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VO L U M E

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There are plenty of ways to problem solve, but

In this issue we decided to explore the concept

depending on the situation, quite a few of them require an

of “teamwork� throughout our lifestyle categories. For our

extra set of claws. Teamwork is ubiquitous—on the field, at

Creatures of Comfort shoot, we effectively crowd-sourced our

a startup, when moving your bed frame or playing Blokus.

social media platforms in order to obtain some bunnies. For

People are social creatures (even us sanctimonious,

our food section, we politely asked culinary giants and real life

internet-diagnosed

couple, Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb of Rustic Canyon in Santa

introverts),

and

civilization

is

the

product of a collective effort.

Monica, to interview each other. Having recently expanded

According to a study, Identification of the Social

and

Cognitive

Processes

Underlying

their partnership to a club (with the addition of a newborn

Human

daughter), the foodie family has even more to celebrate

Cumulative Culture, from biologists at St. Andrews

(and juggle). The gang from Youngblood Hawke described

University, the ability to work together is the unique

the formula behind their chemistry, while the LA-based art

ingredient for Homo sapiens sapiens (yep, two sapiens)

collective, FriendsWithYou shared their universal takeover

success. In a puzzle test, pre-school aged children were

through a process they call “psychomagic.�

pitted against chimpanzees to solve brainteasers that

And finally, for our cover and corresponding Last

required collaboration in order to obtain stickers and

Look feature, photographer Ryan Schude walked us through

fruit, respectively.

what it takes to capture his complex narrative images. While

The humans taught each other how to solve the

the scope of the subject matter and commissions vary, his

problems, sharing both advice and rewards. The monkeys

irreverence never wavers. The process of conducting his

were decidedly on their own tip, with many even stealing

cast and crew is a fusion of planning and improv, suspended

their babies’ food. According to scientists, the impulse to

together in wickedly humorous cytoplasm.

work together is the secret formula explaining that “critical,

As I write this note, our core team is itching to

social, and cognitive capabilities are possessed by humans,

be rid of this issue. But predictably, by the time these files

but not other animals.�* Turns out, people have better

morph into printed pages, we will be delighted to share the

attitudes than primates, and consequently, get to enjoy

open bar at our Teamwork Issue party. And as always, we

Bravo, tapas, and Grand Theft Auto V.

hope to see you there.

Although the act of writing tends to celebrate individualism, publishing does not. At the very minimum,

*Redwood trees, ants, and bees thrive on connectivity,

print needs at least three players: the artist, the publisher,

relying entirely on collaborative efforts for survival. Tiger

and the reader. A multi-faceted magazine, on the other hand,

sharks, hamsters, and bearded vultures, however, eat

takes a village. Collaboration, among the 15+ folks listed on

their siblings, while black widows, praying mantises, and

our masthead along with our like-minded partners is the only

scorpions often commit inter-species sexual homicide. It’s

way we can deliver this book to you every other month.

a mixed bag, really.

ERIN DENNISON EDITOR-IN-CHIEF


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h, Vegas. A city that breeds about as

much

cognitive

dissonance

as

contemporary Johnny Depp, your best friends impending nuptials, poutine, and Jumbo’s

sexy

Clown Room combined. As any educated

entreprenuers: You can’t do it

Angeleno knows, there is only one appropriate

all yourselves. So, why not take the

way to take on the strip. Featuring opulent

time to invest in your staff?

Here in

suites, pool parties, and notable performers

startup land, we often find ourselves

like Bruno Mars and M.I.A., The Cosmopolitan

filtering through stacks of resumes for

facilitates a fool-proof itinerary for newbies

the

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intern candidate. Anyone who’s ever

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done this dance knows just how much

modern fun house of spooky, magical depth.

undesirable contact there is out there.

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hat’s not to love about

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predictable, industry, dinner

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climate.

share for specialized, work-

CANVAS’ Supper Club aims to

related purposes, there are

facilitate an intimate evening

gripes to be made about their

with an unexpected range of

general redundancy. While a

tastemakers. From cinephiles

gift bag, the usual suspects,

to foodies, we’re hosting a

and

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County was created, the Wall Street Journal published its first issue, and Lee Jeans was established. The latter, founded by H.D. Lee Mercantile in Kansas, began making denim when jeans were still called dungarees. Today, the label carries over a dozen fits under their original Lee 101 moniker. Proprietary treatment allows the indigo to chip away from the cotton, resulting in a jean that ages quickly. US-manufactured, premium, salvage, denim and tailored fits—all at a much lower price point than most boutique heritage brands. Our goal is to wear them until they feel like pajamas.

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musi¢ ĭs ŧħe ōne ŧħĭng we wânŧ ŧø dø witħ øųr lĭvęs. we've pūt eveŕytħĭng ĭŋtō it. The catchy melodies and uplifting tones of Youngblood

15?’ And then it was sold out. It was such a great response. People

Hawke’s tunes would suggest that some sort of idyllic confluence

really reacted to the music in such a genuine way. It just felt natural.

brought them together. That isn’t the case. Members Simon Katz and

You can tell when the crowd’s into it.”

Sam Martin found themselves increasingly alienated from their frat-

And that was it. “We Come Running” was released months

party, electro-pop band, Iglu and Hartly towards the end of the last

later, and Youngblood Hawke became an international buzz band.

decade and were struggling for direction. Martin tells the story best:

Just like that. With their second LP approaching, the band isn’t

“There were three of us—Simon, another guy, and myself. We started

resting on their laurels. There are rumblings of new directions, but

out kind of all on the same page. As the band got successful, the other

fans looking for the YBH signature sound shouldn’t worry. Martin

member turned into a really dark dude. It got really ugly and became

explains, “I don’t know if there’s any way to describe it other than

everything we were against. We walked away, and it was a really scary

evolving. The worst thing you can do as an artist is continue to make

thing to do because it was going well in Europe and the UK. But we

the same thing over and over again. We wrote the first album three

knew we had to do it because we were fucking miserable. The music

years ago. We’re different people now. I don’t think we’re going to put

was not the music that I wanted to be making.”

out a folk record or a dubstep record, though. We want it to be fun for

They walked right into their next project. “Sam and I locked

us on stage and fun for the people who come see us. Our first record

ourselves in his bedroom,” Martin continues. “It was tiny and had no

comes from a pop background and sound, even though the stories

air conditioning. We just wrote songs all summer. That was our way of

and the lyrics are dark. I think we’ll probably take that a little further

putting all the other shit we had to put up with for the past couple of

and just experiment, get a little weirder.”

years behind us.” From there, their musical ascent continued on the

In a lot of ways, the band’s story is an allegory to the novel

same humble trajectory that a myriad of other Eastside LA bands have

from which their name was derived, Herman Wouk’s Youngblood Hawke.

before them. “Our first show was at The Silverlake Lounge,” Martin

It’s an important book to Martin. “It was just one of those books that

recounts. “But we didn’t tell anybody. There were literally two people

just blew my mind,” he says. “It was my late uncle’s favorite book. It’s

there—including the bar staff. We were completely nervous. It was

about a young Kentucky boy who moved to New York. My whole family’s

our first time playing a show with the rest of the band. Alice had done

from Kentucky and I really connected with the story of someone leaving

acting before but had never played a show. I walked up to her after,

everything behind and chasing their dream of becoming an artist. There’s

and she was like, ‘I wanna do that again and again and again.”

a lot of imagery and stuff inside the book that really touched me.”

They found a sense of home pretty quickly. “Playing The

When pressed about the book’s tragic ending, Martin

Satellite was cool because, when we first moved here, It was one of

responds, “It definitely has a dark twist, but you decide what you

the first places we went to see live music. We felt comfortable there.

want to do with your life, and you just do it. That’s how we feel about

They asked us to do a residency, and it was an obvious yes. That was

music. It’s the one thing we want to do with our lives. It’s become our

kind of what started it for us. We didn’t really play that much as a

lives. We’ve put everything into it.” Maybe the fact that YBH were

band before. The residency was our third or fourth show. We would

born out of somebody else’s unhappy ending means that, this time,

walk in the door and be like, ‘Are there gonna be 20 people there?

they’ll get to write their own.

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Our fair city is home to some major players in the industry, including some of the most storied record labels in the world. But what of the indie labels making waves and putting LA on the map for its cultivation of independent music? While we could probably blame these guys for about 90 percent of the city’s scenester population, we’d like to focus on the fact that they continue to make the city a mecca for forward-thinking, budding musicians. If the names Hanni El Khatib, Banks, Classixx, or Nosaj Thing ring familiar to you, read on as we profile some of the labels where these artists have made their homes.

I N N OVAT I V E L E I S U R E Innovative Leisure, the late-night, side hustle of former Stones Throw employees Nate Nelson and Jamie Strong, hatched in LA’s underbelly in 2010. Initially, Nelson produced tracks by Machinedrum and Nguzunguzu before he and Strong eventually joined forces to release what would be Hanni El Khatib’s hugely successful debut album, Will the Guns Come Out. Previously the creative director for streetwear giant, HUF, El Khatib eventually quit his job, taking on a partnership with Nelson and Strong and paving a new path for the label’s insanely diverse roster. Since then, the label has brought us the soulful ruminations of Rhye, while giving life to LA-duo Classixx, Allahlas, Badbadnotgood, De Lux, and many more. As a small label with unique commercial success, they are a prodigious example of a niche collective that makes good music without having to sacrifice for profit margins. INNOVATIVELEISURE.NET

IAM SOU ND IAMSOUND began in 2007 when London-born, music video director Niki Roberton encountered talented bands who fell just outside of the celebrated Kanye / RocA-Fella bubble. Taking matters into her own hands, Roberton, eventually joined by Paul Tao, went the iTunes route, helping artists release music digitally. After discovering Florence Welch (Florence & The Machines) on Myspace, the label finally got its sea legs. In addition to releasing Florence & The Machine’s

and

smoldering songwriter Banks’ first EP, IAMSOUND regards acts like Lord Huron, MS MR, IO Echo, Kate Boy, and more as family. With such success, the label today has grown to include Anh Do—who heads up their events, music marketing, and consultating services. Collectively, IAMSOUND is proud to claim that none of their acts have the same sound, reflecting the diversity of the trio itself, and their adopted hometown of Los Angeles. IAMSOUNDRECORDS.COM

ALP HA P U P Everything Kevin Moo touches turns to gold. The Low End Theory founder, aka Daddy Kev, founded Alpha Pup together with Danyell Jariel. Initially created as a means to push Kev’s own music, it eventually became the home for many Low End-affiliated artists who were pushing the boundaries of electronic music and the beat scene. Today the label nests several artist-run imprints, including Flying Lotus’ Brainfeeder, Hellfyre Club, and Friends of Friends. Its roster also includes acts such as Shlohmo, Nosaj Thing, Free The Robots, the TeamSupreme collective, Nadastrom, and countless more. Needless to say, with such a coveted group of artists, Alpha Pup is one of the labels putting LA at the crux of experimental music. "-1)"1613&$03%4$0.


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cute is the new O n Fr i e n d s WithYou’s M i s s i o n o f C onnectivity t ex t L in d sa y P re ston Zappas

To understand what Twitter, universal connectedness, psychomagic, and rave culture have in common, one can simply sit down with recent Los Angeles transplants Samuel Borkson and Arturo Sandoval III. The two are the pair behind art collective FriendsWithYou, whose dream is to connect humanity one project at a time. Their style is Murakami -esque and post pop, creating pattern-draped, immersive installations and personified, geometric inflatables. They insist that no medium is off the table, their previous work taking on the form of plush dolls, large installations, screen prints, paintings, and, more currently, apps and a television series. When I get to the FWY studio, Sam is waiting for me on a large straw mat with his shoes off and pizza-patterned socks on display. As Arturo, or “Turi” walks over, also barefoot, they invite me to remove my shoes as well and take a seat. Having just

biked to their studio sans socks, I am a little worried to oblige, but after some good-humored coaxing from the collaborative pair, I realize that the mat (smelly feet and all) is a potent symbol for their dual creative process. Taking in the good with the bad, the pair transforms conventional dualities into experiential happenings, affirming their message of connectedness and well -being. While I am generally a positive and optimistic person, I do possess a hint of skepticism—perhaps from reading too much critical theory during grad school. Yet, FWY cut through my skepticism regarding their seemingly naive goals, for their optimism is strongly rooted in realism. While it’s easy to be cynical about the often maddening state of our capitalist culture, FWY strategically acknowledge it—and then they move on. They’d rather spend their time thinking about the positive. They think cute is punk.


“Pąrt øf makĭng art ĭs abøuŧ ĝeneratĭng šømeŧhing ŧħaŧ ĭs beyønđ yōu. Ĭt’s ţhe same thing with øųr relationship. We have found honesty in each ǿther. That’s ẅhere øųr møst beautiful arŧ has flowed frøm. ” Turi explains, “The whole idea of modern culture and the

The two re located to Los Angeles last year to expand

systems we have in place to monetize and incentivize are based on

their horizons, and take advantage of the creative energy that

a systematic bracketing of ourselves. They are also simmering down

proliferates the City of Angels. The broadcasting tool that LA has

into predictable and limiting ways, and these things can be exploited.

become—sustained in large part by the movie industry—strongly

We decided early on that we would flow with the capitalistic system

attracted them to the city. There is an opportunity here to reach an

to see how it can work for us, and let the ideas flourish . . . There’s

expanded audience beyond a more regional one in Miami. While FWY

no accepting the capitalist system–you’re just in it. Take the thing

doesn’t align with any specific religion, they constantly talk about

and shift it to your purpose. Change it from within, and, to some

the spiritual and the psychic. Los Angeles’ unique blend of cultures

degree, try to move the needle one way or another. I think that is

and demographics surely speaks to FWY’s blend of spirituality. “It’s a

in some ways more progressive than totally going off the grid and

kinda Buddhist, Christian, Jewish, African, Tribal mix. Just a happy-

boycotting the whole thing.”

with-yourself kind of thing,” Sam smiles. With a Los Angeles-based

“I’m assuming you guys are optimists?” I ask. “I am

solo show at Marine Projects in Venice and a MOCA book release party

Optimist Prime!” Sam responds. “OMG. That’s the best tweet ever. I

for their newly released monograph under their belt, Sam and Turi are off

have to tweet that right now. DUDE.” While Sam updates his Twitter

to a good start as newly minted Angelenos.

status, Turi continues, “We are realists at the same time. We know

The comprehensive monograph, We Are FriendsWithYou,

that we have a long way to go as people. We understand the pain

which includes the 12-year oeuvre of the team’s projects, features

of it, but we are just being the symbol of hope and happiness and

essays by Pharrell Williams, Alejandro Jodorowsky, and Peter

acceptance. Well, we are trying to be.”

Doroshenko.

The

book

is

somewhat

symbolic—the

pair

feel

Optimists, certainly, but not blind ones. The two have clearly

the freedom to close a literal chapter on some of their previous

worked hard to establish their reputation and credibility. They strive for

aesthetics, and dwell within some new terrain. “If we were trying to

balance, both internally and collaboratively. They don’t always see eye

build an art career, we would have just kept doing [work in our older

to eye, but that’s what makes collaboration such a fertile zone. Moving

style],” Turi explains. “But we’re not just harvesting our career, we

past their individual egos into seeing themselves in the other, their

are trying to get to something else.”

practice allows space for a dialogue to occur. “Part of making art is

By something else, Turi means global happiness, peace,

about generating something that is beyond you,” Turi implores. “It’s the

self-acceptance, and love. It’s a lot to accomplish in one lifetime, but

same thing with our relationship. We have found honesty in each other.

the pair are realistic about their lofty intentions. Dreamers, yet still

That’s where our most beautiful art has flowed from. We never have the

grounded in the messiness of modern life. He explains further, “It’s

problem where we don’t have any ideas. We always have five ideas, and

not that you are just an artist. You are a human first, then beyond that

the problem is deciding which one to make.”

you are some cosmic arrangement of atoms. But then beyond that

Sam and Turi met in Miami while both part of the rave culture in the 90’s. Their group of friends at the time embraced their

there are layers, and you have this social role to play.” As

FWY

foray

into

the

future,

working

towards

silliness and offered the two unequivocal support in the beginning

enlightenment, balancing internal energies, and managing their

inklings of their collaborative efforts. Their first joint project was

prolific idea base, they remain uncertain about which direction the

creating a series of plush toys—Sam had asked for a sewing machine

work will take, yet committed to the flow of ideas. “What’s next?” I ask

for his high school graduation. “We didn’t know about the art world,”

in closing. “Lunch,” Turi answers.

Sam confesses. “We came and just Mad Max -ed this thing.” One step at a time.


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the country’s best MFA programs: USC, UCLA and CalArts. The number of artists moving to LA is greater than it ever has been.�

our radar, nurturing some of the most enticing new artists right here in

Recently, the M+B program, which has maintained a

our very own backyard. From our past features like Matthew Brandt,

long-standing foundation in photography, has broken its own mold,

Hannah Whitaker, and Mona Kuhn, we’ve been pillaging (or rather,

transitioning into a wider understanding of the medium. The gallery

graciously and inspiringly appropriating) the M+B arsenal for a cool

announced its two-program split—with M+B, their newer, contemporary

minute now. Can you blame us?

focus, and M+B Photo, their existing program that remains true to their

We were first introduced to M+B long ago when a collection

photographic roots. “Almost all of the artists that we’ve shown in the

of Andrew Bush’s “Vector Portraits� surfaced for what became one of

past few years are contemporary artists. They don’t see themselves as

our favorite exhibitions yet. Bush’s voyeuristic, large-scale photographs

photographers or particularly tied to that medium,� Wetzel explains. The

of man and his automobile were beautiful, humorous, and poignant, and

need for the two programs became an obvious trajectory, with its former

fueled our curiosity about M+B as a whole. So when the opportunity arose

approach transcending its own limits of photo-based practices.

to get up close and personal with the team behind the magic, we pounced.

“This result was really about the artists and the work,� Wetzel

M+B sits between Melrose Avenue and Santa Monica

imparts. “By always riding the edge and constantly pushing boundaries,

Boulevard, in what appears to be a quaint and picturesque bungalow

the program reached a point where there were two different focuses and

home. Beyond the front cottage with charming French doors, in a second

it was time to make that distinction.�

(and equally inviting) space, lies the nucleus of the gallery, its traditional white walls and track lighting nestled within the ivy-coated driveway.

Now, with both M+B and M+B Photo under their belt, the programming is really taking off, shedding their more established ties

We sneak a walk-through of the property before Alexandra

to the lens in favor of prompting a new dialogue on the consumption of

Wetzel, M+B’s Assistant Director, greets us. “It’s the perfect example

art in the digital age. So what’s on deck for the gallery? Soft Target, an

of an indoor/outdoor California space,� she smiles. Indeed, the space

ambitious group show curated by M+B artists Phil Chang and Matthew

is relaxing and comfortable, with a grateful lack of somber stuffiness or

Porter and featuring a parade of artistic talent will be taking over the

pretension. Through a mutual love for photography and general aversion

gallery until the end of August. Additionally, a stunning new body of work

for Pilates Plus (can you slow it down just a little?), Alexandra takes us

from Jessica Eaton is set to take shape (“It’s her first time working with

through the gallery’s inception, its artists, and its evolution.

carbon printing,� Wetzel declares), and Mariah Robertson, one of the

At the helm of the gallery is Benjamin Trigano, who founded M+B in 2008 out of a deep passion for photography. Together with his

latest additions to the M+B roster, will have her west coast debut solo show in the spring of 2015.

team, M+B has spent its formidable years cultivating a roster of artistic

Evidently, this new chapter is slowly and steadily growing,

mastery, not to mention developing a reputation for signing on undiscovered

filling the page with freshly innovative processes of artistic production—

talent. “We bring on new artists when we see something amazing—an idea,

one that lies beyond the bounds of a once “traditional� medium.

perspective, or aesthetic that is unique and relevant to our time. Something

“We want to do something different,� Wetzel affirms, “and create a

we haven’t yet seen before,� Wetzel tells us. “LA is blessed with three of

destination‌where you can feel comfortable asking questions.�

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AUDREY KAWASAKI, TARA MCPHERSON, DEEDEE CHERIEL Merry Karnowsky Gallery August 2nd – August 30th Opening Reception: Saturday, August 2nd, 7 pm Merry Karnowsky presents the unique styles and mediums of three female artists and their exploration of parallel themes. Through work in paint, illustration, and photography, Kawasaki, Mcpherson, and Cheriel invoke meditative and breathtaking narratives that explore the female form. | mkgallery.com

LUCY + JORGE ORTA FOOD – LIFE – WATER Ben Maltz Gallery, OTIS August 16th – December 6th Food – Life – Water marks the inaugural premiere of the Orta’s work in the US. The French duo appropriate sculptures, drawings, installations, and video in order to shed light on major concerns such as environmental conditions and climate change that define the 21st century. Their humorous, jerrybuilt contraptions gain power as works of art created to move us to awareness and action. | otis.edu/ben-maltz-gallery VARIATIONS: ABSTRACT PAINTING TODAY LACMA August 24th – March 22nd In an attention-compromised age when images are instant and prevalent, abstract painting serves as a contradiction, acting as a conduit for the mark of the original, individual artist. Variations: Abstract Painting Today presents 29 artists whose work reflects the language and style of abstraction. The exhibition looks closely at the claim of an abstraction that is timely and comments on a studio practice, paying homage to art history’s past while creating a vision for the present. | lacma.org

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Henrik Purienne is a South African born photographer and

Purienne’s nostalgia-infused images toe the line between

filmmaker who splits his time between Cape Town, Paris, and Los Angeles.

sexy and innocent, playful and seductive. In short, he prescribes an

His work has graced the pages of Galore, Dazed and Confused, Playboy,

idyllic yet wicked narrative to his beautifully aloof subjects. His eye

and Adult, and has shot notable campaigns for American Apparel, Maison

sees beyond the image, to the printed page, encapsulating a breed of

Kitsune, and Mlle Mademoiselle. In 2010, Henrik founded Mirage, an

scholarly elegance with a healthy dash of voyeurism one might describe

international, print, fashion magazine, and, more recently, Purienne, a

as chic-ly nefarious. Okay, we were intrigued. And like a good sport, he

photo book of summer holiday snapshots, portraits, and outtakes.

placated us—during an international layover, naturally:


SO, WHAT’S IT LIKE BEING YOU? I’m never really happy or sad. So apparently that makes me a psychopath? I get to travel and do what I like. Does that make me happy? No. But it sure does not make me sad. CHILDHOOD ASPIRATIONS? An architect. Obviously. But the idea of so much stereotypical human activity taking shape within or as a result of my creation repulsed me. WAS THERE EVER ANY INDICATION THAT YOU’D BE DOING WHAT YOU ARE NOW? When I was about eight years old I discovered a Sony Betamax video camera at my best friend’s house. Turns out his mother was a bit of an amateur filmmaker before she started a family. She actually made the most beautifully sensitive wedding videos. I became totally obsessed with mastering its technical and narrative potential. Even back then, I found the idea of having to rely on others to make a little film quite frustrating. There I was, hooked up to this Betamax backpack shouting instructions from the rooftop like a wrecking ball. I was all sweaty and sunburned, and my friends really just

IN WHAT WAYS, IF AT ALL, HAS YOUR STYLE OR SUBJECT MATTER CHANGED SINCE YOU STARTED? Since my black and white landscape days at art school, I have moved on to the shooting-my-girlfriends-snapshot years, to a more classic approach in my recent fashion and personal work. Although it’s always been pretty much the same language. TOGETHER

WITH

FRANK

ROCHOLL,

YOU

FOUNDED THE MAGAZINE, MIRAGE. COULD YOU

wanted to play Nintendo and drink cream soda.

TELL US YOUR THINKING BEHIND IT?

HAS THE PROCESS OF TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS

superficial obsessions—architecture, girls, cars, and

CHANGED THE WAY YOU LOOK AT THINGS? I think the way I look at things determines how I take photos.

Mirage is a scrapbook serving as an outlet for my more summer holidays. Or maybe these are the important things and everything else is superficial? HOW

DO

YOU

FEEL

ABOUT

OTHER

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ike most captivating creatures, Jade Lai

Quickly after it’s conception, the store gained

is multifaceted. It comes as no surprise

a reputation on both coasts for discovering emerging

that

fashion

the

architecture-student-turned

graphic-designer

with

a

designers

like

Rachel

Comey,

Bernhard

fondness

Willhelm, and Christian Wijnants. In 2008, Lai added

for textiles has channeled all that

a Creatures of Comfort collection to the roster. Retro-

interdisciplinary expertise to explore entrepreneurial

inspired, drapey, sheer basics and smartly tailored

pursuits. Creatures of Comfort, Lai’s brainchild, is

slacks are all encompassed within an effortless pallet

a thoughtful emporium of elevated design. With its

of earthy neutrals. Each piece is chic, wearable, poised,

inaugural storefront on Melrose, its second act nestled

and able to breathe the same air as its heavy-hitting

in SoHo, and a successful in-house line, it’s clear that

contemporaries sharing the same retail environment.

this Jill of all trades has found her niche.

Unsurprisingly, Lai’s muses span far past

In fact, one could argue that Lai opened a

sartorial boundaries. She names her most potent

retail space in West Hollywood as an avenue to explore

inspirations

her catalog of curiosities. Creatures of Comfort is filled

Rudolph Schindler, contemporary painter Judith Seng,

to the brim (presumably panama, for summer) with

photographer Ann Woo, and iconic fashion designer

clothing, accessories, jewelry, and books, and topped

Issey Miyake. So how do modern architecture and

off by a clever selection of home items.

contemporary photography translate into a ready-to-

The

alchemy

behind

Lai’s

knack

to

be

architects

Pierre

Koenig

and

for

wear identity? Decisive lines, subtle hues, and a strong

cultivating talent is a mix of an uncanny ability to

undercurrent of utility are ever-present throughout

edit, her discerning eye, and affinity for collaboration.

each of Lai's collections.

Although she had always planned on carrying clothes,

Though she is bicoastal these days, a

fashion was never Jade’s M.O. It wasn’t long, though,

California state-of-mind has remained at the crux of Lai's

before her craving for intelligent design and the lifestyle

vision. Her favorite part about LA? “Space and attitude. I

it provided began affecting Creature’s merchandising—

miss my friends, the food, and the sunshine most when

in the best way possible.

I’m gone. But I really don’t miss driving, that is for sure.” Samsies.


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As we head south on Broadway in downtown Los Angeles,

designers in order to contextualize a relevant vocabulary. Rather than

we can almost feel the price per square foot rise. The newly re-

re-brand the location, Aesop’s identity pays respect to the zip code’s

branded corridor of cool swells to a crescendo of refinement as you

structural pedigree.

approach its 9th Street intersection. There are cold pressed juice

The brand’s founder, Dennis Paphitis began his intelligent

options where check-cashing bodegas once stood only a dozen full

design pilgrimage as a hairdresser in Melbourne. He found that

moons ago. And while it’s in bad taste to discuss taste, to quote South

composure and order quickly recalibrated chaotic environments, diffused

Park’s Matt and Trey—here comes the neighborhood.

turmoil, and soothed customers. Paphitis controlled elements like order,

While the topic of downtown LA’s gentrification is hardly

smell, and noise to calm his workspace. He then began adding essential

news to those who crave perceived danger, the neighborhood—home

oils to commercial dyes to mask the harsh chemical odors, which clients

to a growing enclave of tastemakers—just received another notable

responded well to. After collaborating with a chemist to produce his own

stamp of approval. Aussie apothecary, Aesop recently joined the

hair products, dabbling with ingredients quickly evolved into an entire

ranks of the Ace Hotel, Acne, and A.P.C., adding even more cache to

product line of hair care, skincare, and fragrance.

the epicenter of the thinking man’s (and woman’s) luxury.

Since the line’s flagship store opened in Melbourne

Following their pop-up preamble this past spring, Aesop’s

in 1996, they have expanded their global reach to over 50 doors

permanent residence is flooded with ethereal natural light thanks to

worldwide. Aesop’s Geneva store encapsulates a swanky living room,

the boutique’s corner location. Six-inch cylindrical cardboard tubes

intended for an international undercover agent. Across the world,

adorn the walls—or, more accurately, are the walls. Recycled paper

their Abbot Kinney location’s concrete floor has preserved its previous

countertops frame the space, which is peppered with a trifecta of

life as an artist’s studio—sporadic paint splats and all. This time, with

vintage porcelain sinks. These aren’t just any vintage finds—they are

the help of local architects Brooks + Scarpa, the retailer has morphed

sourced from a local salvage yard. Because not only is the design

its newly acquisitioned storefront into a minimalist homage to textile

responsible, it’s thoughtful.

production. These guys are method.

So, what do cardboard and art deco theaters have in

So when you walk into 862 S. Broadway, expect the

common? The same ingredient that attracts the ladies (and gentlemen)

employees to be educated and purposeful in their delivery. Expect

who lunch at the Ace Hotel—LA’s Fashion District. Our modest urban

to be mesmerized by elegant typography and spatial presentation.

hub has discarded fabric rolls to thank for its renaissance.

Expect to be asked questions and offered succinct solutions. Expect

In all Aesop’s locations, the utilitarian dÊcor purposefully

to leave a bit smarter, a little poorer, a touch enlightened, better

takes a look at the streetscape to retain the existing façade of its

smelling, and extremely moisturized.

environment. Each apothecary’s interior is a collaboration with local

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MODEL BEHAVIOR

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Y

ou may recognize Leila Goldkuhl. With notable

Australia, I stopped in Korea and worked there. That

campaigns with Mink Pink, Urban Outfitters, and

was hectic—lots of work and really packed schedules.

BCBG under her belt, the former 3rd place contestant of America's Next Top Model (cycle 19) is now living

DO YOU LIKE TO TRAVEL?

in LA and signed with NEXT Model Management. The

At first I was terrified but now I love it and want to go

Massachusetts native grew up playing sports and was

everywhere. The most difficult part is being away from

initially hesitant to enter the modeling world. But

loved ones. Sometimes my schedule doesn't allow for

with a little success and a few trips around the globe

me to make trips home all the time.

later—she’s since changed her tune. Our gal, Hillary Comstock sat down with the 5’11 beauty to talk travel,

WHERE’S

competition, and marine biology.

VISITED?

YOUR

FAVORITE

PLACE

YOU'VE

I love Sydney and consider it a second home. But I HI! HOW ARE THINGS GOING?

really enjoyed visiting Cape Town. That's somewhere

I've been really busy. It's stressful, but I'm lucky to be

I really want to make an effort to go back to! It’s

casting, shooting, and working so much!

gorgeous and pretty laid back, and I love that you can see mountains from almost everywhere.

ABSOLUTELY—AND

YOU'RE

BACK

IN

LA

AFTER A LOT OF TRAVELING.

DO YOU THINK THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES

I stayed in LA for a while after I signed with NEXT, and

THAT YOU'VE GOTTEN FROM MODELING THAT

they really helped me transition into the industry and

YOU WOULDN'T HAVE GOTTEN OTHERWISE?

develop a name for myself. After that, I went to Sydney

Yes, seeing the world while pursuing a career. I've also had

for my first international trip. I loved it so much and

the opportunity to meet so many different types of people.

was working consistently, so I went twice last year. After

But the best thing? The friends I've made while modeling.


zodiac sign? CAPRICORN. what is your spirit animal? A FAT SQUIRREL. do you believe in aliens? ABSOLUTELY. three things you can’t live without? LOVE, ROMANCE & FRIENDSHIP.


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MODEL B E H AV I O R

YOU'RE VERY LEVELHEADED FOR A YOUNG

happens. I didn't have huge support from my peers.

MODEL. THERE'S A LOT OF COMPETITION

But my family and the people closest to me have

AMONG GIRLS YOUR AGE. HAVE YOU FOUND

always been so supportive.

THAT IT'S BEEN HARD TO SUSTAIN THOSE FRIENDSHIPS?

THERE ARE STIGMAS ATTACHED MODELING,

I always love seeing my friends succeed. Anyone I’m

THAT'S FOR SURE.

genuinely close to will want the same thing for me. Of

Yeah. It’s essentially putting yourself out there for

course, I want to work, but if [my friends] get the job

the world to throw stabs at you. There's some praise

over me, it isn't their "fault”—it just means they are

sometimes, but lots of rejection too.

what the client is looking for. Relationships are the most

HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED?

important thing to me.

I'd say I was officially discovered when someone had put me in contact with NEXT. I had a Skype meeting

THAT'S REALLY REFRESHING TO HEAR. I THINK

with (the agency) and from there I flew out to LA and

PEOPLE FORGET THAT, AT THE END OF THE

began working right away!

DAY, WHAT YOU DO IS JUST ANOTHER JOB. Exactly. It's a job. It comes with perks, but it’s work too.

WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO GIRLS JUST BREAKING INTO MODELING?

BEFORE

MODELING,

YOU

STUDIED

AT

A

Be open to new things, but don't say yes to everything. I’m

UNIVERSITY. WHAT WERE YOU STUDYING?

sure there are better words of wisdom, but I think that’s

I was studying marine biology for a while. I loved it, but I

important to know. Don't ever feel like you have no control

decided to just focus on modeling for now and see where

over your life or career. It’s all about what you want at the

that leads me. If I decide to leave the industry all together,

end of the day and not what everyone wants for you.

I would happily go back to studying marine biology. I THINK THAT'S PRETTY GREAT ADVICE. IT WHEN

DID

TRANSITION

YOU INTO

DECIDE

TO

MODELING?

MAKE WAS

THE

SOUNDS LIKE YOU'RE IN A REALLY GREAT

IT

PLACE RIGHT NOW. WHERE WOULD YOU LIKE

SOMETHING YOU'D ALWAYS WANTED TO TRY?

TO GO FROM HERE?

I was in my dorm room one night and was like, 'Screw

Sometimes, I feel pressure to get to a certain level, but

it. People I know are probably going to make fun of

then I take a deep breath and relax. I'm lucky to have

me for thinking I’m special enough to model, but I’m

made it this far.

going to try it.' I’ve always wanted to, but I played sports. My teammates would tease me for wanting to

YOU'RE A SMART GIRL, I THINK YOU'LL BE

model. So one minute I was focused on school and

GOOD NO MATTER WHAT.

the next I was determined to at least try and see what

I'd like to thank the people who raised me for that.


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ONES TO WATCH LA’S FRESH FACES AND THEIR CREATIVE ENDEAVORS

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HE FF + FLOW RYAN HEFFINGTON With flashy spandex and an aura of sweat, endorphins look good on Ryan Heffington. The LA-based choreographer, designer, and performance artist has been making waves in both underground and commercial dance scenes since “The Carlton” was a thing. His recent contributions to dance are exhaustive—from the “Heffington Moves MOCA” performance series and Sweaty Sundays dance parties to choreographing music videos for Sia’s Chandelier, Arcade Fire’s We Exist, and Sigur Rós’ Fjögur píanó. In 2010, he opened The Sweat Spot in Silver Lake where he takes natural high to a new level, encouraging beginners and professionals in the studio. It’s the kind of safe place where novice flailing is tenderly called “freestyle” and cardio isn’t a death trap. Remember when you had a core? We don’t either, but it’s under there somewhere and Ryan Heffington will help you find it. The sheer energy and influence that surrounds Heffington is legendary, and the dude’s just getting warmed up. @SIRHEFFINGTON // SIRHEFFINGTON.COM //

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LO - FA N G A M A D E U S M OZ A RT LO-FANG With a freshly minted EP and little notoriety, Lo-Fang, aka Matt Hemerlein, was an incredibly overlooked talent. That is until Lorde listened to Hemerlein’s debut Blue Film (4AD) and declared, ‘Let there be Lo-Fang.’ Since then, the electronic pop musician has been nonstop, opening for Lorde’s spring tour and gearing up for another circuit this summer. Twelve tracks deep, Blue Film lawfully weds classical symphony and modern electronica with reverent ease. At once poppy and profound, the album radiates an ambient aura. Hemerlein plays every instrument on the album and composed the electro-classical tracks on a tight rope between deep synth and orchestral moments that would make a yo-yo blush. Track #88 is just under seven minutes, layered with falsetto turns. But he’s anything but a show off, just a classical prodigy with handsome modesty. We look forward to his next move—once he finally gets to take a nap. @L0_FANG // LO-FANG.COM //

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DA R K A N D STO R M Y MEG MYERS We get the feeling that sunny LA days are boring to Meg Myers. At 27, the musician has already walked tall out of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains, set up shop in LA, and released two EPs with incurable, musical momentum—all while sporting a crop top. For her latest EP, Make a Shadow (Atlantic Records), Myers worked with producer Doctor Rosen Rosen to polish off the goth-pop, five-track gem, making it soothing, seductive and powerful. Up close, Myers possesses willowy loveliness. On stage, her presence is disarming and haunting, a singing, shaking powerhouse that levels the audience. With tracks like “Desire,” Myers lays out every shade of her emotional range, getting her serious attention and airplay. A raw force of honest vulnerability, there’s no doubt the tide will part for Myers as she continues to tour this summer through Bunbury Festival and Lollapalooza without breaking a sweat. A guitar, maybe. @MEGMYERS // MEGMYERS.COM //

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We’ve heard the praise, the excitement, and the anticipation that surrounds any of the establishments of the culinary power couple Zoe Nathan and Josh Loeb. Between one of the most recognized farm-to-table restaurants in Los Angeles, Rustic Canyon and the passion-filled baking that is Huckleberry, to delectable, ice cream perfection at Sweet Rose Creamery and the rustic grains and pizzas at Milo and Olive, busy might sound like an understatement. And all while double-teaming parental

duties for two adorable, young children, Milo and Tallulah.* So how does the duo successfully manage to master it all without sacrificing quality, innovation, and most importantly, taste? The simple answer—teamwork. We let Josh and Zoe interview each other about their upcoming projects, inspirations, visions for their futures, and how they continue to transform Los Angeles’ westside by staying true to the culinary needs of their community.

JOSH: WHAT DO YOU THINK IS DIFFERENT ABOUT THE FOOD

love and lots of generosity. I never felt like a pastry chef. I never wanted

SCENE IN LA SINCE YOU STARTED COOKING HERE?

to be at the end of a meal. That’s an amazing place, but for me, I get

ZOE: I think it is getting better all the time. When I started, there was

tired and ready to sleep at the end of a meal. It never felt like a genuine

just a handful of chef-owned restaurants, and now I think every week

place for me to be. I feel like the morning is where I shine. I will always

you are hearing of an awesome new chef who is opening his own place.

be a baker. The minute I popped Tallulah out, two months later, I was

To me that is the real sign of a food community. LA is actually becoming

back in the kitchen with her on my chest.

*Trust us, they’re cheek-pinching adorable.

a real food place, with real bakeries actually owned by bakers. It used to feel like there was one voice in LA. Now there are hundreds. Our list

JOSH: I KNOW A LOT OF YOUNG BAKERS AND CHEFS REACH OUT

of places we want to go to now is so long!

TO YOU FOR ADVICE. WHAT’S THE MOST IMPORTANT PIECE OF ADVICE YOU GIVE THEM?

JOSH: YOU WEAR SO MANY HATS IN OUR RESTAURANTS AND

ZOE: I think that you have to be willing to work really hard and be willing

IN OUR LIVES. PROFESSIONALLY YOU’RE A CHEF AND PASTRY

to make a lot of mistakes. I also think you still have to stay authentic to

CHEF, BUT YOU ALWAYS REFER TO YOURSELF AS A BAKER.

yourself. If I was talking to someone who was just starting out, I guess I

WHY IS THAT?

would say don’t show up with makeup on your face, don’t show up with

ZOE: Because I am a baker. That’s what I like to do. That is what I love.

painted nails, put your head down, and learn everything that someone is

That’s what I feel I can bring to our business. That is where my passion

willing to teach you. You come into a new kitchen and someone asks you,

is. When I went to cooking school, I didn’t know what I wanted to do.

‘Do you know how to make pastry cream?’ You say, ‘I don’t know how to

I didn’t know if I wanted to be a cook, or a baker, or a pastry chef, or

make your pastry cream, please teach me.’ Don’t try to get there before

go into catering. But every year I grow up more and more. It is a lot of

you’re there. I think people come out of cooking school and think they

growing with my family and figuring out what my career means now, but

know what they are talking about. But sucks for them, because they won’t

the thing that is always constant in my life is that I love to bake. I just

learn. Luckily, I always felt like I didn’t know anything. Frankly, sometimes

love it. My mom always baked. To me it is about love and simplicity. It’s

I show up at work and I think someone’s going to figure out that I have no

immediate. I love the idea of starting people’s mornings off right, with

idea what I am talking about! Try to learn, be nice, and don’t yell.


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JOSH: WHAT DO YOU MOST WANT OUR KIDS, MILO AND TALLULAH, TO UNDERSTAND OR FEEL ABOUT FOOD? ZOE: I want them to understand that food is for both nourishment and celebration. You know what I mean? There are moments and times for both. I feel like there is a lot of guilt around food —especially around the kind of stuff that I make. That bums me out. I want them to get in touch with their bodies and stomachs so that they can enjoy things without the fear, or weird ideas like I am going to eat these cookies in secret or eat a hundred of them at once. Eat a cookie or a piece of cake and sit down and enjoy it. But also eat your vegetables, not because you must eat your vegetables, but because they are beautiful and grown. We have a garden at home and Milo and I are growing so many things, it's fun. I want them to just have an awareness of food and its nourishment and the celebration associated with it. And, of course, I hope they cook. Shit, I am not always going to always be making Thanksgiving dinner for everyone. ZOE’S TURN TO GRILL JOSH. . . ZOE: JONATHAN GOLD, OF THE LOS ANGELES TIMES, JUST NAMED RUSTIC CANYON AS THE NUMBER SIX RESTAURANT IN LOS ANGELES. ANY BIG REACTION TO THAT? JOSH: Yah, I think it is pretty exciting for us. Because even besides the accolades, which are also fun to hear, It means Rustic is a better restaurant than when it opened. And aside from a few hiccups, it has gotten progressively better every year. That has always been our goal. I think restaurants can easily rest on their laurels, and there are many restaurants that have been around for years and years and just do what they have done forever. One of the reasons that I wanted Rustic to have a changing menu is because, with a lot of love and little pretense, I wanted the chef to evolve. That’s what is so fun about working with Jeremy [Fox]. He is constantly evolving. He is so creative that he could be here for twenty years and the menu would change, his style would change.

He is not married to one particular style. I felt that

the Jonathan Gold piece was just affirmation of what our goals are. Frankly, I want to continue to be better, whether that means moving farther up a list just in our own eyes, or in the eyes of our customers. ZOE: WHERE DO YOU SEE OUR FAMILY OF RESTAURANTS GOING FIVE TO TEN YEARS FROM NOW? JOSH: This is always an ongoing discussion with us. Zoe, you always wanted to have one place and have no headaches. And I always want the headaches and do new and interesting things. You wanted your shop and a community related to that. To me, it is like a big puzzle. One of my goals was to do a bunch of places that complimented each other. For me, it is a creative outlet, and I like bringing a place to fruition. I think a huge chunk of my job is to put the vision and team together and guide it to where it needs to be. ZOE: Yah, before I met you, I had no idea what a restaurateur did. I thought it was some rich asshole that just funded everything. JOSH: Wait, let’s be clear, you didn’t think I was an asshole, just restaurateurs. ZOE: (laughs) I just thought you were cute. But now I understand that the restaurateur is a real puppeteer. You have to be good at finding


amazing, talented people and putting them in the right positions. A job

ZOE: WE HAVE ANOTHER TWO PROJECTS LINED UP WITH TWO

one can be very bad at.

AWESOME COUPLES, BRYANT AND KIM NG, TO FEATURE A

JOSH: It is a matter of the right time and place. In five or six years

SOUTHEAST ASIAN STYLE RESTAURANT, AND A WINE BAR/SHOP

I would like to have six to eight chef-partnered restaurants. I want

WITH KATHRYN WEIL AND HER HUSBAND TUG, BOTH IN AN ART

these things to go on so that if I am pulled away, the restaurants

DECO STYLE BUILDING IN SANTA MONICA. WHAT EXCITES YOU

still continue to get better. With all of our places I make an effort

MOST ABOUT THESE UPCOMING PROJECTS?

to bring in not just employees, but people who are going to have an

JOSH: There are so many things that excite me about these

ownership stake—not just financially, but emotionally. At the end of

restaurants. We weren’t even looking to do one project, let alone

the day, it is, of course, about great food. That is why I like to bring in

two projects. First off, the space is amazing. When I walked into this

chef partners as opposed to other partners. That is what is going to

building, I just thought, ‘This is crazy, we have to do something.’ I

ensure the place will be great. Selfishly, we were both raised on the

reached out to Bryant and Kim on a whim because I knew they had

westside and we want places we love. We didn’t want to have to drive

this dream and Spice Table just closed. We decided on this Asian-

across town for amazing pizza. We didn’t feel like there was a great

style brasserie. Eating Bryant’s food on a regular basis was awesome

bakery. When I opened Rustic, I didn’t feel that there was a great

and exciting. Getting to know them has been great. They are amazing

farmer’s market-driven restaurant that wasn’t a formal, fine dining

people and a great couple. They have each other’s backs. And I have

experience. My intuition is that we will create new places for the next

known Katherine for a long time. She started at Rustic just a week after

five or six years and then hone it in.

we opened. She was a rockstar from day one. I tried to get her to be a manager but she never wanted the responsibility. Then she fell in

ZOE: WHAT IS THE MOST MEMORABLE OR FAVORITE DISH I

love with wine and did our wine program. She left for New York for a

HAVE EVER MADE FOR YOU?

while, but she is one of those people that you know will be successful

JOSH: Probably, the most memorable were the croissants the first

in whatever they do. She wanted a project that she could wrap herself

week we first started dating. Your parents were out of town and we had

around that was wine driven, so she is really excited about this. I think

to go see someone at their place and you said, ‘Let’s go to the house,

it’s going to be a special place. Truly a wine shop and truly a wine

and I’ll make you some croissants.’ And you made these ham and

bar—not just a wine shop with a tasting counter or a bar with a few

cheese croissants. And chocolate ones. Little mini ones. And they were

bottles for purchase. It’s a really unique place for LA, and I know they

so good. There are a so many memorable dishes you’ve made, but that

are going to be phenomenal. Her husband, Tug has become fascinated

one really sticks out in my mind.

with wine—they are going to do so great.

ZOE: WHAT WAS THE BIGGEST FLOP?

ZOE: IF WE COULD STEP ON A PLANE, TRAIN, OR DRIVE OFF THIS

JOSH: In general, the biggest flops haven’t been dishes you’ve made,

MINUTE FOR A DINNER AT A RESTAURANT ANYWHERE IN THE

but ideas we had for dishes. Well, actually, I wasn’t crazy about the

WORLD, WHERE WOULD YOU WANT US TO GO?

chia chocolate pudding last night. We are trying to be healthy, and I

JOSH: I think I would be driven more by a sense of place than an

appreciated that, but we both have sweet tooths. It was almost good.

actual restaurant. We have been to Spain together, but we have never

ZOE: Except it had the texture of mucus. . .

been up in Basque country over there. So I would love to go eat in San

JOSH: (laughs) Yes, mucus and an aftertaste of something bitter.

Sebastian and drink wine from a little tap.


TEAM TA C O So, it’s the “Teamwork Issue,” and we could have bored you with pairings. But then we thought, “Hey—it’s summer, summer in LA!” and realized it would be sacrilegious to deliver anything other than a taco roundup. A matter of civic pride and a de facto dietary staple, tacos are a cross-genre crowd-pleaser, gutturally satisfying to every Angeleno. It wasn’t easy, but we powered down our user-friendly, fascist laptops a little early and did a little research. Someone had to. EAST LA | TACOS BAJA ENSENADA You either frequent this spot on Whittier Blvd. or have been planning to. Tacos Baja Ensenada has a well-deserved rep for having the town’s best fish and beer-battered shrimp tacos. There’s a consistent line out the door, but worth the wait. WHAT TO GET: Fresh and festive, cop the Fish Taco and top it with “chiles gueros,” seasoned roasted yellow peppers from the bar. Be advised—everything here is seafood, and they’re not stingy with the salsa. And when the festivities of Taco Tuesdays come to a close, don’t be discouraged—Baja Ensenada offers $1 fish tacos on Wednesdays too. | tacosbaja.com MID-CITY | LEO’S TACO TRUCK Leo’s Taco Truck is marvelously stationed on Venice Blvd. and La Brea Ave., adjacent to a 76 gas station—fill up your tank and your stomach in just one stop. The business is in operation seven days a week, from T-shirt time until 3 AM during the week and 4 AM on weekends. WHAT TO GET: Like any self-respecting taco truck, Leo’s is cash only, folks. Priced at just $1, the Al Pastor is their most popular item, kept moist with sliced pineapple and a subtle hint of spice. Leo’s also boasts a full condiment bar, but chances are you probably wont even need it. | twitter.com/LeosTacoTruck DOWNTOWN | MARISCOS JALISCO Meandering around the Fashion District getting you hangry? The big white truck with blue and red letters spelling “Mariscos Jalisco” can be spotted even without your Oliver Peoples Warby Parkers. Just bordering Boyle Heights, Mariscos Jaliscos proudly serves up some of the city’s most savory, hearty, seafood tacos. WHAT TO GET: The taco de camaron is a seafood enthusiast’s dream come true, filled with fried shrimp and spicy sauce, fried again, and topped with avocado and even more red sauce. Oysters and octopus are also on the menu, in a cocktail or on a tostada. Make it a threesome—you can have whatever you liiiiiiike. | twitter.com/MariscosJalisco EAST LA | LOS CINCO PUNTOS Carnitas for the count! This eastside gem is a neighborhood grocer, a local lunch haunt, and a cheap dinner pick-up all rolled into one. You might want to wear stretchy pants; portions here are as big as the taste. Extra points for the hand-made tortillas (we watched). Get there early, these guys close at 6pm. WHAT TO GET: Los Cinco Puntos gives you your choice of cut by the pound. You might also want to grab a burrito, quesadilla, or taco instead to fill their homemade tortillas, and garnish it with pickled nopales and an awesome red salsa. Or, you can live a little. One word: chicharones. | los5puntos.com BOYLE HEIGHTS | GUISADOS At Guisados, it’s all about the meat. Well, it’s also about their grilled vegetables and freshly patted, corn tortillas too. You might discover a thin slice of avocado, a few pickled spicy onions, but that’s pretty much it. These guys let the quality of their ingredients speak for themselves. Parking struggles keeping you away? Fear not—a second location in Echo Park should quell those hunger pangs, and there’s a 3rd under construction in DTLA. WHAT TO GET: Our vote goes to the sampler plate. Made with six mini-tacos, each one is filled with a savory meat or vegetable, surrounded by one of their famous handmade tortillas. | guisados.co ECHO PARK | BELLEVUE STEAKHOUSE La Movidita, affectionately dubbed The Bellevue Steakhouse by locals, almost didn’t make our list. You see, this place is such a gem that we were reluctant to give it away. But alas, your gain is our crux—the woes of journalism be damned. Initially a taco stand on Bellevue Ave., this taco purveyor has since moved to a dimly lit garage farther up the street (ask a local). Get your asada fix Thursday through Sunday evenings, rain or shine. WHAT TO GET: The real claim to fame is the suadero taco. At just $1.25, this taco is meaty, rich, and absolutely delicious. Top it off with one of four (or go big and try ‘em all) of their salsa offerings, or some pickled onions and chopped habaneros.

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DINNER THEATER

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FIFTY SEVEN, A ONE-OF-A-KIND DINING ROOM EXPERIENCE

Google “chefs are the new rock stars,” and you’ll find there’s

This stunning makeover comes courtesy of Cardiff Giant, the

a whole movement of people who think this could be true. Okay, sure.

same crew of geniuses behind the rotating nightclub DBA. These guys

MTV died with Kurt Cobain, and now most of America’s young adults are

have figured out a nightlife hack: go curatorial, and you’ll never get old.

more likely to be watching Gordon Ramsay than they are to be reading

Accordingly, Fifty Seven is more dining venue than dining concept. It’s

this sentence. As the airtime, headlines, and dollar-signs have it, people

a space built to showcase the most compelling chefs from around the

who make dinner are more popular than people who play guitar.

country, with a new one arriving every season with a new menu. And

If I were a computer twerking the data, I’d arrive at the same

while some say LA is the “dark horse” of the culinary scene, we expect

conclusion. But I feel like today’s “rock star chefs” couldn’t possibly trigger

Fifty Seven will always have first draft pick. Because really, who could

the kind of emotional response that say, Jim Morrison once did. Like,

say no to local produce?

nobody’s going to cry and scream watching David Chang turn on a blender.

Not Chef David Nayfeld! California’s bounty is what lured him

On the other hand, there’s got to be somebody out there with a David Chang

back to his home state after ten years abroad, including racking up three

recipe tattooed on their leg. Or even better, a David Chang face.

Michelin Stars and six James Beard Awards at Eleven Madison Park in

Anyway that’s all speculation. What really validates this rock-

NYC. For his inaugural stint at Fifty Seven, Nayfeld crafted a progressive

star-chef phenomenon is that it’s no longer just the TV personalities who

American menu, featuring deviled eggs with mushrooms tucked inside,

matter. In the restaurant world, chefs have recaptured the spotlight and

sumptuous veal liver with an onion jam spread, and a rustic, stuffed

built an eager live audience that’s ready to follow them from popup to

chicken on a bed of romesco sauce.

food truck and back.

Whatever kind of stars they are, today’s chefs have

Go to a hip new eatery, and you can see into the kitchen. It’s

undoubtedly risen on a tidal shift in attitudes toward food. Every single

a stage! Take a look at the menu, and you’ll immediately find the name

day in America, somebody else watches a documentary and becomes

of the chef. It’s a program! Dining out is no longer what you do before the

aghast to learn the dirty details of our megafarm-to-supermarket system.

show. It is the show. And nowhere is this more true than at the new Arts

They join a movement to dethrone the Wonderbread dynasty, with the

District eatery Fifty Seven.

chefs at the culinary vanguard leading the charge.

“This used the be the old Heinz Loading Dock,” your server will

In LA’s downtown Arts District, this local/artisanal movement

say in his opening shpiel. “That’s why it’s called Fifty Seven.” And look at

takes on an ironic significance as it burrows in the ruins of yesterday’s

her now! All done-up in layers of wood and brick, accessorized with sleek iron

national distribution network. It’s really only fitting that the nexus of the

rails and mod ceramic vessels. If only the old Heinz managers could see how

dining zeitgeist would appear here, at Fifty Seven, where millions of

beautifully their warehouse bay seats twenty on a long leather banquette.

bottles of ketchup once stopped on their way to every fridge in town.

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THAT ‘70s SHOW

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GOOD TIMES AT DAVEY WAYNE’S IS, LIKE, TOTALLY BITCHIN’

What do you do when you own six of LA’s

galore. A long-haired band plays in the “living room,”

most in-demand night calls and are looking to open

a couple gets too close for comfort on a velvet yellow

your seventh? Create a bitchin’ alternative to the off-

couch, and the crowd dances to far-out tunes. Take it

Sunset, Hollywood joints. Brothers Jonnie and Mark

outside to the patio, and you’ll find a trailer converted

Houston, the fanatical, themed bar experts behind

into a bar serving adult-appropriate snow cones and

powerhouse Houston Hospitality, opened their latest

a roller skating duo killing it in metallic hot shorts

installment, Good Times at Davey Wayne’s in April,

with a dance routine to Rose Royce’s “Car Wash.”

alongside such venues like Harvard and Stone, Pour

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sentimental to the Houston brothers. When their

their strong abolition-period influence and burlesque

father passed away shortly after taking on the

shows, Good Times goes back to the era of penny

seventh installment, they wanted it to be homage

boards and psych-rock, transporting its patrons to a

to his legacy. “Everything about our dad was the

70s house party that teenage dreams are made of.

‘70s. The music. The lifestyle. You’d find him in

What will you find past the garage and

the garage with a beer, or a mug with whiskey. The

refrigerator door entrance? Up a flight of shag

entire theme revolves around honoring his memory.”

carpet stairs brings you back to your parents (or

And that it does. Get the Old Fashioned in a “#1

grandparents, for the millennial folk) home, furnished

Dad” mug, pick up some backyard BBQ delicacies,

with groovy lamps, wood panel walls, and trinkets

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ESTR ELLA DEL MAR 2 oz. ORGANIC MEZCAL 3/4 oz. FRESH PRESSED LIME JUICE 1/2 oz. AGAVE NECTAR 1 TEASPOON ELDERFLOWER LIQUEUR 2 CUBES OF SEEDLESS WATERMELON 2 SLICES OF FRESH JALAPEÑO 2 DASHES OF LIME BITTERS 1 PINCH OF SEA SALT In a cocktail shaker, muddle watermelon cubes and Jalapeño slices. Add ice and build the rest of the ingredients in the shaker. Shake well. Double strain (fine strain) into a coupe glass. Garnish with homemade pickled watermelon rind.

A SCARLET SUMMER

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GRACIAS MADRE—MORE THAN JUST AN INSTAGRAM OPPORTUNITY

We’ve got to admit, when we’re choosing

clock, so obviously we love what we do, and we love

our next watering hole, “vegan Mexican” isn’t exactly

working with one another.” And it shows. As Eisner is

the first descriptor that comes to mind. But Gracias

readying our drink, we see his staff join together in its

Madre, with its succulent-minded aesthetic, is a

preparation, squeezing lime and placing a finishing

delicious destination. We’ve hypothesized that the

garnish atop the drink. It’s not unlike the composition

majik that goes into making something as peculiar as

of a well-done cocktail. A masterful mixologist is one

cashew cheese taste good might also serve the same

who treats his ingredients like teammates, working in

purpose in cocktails.

tandem to coax the best out of each other. A scent

It’s easy to dismiss the WeHo hotspot’s ethos as being hyper neo-hippie. As is trendy nowadays, the

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here, a flavor there, and the Estrella del Mar arrives at our table flushed scarlet and tasting of summer.

restaurant and bar boasts locally sourced, organic

And what says sunshine and balmy days

produce, and its own website is littered with fodder

more than the taste of juicy watermelon? Combined

for cynics and skeptics (“Welcome to a seat at love’s

with the kick of muddled jalapeno and mezcal’s

table.”—really?) Before we roll our eyes though, how

potent smokiness, the Estrella is tempered with a

about letting the booze do the talking?

little lime and agave nectar. A pinch of salt adds

Beverage Director Jason Eisner tells us, “We make everything by hand, and we work around the

a savory finishing touch, and there you have it— summer in a coupe glass.


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Hotel. Featuring our resident DJ

out our last bi-monthly celebration

Immigre, and DJ Tendaji Lathan hit

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the decks for an afternoon of booze,

behind LA’s Funky Sole parties,

where we shared a toast for all our

garlic battered fries, and solid hip-

guest DJs, live performances, and

brilliant features and contributors.

hop. Sunday is starting to become

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Then we developed specific characters for each subject and planned

under his belt, and an editorial resume that includes Men’s Journal,

accordingly for their props and wardrobe. Once we got there, the

Time Magazine, and Esquire, former skate-turned-refined-narrative

location remained, but our entire angle flip-flopped for the better.

photographer, Ryan Schude has always had a knack for capturing

Things always change the day of the shoot no matter how much you

a moment. Whether his subject is singular, or he’s wrangling a cast

plan, so you definitely need to be flexible and think quickly without

of 35, the photographer’s images animate off the page, emanating

worrying too much about how it was supposed to go. As long as the

a kinetic energy so rich in both detail and open-ended irreverence

end result is good, it doesn’t matter what you originally thought you

that no two viewers will see the same thing. Ryan’s often subtle and

were going to do.

occasionally overt satire has become the trademark throughout the scope of his work, reconciling the chasm between commercial and

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artistic. Schude is both at once—the it-getter’s it-getter. We caught

I don’t know much about astrology, so I just looked up the Wiki

up with Ryan to try and figure him out.

for Pisces and it said this: “Although there is no scientific basis for characterizing someone’s personality by date of birth, Western

WE PRESUME THE BEST PART ABOUT TRANSITIONING

superstitious belief is that Pisceans are reasonable, artistic, and

FROM SKATE PHOTOGRAPHY TO A REFINED NARRATIVE

quiet.” I suppose I can buy that for the most part, but some might

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disagree with the quiet bit.

Yeah, for sure. Being yelled at is the pits. There is something unmatched about being young and defying authority, but eventually

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you evolve into a different human and your perspective shifts. I do

Union Station has the best backdrop for this. Also, as overwhelmingly

miss it like hell though.

crowded, obnoxious, and expectedly redundant as the Venice boardwalk can be, I’m certainly entertained for at least an hour before

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questioning why I would ever return.

COMMERCIAL IMAGES WITH A LARGER CAST? It starts either with a concept, or a location, and then they become the

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chief factors in developing the visual story that unfolds around them.

TO BE HUMOR. TELL US A JOKE.

In the Phoot Camp 2012 image I made with Lauren Randolph, we

I’m glad that comes across in the photos, but I am awful with

knew we were going to make a group photo of 35 people at a creative

remembering jokes. Here’s about the only one I got: A bear walked into

retreat in upstate New York. We looked at photos of the location and

a bar and said to the bartender, “I’ll have a pint of beer and a..............

sketched out a rough idea of our angle and placement of each person.

packet of peanuts.” The bartender says, “Why the big paws?”

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