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TRAVEL
AutoCamp, Russian River
In a stunning native Redwood forest about an hour and a half from San Francisco, AutoCamp's latest location has just been unveiled—and it's unsurprisingly a feast for the eyes. For those who love getting outdoors, but not exactly "roughing it...
STYLE
Homesick Candles
Crafted to remind people of their favorite state, Homesick Candles are made by a group of individuals who each moved away from the place they call home. The hand-poured, soy wax candles have distinctive fragrances—from Vermont's tinges of maple...
CULTURE
Bob Mizer's Two-Volume "AMG: 1000 Model Directory"
Taschen's forthcoming "Bob Mizer. AMG: 1000 Model Directory" two-volume tome is far more than a collection of over 1000 hunky, near-nude bodybuilders and celebrities. (Though, that's definitely part of the allure.) Within both volumes, one bears witness...
DESIGN
Test Drive: 2017 Chevy Volt
by Justin Kaehler Chevrolet dreamed big when it first launched the Volt. Designed to be the next big thing in alt-fuel vehicles, Volt gave drivers the ability to travel 40-ish miles on electricity alone. And when the batteries ran out, a switch...
FOOD-DRINK
Cobram Estate Olive Oil
Some of the most commonly adulterated (and commonly consumed) food products the world over are milk, honey, saffron, orange juice and olive oil. And sometimes simply reading a label isn't a huge amount of help as brands are able to slap all kinds...
TRAVEL
Touring Pioneertown, CA's Idyllic Rancho V
With Palm Springs International Airport only a 40 minute drive away, it's easy to place Rancho V on the map by way of that transportation hub. Unless, of course, you've heard of Pioneertown, CA. On Route 62 in the lush desert of the Yucca Valley...
STYLE
NOE Garments Launches Swimwear
Founded by twin sisters, NOE Garments melds function and fashion in their thoughtfully made intimates that find sexiness in non-traditional styles and materials. From supportive zip-back racers to bras with thick, bold straps, NOE pieces encourage...
FOOD_DRINK
Californian Growers Blend Olive Oil
Fresh, quality olive oil in the pantry signals your dedication to good food. This daily-use olive oil from indie makers Other Brother is the mildest and most versatile of their offerings. Their Spanish-style Growers blend, made from California-grown...
DESIGN
Xtracycle's Edgerunner 24D Cargo Bike
Much love and thought are going into the redesign of cargo bikes, such as Porterlight's new customizable option, to make them less intimidating and more enticing for regular personal use. Oakland, California-based Xtracycle offers the Edgerunner...
TRAVEL
Mama Shelter, Los Angeles
On a recent Friday night at the new Mama Shelter boutique hotel on Los Angeles, DJ Kurse was playing a set for locals and hotel guests. A family had gathered to celebrate a 72nd birthday and the giant foosball table was being carefully picked up and...
DESIGN
WAX Poster Art Prints
Art posters have traditionally been the kind of thing picked up in museum gift shops, and are often limited to reproductions of famous paintings by Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh or Warhol. Finding quality prints of more contemporary art has always been...
CULTURE
Oakley In Residence: Los Angeles
by Sasha Barkans Oakley is a relatively new player in the skateboard scene, but they seem to be on a mission to let the skateboard world know that they’re here to stay. Their pro skate roster boasts some of the biggest names in skateboarding—including...
CULTURE
The Sexy and the Unseen: Highlights from Paris Photo LA 2015
by The World's Best Ever History and nudes: two of the many things that photography is known for. From Guy Bourdin's vintage Polaroids culled from his personal collection, to Ralph Gibson's black and white compositions, this year's Paris Photo LA...
TRAVEL
Vintage Bikes, Gravel and Wine in Water Bottles: Eroica California
Leave your Lycra at home, forget about carbon fiber, stop meticulously counting the grams of your new crankset and prepare for a healthy dose of fatigue. At the inaugural Eroica California ride—part of the Italy-based Eroica series of non-competitive...
CULTURE
Studio Visit: Adam Silverman
Visiting ceramicist Adam Silverman's studio, we spy the artist surveying the vastness of his new space in Glendale, California. A large ceramic egg-shaped piece—glazed with a white crackled surface akin to barnacles—sits next to a smaller one the color...
STYLE
Wax and Wool by Woolrich + Almond Surfboards
On the surface, Woolrich and Almond Surfboards don't appear to have much in common. The Pennslyvania-based wool company has been making tried and true workwear for over 180 years and is home to the oldest vertically integrated woolen mill in the...
STYLE
Gregory Packs Sunbird Series
At the tender age of 14, Wayne Gregory was tasked with designing and building a backpack as part of a Boy Scouts activity. That pack would get Gregory his first job in a budding San Diego company, and he would eventually embark on a successful career...
STYLE
Minimalist Vibes with NU Swim
While the northern hemisphere is still experiencing frigid temperatures, the optimistic (and envy-inducing warm weather vacationers) are already on the hunt for a new bathing suit. For those that who are dreading the shopping headaches to come...
STYLE
Old Meets New in Kitsbow's Icon Shirt
There's no shortage of cycling brands designing clothes to transition seamlessly from the on the bike to on the street. From moisture management to visibility to ease of movement, cycling apparel has made a quantum leap in wearability for the neon...
DESIGN
21st Century Schizoid (Wo)man: Tatiana Kartomten
Californian illustrator Tatiana Kartomten’s drawings are enchanting, mystical things, with enough details to keep the viewer endlessly captivated. The London-based artist’s intricate illustrations also have a spiritual, psychedelic vibe reminiscent...
DESIGN
Brad and Jenna Holdgrafer's Yes Shop
by Kohl Crecelius “Yes" has been a mantra for Brad and Jenna Holdgrafer—the husband and wife duo who have founded an online shop bearing the affirmative phrase. They adhere to a lifestyle that says “yes” to what life throws at them, and have carefully...
STYLE
Hillflint's Vintage-Styled Collegiate Sweaters
Inspired by a fellow Dartmouth alum's simple green wool sweater—branded only with a year of graduation (1968) and seen in perfect condition in 2012—then-students Woody Hines and John Shi founded Hillflint with a view in mind to make long-lasting...
FOOD-DRINK
Napa Valley's Newton Vineyard
Once considered a scrappy competitor to its European counterparts, Californian wine—the Napa Valley region in particular—has since secured itself in the minds (and palates) of wine lovers the world over. With the rise in the popularity and recognition...
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