Friday, January 30, 2009

Good morning, Singapore

Coming soon to Lucky Lefty's, hand-made FALSE products by Amanda and Le Messie.

Arriving Spring 09.

Thursday, January 29, 2009

San Diego

Took a few photos while I was at the tradeshows last week. Here's a peek of Agenda and ASR 


WBASE's Keo (Macaframa) rep on my people:

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

a holiday in the sun

Back in June of 2005, I ventured into a cool, slightly "off the grid" shop that featured an interesting selection of American and Japanese streetwear brands. Making my way over to a Undefeated Pete Rose shirt that caught my eye, I momentarily paused next to what, to my knowledge at the time, looked like an amazing pair of Native American footwear. For the next half hour, the owner of the store, an eccentric, moustached dude with a (I guessed) British accent schooled me on the quality workmanship of Hiroki Nakamura and Visvim, along with his additional thoughts on the streetwear world as a whole. His thoughts on the store itself were short and direct. "It's very simple," he told me, "Leilow, Hawaii."

The shoes were FBTs, and the moustached guy was none other than Jules Gayton, British pro-skater, DJ, Stussy Tribe OG, and owner of Leilow.

The "Visvim Master" himself (R)

I was already a casual observer of streetwear culture...I had my shoe collection and my stash of shirts, etc...but the 300+ days a year I had spent in a baseball uniform seemed to keep me from full immersion. My experience that day led to my eventual fanatacism, which led to gouged pockets, hours as a blog zombie, bloody-blister full-day trips around metropolitan Tokyo by foot (I even enrolled in college classes in Tokyo just to spend more time in Harajuku), heavy boozing, uncontrollable rage, restless legs, and more gouged pockets. Thanks, Jules. It also led to a retail venture of my own, and finally to this blog.

In addition to running one of the dopest stores on the planet, Jules and store manager/friend of the shop Sam have produced one of the better, more original limited lines in the industry. I still get ice grilled over my "The Mixed Shall Inherit the Earth" tee. I am especially proud to be working with Leilow today, nearly four years after my first experience at the store. Leilow tees and hoodies (below) are available at Lucky Lefty's.

Aloha and mahalo

Monday, January 26, 2009

got em, coach

Sacramento's own Urijah Faber, The California Kid, moves to 22-2

"...after getting hit like that, I want to apologize to anyone I've ever hit with a body shot in the past 11 years." - Jens Pulver


Corbin brought in a stack of goods from Japan the other day. I was thinking that, considering how prolific these artists/designers are, they must compile a ridiculous pile of rough drafts.

Corbin himself served as a pretty good example, turning the back of the shop into a recycling bin for a week. Here's a peek at some unused designs for the Macaframa collaboration.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

My Grammy Family

Before checking out the Agenda and ASR tradeshows in SD, I stopped in LA to visit our friends over at Stereotypes.  Jon, Ray, and Jeremy were busy moving into their new recording studio in North Hollywood. My buddy Kyle also took me on a quick tour of Mason's Sound Studios.

Pokemon soundtrack 2x platinum, nice
In the new Stereotypes studio

Some new furniture was dropped off as Jon and the team were working with the Jackie Boyz.
Big thanks to Stereotypes and Kyle for having me. Check them out at the Grammy's; they've been nominated for 2 awards for their work on Ne-Yo's album. Best of luck guys!