. The videos were our biggest time of trial and error.
LAC: You guys are in LA for film school too, right?
D: Yea we are studying film, but we more want to use the techniques we have learned in school [in fashion]. [T]he thing I am realizing now is that I am more of an avant garde thinker in art and everything, so, I would take lighting techniques in film and bring them into fashion… We realized we like things that are more subtle and less in your face. We are definitely going to use film for that.
LAC: What’s the long-term plan for your blog/careers?
D: We’ve started thinking more than just blogging, pretty much. For the future, we just want to focus on expanding things. We want to push our photography. We want to start pushing that more so our shoots become more like editorials. Eventually, we want to start a clothing line, but not yet because we like to think things through and study who’s in the industry, why are they in the industry, who are the good ones, who are the bad ones – so when we dive in we are doing good.
LAC: What do you not respect about the bloggers currently on the scene? What would you say is the biggest thing they are doing wrong?
D: They’re too content with accepting free things, too content with accepting to be invited to fashion week, they’re too commercial, in a sense. There is nothing technically bad, they are doing something good. They’re like tutorial blogs that teach normal people how to dress, but that’s what we don’t want to do. We don’t want to be a tutorial blog, we want to just create. In a sense, we are teaching inspiration more than fashion; anybody can see it and take inspiration from that.
LAC: Do you feel the direction you are going in is organic?
D: It is organic but it is what we want. Our friends that do the same things we do – low key – are like ‘oh man how did you guys get to where you’re at,’ but its not about how we get to this but organically it’s what we wanted. Organically I moved up. Some people don’t realize when we blog how much time we put into it. I wake up thinking about it. I go to sleep thinking about it. Half the time I am searching for how to get better at it. Constantly, every single minute.
LAC: We asked you guys to style pieces from the upcoming Zanerobe collection. What do you like about their clothes?
D: What we love about Zanerobe is how the pants can be worn pushed up. Ever since we did a shoot with them and they sent us some pieces it’s all we’ve been wearing. I’ll literally wear them to school and then to a really high end party, where people have to be well dressed. I like that so much about these pants. We hope to continue working with them. There’s cool people that work there, too.
Additional pieces provided by Jalan and Jibril Durimel.
MODELS/STYLING: Jalan and Jibril Durimel
ART DIRECTION: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
STYLING: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Wales
SPECIAL THANKS to Zanerobe.
Flagship Agency practice what they preach, which is: “live good, look good, feel good.” This past Tuesday was no exception as they threw an event to celebrate their efforts behind the launch of L.A. Men’s Market. The creative agency, whose clients consist of a long list of local and global menswear clothing brands, hosted the affair at their headquarters, the historic Kim Sing Theater located in the rolling hills of Chinatown. With downtown as it’s backdrop, the 1926 building no longer looks like the era it was built in. Flagship has kept the classic marquee but completely modernized the inside into a spacious creative loft which, as the night progressed and more invitees entered, began to feel more like a playhouse full of party vibes.
Buyers and streetwear enthusiasts were sporting their best gear while being treated to music spun by DJ Forest Bump, a performance by The Summer Twins, and an open bar sponsored by Cutty Sark Whisky, James Boag Premium Lager, and Troublemaker Wine with an interactive photobooth set up by The Tommy B. LA CANVAS was there snapping a few pics and feeling turnt up.
Welcome to week two of OBSESSED, our little list of things that make our hearts flutter and our wallets antsy (see last week’s installment here). This week, we switch it up. We added something cute and cuddly to the list. We help you with your fall wardrobe, and give you a chance to gain some karma points – the holiday season is coming up and you don’t want coal in your stocking, right? Anyway, read on, my minions, and once again, share your obsessions by using Instagram to its full potential and use #LACANVASOBSESSED.
When it comes to what to wear this fall in LA, it gets a little confusing. October is almost over and a lot of us are still in shorts, light dresses and sandals. While we can’t wait to don a coat and beanie, we also cannot wait to bring some of the spring and summer colors into our fall wardrobe. Pastels are feminine, chic, and just plain fun. Wear your usual all-black, and throw on a pink coat. You’ll look fashion-forward, and because LA weather never knows what it wants, you can invest in some key powder-hued pieces guilt-free since you can totally wear them again in spring! Ultimately, you win.
Must of us are told we shop too much, but if it’s for a good cause, it’s acceptable, right? Well, whether or not that excuse works for your shopaholics anonymous meeting, you need to head over to Sevenly.com. In 2011 the idea came about to mix merchandise with proceeds for multiple foundations – ones that change every week. The site has everything from clothing to water bottles to jewelry – we promise it’s stuff you want to actually wear/own. And, $7 from every purchase will be donated to the cause. Watch the video above to hear about where proceeds will go this week.
ORIBE 24K GOLD POMADE
All gold errythang is our motto, and now we can have gold more than just on our chain. Oribe’s 24k Gold Pomade will have you looking as luxurious as ever. You’ll look sun-kissed and might be mistaken for stepping out of a 1970s disco (they were into glitter then, right?). You may think this is a little much and that it isn’t your steeze, but it should be – you deserve to shine bright. Now, If all that positive reinforcement didn’t help, just remember Tom Ford did the scents for Oribe hair products. That’s reason enough to be caught gold-handed. We’ll say no more.
Nick Wooster is the epitome of a badass in the menswear game. Mens fashion is all the rage and everyone is trying to take things to the next level, but this silver fox is one to be taking pointers from. He’s completely put together, ALWAYS. Rocking everything from a three-piece suit to pastel shorts, he’s not a businessman – he’s a business, man. Okay, he is a businessman too, but we take every opportunity to quote Jay-Z. #SorryNotSorry
Everyone needs a sidekick, and what better sidekick than a hairless creature that fits in your arms. These cute – and contrary to popular belief – cuddly kittens, really know how to make our heart melt (or maybe just ours). These Doctor Evil pals have a canine temperament with a feline aesthetic – so you don’t have to be just a dog or just a cat person – you get the best of both worlds. So, If you have at least $1,500 lying around, you can own one. Buy us one too, tho.
What started off as a bet over beer, two friends/designers – Leith Testoni and Jonathon Yeo – both felt they could design the better shirt. Now, 11 years later, the game evolved into a complete menswear line that can be found in over 300 stores globally. The Australian-based brand aims to bridge the gap between youthful streetwear apparel and mature menswear clothing by creating items that are clean, sophisticated, and progressive. Famous for their bottoms, a mixture of slim fitting chinos and comfortable harem pants, ZANEROBE also offers a complete collection of printed button-downs, graphic tees, swim trunks, knitted sweaters, and various jackets. All of which are designed to reflect a culture of fashion-conscious males who want to make sure their style is always on point.
ZANEROBE steers clear of womenswear, it narrows its focus on only creating forward-thinking menswear clothing, “leaving nothing to chance in the pursuit of quality.” Created and designed in Sydney, Australia, the line’s down under lifestyle of surfing, partying, and travel, naturally mirrors familiar Southern California culture. They just recently set up shop at the California Market Center, and that’s where LAC caught up with Dan, formerly their Canadian distributor and now their North American brand manager, to tell us more about the clothing line that’s winning over L.A.
You’ve been in L.A. for over a year, how do you like it?
I love it. It’s been good. I’ve found that if you apply yourself in the U.S. market, more specifically in places like downtown Los Angeles, if you’re just a really good person, a really hard worker, and you have a really good product that stands out, the doors really open.
Do you think you’ve got the feel of L.A. already?
Definitely. I’m fortunate enough to meet great people in the downtown area, but I got some friends in Venice and in certain other areas. I find that quickly in L.A. you get your bearings in areas that you relate to. You need to be open when you move to a new city, you need to allow yourself to meet new people, be yourself, and you’re going to find that you will relate to one area more than another.
Do you think this brand from Australia relates to L.A. somehow?
It does. That was why they brought me down here. I was more aware of what was happening in North America as a whole. I would come down here every two weeks anyways. I got familiar with L.A. and the U.S. as a whole.
Does the brand bring something fresh to L.A.?
Yeah, we do. Our brand is really about the lifestyle of ZANEROBE. I think we’re doing something special, but more importantly I think the people behind our brand are really passionate and we’re finding that also in our loyal customers. If you have a brand that can relate to a very specific group or a very diverse group of people, they will buy into that lifestyle. Same thing with music.
Yeah, music and fashion complement one another. What do you think is the soundtrack to ZANEROBE?
We have such an eclectic sound. Our Sydney office loves house, guys like Soul Clap.
And at this office?
Kedrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, J.Rocc, a lot of west coast stuff. Me specifically, Passion Pit, Edward Sharpe, and Drake.
The brand started off as a bet between two guys to see who can design the best shirt. Does that brand still have that competitive spirit?
I think we’re all competitive. It’s a healthy competition, and we’re all really good friends. There is a team of about ten who are running this brand. We all carry a lot on our shoulders. With the amount of pressure that we have we need to keep it healthy. There’s competition between the U.S. market and the Australian market, but it’s fun.
Do you feel you’re competitive with other brands?
There are some amazing brands doing incredible stuff and we take inspirations from what they’re doing, not necessarily design-wise, but we take inspiration from other creative people. That being said, we also see other brands taking inspiration from us and kind of knocking us off. That’s fine. That’s flattering in our opinion.
What kind of guys do you see wearing your clothes?
Our guys are so diverse. We have the hipster kids, we got the urban crowd, we have the guys who are wearing certain streetwear brands but now they’re grown up and they want to have a mature silhouette that isn’t so baggy. We have guys who travel a lot and they need to wear extremely comfortable clothing.
Do you think there’s a difference between streetwear and menswear?
We’re seeing things coming together but labeling is difficult.
What do you label yourselves?
We say, “street meets neat.” It’s progressive streetwear. The brand can be worn in so many ways.
So many guys are into fashion now. Where do you think menswear is at?
The philosophy right now behind menswear is really exciting. We’re seeing cool guys like A$AP Rocky being passionate about fashion. Influential tastemakers are influencing guys to step up their game and do something. Men’s fashion is going through a modern-day renaissance. If you look back, guys like The Rat Pack took pride in what they look like. Now it’s not about what you’re wearing it’s about how you wear it.
The way I see fashion, it’s an extension of someone’s personality at any given time. I also find that guys are not being put in a box. Just because you’re a stock broker doesn’t mean you have to wear a suit every day. You can express yourself through fashion and there are so many influential guys out there who are on a celebrity side of things and those who aren’t.
What’s the lifestyle of ZANEROBE?
Our lifestyle is really fun. It’s guys who don’t take life too seriously, but they’re real hard workers who are passionate about everything that they do and they want to be the best at it.
Learn more about ZANEROBE at ZANEROBE.com
UPXUNDR pretty much gets it: Streetwear is the new menswear. This LA-based brand started creating menswear and streetwear synergy just a few months ago, and already have a medley of perfectly-executed button-up baseball jerseys made from atypical materials. Also part of their collection is the sought-after Lord Tee with its perfectly baby-soft feel and classic fit. With smart menswear pieces like these, the movement is experiencing something of a renaissance, and those smart enough to stay TRU to their niche market will prevail.
UPXUNDR owners Jon, Jovin and Jun are producing the clothes they want to wear as adults, while still paying homage to those years growing up in the $treetwear $truggle. UPXUNDR‘s authenticity and gimmick-free designs are what men want to wear right now– and the ladies have taken notice, too. The brand responded accordingly and hopes to soon make extra smalls available to a more dainty clientele. For this week’s VENUS//MARS online feature, our in-house stylists here at LA CANVAS demonstrate the female//male potential of the perfectly crisp white poplin baseball jersey from their latest collection (available online next week).
As per usual, we take our featured garments to the mean streets of Los Angeles to exist in their natural state.
If this is what UPXUNDR looks like on the grind, well, we can’t wait to see what’s next.
Can’t wait till next week? To pre-order the white poplin baseball jersey right now, contact: [email protected]
FEMALE MODEL: Madison Williams @ LA Models
MALE MODEL: Joel Alexander @ Next
ART DIRECTOR: Lauren McQuade
STYLING: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
MAKEUP ARTIST: Michelle Sosnowski
PHOTOGRAPHERS: Mark Wales, Ron Pre
What happens when the unconventional becomes popular? In the case of menswear designers, Public School, increased popularity simply means more people at your parties. It’s been said that the principal fundamentals of “cool” are achieved through a nuanced concoction of rebellion, aesthetic inclination, confidence and individuality. Turns out, being hip—and we’re not talking about Generation Y’s collective ethos of ironic living—is achieved by the timeless act of truly doing you.
The concept that authenticity will persevere is equal parts rudimentary and complex, and a notion that’s undoubtedly woven into the fabric of the universe. Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne have been marrying street logic and luxury since their tenures at 2004 CFDA award-winner, Sean John. Just a few years after meeting at the urban powerhouse, the duo reunited to produce cult-favorite menswear brand, Public School. Smart, athletic tailoring, a downtown sensibility, and opulent fabric choices fuse to construct a hybrid that pleases both the anti-hero and the notoriously exclusive fashion industry simultaneously.
“In terms of the staying underground, we want to affect as many people as possible, we aren’t interested in keeping it a little niche brand . . . not saying we’re trying to make it a megabrand, but eventually our goal is to make sort of a global lifestyle brand. It’s such a cliché, but for us to launch into different product categories, eventually produce women’s, retail, you know—all those things are in our plan. I don’t think the goal was ever to keep it this small underground thing. It’s great that it is—everyone has to start somewhere—but we’re really trying to grow.”
READ THE FULL ARTICLE IN OUR ISSUE HERE.
If there’s a style of menswear that has outlived its own decade without it simply surviving out of nostalgia or irony, and without showing any hint of winding down, it would probably be grunge. Made popular by bands such as Alice in Chains, Stone Temple Pilots, and of course Nirvana, the rugged look of jeans and a button down shirt, primarily plaid, has become the go-to outfit for just about every guy regardless if they’re in a band or not. It’s comfort that unintentionally became fashionable.
The L.A. clothing line Fear of God has updated the early 90s scene by creating darker contemporary grunge-like items that may remind you of modern fashion apparel designed by the likes of Alexander Wang and Rick Owens. Fear of God recently released their end of summer lookbook for their SS13 collection Final Delivery, with items that include a long clean tee, a fitted side-zipped plaid shirt, and a short-sleeve hoodie, all of which hold on to what made grunge so great in the first place, comfort.
See their collection: http://fearofgodla.com
London-based designer Adrien Sauvage knows how to keep guys looking so fresh and so clean-clean in typical A. Sauvage style of “dress easy.” The celeb fashion consultant and former professional basketball player recently released his SS14 collection, full of nature prints and light-colored, earth-tone pieces that reflect Adrien’s multicultural heritage of West Africa and The British Isles.
Inspired by his great-grandfather’s move from Nigeria to Scotland in the 1950s, the young designer used Savannah landscape prints by German artist Nelson Crespo for his tees and pullovers, while using English solids and Scottish-influenced plaid textiles for his more sophisticated items, smoothly blending modern street casual with traditional menswear.
Just like in previous A. Sauvage collections, artist Basquiat served as a muse. The radiant child, who famously walked down the runway for Commes des Garçon in the 80s, had his own personal style of natural coolness, usually wearing boyish outfits and tailored fitting suits.
See the full collection at A. Sauvage.
Parisian Brand Sandro would not be the first this season to be adapting Californian surf and skate culture into their latest collection. With brands like Katin collaborating with Club Monaco and designers like Shaun Samson taking queues for their streetwear collections, Sandro’s menswear designer Ilan Chetrite customizes a limited-edition line of t-shirts and skateboards with Hugh Holland’s legendary photos.
Classic California imagery from the famed Hugh Holland’s “Locals Only” book on 70’s Skate culture are translated into the French streetwear brand’s California collection on digitally printed shirts and color blocked skateboards.
T-shirts are available at $130 and Skateboards at $250 at Sandro
We spy some 90s inspiration coming from London mens apparel company Tourne De Transmission. Color blocking, monochromatic and strong imagery is an aesthetic that TDT loves to hold on to and they do so in alluring fashion. The “Streets is a Jungle” tagline is nicely executed to represent these paneled shorts, printed sweaters, leather biker jacket and caps for their 2014 collection.
A menswear lookbook modeled by a female? A novel idea, but the Goodhood Store newly released Spring/Summer 2013 Menswear Lookbook, “The Art of Looking Sideways” is gorgeous and has our attention. Featuring model Francesca Chantell, Goodhood’s lookbook showcases an effortless style we love. Unorthodox as it may be, let’s face it, women look better in menswear then we ever did. Head over to their store to pick up brands like Maiden Noir, Paul Smith, NEIGHBORHOOD, Norse Projects and more.
Photography: Two of Swords
Model: Francesca Chantell
Downtown Angelenos are more than familiar with the oft-unpleasant sights and sounds from “man’s best friend.” Luckily, Manchester-based online retailer Togs + Clogs remind us that the furry creatures can be cute, too, at least in paper form. Their latest lookbook features the creative stand-in, “Gerald,” an adorable paper-crafted dog. The quirkily patterned creature was hatched by the creative minds at Lazerian and is the perfect companion for Manchester’s lookbook campaign of floral prints and casual prep. If only the prepsters in our high schools were so well-dressed.
Photographer: Tom Cockram
Styling: John-Paul Cassidy