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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...
CULTURE
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...
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Sculpture Blanket
LA-based art brand BFGF has fun with their not-so-typical blankets inspired by "transcendent experiences, the internet, snacks, and both tropical and desert landscapes." The digitally woven blankets depict scenes like "a babe transcending time and...
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...
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Macallan's Custom ICON E-Flyer
The Macallan's custom ICON E-Flyer puts a ruby-red shine on a retro gem. Inspired by WWI-era board racers, the custom electric cycle is made in California, and runs for 35 miles before needing a new charge. Caramel leather and brass and copper accents...
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...
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White Palm Tee
Blood and Bolts makes crisp and casual shirts, hats and accessories in homage to the similar spirit of the California lifestyle. The White Palm Tee embodies all of that with a carefree tree stamped on the breast pocket—simple and slick.
STYLE
Van Doren Halloween Print Era
Paying tribute to the brand's humble beginnings rooted in 1970s and '80s skate culture, Vans continues to reissue vintage prints as part of the Van Doren Collection. One of the latest to get bumped back into production—and just in time for Halloween...
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Modern Apron
There's a saying about breaking free from the ties of apron strings to remember here, but no matter—Mill Valley, CA textile company Ambatalla has created a thoroughly modern smock that's not only string-free and functional, but stylish. Available in...
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...
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