Biochemist to Barista: The New Scoops
by Chérmelle D. Edwards Nearly three years ago, biochemist Jack Benchakul switched professions and became a barista. Applying science to the craft of specialty coffee, he’s popped up in in at least 10 Los Angeles locations since then. Under the...
Just One Eye's Ulysses Tier 1 Disaster Relief Kit
Hidden within a building in Hollywood, Paola Russo's destination boutique Just One Eye is full of contemporary fashion, art and objects. Valentino feather stilettos can be found next to Murakami sculptures and cases full of jewelry. But when Russo...
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...
The Elder Statesman's First Retail Store Opens in LA
After seven and a half years in business, picking up the 2012 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund award along the way, The Elder Statesman has finally opened its first brick and mortar store in its hometown of Los Angeles. Founder Greg Chait—recognizable by...
Hand-Spun Four-Panel Cashmere Blanket
Comprised of eight pounds of hand-spun, hand-dyed, hand-loomed, hand-stitched cashmere, The Elder Statesman's Four Panel Blanket can fairly serve as the only blanket you'll ever need again.
Vern Captoe Lace-Up Boot
Los Angeles' master custom shoemaker George Esquivel presents the bespoke Vern Captoe Green Boot: an understated, utilitarian chukka in burnished green leather. The deep emerald hue is an unexpected flourish a sharp eye will catch, on the otherwise...
Henry Wolfe: Encino
Three years have brought out a weathered yet spirited side of Henry Wolfe. While the musician's debut LP Linda Vista (2011) was straightforward, almost too gentle even, with its conventional instrumentation and approach, the two original songs on...
Cry Wolf by Lisa Solberg
LA-based Lisa Solberg paints with bold colorful strokes that convey elements of mystery that evoke an otherworldly spirituality. Her large-scale works reveal passion and intensity through layers upon layers of paint. After the success of her fishbowl...
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...
Cool Weather Edible Seedbombs
This two-pack of cool weather edible seed bombs includes Pot Marigold, "Seven Top" Turnip and Tatsoi. Greenaid hand rolls their seed bombs using socially responsible labor practices and works in partnership with Chrysalis, a non-profit that creates...
Doug Aitken: Still Life
The white walls of Doug Aitken’s new show "Still Life" at LA's Regen Projects appear to have been ravaged by an earthquake or some other natural disaster. The multimedia artist created his sculptural works with vivid photographs, LED lights, gleaming...
Not Yours Luggage Tags
Los Angeles-based Make Smith Leather Co. alludes to our sheep-like tendencies—we know your suitcase is black too—with a handmade luggage tag that adds a subtle touch of handcrafted sass. The next time someone fumbles around to check the bag floating...
Brazilian Sweet Treats by Simply Brigadeiro
by Eva Glettner Even though she has spent many years in Los Angeles, Sabrina Pires Kahn's Brazilian roots are deeper than just her Portuguese-tinged English. In fact, Pires Kahn is on a mission to bring brigadeiros—Brazil’s most loved confections...
Willy B’s Raw and Fermented Hot Sauce
Growing up in a macrobiotic house can lead to both positive and negative reactions from the kids. On the plus side, Willy Barling of Willy B’s understood from a young age that his family prized eating fresh, healthy foods. (Barling also admits that...
Nightmare and the Cat + Gary Baseman
When artist Gary Baseman was asked to collaborate on the album cover art for the band Nightmare and the Cat, he did more than art direct the band’s photo shoot, captured within his interactive museum exhibition "The Door is Always Open" at the Skirball...
Juice: Recipes for Juicing, Cleansing and Living Well
Hayden Slater, Carly de Castro and Hedi Gores are the founders of Pressed Juicery, an idea they had in 2010 that was grounded in a simple belief: in order to live well and feel healthy, people need to be armed with a set of tools that are simple...
Zuzii Rethinks Kids' Shoes
From fortune cookie booties to crochet loafers, baby shoes incite a lot of cooing and "aww"-ing—but these designs from LA-based Zuzii just might have you turning green with envy and wishing you were a few decades younger. The company is made up of...
Robert Vargas Paints the Faces of Downtown LA
Large almond-shaped eyes peek out from the corner of 9th and Flower in downtown Los Angeles. The big, black and white painting—dotted with a glamorous beaded headpiece—watches over the busy intersection near FIDM. The painter Robert Vargas created...
Scandinavian Design at Austere, Downtown Los Angeles
It was an old auto showroom sitting empty at 9th Avenue and Hill Street in downtown Los Angeles, but as soon as brand consultant Fredrik Carlström—who originally hails from Sweden and now lives in New York—laid his eyes on it, he quickly knew it...
The Line Hotel, Los Angeles
The large arrow-shaped sign on Wilshire Boulevard reads “caFe…free wifi” and points visitors directly to the door of a coffee shop serving habanero mochas and red bean buns. Next to the valet, a bike-rack filled with Linus bicycles sits waiting for...
Live Fast Mag's First Annual Print Issue
Vivianne Lapointe isn't only a CH contributor, but happens to be the founder of LA-based website Live Fast Mag. Over the past few years, Lapointe has gathered many different voices to cover the focus topics of fashion, art, sex and travel (hence...
Michael Jang's Vintage Family Photos
While SF-based photographer Michael Jang has taken famous black-and-white shots of Jimi Hendrix, Ronald Reagan and David Bowie, he's become well-known for doing what people do everyday all over the world: taking photos of their family. Jang began...
John Knuth's Fly Paintings
To create the paintings for his "Master Plan" series (on show now at Chicago's Andrew Rafacz Gallery), LA-based artist John Knuth feeds a mixture of sugar and watercolor paint to hundreds of thousands of common houseflies. As the flies eat, they...
Ilan Dei Venice: The Cruiser Collection
Based in Venice, California, Ilan Dei perfectly captures the region's quintessential laid-back, communal atmosphere with his outdoor furniture. The studio's latest line, just in time for summer, offers four new pieces inspired by Hot Rod culture...