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Sounds of Two Eyes Opening
Acting as a veritable time capsule into Southern California beach and punk culture from the late '60s to the early '80s, "Sounds of Two Eyes Opening" offers readers an unfiltered glimpse into a vastly influential time and place. Shot by music producer...
DESIGN
Krochet Kids #KnowWhoMadeIt Campaign
Every item produced by California-based Krochet Kids comes complete with the signature of its maker. The brand offers men's, women's and children's clothing and accessories that have been handmade by women in Peru and Uganda—empowered by the non...
FOOD-DRINK
Terroir Life Wines
by Janine Stankus To oenophiles, the term "terroir" refers to wind, rain, soil, sun, diurnal shifts—all the elements that imbue wine with its distinct character. It’s the “biography of wine,” notes Ali Banks, Terroir Life co-founder, but one which...
STYLE
Knit Merino Wool Hats from Rustic Threads
Inside a small boutique called The End, in the arid desert of Old Town Yucca Valley, CA, we stumbled upon some hats that beckoned to be touched and held. The hats are knitted by Taylor Elyse Compton, a Joshua Tree resident, who has a small studio...
CULTURE
The California Sunday Magazine
By the time Pop-Up Magazine brought their live-performance "literary magazine" to NYC in collaboration with ESPN, they were already four "issues" into a cultural phenomenon anchored in the Bay Area. An issue of Pop-Up happens to be a night of art...
DESIGN
The Japanese Wetsuit by Vissla
A necessary investment for surfers and anyone braving frigid waters, wetsuits have undergone serious improvements of late in terms of functionality, warmth and sustainability. In tune with Patagonia's plant-based wetsuit, the team at Orange County...
DESIGN
Warby Parker, Venice
Though the Venice boardwalk may once have been the place to see the eclectic beach town, Abbot Kinney Boulevard has become the go-to destination for shopping and eating, making it the perfect location for Warby Parker’s first free-standing shop...
CULTURE
Christopher Willits: OPENING
We've come to expect Ghostly International to push boundaries. The independent label excels in everything from product design to lo-fi house records, and their roster of artists is deft in crossing creative lines. San Francisco-based multimedia artist...
DESIGN
Interview: Almond Surfboards' Dave Allee
by Kohl Crecelius In a world obsessed with the idea of more, Almond Surfboards has been able to carve out a niche within surfing that is both meaningful and intentional. Located in Newport Beach, CA, Almond's young team has focused the scope of...
DESIGN
Riding Royal Enfield's Continental GT Café Racer
To most, the late '60s and '70s were the glory days of motorcycle design. America made muscle and the Japanese took over the industry with attractive, simple, reliable machines of all engine sizes. While Triumph's Bonneville and Honda's new CB1100...
TRAVEL
The Meriwether Tent from Shelter Co. Supply
With temperatures rising and the sun staying up into the evening hours in the Northern Hemisphere, the time is right to head to get back to nature. If seeking the most tech-savvy ultralight alpine gear isn't your vibe, there's the Meriwether tent...
CULTURE
Paris Photo Los Angeles 2014
For the second consecutive year, prestigious contemporary and modern photography fair Paris Photo Los Angeles called Paramount Pictures Studios home this past weekend, 25-27 April 2014. With the plaster-cast streets of NYC again as the backdrop...
DESIGN
Haack Table
CH first spoke with Costa Mesa native, Sean Woolsey back in early 2012 when we discovered his pipe lamps, sheet metal paintings and love of the outdoors on Instagram. After three years, the artist and self-taught furniture maker has decided to create...
TRAVEL
Word of Mouth: Santa Barbara
In the Southern California city of Santa Barbara, exploring the picturesque mountains, surf beaches and harbor only tells part of the story. The town boasts a world-class museum, lush botanical gardens and a historic mission; plus its close proximity...
CULTURE
Alley-Oop II at Poketo
For years Eric Trine and Will Bryant have been both friends and collaborators with Poketo’s Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung. Last year the first installment of Alley-Oop filled the Poketo gallery space in Los Angeles with vibrant hues, whimsical shapes...
FOOD-DRINK
Spirit Works Distillery
by Heather Stewart Feldman In Sonoma County wine country, Spirit Works Distillery is laboring over something quite different to sip on. Dreaming of working with their hands, making a product that was authentic and sustainable, husband and wife team...
DESIGN
Studio Visit: Ben Medansky Ceramics
On a misty LA morning, the act of sipping a warm cup coffee out of a Ben Medansky mug at Go Get Em Tiger offers insight into the blossoming of a new talent in the world of ceramics. Medansky has made many cups for Kyle Glanville and Charles Babinski...
STYLE
Oakley Heritage Collection
In 1984, then-garage-based brand Oakley introduced the Eyeshade, an innovative sunglass design for professional cyclists derived from the O-frame snow goggle. A few years later, the Razer Blade was introduced, followed by the Frogskin, setting the...
STYLE
Voices of Industry
According to the American Apparel & Footwear Association report released last week, 97.5% of apparel sold in the United States is made internationally. For the past two years, this number has been in decline (albeit in the decimals) as the Made in...
CULTURE
California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties
Some 60 years ago the Golden State saw a golden era for surfing and climbing. Offering a spot-on retrospective look at the period of innovation spanning from 1948 to late 1958, newly published "California Surfing and Climbing in the Fifties" is full...
FOOD-DRINK
Interview: Justin Willett of Tyler Winery
by Tariq Dixon Very few vintners can boast having nine vintages under their belt at 32 years old. Even fewer can claim patronage by so many of America's leading restaurants—Eleven Madison Park, Daniel and Le Bernardin included. But these are just...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2014 MB E63 AMG S-Model Wagon
Whether we value the utility, appreciate the form-factor or gravitate toward the less common—we love a wagon. Oftentimes, and especially in the US, wagons are not built with driving performance in mind. Fortunately, Mercedes-Benz sees enough of a...
TRAVEL
City Guides Spotlight: Los Angeles
Sponsored content: The city of Los Angeles—which sits in sunny SoCal as one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world—is known for going big in just about every way. For all of its glamour and craziness, the California hotspot sometimes gets...
TRAVEL
City Guides Spotlight: San Francisco
Sponsored content: San Francisco has maintained its status as the cultural haven of the California coast for decades. Through the counterculture of the hippie '60s and '70s and the rise of the Castro District, to waves of diverse immigration and...
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