FUTURE SEX LOVE SOUNDS: FUTURE ISSUE RELEASE PARTY

We can sleep when we’re dead. At least that’s what we told ourselves while putting together our baby, The Future Issue. Sound crazy? Not so much. But sleep depravation is only worth as much as the the extraordinary people and places we covered in our November/December issue, and it was only right that we hastily clocked out last Thursday to prepare our livers for a grand party celebrating the release of our magazine. With low ceilings and dim lighting, the ambiance at Hollywood’s newest underground bar, Dirty Laundry, provided the perfect space for clandestine dancing and libations for all, toasting our city’s most innovative creatives, artists, thinkers, and doers trailblazing their way into the future.

Of course, what better way to throw a party than to have it soundtracked by some of our city’s most talented musicians? Special guest Mystery Skulls set the tone for the night alongside our Soulection homies AbJo and Andre Power, and the ladies of Immigré.

Big ups to our friends with benefits and partners in crime who help us in spoiling our guests:  Tri-Antler | Grammy Museum | Warner Bros Music | The Vape Supply Co. | Monaco Vodka Cocktails | Sharetapes | Branded Arts | Duster Skateboards | Hint Water | See You Monday | Zanerobe. Proceeds from our silent auction will go to the Epilepsy Foundation.

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Much thanks to our photography partners: Tommy B for keeping the memories alive with a killer photo booth and Guest of a Guest for assisting with photo coverage. Photo credit for GOFG pictures: Nathan Telea.

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THANK US NOW: THE COMPREHENSIVE GIFT GUIDE FOR EVERYONE IN YOUR CALL LOG

The holidays give some the warm fuzzies, and others perennial anxiety– at least for the latter group, the goddess (and Mr. Gore) gave us online shopping.  So before you adjust the backlight on your screen in the name of commercial nostalgia, why not take a peek at our CliffsNotes?

THE PRETENTIOUS MUSICIAN 

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1. Around the World in 80 Raves: A Guide to Best Parties & Festivals on the Planet
PRICE: $14.95 (via Urban Outfitters)
For those veteran EDC attendees, maybe it’s time they take their raver experience to new horizons. Place this book into the hands of the right kandi-toting, shufflin’ EDM-aficionado straight out of UC Irvine, and you will never see them ever again.

2. Amoeba gift cards
PRICE: Depends… how much does this person actually deserve?
Normally we’d point you to gift cards only if it’s the last absolute last resort, but truthfully, any pretentious musician will go ga-ga over some records from Amoeba. So throw a bone, or a vinyl or two, to your favorite crate-digger.

3. LSTN headphones
PRICE: Troubadours – $150 | Fillmores – $100 | Bowerys – $50
No matter your giftee’s degree of pretension, LSTN headphones has you covered. Whether they like over-ears or earbuds, all LSTN headphones are eco-friendly, handcrafted from reclaimed wood and sound fantastic.

4. Sharetapes 
PRICE: $6.99 – pack of 5 — $240 – 250 customized tapes
For all the lovers and hopeless romantics out there. Sharetapes give you the cuteness of a mixtape, but the practicality of credit-card size. This holiday season tell that special someone how you feel with a customizable playlist on the go.

5. Marshall Stanmore Speaker
PRICE: $400
Do you have a friend who wishes they had a reason to impress people by an array of amps, but are not blessed with the ability to actually play an instrument? Well, this is the gift for them. When they don’t have their intricately thought out playlist  blasting from the speaker, it will double as an amp look-a-like to impress the masses – or that cute neighbor upstairs.

 

FOR THE ONE WHO IS ALWAYS DRUNK (OR YOURSELF)

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1. Whiskey Cube Set
PRICE: $24.95 (via Urban Outfitters)
Watered down whiskey is for pansies. With this stone cube set you can now wean out those folk who have not established the taste for liquor. They can go back to their sugary drinks, while you look refined drinking in your study with this set – I mean, while the gift receiver looks great and dignified with these in their drink.

2. Assouline: Vintage Cocktails Book 
PRICE: $50 (via The Bazaar at SLS Hotel)
Nights in with friends are going to be more entertaining, and more prone to blackouts with this book at hand…you’re welcome.

3. Domaine LA
PRICE: $85-$150
Wine is a pretty fun gift to give. Why? Because it can be shared. So head to Domaine LA for their superb selection in small-time, family-run wine producers from Europe and the United States. And who knows, maybe owner Jill Bernheimer will let you sample two or three. Or four. We’re aiming for four.

4. Beer Making Kit
PRICE: $40
So, giving this gift can either have rewarding results or end in disaster. Fortunately, the Brooklyn Brew Shop makes home-brewing easy with their kits, and provides a wide variety of hoppy-goodness to fit your giftee’s (or your own) beer preference.

5. Gin & Luck Rucksack
PRICE: $99.99 at Cocktail Kingdom
Why didn’t we have this in college? That’s all we have to say.

#NODISRESPECTTOYOU #ALLDISRESPECTTOYOURSTYLIST

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1. Altru Apparel Glyph Button-Up
PRICE: $88
Are you finally sick of your male counterparts wearing boring button-ups (or grungy plaid) and thinking they look cool, or “ironic”? Altru Apparel gives the guy a classic, lightweight fit with an eye-catching print. Now it is safe to be seen in public with them.

2. See You Monday Leggings
PRICE: $7.95 – $23 (via KarmaLoop)
For the friend/sister/mom with some sass. These leggings add a pop to whatever your giftee decides to throw on – even that oversized t-shirt they rolled out of bed in.

3. Globe Mahalo (Navy/Plaid)
PRICE: $69.95
While you may not have worn Globe sneakers since 2005, when the puffy skate shoes were all the rage, you have been missing out. They are partaking in the minimalistic, clean look and are doing it really well. Pre-order the Mahalo’s and put their other sneakers to shame.

4. Paisley Sockwear
PRICE: $15
Grown man shoes need grown man socks … but you can’t go wrong with a little whimsicality either. 

5. TOPMAN x SIBLING/TOPMAN Black Leather Biker Jacket
PRICE: $160 // $300
Give yourself a reason to have a “Cool Christmas Sweater Party” rather than the overrated and overdone “Ugly Christmas Sweater Party.”

6. Aark Watches
PRICE: $140 – $380 (can be found at Poketo)
Minimalistic but not mundane. Aark gives you an array of colors and design to fit just about every mood, outfit, and time of day.  This unisex watch is totes next level – and très chic.

GOT ME FEELIN’ SOME TYPE OF WAY…GIFTS

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1. Voluspa Candles | Japonica Collection
PRICE: $10 – $68 (@ Anthropologie)
Nothing sets the mood like a candle – and these are some of the best.

2. Love Nail Tree Jewelry 
PRICE: $12-$38
LNT gives you old school romance with their collection of jewelry. Ranging from simple shapes to intricate clock necklaces (not like Flavor Flav, tho). So whoever you give this gift to will feel stylish and special.

3. Royal Apothic Conservatory Collection eau de parfum
PRICE: $55
Not sure how you feel, but we think nothing is better than someone who smells like a million bucks – or in this case, royalty.

4. Hopeless Lingerie (Everything)
PRICE: $35 -$280
We are not really sure where we should begin on tempting you to buy your partner AT LEAST one thing from this website, because we want you to buy everything – and send us a care package too. The Aussie designer knows how to mix minimal coverage with class, and knows the quality of handmade products. Order quick though, we are sure Santa sent over a long list of orders already.

5. Radeo’s Pretty Glam Special Underwear
PRICE: $13 – $55
Your favorite Suicide Girl now adds designer to her resume. – a designer of panties, of course. While Radeo herself is not only sexy, but a true nerd at heart, her underwear come in galaxy print,  a cute robot friend , and well, herself.

6. Diptyque Smoothing Body Polish
PRICE:  $68 (@ Nordstrom)
Diptyque is more than just candles. This smoothing body polish will make anyone more soft to the touch, and make bath-time that much more luxurious.

YOU’RE SO VAIN, YOU KNOW THIS GIFT IS FOR YOU

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1. Imperial Barber Pomades
PRICE: $20 – $24 (@ No. A Boutique)
With barbershops becoming a culture of their own, we know you know someone with a fly haircut. These pomades will keep their hair in place with a variety of holds. They probably still won’t let you touch their hair, but you are one step closer because without you and your gift, they would be a mess.

2. Season’s Tweetings – Lush Gift set
PRICE: $59.95
This gift set is the one that will cause you to have a constant battle with yourself – deciding on whether you really should give it away or just keep it. Stuffed with Lush goodies like Rose Jam shower gel, celestial moisturizer and Noriko soap, it’s going to be hard to talk yourself out of thinking your sister deserves this more than you do.

3. Lime Crime Velvetines 
PRICE: $20
The best wingman — and wingwoman — are the ones that take care of you. So to keep your matchmaker streak going, you help set up your best friend for some Christmas lovin’, so you do three things: invite all your single friends over, set up the apartment with mistletoe galore and slap some Lime Crime Velvetine on her — she’s not going to keep those lips on for that much longer.

4. Oribe Shine Light Reflecting Spray
PRICE: $36
Once again, Oribe makes our lists. We cannot get enough of the brand and we are sure your giftee will spend more time in the mirror than they already do with any Oribe product, but our current fave is the Light Reflecting Spray. With the gloomy weather finally heading our way, who doesn’t want to shine bright?

5. Belmondo Face Kit 
PRICE: $150
Of course, in this year’s Secret Santa drawing, you got your brother’s buddy that somewhat resembles an LA-version of The Situation. Which is true, because of course, his tanning lotion is made of natural, olive-oil based products like Belmondo’s.

THE LA “TRAVELER”

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1. Fuji Instax Mini
PRICE: $125-$149
Pint-sized and definitely not your grandma’s Polaroid camera; perfect for the vintage-photo junkie because it’s like Instagram but for real-life.

2. ChargeCard : Slim USB Cable
PRICE: $25
After giving your friend this gift, their typical wallet check-list before a night out will turn into something like this: driver’s license, cash, credit card, condoms, gum, phone charger — okay, good to go.

3. Signal Snowboards
PRICE: $390 – $900
Winter is coming and the mountains will begin to be fueled by eager athletic individuals waiting to shred through that snow.  And like the first day of school, you need to look good your first day on the mountain. Whether you are a beginner, or an expert, Signal has what you need

4. Humble Bundle Travel Coffee Gift Set 
PRICE: $20
There’s just something about big cities and coffee. Even in 80-degree Novembers, Angelenos still require coffee for functioning, and this Humble Bundle just makes that addiction so much easier.

5. Shinola The Women’s Bixby
PRICE: $1,950
With the traffic being horrible all day, every day, what better gift to give your little LA wanderlust than a perfectly pink bicycle? Just watch out for busses.

THE NEXT MASTER CHEF JR.

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1. Milk Bottle Measuring Cup
PRICE: $24
Since Pyrex is too hood now, and the milk man no longer travels door-to-door, using a take on the old school milk bottles as measuring cups has got to be the way to go. And plus, it’s just cuter than your standard.

2. Reclaimed wood boards
PRICE: $32
Bring a little nature into your friend’s downtown loft because there is such a thing as too much metropolis.

3. Molecular Gastronomy Starter Kit
PRICE: $79.95
Psh. If 13-year-old Alexander Weiss can do it, how hard can it be? Isn’t the saying, “if you can read, you can cook?” …….. right?

4. Ladurèe Sucre Cookbook
PRICE: $30
Give your friend some Ladurèe macarons, and they’ll eat for a night. Teach them how to make Ladurèe macarons, and you can have some too.

JUST BECAUSE IT’S AWESOME

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Crooks & Castles X Monopoly Board Game Collectors Edition
PRICE: $80
Board game nights just got more street. If your homies can’t knock the hustle, then maybe you guys need to handle shit on the board at Mayfair and Park Lane.

VENUS//MARS: SEE YOU MONDAY

Here at LA CANVAS, we love a good ol’ fashioned battle of the sexes. So, for this week’s edition of VENUS//MARS, we present the unparalleled legging savants over at See You Monday. Since its initial conception, SYM has been outfitting trend-savvy ladies while staying true to their Downtown Los Angeles roots, boasting that phrase we Angelenos love so much: ‘Made in L.A.’ Their target audience is primarily female, but, given the progression of streetwear over the past few seasons, in comes the inevitable #BlurredLines of menswear and womenswear.

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With luxury sportswear hitting its peak this past spring, there have been many interpretations of the traditional bandana print over the course of the last year. F-ck 1999, looks like we’re partying like it’s ‘03 Bonnie and Clyde with our bucket hats and bandana-print-everything because now the print and bold colors are more about nostalgia and iconoclasm and less about gang affiliation. Cool. Finally, we bring you the power of the paisley in all of its uni-sexiness as our LAC team styles See You Monday’s Luda Leggings from both the female and male perspective. Looks like the ladies might have some competition– maybe. So you tell us, who wore it best?

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Still can’t decide? Let’s take this friendly competition to the streets of DTLA where the SYM leggings can exist in their natural habitat.

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Maddie wears: SYM The Luna Legging in Black, Topshop croptop + accessories, Nike Air Max Thea.

Zini wears: SYM The Luna Legging in Black, Topman button up + mesh tee, Timberland boots

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FEMALE MODEL: Maddie Dawn / LA Models
MALE MODEL: Cyle Barzini
ART DIRECTOR: Lauren McQuade
STYLISTS: Aaron Ramey, Lauren McQuade
MAKEUP ARTIST: Michelle Sosnowski
PHOTOGRAPHER: Mark Wales
Asst. PHOTOGRAPHER: Ron Pre

RECAP: BAY STREET BAZAAR

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The first ever BAY STREET BAZAAR was all kinds of fun this past Saturday, mostly because it gave us an excuse to hang out with all of our best pals and (not) share a Jarritos ice cream float.  Our friends at Koshka co-hosted the downtown shopping party and had a pretty bangin’ set-up stacked with über-cute pieces from recent collections, but we’re not here to play favorites.

 

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Who can forget the dope-ness brought by Hellz Bellz, Love+Made, Miss Wax, See You Monday, and that epic Bart Simpson denim shirt from 90s Lullaby. There was not a chip in sight, thanks to manicures by Scratch, and even more beautification was taking place with help from Root Beauty.

 

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The dudes at UPXUNDR were killing it with their take on modern street wear, along with Undefeated, Stussy, GPPR and Us Versus Them. The shopping experience was rounded out with hats from Goorin Bros., who have been providing people with high-quality headwear since 1895.

 

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Outside, The Flower Truck brought color to the already vibrant refreshment lounge where Jarritos was slinging soda floats to the sweet-deprived. Satisfied shoppers hung out and watched live art by Paige Smith along with other installations by local artists Gregory Siff and Tyler Spangler.

 

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PBR helped populate the beer garden and made sure the beer pong games never ran dry. All of this while DUBLAB.com‘s DJs spun just the right vibe to focus our attention on the task at hand: SHOPPING.

 

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Want more photos from the BAY STREET BAZAAR? Check out our Facebook page for more photos, plus upcoming LAC events you won’t want to miss.