Daniel and Jonathan Feldman dreamed up a line that’s as American as apple pie, soul music, and blue jeans. Their New American Classics line is an ode to denim. The fabric “was worn in the early days by cowboys and stylized decade after decade by the modern man,” Daniel says. Although the company has only been in existence for a few years and their style is fresh, the fabrics are woven with an old soul.
Dreamed up by Fahrani Empel and Miles Pitt, Cast Eyewear is a funky-chic line of shades that uses shapes and colors no other designers would dare to. “My passion for eyewear was the first thing that inspired me to do what I do. Then, in the process of creating it, I got my inspirations from everything that surrounds me—people, environments, vibes, energies, anything, you call it,” Empel says.
Frank Rivera, better known as Frank the Butcher, is a hit man, in the sense that whatever he puts out kills on the market. His limited-release sneakers are snapped up quickly by a dedicated following of fans who have been known to store his sneakers in their boxes as if they were vintage Star Wars toys.
Jeffrey Sebelia started off designing one-offs for rockers such as Dave Navarro and Chester Bennington (Linkin Park) with his line Cosa Nostra, and he went on to become the winner of Project Runway’s third season and a creative director for Fluxus. Now the designer has set his sights a little smaller—as in children’s clothes—with his line La Miniatura.
As Willy Chavarria and David Ramirez roamed around Ramirez’s hometown of Palmer, MA, they surveyed the decay of textile mills and knew that they wanted to bring back quality, American-made wares. Palmer Trading Company’s retail space was constructed with original wood from an old mill and houses both old and new pieces, all made with extreme care. Their clothing line is masculine and classic, and they mix vintage style with premium fabrics and updated fits to make timelessly hip fashion.
You’re flicking through the late-night television options in the haze of half sleep when you pause on the Cooking Channel because of the incongruity of what you’re hearing and what you’re seeing. From behind a kitchen counter on a cooking-show set that’s art-directed within a half inch of its life, a woman with the stage presence of Rachael Ray and the barely-legal beauty of Avril Lavigne circa 2002 gesticulates as if to say, “You talkin’ to me?”
“I have a weird thing with voyeurism,” says artist Natalia Fabia, whose paintings depict “rad, talented chicks” in private, doing things like hugging a stuffed bunny or eating an ice-cream cone, often while wearing little more than their undies. Fabia’s colorful paintings, which have made her one of the Los Angeles art scene’s fastest-rising stars, reflect a constellation of influences: fashion, pinup girls, burlesque, glitter, and rock ‘n’ roll. If the hyperfeminine world she portrays is sexy but not exactly sexual, that’s because Fabia is more interested in celebrating female camaraderie. Her girls are BFFs with awesome tattoos, killer bodies, and a taste for skin-baring fashion. They’re the Sisterhood of ...
Soccer players blur together on the pitch. Forget trying to read their numbers; they are reduced to a trail of their kit’s color. Maybe this is why soccer stars of renown (at least in the American consciousness) have had distinctive haircuts: Cobi Jones had dreadlocks; Alexi Lalas has a plume of red hair. Natasha Kai doesn’t go wild at the salon—it’s her time spent in tattoo parlors...