Ermie is an LA clothing brand from Jennifer Parry Dodge. The project started as a blog but eventually evolved into a collection of wearable items. Ermie’s style is very California cosmic with lots of faded indigos, sunset tones, and desert flower hues. Aside from their dresses, tees, and blankets, Ermie makes some pretty rad statement necklaces that look like these little art pieces you can wear around the neck. They all kind of look they’ve come from a lost California desert tribe obsessed with leathers and ceramics.
Get this: both artists Mel Kadel and Travis Millard have very recently teamed up with Eight Four Films to make these great little art videos that are both hysterical. The videos are quick little peerings into Mel and Travis’ world and, in a way, add a context you may miss from casually encountering their works. We’d love to see more videos like this from them!
I’m Not A Gun is a collaboration between LA based house guy John Tejada and Berlin based classically trained guitarist Takeshi Nishimoto. They two recently released a new EP titled Sub-tones, a three track EP that merges Tejada’s airy electronic music with Nishimoto’s acoustic sensibilities. It’s a unique little record that dwells somewhere between ambient rock jam out and Brian Eno’s Music For Film.
Raquel Allegra is an LA designer who is hitting the big time. Her aesthetic is this understated futuristic, loose fitting, layered, rough washed look that feels both slubby pretty girl and beautiful tough girl. Perusing her Fall 2013 collection, there is a playfulness and sarcasm present in all of the looks. They’re nice looking–but they do not take themselves to seriously. To help embody Allegra’s Fall 2013 vibe, the brand released a video directed by Steven Johnson (Allegra’s boyfriend, funny enough.) and Margo Ducharme that sees model Olga Nazarova and YACHT‘s Claire Evans totally slapping the shit out of each other for two minutes.
Last Friday morning we had the unique opportunity to speak at an Art Center photography class about branding and marketing for artists. It was a small class and we got to share the speaking privileges with Vince of Sinclair Denim. A class from FIDM even stopped by to listen in, toos! It was so fun. There were so many fantastic photographers we got to meet and we had a blast hanging out with all of them. We also got to check out and critique a branding exercise they did that involved their transforming small boxes into little portfolios. Everyone did an excellent job and we even got to keep one: photographer Albert Roman gave us his little box as he thought it would be valuable to us since his work deals with Los Angeles. Of course we had to share it!