THE WEEKLY: BEATSMITHS, BORROWED DRESSES, GANGSTER GRAMMY AFTER PARTIES + MORE

A run down of events in our fair city this week.

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TIM ARMSTRONG AVENUES AND ALLEYWAYS OPENING RECEPTION
WHEN: Friday, January 24th, 8-11pm
WHERE: Subliminal Projects | 1331 W. Sunset BLVD Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHAT:  The worlds of art and music converge Friday night as musician, songwriter and artist, Tim Armstrong (of Operation Ivy, Transplants and Rancid) celebrates the opening of his Avenues and Alleyways exhibit. Never-before-seen pieces will be displayed along with 45 numbered and signed screen prints. Switching roles for the night, Shepard Fairey will be deejaying. | more

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PREFUSE 73, FALTY DL, NOSAJ THING AT THE ECHOPLEX
WHEN: Friday, January 24th,
WHERE: 1822 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHAT: Whether or not Guillermo Scott Herren has multiple personalities to go along with his multiple monikers, the fact remains that the multi-faceted producer remains a staple in the avant-garde circles of hip-hop x electronica cross pollination. Breeding about a “machine gun funk” (sans Notorious B.I.G) in his work, Prefuse has earned himself a place rubbing elbows with the likes of Gaslamp Killer, Diamond Wrist Watches, Savath y Savalas and others generating that raw, gritty, genre-bending brand of bass music. | more

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THE STYLIST LA SAMPLE SALE
WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 11am-4pm
WHERE: 3793 Wade St, Los Angeles, CA 90066
WHAT: Stylist LA have long played that role of older sister lending party dresses, frocks and merch to many an Angeleno, and this weekend, fans can keep the goods for good at their sample sale. Score dresses from the likes of Parker NYC and LA-based brands like Naven, Nightcap, Paper Brown, Boulee, and many more, priced anywhere from $5 to $100. Also score some Bettini swimwear and Treadsmen tees while you’re at it. | more

 

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ALEX PRAGER FACE IN THE CROWD OPENING RECEPTION
WHEN:
Saturday, January 25th, 6-8pm
WHERE: M+B | 612 N. Almont Dr. Los Angeles, California 90069
WHAT: Alex Prager brings her busy city inspired photographs to, well, our busy city. With elaborately staged crowd gatherings, Prager seems to be in nearly impossible vantage points that make her lens appear birdlike. Her exhibit will be on display until March 8th. | more

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RYAN HEMSWORTH AT THE ECHOPLEX
WHEN: Saturday, January 25th, 9pm
WHERE: 1822 West Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90026
WHAT: Ryan Hemsworth has had a grip on our sonically-inclined souls since 2010, and that grip just seemed to get tighter since the release of his 2013 album “Guilt Trips.” With a penchant for sampling and curating remixes like Frank Ocean’s “Thinkin’ ‘Bout You,” and Tinashe’s “Boss,” that rival the originals, Ryan Hemsworth has proven that sometimes, new is indeed better. | more

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LAST GANG RECORDS X ZANEROBE POST GRAMMY AFTER PARTY
WHEN: Tuesday, January 28 at 10pm
WHERE: Honeycut | 819 South Flower Street, Los Angeles, CA 90017
WHAT: Forget watcha heard about any other Grammy after party, Last Gang Records — home to beloved beatsmiths Ryan Hemsworth, MSTRKRFT, Purity Ring, and Tiga — is showing love to their extended Last Gang family out here in Los Angeles. We wish we could tell you who is on the surprise guest DJ list, but that would be taking all the fun out of the surprise — you’re just going to have to roll through and see for yourself. RSVP for entry at [email protected] OR check out our instagram for your chance to win VIP entry and a complete outfit from Australian menswear label, Zanerobe. | more

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LIVING ROOM AFFAIR AT EBANOS CROSSING
WHEN: Wednesday, January 29, 9pm
WHERE: 200 South Hill Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
WHAT: Cocktails, beats and art have quickly become part of our weekly Wednesday night route, particularly in Ebanos Crossing style. This upcoming Living Room Affair is pairing up with Russian Standard to provide libations, and Formosa Cafe’s Billy Ray to pour. Dominique Ovalle will be showcasing her perceptive paintings on nature  and jazz/hip-hop duo Aragorn and Olivia providing a live showcase. On top of all that, Koshka will be in the house with a  gift certificate raffle giveaway — as if you needed any more reasons to hang out with us. See you then. | more

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.

Go tag-crazy with the rest of the LA CANVAS photo album on our Facebook.

THE DIPLOMATS: “THOSE DAMN TWINS” EVOLVE INTO THE AVANT GARDE CREATORS, DURIMEL

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.

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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.

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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].

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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.

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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.

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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.

RECAP: THE LA MEN’S MARKET

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The NTWRK Agency, The Park Showroom, The FNDTN and Flagship Agency joined forces for this year’s LA Men’s Market at the California Market Center in DTLA this past Monday and Tuesday. The event was absolutely a success, and the hype for the event was felt from the top down. The turnout was great, the morale was high and breakfast was served… and we’re not talking granola. Stumptown provided coffee, espresso and cold brew while Egg Slut slung made-to-order omelettes to so many dudes in Nike Flyknits, it had to be a Guinness World record.

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LA CANVAS felt nothin’ but love as the brands’ tables donned a proud stack of our latest Fashion Issue for the grazing buyers looking for their next best seller in Spring ‘14, or just whoever is still putting out new varieties of the Jogger pant (jk but srsly jk). It looks like this is the beginning of the golden age for the LA Men’s Market as we sat down with the man who put it all together, Kellen Roland, of The NTWRK Agency — he also gave us some insight into why this is the best time for men’s fashion. Honorable talking point mention: dressing like your uncle is cool. #wut

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Mr. Roland also showed us around the LA Men’s Market, aka the marketplace of our dreams, personally. Not bad.

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LA CANVAS: So, what exactly is The NTWRK Agency?

Kellan Roland: The NTWRK Agency is a brand-building agency. We represent multiple clothing and accessory lines for the US with offices in Los Angeles and Manhattan. We specialize in wholesale but play a key role in brand development. Basically, we are the representatives of our brands and we make sure that their goals and initiatives are followed through and implemented in the US market.

LAC: What do you do with the brands you represent?

KR: Well, number one, we hand-select our clients to be the best brands within their given niche, and a key element is having a very intimate relationship with the brand owners. We’re definitely an outside sales agency, but we act as if we’re inside sales and act with the brands’ needs and ambitions first and foremost. We’re the people getting their product into the right stores to make sure that brand’s message is clearly conveyed in the US market.

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LAC: Do you facilitate collaborations within the brands you represent only or do you reach outside the realm of The NTWRK Agency?

KR: We definitely play a key role in all aspects of our brands, and it just depends on what the brands’ needs are. So, if one of our clients is looking for a footwear brand that we may have a relationship with, we’ll reach out and we’ll begin that communication. We just play a role in executing whatever needs to be done so that the brand is successful.

LAC: How far will you go to ensure your clients’ success?

KR: Though our job is first and foremost sales, we want to help out with marketing, PR, brand-development and how the brands show up in stores because it’s very important for them to be sold-in properly. That’s our key objective, but the next step in that is them selling through and selling out of the store. We have a very active role in the brands’ life, whether that’s helping with in-store build-outs, connecting that brand with the right media publications, and making sure that brand is featured in the right magazines or on the right blogs.

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LAC: So how much do you yourself have a creative say in the collaborations and what you do with your brands? Are you still creative in your position now?

KR: We’re still creative in our executions and getting the brand out there in terms of sales and in-store environments, but our brands take the lead from a creative standpoint. We are a sales agency; I definitely want to make that clear. Our brands are so creative on their own so they don’t need much help from us, and that’s a part of picking the best brands. Herschel Supply Co. is on our team and they are on their own creating the best product and the same with Komono, Primitive, Brothers Marshall and Native shoes. We don’t need to be too creative in the sense of the brand creating their product, but we are creative in getting it to market.

LAC: Back to the LA Men’s Market, how did you get all of these awesome people and brands together under one roof?

KR: The way this started was: I had the idea and brought it to some other people who work with me at The NTWRK Agency, plus some local brand reps and showroom owners — we all have these beautiful showrooms in DTLA and we weren’t getting enough traffic from our local buyers or the national buyers. We offer our buyers a key opportunity to see 90 of the best brands in a two-day time period while cutting costs, saving time and really just being streamlined, giving the brand, the rep and the buyer an opportunity to do business and make it fun.

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LAC: There are definitely a lot of well-dressed dudes here, but are you happy with the turnout? 

KR: The event is off to a great start, it’s the morning of day two and we’ve already had triple the amount of buyers compared to any other LA Men’s Market, so, it’s been a huge success.

LAC: Wow! So, something has to be working here, right?

KR: The key is that buyers are here, they’re seeing the brands, they’re having longer appointments, and it’s not rushed like at a store where there are a lot of distractions. It’s all about doing business and leaving paper. At the end of the day, that’s what I am at heart, I’m a sales guy and it’s great to meet with the retailers but we’re trying to get the orders in. People are leaving orders here and it’s been a great experience. I’ve talked to some of the key brands that are participating and everyone has positive things to say including the retailers who made the trip down here.

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LAC: In terms of your own feeling regarding Men’s fashion today, where does your own style fall within the spectrum of menswear and streetwear?

KR: [Fashion is] awesome because, on the one hand, you have kind of this refined gentleman, or, “hey, it’s cool to dress like your uncle.” I dress like an old man now, and I’m only 31. Then you have some people who dress in all black plus all of the other sort-of fringe trends happening as well. Right now, we’re in the most special time for fashion because taking risks is encouraged and being an individual is celebrated.  It doesn’t matter if you are a skater, surfer or DJ you can wear whatever you want — no one is attached to any certain demographic or scene anymore. It’s kind of like a free for all, which is fun —  whatever you want goes.

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How do you feel about streetwear making its way into menswear?

KR: The cool thing about fashion is that it comes from everywhere; whether it’s Michael Jordan sneakers influencing fashion in the late 90s or it’s a kid skating in Brooklyn, then you see an element from his ripped shirt or ripped jeans on a runway in Milan. That’s the great thing about fashion, there’s really no rhyme or reason to it — it’s a creative expression that you see from the ground up to the top. Seeing streetwear emerge onto the runways is rad because a lot of the early streetwear, especially in the 2000s with the all-over prints, was derived from runways anyway. That all-over, high-end Versace [print] was influencing Freshjive, 10Deep and brands like that when they were taking those elements and incorporating them into their own streetwear collections.

With fashion, it’s kind of an interesting scenario because everyone is watching each other. Raf Simmons is watching the designers at 10Deep, 10Deep is watching the designers of Givenchy and it all happens together, so you get this beautiful combination of streetwear influencing and high fashion and vice versa to create basically where we’re at now, which is menswear.

LAC: What advice would you give someone just starting out and trying to be like you?

KR: I would say to anybody, if you need advice to work hard, quit now. As far as advice, keep your ears open, be humble and attach yourself to people who know more than you. The smartest advice I can give anyone is surround yourself with people who are smarter than you.

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LAC: Last question: how do you feel about LA CANVAS?

KR: I love it. It’s awesome there’s a publication that’s speaking directly to what’s going on in LA. There’s so much happening in Los Angeles and it’s nice to be able to tell our story and to give people from a consumer and trade POV —  kind of an inside loop as to what’s going on. You guys are doing a good job of telling people where to go eat and what is the coolest fashion, but, more than that, also giving readers some insight on how this stuff is created.

It’s sort of this hybrid view because with the emergence of technology like Instagram, Twitter and all these things people have become accustomed to a behind-the-scenes mentality. Ten years ago, you didn’t know how things happened, they just happened. Now, if you’re not part of the step-by-step process, you feel like you’re left out as a consumer. As a media publication, you’re able to bring people in on that journey, help tell the story, and hopefully keep telling the stories of all these great things happening in LA, and eventually branch out to other cities as this thing grows. In an era where print media is said to be nearly dead, I hope there are people who don’t listen to that because if you listen to what everyone says, then we’re all doomed to fail.

See you all at the 2014 LA Men’s Market. We’ll definitely be there.

INTERVIEW: ZANEROBE

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Learn more about ZANEROBE at ZANEROBE.com

PREVIEW: L.A. MEN’S MARKET

Sooo the word on these here streets is that L.A. Fashion Week is no NYFW… or London, or Milan, or Paris, or even Vancouver… However, the fashion juggernauts here at LA CANVAS would like to stress the power of the positive and denounce all bad juju surrounding LAFW. As we gear up for the launch of the L.A. Men’s Market to coincide with the California Market Center’s Market Week, we look at what’s to offer the fashion-minded contemporary “L.A. Male.”

Men’s Fashion Week Los Angeles, created in 2010, was a needed entity among the unanimously female-centeredness of the fashion world across the board, from couture to retail. Los Angeles was the fifth city to follow suit (pun intended) by filling the void, and providing a platform for an emerging men’s market. Today, L.A. continues to be the only city in the U.S. to have a Men’s Fashion Week. MFWLA now includes fashion week runway shows, trade show-style exhibits and custom pop-up showrooms.

The L.A. Men’s Market is here to remind retailers and consumers that Los Angeles is a fashion force to be reckoned with, given that such a high volume of men’s contemporary, action sports and street fashion is based out of Downtown Los Angeles. The Men’s Market will bring together 200 of the top retail buyers in Southern California for a two-day event centered around over 65 top men’s brands showcasing their SS 14 collections including some LAC faves like ZANEROBE, Herschel and SLVDR.

Check out more from some other brands we’re, like, totally siked about seeing at the L.A. Men’s Market.

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Accessories: Komono

Komono has been putting out watches with clean lines and even cleaner designs since their conception in 2009, when they first brought us fun color plays on the classic Casio-esque digital watches.

The good news is, it’s 2013 and their Wizard Print Series for SS 13 tells us mere consumers that we are only slaves to their superior Japanese minimalism. We hereby renounce all watches that came before.

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Clothing: HUF

Consistency is key. So is authenticity. HUF was founded based on the principle of community and DIY mentality. The HUF storefront opened as a means to celebrate and appreciate skateboard lifestyle, the first of its kind, aiming to bring together the most respected brands in skateboard, streetwear and sneaker communities.

Now, HUF itself is a challenger of skate style– a tricky market considering its inherently punk rock attitude. HUF’s overall feeling of realness is undoubtedly due to their promise: “Made by skateboarders, for skateboarders” giving men and boys exactly what they want to wear in a way that does not feel stale. Sure there’s only so many ways to wear a hat, hoodie, flannel, printed T etc, but at least make it look the coolest, right?

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Underground: 10Deep

…and then there’s 10Deep. This brand is doing what the other guys aren’t and that’s taking one step beyond what is expected, giving its target audience a well curated palette with no detail overlooked. Oh, and they’ve been doing it since ‘95.

One of the first New York streetwear brands, 10Deep effortlessly makes pattern on pattern look like the new, refined masculine in their Fall 13 lookbook: Delivery Two. Frankly, every lookbook these guys put out is beautiful, and by no means deviates from the concept that keeps them honest: forget everyone and listen to yourself.

WHAT: LA Men’s Market at California Market Center. 40+ of the top men’s brands showcasing collections for 200 premier West Coast retailers in Downtown LA.
WHEN: October 14-15th , 9am – 6pm
WHERE: California Market Center, 110 E 9th St, Los Angeles, CA 90079, B-413 (parking available below building)
WHO: Presented by The NTWRK Agency, The FNDTN, Park Showroom, Flagship Agency

More info, here.

RECAP: AGENDA TRADESHOW

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LA CANVAS hit up the Agenda Trade Show in Long Beach this past week, and now we can’t shake the feeling that we need an entirely new wardrobe for fall. Connection? Maybe. Agenda is like stepping into a world where everyone is really cool-looking and wants to hand you their business card. Well, there are worse ways to spend an afternoon. As we made our way through the varying aisles of the latest in streetwear, we caught up with some of our old favorites, along with our most anticipated up-and-comers in the game.

Check out some of our highlights from the tradeshow.

 

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PANTMAN

Publish designer holding their signature Jogger Pants.

 

SHOEMAN

Creative Recreation has been using a lot of pony hair this season with their own line and their upcoming collaboration with Barney’s (left).

 

BlondeDudeHoldingShorts

Rhythm‘s soft and wearable board shorts with a giant orange.

 

THESHOESDUKE

Reebok always gives us what we want: old school, but never boring.

 

ZANE

Zanerobe shows some LAC love while we can’t stop thinking about those perfectly tailored sweatshirts.

 

This year Agenda previewed their first ever women’s collective — aptly named Agenda WMNS — which seems a little overdue, but I guess we’ll let it slide. Now, the ladies in the industry have a place beyond the sea of printed board shorts and scantily-clad women used as marketing tools (we’re not bitter . . . ).

 

WOMANWITHDRESS

It was matchy-matchy over at Mink Pink, a perfect summer vibe.

 

PEEPSBSHOPPIN

It was poppin’ at Hellz Bellz, and we know it’s because their collection is exactly what women want to wear.

 

COOLPEOPLE

YRU is bringing it with their platforms in just about every style and color you can think of. Props.

 

LADY

Tavik‘s women’s swimwear is all about neoprene and mesh and we’re not mad about it.

 

All-in-all, it was a successful couple of days at the Agenda Tradeshow and we can’t wait to see what’s next for these labels. Not pictured/honorable mention: the mini horse dressed as a unicorn next to the food trucks.

 

Featured Image: Tommy Brockert for Tommy B Photography.