The older you get, the less of a wallet you want. Perhaps this is just me but I’m realizing that my wallet is becoming less and less of a statement piece and more of a sleek sliver of materials to transport various cards from my pocket to my hand. This is obviously the point of a wallet, sure, but wallets are a funny exercise in minimalism and a clean lifestyle. Anyway, this has the eye trained to find wallets that are only capable of holding the bare minimum for your pocket. These wallets aim to not weigh you down and do their best to look good in the process. Robert Lindall of Lindall Leather Works obviously echoes this idea because he is a wallet maker who only makes small wallets. He gets that the function of the wall is a very limited one.
Ever since our Featured Interview with Alissa Walker years ago, I’ve been on the hunt for the California state necklace she was wearing. It’s a simple, minimalist gold necklace with the shape of California line drawn in gold. I had Googled things similar and, in my dreams, this golden outline of the Golden State was hung to the chain from within it’s own confines (instead of added hardware for it to dangle from). Apparently this vision of jewelry is made up because I could not find anything similar anywhere and grew totally frustrated in my search, giving up a dream of having my own California necklace.
Last week while perusing Etsy and searching for little necklaces to buy, I came across local jewelry maker Seoul Little. I didn’t realize the shop was local at the time but I found their California Necklace in the shop, loved it, ordered it immediately, forgot I did this, and then–practically a day later–a California Necklace was in my apartment and I remembered I had made a great choice: I had my own CA pride that I could wear around my neck–and it came from a local, too.
I don’t remember what I was doing but at some point last week or the week before I saw Jeremy Scott somewhere and was like, “Wonder what he’s been up to, huh.” After a little bit of Googling and discovering that he was not from England like I thought (He’s actually from Kansas City.), I foubd that he actually did a surprising-not-surprising collaboration for his Spring 2013 line that we wanted to alert everyone of: he teamed up with legit hat maker New Era to create some wild baseball hats. We noticed them in the last collection but we didn’t put it together that he applied his Adidas collaborarion logic to New Era, making headwear that’s all sorts of crazy without being completely inaccessible.
We can all agree that offerings for menswear in Los Angeles has gotten a lot better recently, right? Between all the man businesses happening on Abbot Kinney, the J.Crew Men’s Store at The Grove, and the sprinklings of shops like Mohawk Bend, Individual Medley, Steven Alan, Confederacy, South Willard, Douglas Fir, and more, men are getting to a point where they don’t have to look far for quality clothing. Admittedly, I spend most of my clothing money spent at either the J.Crew Men’s Store or that Goodwill on Vine because many of the aforementioned fabulous stores and destinations while are great but don’t have that extra something I like in my wardrobe. There’s a little life missing from them and–like at Mohawk and Confederacy–I always feel like I’m spending so much with little in return. While excellent places, it’s like the happiness of clothing is missing.
Well, a new Men’s pop-up on 3rd Street is bring lots of life and love to men’s clothing with a selection of wears that are totally perfect for LA Summer (and, well, all year round). The pop-up is New York based Wittmore‘s first brick-and-mortar concept and sees them absolutely running wild with patterns and prints and shorts and brightly colored everything for the Los Angeles man. If you’ve felt like me and have been enjoying this wave of man clothiers but haven’t quite found that special place that was as colorful as you are, you need to get up off your ass and run over to Wittmore right now and buy everything that you can.
June 15 at The Autry is a free little event that will be launching some of the work of Native American fashion designer Virgil Ortiz. He’s a fairly respected artist and designer in the Native American community so this could be cool to check out the launch of his garments in town.