Julie Ann is a local designer who makes some really cute, nice cards that we would all be delighted to get in the mail. They’re very straightforward and simple and use eye catching phrases to express normal card ideas. Her work is a bit reminiscent of Ashkahn‘s cards but relies more on words as her eyecatching imagery. She makes really fun alternatives to your normal greeting cards.
You can’t really place a finger on what Southern California men’s style is. The only thoughts that come to mind are bleach blonde surfer boys, slightly silly hipster guys found anywhere from Downtown to Los Feliz, and far too buttoned up Hollywood types in permasuits or sloppy browear. The landscape is quite bare. There’ isn’t really anything definitive about it and, outside of cheesy surf brands, there doesn’t seem to be anyone making menswear that responds to Southern California life. If anyone is coming close, it’s Tantum, a local hat and shirt maker that certainly have the LA angle down.
Thomas Brendan is a Los Angeles designer. His work is graphic and bright and is heavy on the influence of Southern California. It’s reflective of desert vibes and beachy breaks, all reflecting a laid back, young, and decidedly cool Los Angeles tone that he places atop of various subjects (be them LA items or non-LA items). He’s making some really great stuff.
If you’ve ever been to an art fair, this will be of interest and/or funny to you. If you haven’t, you may miss a little bit of something. Kopeikin Gallery in Culver City has a very witty show opening September 8 that features the work of New York photographer Andy Freeberg. The exhibit and collection of photos examine art fairs for what they are: a lot of people standing around oftentimes not even looking at art.
Summer is ending! With Labor Day approaching and lots of drinks behind us, what were a few standouts and trends we noticed being served around town? A bunch! The city is mostly reinventing classics (which we have been doing for years), infusing the intelligence of mixology into old classics. If you don’t want to go out or have some extra booze lying around, we have a few late Summer cocktails for you to make. Enjoy while barbecuing this weekend!