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september + october

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Issue” was the pervasiveness of digital communication and

through a landscape of absorbing headlines, click bait op-eds, and

interconnectedness of social media.

email alerts to warm up the part of my brain responsible for syntax. Or more accurately, already a week late on this, I’m procrastinating. See, at this point of the print process, things tend to

The exchange of information, as it happens, is the one thing that we have an abundance of.

get existential for us. For the first time since the beginning of the issue’s onset, we take stock of our best-laid plans for the bi-monthly

Cover girl Chiara Ferragni has turned the fashion industry on its

edition’s theme—0QVMFODF. Earlier this summer, we started eagerly

head by pioneering the blogger revolution, which has subsequently

conceptualizing how our stories should cohesively intertwine.

changed the way heavy-hitting brands spend their budgets. More

The editorial team has since interviewed artists, produced photo

than a moniker, Odd Future’s neo-soul cousin, The Internet, has

shoots, and delineated the flow of the book. And while the content

risen through the ranks of the cyber sphere thanks to Tyler the

is striking and the features are relevant, here at press time, we

Creator’s social media shrewdness and the digital chatter it

can’t help but feeling like assholes.

inspired. Culver City gallery, Roberts and Tilton, began utilizing

Suffice it to say, the past few months have been

the Internet’s global reach to introduce their artists to international

particularly grating for the human condition. From the upsurge

audiences. Pia Mia, an unknown teenager from Guam closed a

of deeply complex conflicts in the Middle East and a tragic

multi-million dollar deal with Interscope Records after a YouTube

plane crash where children and AIDS workers were shot down

video of her serenading Drake with his own song went viral. And

above a European conflict zone, to racial tensions between police

over here at -" $"/7"4, although you can pry print out of our

and civilians at a fever pitch and the worst drought season the

cold dead hands, we’ve given our website a facelift and are honing

region has seen in nearly 400 years, elaborating on the topic of

in on our digital presence.

extravagance seems a bit tone-deaf.

It seems the lesson we can take is that, though we

We began dissecting opulence by musing designs of

are amidst the grimmest period of news in recent memory, the

baroque imagery. The spirit of luxury served as the mood board

omnipresence of the internet allows us to share in it collectively—in

and our goal was to explore ornate narratives within our lifestyles

real time (in my opinion, its never a bad idea to videotape police).

categories. But upon a closer look, a steady undercurrent began

If anything, the wealth of information and the changes that it will

weaving itself through our calculated premise of extravagance.

optimistically inspire, might, at the very least, provide a touch of

It became apparent that the supporting role of the “Opulence

respite from the anxiety of our feeds.

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Syd tha Kyd—government name, Sydney Loren Bennett—is a singer AND producer responsible for the slinky, soulful vocal s woven throughout the adeptly produced tracks of Odd Future’s vibe-y cousin, The Internet. As the only female of the 11-member Odd Future crew, 22-year-old Bennett has evolved from introverted beatmaker, to a poised, assured front woman of the neo-soul group.

~ Raymond Molinar Laura K iechle G RO O M I N G Barbara Yniguez T E X T Garth trinidad

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may It was a beautiful spring day. Onto the main drag of my mid-city tract

lover and critic, dad is where she gets her business mind, her MC kid-

I rolled. Peering left, I noticed a slender figure, strolling under the

brother Taco introduced her to Tyler, the Creator, and her uncle Mikey

shady trees with a husky, fluffy pooch in tow. Smacked with the feeling

inspired her to build a studio.

of familiarity, I slowed to a creep—the moment played like a tense scene from a gangster flick. The mohawk, the walk, the jeans, the

august

white T. . . it was Syd.

We settled on some cozy, rustic furniture, situated on Syd’s stately wrap-around porch on a sunny morning, smiling in unison at the

Excited but trying to play it cool, I looked at her instead of the rear

grandeur of the day.

view mirror and reversed the whip, accidentally hitting a sign post. Dumbass. I reintroduced myself since we’d only met once before at

The perfect picture of a post modern punk, Syd tha Kyd is fairly

LA’s famed beat party, Low End Theory. Turns out we’re neighbors.

nonchalant when asked about the media and community chatter

Like ‘Can I borrow a cup of sugar?’ neighbors. We exchanged math

overtly concerned with etching out her gay, black, and female hip

and I proposed we link soon.

hop iconography. Pointing to her mode of fashion as a method of

july

avoidance for the topic of her sexuality, she jokes, “Do you really have to ask?” Rather than thrive on silly stunts for unnecessary attention,

It was humid and raining in Harlem. Leaks of lightning and a clatter

or exploiting her image or her sex, Syd is driven by an acute, childlike

of thunder outside my window accompanied a precursory call to the

desire to create. The results produce a whimsical fix, a natural high.

budding songbird, just back from her latest European tour with The

She’s quite simply a workaholic music junkie.

Internet. She was at home in LA, hanging with her mom, who giggled and commented in the background. She talked about her growing

Syd’s uncle, Mikey Bennett has produced and written for the likes of

fondness for Europe and the tour, which included an impromptu

reggae heavies Shabba Ranks, John Holt, and Eileen Weston. Back in

performance with her Odd Future chums. When asked about her

the day, she spent time at his recording studio in Kingston, Jamaica.

influences she quite naturally replied with her folks. Mom is the music

It’s there that we began. . .


it would’ve been completely different without social media. There’s a very big shock factor within Odd Future that we need social media for. It’s the age of viral media.

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MU S ICIA N

Take us back to young Syd in uncle Mikey’s studio. What

I’d be kissing a girl. It was just part of the idea of whether I was going

were some of the defining moments that sucked you in?

to be a boy or a girl. We wanted to make something that looked like a

I still had long hair. I’m not sure if I was in high school yet. What he

movie. Initially, the song was a joke. Then it was more like, 'Fine we’ll

does everyday is gets up and goes to the studio. He has a patio, kind of

keep it, but how do I make it make sense in my life?' I had never done

like this, and he sits out there. He has a woman that cooks, all day. All

cocaine, none of us had. We were on Wikipedia trying to find out what

the people that are booking studio time and rehearsal space come in

it does to you. What we were trying to do was make the message of

and out. There are those that know who he is that’ll come up and rap or

the song about finding other ways to get those kinds of feelings. That’s

sing for him. I was just sitting there with him, or watching my cousins

why we ended the video on a bad note because there’s not supposed

record. It was an accumulation of everything—having a place to sit

to be a happy ending when drugs are involved.

and chill, work, and oversee the business. I just wanted to be like him. I read an interview where you jokingly mentioned We used to say Odd Future was like Wu-Tang on steroids

becoming rich to put the silliness of certain high school

because of new technology. Keeping in mind Wu-Tang

struggles in perspective, as to say those that treated

blew up during the apex of hip-hop and the recording

you a certain way could kiss your ass. Are there other

industry, and the industry is now in the toilet, do you

aspirations or a plan to help you get there?

think the growth of Odd Future would have played

I don’t expect to make much money in music honestly. I’m working

out in similar fashion without social media?

on my real estate license. Probably never going to be an agent, but

Yeah, you’re on your own at this point. And no, it would’ve been

at least I’ll know the game. I like real estate a lot. My parents are

completely different without social media. There’s a very big shock

into it—my mom’s into interior design, my dad’s into construction

factor within Odd Future that we need social media for. It’s the age

and architecture. One day, when I have the right amount of time and

of viral media. We got to a point where we were putting out a bunch

resources, I’ll probably flip houses. It’s the only sure bet unless you

of stuff, and we noticed we weren’t progressing. Same blogs posting

know the algorithms of the stock market. I tried to study the stock

us, same people telling us how awesome it was, but no new fans.

market on my own but it didn’t interest me enough. I thought, 'I could

That’s when we really started taking advantage of social media. Tyler

do this and get filthy rich,' but I’d probably hate myself.

was already a social media genius before all this began. It’s wired in

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him. I was a fan of his on Myspace, then one day he came and asked to use the studio (chuckle).

We shared a laugh and our conversation meandered a bit more. Take us back to Frank Ocean’s coming out letter,

She would love to collaborate with D’Angelo, and travel back in

and your coming out kiss in The Internet’s video for

time to hit LA’s epic run of house parties in the 90s. She was open

“Cocaine.” What was the internal dialogue within like?

and straightforward, carefree but thoughtful. Syd has a demeanor

As far as Frank’s situation goes, I never had anything to do with his

that speaks to the kind of self-confidence that comes with adult

career. I never heard any of those conversations. But it was very

experience, clarity of vision, and passed down wisdom—rare for a

smart. As for our video, there was no conversation about the fact that

22-year-old in this day and age. I’m glad she’s my neighbor.

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Discovered by hip-hop royalty, precocious ingénue Pia Mia is ready for her close up P H OTO G R A P H Y Solmaz Saberi S a mmy and Judy + Wilford Lenov G rac e Z i p ~ M A K E U P Anthony Merante AT C E L E S T I N E AG E N C Y U S I N G MAC C O S M E T I C S T E X T renée george

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ia Mia is a rare bird. A unique hybrid of vulnerability and guts,

What’s the backstory on your arrival in Hollywood?

she’s found solace in her journal while placing all bets on her

When I came out here, my parents said I could stay for the summer and

raw, honest vocals in order to deliver an uncensored approach

use the trip as my educational experience. I was out here for three months

to her musical release. Pia is able to candidly channel her systematic

and everything just kind of fell into place and things started happening.

teenaged turbulence into an affecting EP entitled The Gift—all while boldly

I got picked up by agencies and got signed to Babyface. As things fell

and spontaneously serenading Drake, the country’s #1 hip-hop artist, with

together, I then met my team: Nemia Khaila, Jada Pollock, and Abou

his own song in front of a table full of Kardashians . . . and a Kanye.

“Bu” Thiam. Abou is huge in music A&R and has worked with the likes of

While hitting the notes of mega-fame and barely pushing 18,

Rihanna, Kanye West, Jay Z, and Chris Brown. Things are moving really

this island girl from Guam stays grounded in Los Angeles, where she’s

quickly, but I believe that everything is as it should be. I’ve started working

setting the tone to reconstruct the dualism between serious play and

towards my dreams and know it’s what I’m supposed to do.

serious business: Tell us about your childhood in Guam.

Before you got signed, you were already establishing your identity as an artist by doing covers on YouTube

Growing up in Guam was amazing. It’s a very small island three hours from

and building an online following.

Japan with a population of about 170,000. You’ll definitely run into someone

My covers on YouTube started when I was ten or eleven. At the same

everywhere you go. It’s very family-oriented—my younger siblings and I were

time, I started performing all over the island. My older sister, Kandis was

responsible for one another. It was a really cool way to grow up, since you

the one who actually started my YouTube channel. She would record me

always have someone you’re taking care of and someone is always taking

on her camera and upload the videos. When we saw that people really

care of you, including your extended family as well, with generations living

liked it and started responding to it, I took over the channel and started

under one roof. It’s very laid back in Guam. Beach life, BBQs . . .

posting more videos and song covers. I worked on that for awhile.


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Sometimes I wake up and eat Flaming Hot Cheetos for breakfast. Sometimes I’m just chillin’ at the movies.

SP OT LI G H T

What are you working on?

Any musical artists who have inspired you?

I’m finishing an album right now. We’re deciding on the single! It

When I first started singing, I didn’t have a vocal coach. I started watching

should be out soon with a music video.

Michael Jackson and all his moves. Celine Dion, Whitney Houston, and Mariah Carey—I grew up with those artists and tried to exceed their

What’s your songwriting process like?

vocals. Ludovico Einaudi is definitely my favorite composer. Of course, I

I write all the time. I try to keep my journal with me, although I’m

love listening to Drake, Kanye, Beyonce. . . Ariana Grande is amazing. I

kind of scared to do that because I don’t know if I’ll misplace it or if

listen to a lot of Hype Machine also. I’m kind of all over the place!

someone would steal it. There are very detailed stories in there! When I’m at home I’ll turn the lights down, light a candle, and play classical

If you could write yourself a letter right now and

music. I love Ludovico Einaudi.

read it in ten years, what would it say? Look around and appreciate everything right now. Appreciate the

Let’s talk about social media.

people that are with you right now.

Social media is a great way to keep me connected to the Wolfpack. It’s a great way to share what I’m thinking or feeling. I don’t know if

What’s a ‘day in the life’ of Pia?

you’ve been on my Twitter, but it's a huge platform where I write out

Sometimes I wake up and eat Flaming Hot Cheetos for breakfast. I’ll

all my thoughts. Sometimes my friends or family will be experiencing

go to the studio if the day calls for it. If there’s a rehearsal, I’m there.

something, and I’ll write my thoughts on their situation on Twitter. A lot

I also do Krav Maga and teach it as well. Sometimes I’m just chillin’

of people think what I’m writing on Twitter is my life in real time. Some

at the movies.

of it is, but not all of it. I’ll be dating someone and they’ll be like, “Did I do something wrong?” And I’m like, “No, that wasn’t about you!”

You teach Krav Maga? Yes. When I first got into it I started taking classes for about four hours

Wolfpack?

per night. I was obsessed. The instructors would tell my mom I was

Initially, when we got into the studio, I started working on my first song

really talented. When I first moved out here, I ran into a bad group

with my team—Nick Nack, Mark Griffin, and me. We were all working

who would chase and follow me around. I wanted to get into it for self-

on this song together, and I love Wolves, so . . .

defense if I ever needed it. Plus, it’s just my mother and I out here. After a year of taking it, they asked if I wanted to be an instructor. I

SO DO WE!

did 56 hours of training in one week! Sometimes I’d have 20 people

You know, you have a wolf thing about you!

piled on top of me and you’d have to get out of it or get kicked out if you didn’t do well. It was crazy and fun.

You do too. Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, what happened next?

What advice do you have for those who want to

I wanted the song to be wolf-inspired. After we made the song, we became

create a Wolfpack of their own?

the Wolfpack. We started talking about the Wolfpack online, and everyone

Everyone’s here for a purpose. Whenever you find that thing you know

started to pick up on it. We then became the Wolfpack Kingdom, a team.

you’re supposed to do, work on it everyday. Be kind, inspire people,

Also, my partner Bu and I created Wolfpack Entertainment. I signed myself

and be honest. You’ll then have great things come to you in life.

to Wolfpack, and then through that, I signed to Interscope Records.

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Artist Lia Hollarn on astrophysics, the LA River, and hanging ten T EXT

ia Halloran’s catalog of fascinations is considerable. As a

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there? And after you go there, what would that line look like?”

self -proclaimed multi tasker, I am still baffled by all of her

It’s this question, along with her experiences using long

proclivities, and how she has time in the day to approach

exposure photography to capture the movement of stars in the

each with enthusiasm. I am welcomed into her gorgeous 1910s

Chilean desert in 2000 that propelled her to begin the Dark Skate

craftsman home in Eagle Rock, where she makes me a cappuccino

series—one that has spanned the last six years. In the series, Lia

and introduces me to her 35-year-old tortoise. We talk shop about

has traveled to various locations with a photographer in search

art, science, skateboarding, collaboration, and teaching.

of hidden, skateable landscapes—ones often tucked away in the

Growing up in Pacifica as the daughter of a surfer, Lia

veiled architecture of urban cities. From an underground, gypsy

also grew up surfing and skating. She was given her first skateboard

camp in Austria and the vibrant streets of Miami, to the hollowed

when she was five, and was featured with other promising young

out buildings of Detroit and into the belly of the LA River, Lia has

skaters in a Thrasher magazine article entitled, “50 Unknowns” at

been there and back, capturing truly unique images for the series.

the age of 15. In the bitmapped magazine photo, one can see Lia

“I would go attach a light to my body and open the shutter.” Sounds

doing a tail grab off the blocks at the Embarcadero Street plaza in

simple on paper, although these photo shoots often involve hopping

San Francisco. The photographers made her take her hat off so the

fences, skirting police, and scaling walls (not to mention skating a

readers could tell she was a girl.

bowl in the pitch black night).

As a kid, she vividly remembers her father sitting with

The series is a true testament to Lia’s skill as a skater, yet

her before each surf session, looking to the horizon and analyzing

the photos are markedly void of any clear reference to skateboarding.

the movements of each wave. “Lia, are you going to go left, or are

The haunting photographs are self-portraits—marks of a body’s

you going to go right?” He would ask her. This astute question

capabilities in a space. The lines created by the process are sensual

seemed to lay the foundation of Lia’s disparate interests—time,

and somatic. Through working on this series Lia discovers, “I have

space, and movement are the connectors between astrophysics and

this intrinsic line that exists with each space.” These lines are

skateboarding. Lia explains, “Where are you going before you go

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While gender is not an overt aspect of Lia’s artistic production, it certainly seems to underpin the route her life has taken. Being slightly outside of the mainstream skate culture—which was and still is very male-centric—she has been able to develop a more nuanced relationship to skateboarding. After a lifetime of skating, she has begun to shift her ideologies around the sport. As a kid, skating is largely about mastering certain tricks, and showing them off to other skaters. But, much like an art career, at the end of the day, it’s a solitary pursuit. Lia describes her love affair with the sport with a palpable fondness. “I think the Dark Skate series has given me an opportunity to physically explore a landscape through muscle memory and intuitive reaction to the space. I've been skating so long that going back and forth on a half-pipe is built into a kind of motion and speed that I feel comfortable with in the dark.” So, after six years of skating in the dark, and with all her teeth still intact, Lia is hanging her Dark Skate hat up after one last romp around the LA River. As I write this, she is out with her photographer jumping fences and skateboarding in a ditch in Griffith Park, capturing the last round of photos for the series. She explains, “There’s something about my personal relationship with LA and the LA River, and a sort of longing for an understanding of this space. It mimics my childhood as a girl skater. Going out and physically loving something, and doing it–—the same way a surfer would follow a line on a wave—encapsulates what the project will be. It started in LA, it’s going to end in LA.” While her Dark Skate days may be coming to an end, Lia still goes skating with a group of female skaters once a week, and she has plenty of other interests to explore. Remember how I mentioned star hunting in the Chilean desert? While an undergrad at UCLA, and throughout her MFA studies at Yale, Lia pursued courses in astrophysics alongside her fine art studies. “When I thought about physics, it pushed my understanding of space and scale in a way that art didn’t. Yet, art also grapples with those topics,” she explains. Her trip to Chile was on a grant she received to collaborate with Dr. Charles Bailyn, head of the Astrophysics Department at Yale, to observe black holes. Recently, Lia has been collaborating with Kip Thorne, one of today's leading astrophysicists. The two have been in conversation to visualize some of Kip’s theories for an upcoming Christopher Nolan blockbuster, Interstellar. “He would describe to me strange situations of extreme gravity and warped space, and I would make drawings out of these conversations,” Lia narrates. “Over the years we developed a wonderful friendship and collaboration. We have created a short book of Kip's prose and more than a dozen of my drawings to describe these situations that we plan on publishing by the end of the year [in conjunction with the movie]. Kip used my drawings in the presentation of Carl Sagan's papers to the Library of Congress last year.” Lia currently serves as Professor of Art at Chapman University, where she also teaches courses that look at how creativity and problem solving can be the point of interception for art and science. She is represented by Martha Otero Gallery in LA and DCKT Contemporary in New York.


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explains Julie. “I am acting as an agent, working on outside projects, doing commissions, partnerships, editions, and books.�

when you see a work of art that grabs your attention. That thing you just

So with all the forward momentum, the process of bringing on

can’t put your finger on. That thing that makes you linger just a little bit

new talent must be rather tricky when thinking about the scope of what

longer. Whatever it is, it’s taken hold. You saw a painting, a sculpture, a

it entails. We imagine it looks something like Dr. Strangelove’s war room,

photograph, an installation, or something of the sort and for reasons you

with the trio entrenched behind a round table, directing and rerouting

can’t seem to articulate, you liked it.

the paths of a young artists’ creative merits. Bennett laughs, “It’s a little

That thing, you involuntarily intuitive n00b, is, well, art. On

bit more Eyes Wide Shut than Dr. Strangelove. We have a real meeting

the surface, art is defined by that “thing.� It’s what moves and shakes

of the minds on how we find artists; we see what comes from our trips,

the market, it’s the reason for supply and demand. It’s ultimately the

travels, and studio visits. It’s a little more mysterious because you never

reason why the sticker tag is twice the price as the artwork hanging

know when collaborations will come up. Also for me, because of the

jealously next to it on the wall. But beyond the painted canvas, the

Internet, I’ll find things online that I decide to give a chance to, and a lot

unwavering eye, and the creative zeal that comes with seeing a work of

of it has turned out to be our most interesting artists.�

art that moves you, lies a much more strategic and far more calculated

The influx of the Internet, the gallery owners tell us, has

artistic vision that is the fundamental and propelling catalyst behind

entirely changed the way art is viewed, distributed, and even reflected

“that thing� in the first place—it’s the business of art.

upon. “The good thing about it is we can sell to people all over the

Situated in Culver City’s growing arts district, Roberts and

world or expose something new to the world in two seconds,� says

Tilton, the aesthetically potent brainchild of Bennett Roberts, Julie

Bennett. “The downside of it is that everything moves so quickly.

Roberts, and Jack Tilton, has been cultivating, acquiring, curating, and

Unless you move quickly, you could lose it, and because you move

selling some of the art world’s best offerings for nearly two decades.

so quickly, you have no time to think about any of it. Art is a different

From museum acquisitions and home collections, to navigating an

kind of thing—it isn’t like buying a car or clothes or shoes. It really is

emerging artist’s course or shedding new light on an already established

something different. Technology can sometimes make people forget

one, the gallery is a connoisseur of the business behind the beauty.

that and just buy the same way they will buy anything else.�

“Galleries in LA have become so good that everyone’s

With technology changing the game, it takes skilled curators

game has to be up,� Bennett tells us. “Now, you can’t just run a nice,

like Roberts and Tilton to navigate the treacherous terrain of an ever-

average program—you want to make sure you stay fresh, especially

changing art market. Gone are the days of a hearty handshake and a

with our position as a gallery that’s been around for many years.� From

meet and greet—“We’re now selling to a lot of people we never actually

facilitating acquisitions for Kehinde Wiley’s retrospective opening at

even meet.� These days, there are far more elements at play when

The Brooklyn Museum in February and collaborating on the gallery’s

attempting to understand why the piece on the wall makes you tick. In

film festivals with Aaron Rose (Beautiful Losers), to introducing new

fact, it appears to be more of a ticking time bomb—a carefully calibrated,

artists to their program such as Betye Saar and Thomas Wachholz,

preemptively gauged powder keg, erupting in commissions, exhibitions,

the gallery is staying ahead of the curve. “You have to be involved in

acquisitions, and ultimately, that special “thing.� So next time you feel it,

so many aspects of an artist’s career beyond just showing the work,�

remember the team of people behind it who made it happen.

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GALLERY OPENINGS EDDIE MARTINEZ NOMADER Kohn Gallery September 12th – October 25th Opening Reception: Friday, September 12th, 6 - 8pm The Kohn Gallery presents, Nomander, a collection of wildly enigmatic large-scale works on canvas by Eddie Martinez. Conjured up from uninhibited brushstrokes, each painting is filled with an arresting inertia. Idiosyncratic and openly ambiguous, Martinez’s work is driven by impulse rather than hinged on narrative. | kohngallery.com TANSAEKHWA ON ABSTRACTION FROM ALL SIDES Blum & Poe Gallery September 13th – November 8th Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13th, 7pm Comprised of about 40 formative paintings, From All Sides is a survey focusing on Korean monochromatic paintings from the 1960s to the 1980s. Considered one of the first Korean artistic movements, Tansaekwa operated within a stylistic color palette of muted hues and neutrals. The show focuses on five of the key players during the time: Ha Chonghyun, Kwon Young-woo, Lee Ufan, Park Seobo, and Yun Hyongkeun. | blumandpoe.com FREDERICK HAMMERSLEY ORGANICS AND CUT-UPS L.A. Louver September 12th – October 11th Opening Reception: Friday, September 12th, 6 - 8pm Hammersley’s geometric curves and cut up organic compositions showcase the methodology of “hunch� and intuition to select colors and shapes. Organics and Cut-Ups span the years Hammmersley employed this psychological format of construction. In a short amount of time, Hammersley produced a series of vibrantly colored works that stand as a testament to his vitality. | lalouver.com KEHINDE WILEY THE WORLD STAGE: HAITI Roberts & Tilton September 13th – October 25th Opening Reception: Saturday, September 13th, 6 - 8pm This latest chapter in Kehinde Wiley’s global survey of countries examines a nation’s socioeconomic conditions through the everyday lives of its people. For this series, Wiley disseminated posters and open calls on the radio, culminating in a beauty pageant where winners were chosen randomly for the project. Contestants are painted in the vain of European masters, deepening the connection between both place and era. | blumandpoe.com ROYA FALAHI HOY SPACE Vincent Price Art Museum September 23rd – December 6th Opening Reception: Tuesday, September 23rd, 6 - 8pm The Los Angeles/Islam Arts Initiative (LA/IAI) and Vincent Price Art Museum host a solo exhibition of works by Los Angeles-based artist, Roya Falahi. Falahi, who is known for her large-format photography, combines portraiture with narrative “tableaux� compositions, depicting the conscious interplay between obscurity and disclosure. | vincentpriceartmuseum.org CAMERON SONGS FOR THE WITCH WOMAN MOCA Pacific Design Center October 11th – January 11, 2015 Songs for the Witch Woman explores Cameron’s role as a pivotal figure in the development of postwar Los Angeles art. A seminal figure within LA’s mid-century counterculture, Cameron’s work contains echoes of an important time that is also our time. A younger generation will be fascinated by her unique melding of surrealism and mysticism, and by her commitment to live her life as art. | moca.org AMBER JEAN YOUNG Subliminal Projects Gallery October 18th – November 15th Opening Reception: Saturday, October 18th, 7pm Amber Jean Young work combines past and present, construction and reconstruction, while examining the fabric of memory. The results are quilted collages with photographs of northern California landscapes cut up and disassociated from their original form. Young emphasizes the mind’s ability to forget, while simultaneously piecing together fragments of memories. | subliminalprojects.com ARCHIBALD MOTLEY JAZZ AGE MODERNIST LACMA October 19th – February 1st, 2015 Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist presents a full-scale survey of one of the most important artists of the Harlem Renaissance, featuring the painter’s visual examination of African American culture during the Jazz Age. The exhibition covers Motley’s entire career, including periods in Chicago, Paris, and Mexico, portraying solemn portraits of his community, as well as vividly hued, lively scenes of crowded dancehalls that reflect the colorful spirit of the Harlem Renaissance.| lacma.org

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you need it. I normally start thinking about a place. Where are we?

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What does it feel like? How does it look and smell? Working on our

Bastin to transform GANT Rugger from a niche, oxford shirt-inspired

SS15, I went to LA for inspiration and visited my brother who's a TV

collection, to a full-fledged lifestyle brand. Bastin, who joined

producer. I started thinking about the merge of that ‘LA, slacker cool’

GANT back in 2005, quickly rose up the ranks with his keen ability

and ‘East Coast, traditional prep’ and found something that felt fresh

to translate a sophisticated ethos into seasonably relevant (and

and new. But it could be anything really, from a vintage GANT ad, to

exquisitely well-made) garments.

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GANT Rugger employs the ambitious attitude that a fashionable man carries himself with style throughout all facets of

HOW DO YOU REFINE ATHLETICISM WITH REGARD TO FIT AND

his life. Bastin shares an every-evolving inspiration board and keeps

FABRIC? IF YOU WERE TO STRAY AT ALL FROM THE “AMERICANA”

in touch with his audience through his blog, RippedBackPocket, and

ETHOS, WHAT DIRECTION WOULD YOU HEAD IN?

with his food-centric Instagram account (@christopherbastin).

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We caught up with the sartorial populist to get the scoop on

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GANT Rugger’s kaleidoscope of influences, his personal process, and

itself. It's not a stiff upper lip thing, but more of a ‘work hard, be nice,

how to lead a well-rounded, stylish life.

and hold the door open for older people.’ We stray from pure Americana all the time, but subtly, and in a way that can translate into GANT. .

CAN YOU TELL US A BIT ABOUT YOUR ROLE AND RELATIONSHIP

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WITH GANT? HOW DID YOU COME ON BOARD? I joined GANT in 2005 as a men’s shirt designer. I'd worked previously

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at places like Acne, Whyred, and H&M—GANT was a bit off my radar.

IS THE GANT RUGGER MAN?

A friend of mine told me they were looking for a shirt designer, and

The GANT Rugger guy is ‘on point,’ as Lawrence Schlossman (Senior

after reading the job description, I decided to give it a try. I did a bit

Editor at Complex Magazine) would say, and cares as much about

of research and went all in on a gut feeling when I applied, and here

his home interior, kitchen gadgets, and the next vacation as he does

I am, nine years later. After designing shirts for a couple of years,

about his wardrobe.

I got the chance to re-launch GANT Rugger with one mission: Put GANT back on the map in the US. My CEO at the time told me, “Do whatever you want, but make it amazing.” He gave me a total carte

DO YOU PERSONALLY HAVE A UNIFORM? WHAT ARE YOUR

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FAVORITE WARDROBE STAPLES?

from seasonal inspiration, to making sure that all our consumer touch

Jeans, Hopsack Club blazer, worn in oxford shirt or tee, and a vintage

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staff of 14—dubbed the TBS Crew—who operate The Blond Salad’s digital

the face of Chiara Ferragni. If you’re one of the two million

interface and creative consultancy. Over the past five years, Ferragni has

folks who follow her Instagram account, you’re probably also

landed dream collaborations with couture fashion houses Chanel, Dior,

acutely familiar with her daily happenings. From shots of her mounting

and Burberry, as well as massive lifestyle brands like Guess and Steve

tattoo collection (most recently by LA legend, Dr. Woo) and evidence

Madden, proving the business of blogging to be exponentially lucrative.

of her copious frequent flyer miles, to Chiara’s consistently playful yet

Numbers don’t lie, and as brands were the first to embrace

chic cocktail attire—the girl breathes style. Actually, she might even

the rise of the blogger (behind internet voyeurs, of course), even industry

bleed ombre hemoglobin.

snobs cannot refute the new juggernaut’s relevance. According to

The Milan native began her entrepreneurial career in 2009

Steven Kolb, the executive director of the Council of Fashion Designers

as an internet it-girl after receiving an overwhelming response on the

of America (CFDA), "Not to embrace blogging, tweeting, and social

social networking sites Lookbook.nu and Flickr. It was then that Ferragni

networking is ultimately bad for somebody's business."

surmised that her aesthetic voice would be much more potent if given its own platform. Thus, The Blonde Salad was born. Chiara’s blog, which began as a one-woman show, now boasts a

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OF SHARING YOUR LIFE WITH YOUR NETWORK OF FRIENDS AND

HOUSES LIKE CHANEL AND DIOR, AS WELL AS CONTEMPORARY

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FAMILY. HOW LONG DID IT TAKE FOR YOU TO FEEL COMFORTABLE

BRANDS LIKE GUESS AND STEVE MADDEN, AND THE MORE

CONVEYING YOUR VISUAL IDENTITY ON A BROADER PLATFORM?

SPECIALIZED MARKETS OF BEAUTY AND JEWELRY. WHAT IS YOUR

HOW HAS YOUR AESTHETIC VOICE EVOLVED AS YOU'VE GROWN

FAVORITE RETAIL REALM TO COLLABORATE WITHIN, AND WHY?

UP AND BECOME SAVVIER IN THE BUSINESS?

I don’t really have one. I enjoyed collaborating with every fashion house.

I started to upload content on a local Italian social media platform during

All the collaborations I took part in really meant a lot to me. It’s like

my teenage years, and I started to get some attention. From that moment

giving a piece of me and taking a piece of a brand I really appreciate.

on, I started to feel more confident with sharing my visions and opinions. I grew up a lot during this process, as a business woman and as a woman.

WHAT IS THE PROCESS LIKE FOR THOSE COLLABORATIONS? AND

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BETWEEN

CONTEMPORARY

YOUR BLOG, WHICH BEGAN AS A ONE-WOMAN-SHOW, NOW

LIFESTYLE BRANDS AND FASHION HOUSES?

EMPLOYS A TEAM OF 14. WHAT IS THE LARGEST PERCENTAGE

It’s actually unique. I had a different experience with every house

OF THE TBS WORKLOAD?

I collaborated with. Some of those brands are more relaxed than

I would never be able to handle all the workload without my team—I owe

others, while some may be a little bit rushed. But trust me, I am

a lot to them. Every one of them has a role now, and we are starting to

living what I always dreamed of, so I just enjoy every second of what

work like a company without losing our positive and young vibe. My crew

I am doing. It’s amazing!

is much more than just colleagues or friends. They are family to me. DO YOU BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A “BLOGGER BUBBLE”? IF SO, IS THERE A SPECIFIC BLOGGER WHOSE BREATH OF WORK YOU

ARE BRAND COLLABORATIONS AND MEDIA CONSULTING THE

ADMIRE IN A BUSINESS SENSE?

EVOLUTION OF THE BLOGGER INDUSTRY?

I totally admire every single person that is self determined and that

There is no “blogger bubble.” There is only an evolution of roles,

knows how to get in the game—challenging themselves, always

destinations, people, and communication channels.

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I totally admire every single person that is self determined and that knows how to get in the game— challenging themselves, always evolving, and keeping it real.

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HOW DO YOU STAY AHEAD OF THE DIGITAL CURVE WITH THE

pieces of my private life and what surrounds me—while TBS is more

EVOLVING SOCIAL MEDIA LANDSCAPE?

for showing my followers what fashion is to me—my outfits, my

Every change is a challenge, but change is necessary. The TBS Crew and

inspiration, and what I think is interesting to shop online. It’s always

I don't think there is any rule to follow—we only sense the trend and do

evolving. Change is life and life is change, you know?

what we feel is best. We are really investing a lot on improving content, and it's working out great, even without the direct social media traffic.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE PART ABOUT LOS ANGELES? WHAT DO YOU SAY TO THOSE WHO ARGUE THERE IS NO FASHION

FOR THE PAST FEW YEARS, MANY INFLUENTIAL BLOGGERS SEEM

IN THIS CITY?

TO HAVE SHIFTED THEIR FOCUS TO INSTAGRAM, SUBSEQUENTLY

I think those people have probably never been to LA, or if they have,

LEAVING THEIR DAILY WEB OFFERINGS SCARCE. YOU HAVE

they’ve probably had a superficial experience. My boyfriend is based in

MAINTAINED A CONSISTENT OUTPUT ON THE BLONDE SALAD.

LA, so thanks to him, his friends, and the wonderful people I met here,

HOW CHALLENGING HAS THAT BEEN? WHY DO YOU THINK

I really had a complete view of the city. And—woah, I love it. I love the

THAT IS IMPORTANT?

typical California style as much I love my European roots. I love how

I think Instagram means a lot nowadays. Some people may not think

laid back everyone is here. I like the fact that there are great stores and

so, but it’s personally my favorite social media outlet because it’s

flea markets. Food is great, and the weather too. I used to say that the

quick, it’s fun, and it’s inspiring. We relaunched TBS a few months

Hollywood Sign was my favorite part of LA, because it’s always been my

ago, and it’s going really well. Both TBS and my Instagram account

dream since I was a kid. But now, I can say that my very favorite part of

show a bit of me. Instagram is more for my everyday life—bits and

LA is the one I am living, in my heart.

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MODE L BEHAVIO R

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V icto ria b rito

u

nique

look?

Check.

Personality?

Check.

SO, YOU MAKE MUSIC TOO?

Talent to boot? Check! Meet Victoria Brito,

Yes, I make music! I love music, and I write a lot. I've

also know as Vickatrillion, the model/rapper/songwriter

been working with great writers and producers. I've

who’s poised to take both coasts by storm, as

been lucky.

evidenced by her YouTube page. We caught up with the multi-hyphenate muse during a quick visit to LA,

CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THE WRITING PROCESS?

where we philosophized about the importance of being

For me, writing music is simple. I need to feel the beat

in the right place at the right time.

and create a melody, and the words flow after.

WHERE HAVE WE SEEN YOU?

DO YOU EVER GET WRITERS BLOCK? IF SO, HOW

Lots of amazing editorials—Nylon, GQ, Vogue, W

DO YOU WORK THROUGH IT?

Magazine, and H&M.

Writers block is natural. I simply need to get away for a few hours, and then I come back refreshed.

HOW WERE YOU DISCOVERED? Bruce Weber discovered me. I shot with him for W

HOW DID YOU GET INVOLVED WITH SOME OF THE

Magazine.

PEOPLE YOU'VE BEEN COLLABORATING WITH? Through

Instagram—I'm

telling

you,

Instagram

GLAD WE CAUGHT YOU WHILE YOU WERE IN LA

is awesome! Since I've been in LA, I've gotten to

SINCE YOUR HOME BASE IS IN NEW YORK.

collaborate with all these amazing people that I've

I know, it's fate, right?

always dreamed of working with.

HOW DO YOU LIKE IT HERE?

WHO WOULD BE YOUR DREAM COLLAB?

I'm loving LA. I'm getting a much-needed tan!

It would either be with artist Sabrina Antoinette or The Dream.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN UP TO WHILE YOU'VE BEEN IN TOWN?

WHAT CAN WE EXPECT FROM YOU IN THE

Going to a lot of castings during the day and writing

FUTURE?

music for artists at night.

More dancing, more music, and more photos.


HOMETOWN?

SOUTH BEACH, MIAMI.

zodiac sign? SCORPIO.

what is your spirit animal? OWL.

do you believe in aliens? HELL YEAH!

three things you can’t live without?

CHOCOLATE, MUSIC & DANCING. A N N A H ART Y H I L L ARY CO M STO C K H A I R ~ M A K E U P B RI T TA N Y SU L L I VA N M O D E L V ICTORIA B RI TO @ P H OTO GE N I CS C LOT H E S P ROV I D E D BY N AST Y GAL P H OTO G R A P H Y STYLING

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I N T E RV I E W


with simplicity, passion, and gusto, chef david nayfeld embraces a new gastronomic expediton

~ josh telles renĂŠe george

P H OTO G R A P H Y T EXT


he abundance of simplicity is often a concept lost on our generation. Art directed foodie shots tout just as much presence in the digital sphere as Instagram sideboobs, cat Vines, and YouTube makeup tutorials. The art of consumption floods our daily feeds. And we always want more. It would be a mistake to assume the grass greener or the meat leaner with a fussy approach to a meal’s core ingredients. David Nayfeld agrees. The chef observes a traditional, chivalrous approach to living a proper culinary lifestyle. It’s his love affair with ingredients that resonates after

tasting one of his exquisitely prepared dishes. Trusting in his gut, Nayfeld began his gastronomic expedition in California before heading east to New York’s Eleven Madison Park to hone his craft. Then there was Spain, Paris, and London, before circling back to Los Angeles to set the framework for Fifty Seven, a restaurant that, quite literally, ‘revolves around’ chefs. Now, Nayfeld embraces his future solo. His outlook, passion, and gusto pivot as he finds his balance with a new food tradition and a timeless restaurant space that obliges his way of life.

WHAT’S THE FOUNDATION OF YOUR COOKING?

WHAT’S YOUR CUISINE STYLE?

The underbelly, so to speak, of my cooking was formed in

Stylistically, my cuisine is very much about showcasing

Northern California. I grew up in the Bay Area. Essentially, you

and highlighting incredible ingredients and not over

don’t figure out until later on in life that you’ve been exposed

manipulating. Over manipulation comes with a level of

to an education of how human beings should eat—having

insecurity—you feel like you have to work harder to make

vegetables multiple times a day with fruits as snacks. And not

it super interesting or extraordinary. At the end of the day,

as chores. People have orchard trees in their backyards! Even

we’re cooking food. Food is meant to be eaten. It’s meant

in East Oakland, people have apple and orchard trees in their

to create comfort, sustenance, and happiness. Yes, a lot

backyards—because you may as well.

of it is artistic, and I like to plate with an artistic flair. But

DID YOU ALWAYS WANT TO BE A CHEF? I wasn’t planning on becoming a chef. I did love food, but it was all very accidental. When I was working at a produce stand at 13, I didn't think I was working towards a career, I thought I was putting my ADD to good use—my absolute hyperactivity to good use.

again, what we’re cooking is meant to satisfy people’s need for nutrition. I would say my style is trying to adhere to simplicity. My cuisine, or the cuisine I’m trying to achieve, is New American, Progressive American, or whatever people want to call it. Really, what I’m trying to adhere to is an abundance in simplicity.


WHAT’S THE ROOT OF YOUR PASSION FOR FOOD?

I’m searching for that spark. I’ve started to look at life

I grew up eating Russian food at home and Mexican food

differently in the past few years. I don’t believe that it’s

out of the house. In my household, there were a lot of

about what’s going on in the kitchen anymore. At some

stuffed cabbages, soups and stews, and plenty of pickled,

point, it did. Over the past three or four years, I’ve started

preserved, and cured foods. Anything that Russians can

to realize that it’s about what’s going on in the kitchen,

pickle they will—watermelons, tomatoes, and cucumbers,

the dining room, outside the restaurant, and at my home.

you name it. We grew things in our backyard, and my

It’s about spending time with my girlfriend and my two

mother and grandmother would make preserves from fruits

dogs. It’s about seeing my family. It’s about being at the

or vegetables. Russians use a lot of herbs, so if you’d eat

farmer’s markets and going out into nature and seeing the

soup—a whole mess of chopped herbs came with it. In

edible foods. That is what really molds my brain, psyche,

the East Bay, a large portion of my friends were Mexican

and the way I feel about everything.

Americans. We’d get burritos, tacos, sopes, or gorditas from the mom and pop shop around the corner, or the

SO, THIS WHOLE FOOD THING HAS EMBODIED A

taco truck on the corner of Fruitvale Ave. and International

LARGER, MORE TRADITIONAL LIFESTYLE.

Blvd. Mexican food was incredible for me. It was my first

That’s a very interesting way to put it into perspective. I

introduction to spice and texture. They also know how to

may open a restaurant and work seven days a week for four

use acidity as well. I think those elements really formulated

months straight—and that’ll be what needs to be done. I’ll

the way I look at cooking and eating from a very young age,

never work a nine to five in my life. My normal workday will

from a deep standpoint of comfort.

probably be 13 hours, and that’s ok. But what I’ve learned is that in that off time—when I do have a precious day

WE HEAR YOU HAVE A RESTAURANT IN THE WORKS?

off—I’m not sleeping through it. I want to enjoy and be

I’m working on opening up my own fine dining restaurant.

around people that I love. I don’t want to fall asleep at a dinner table with my girlfriend. I want to be able to walk my

IN LOS ANGELES?

dogs in the morning with a cup of coffee and be present.

I’m looking all around. I’ve had offers to open up fine

I’m never going to have as many hours in the day as other

dining restaurants already, but the truth is, I’m not gonna

people do, but I’m going to make sure that I have the ability

get my version of paradise, or perfection, just by choosing

to do those things when I do have the time off. I think

some whatever shell and shoving a restaurant in it. That’s

that is what an opulent lifestyle is. To me, it’s abundance

not what it is to me—the architecture has to speak to me.

of simplicity and perfection. Having love around you

The space, the walls, the community, the neighborhood—

constantly, your family around you, people that you love

they all have to speak to me. It has to be a full package.

around you, people that you like to work with.

@davidnayfeld


OPULENCE IN FRAICHE The palate is a hard mistress. Frequently skipped but always desired, dessert is the epitome of indulgence, and can often spark an innerdebate. Luckily though, the inner turmoil that arises from simply perusing the dessert menu sets on as quickly as it’s dashed, melting away into the moment you allow yourself to give in. Of all culinary temptresses, chocolate reigns supreme as the ultimate hedonist. In the interest of journalism, we summoned our inner Wonka—the Depp version—to round up six delectable LA spots doing some sinfully savory things with cocoa. You’re welcome. text VIVIAN GALEANA WEST HOLLYWOOD | HERRINGBONE AT MONDRIAN WHAT TO GET | CHOCOLATE PRALINE BOMBE The dedication to visual presentation begins upon entering Mondrian’s lobby and continues until the last bite of your meal. The chocolate praline bombe is a culinary creation, appealing to both eye and stomach. The ingredients read like a beautiful sonnet: frozen hazelnut mousse, chocolate nut crunch, crème fraiche, and orange blossom. These small bites only remind us of the inevitable—that the edible poem has a conclusion. That is, unless you order seconds. | herringboneeats.com ECHO PARK | VALERIE CONFECTIONS WHAT TO GET | CHAMPAGNE PETITS FOURS If you truly live in luxury, put your money where your mouth is. Valerie Confections gives you twelve perfectly squared ways to do just that. Dive into a box filled of rich Petits made of rich butter cake, layered with Champagne ganache, handdipped in dark chocolate, and topped with edible, 23-karat gold. It’s the rappers chocolate—opulent, extravagant, and just a little showy. Hurry up with our damn Champagne Petits Drizzles. | valerieconfections.com CULVER CITY | JIN PATISSERIE WHAT TO GET | SMOKEY CHOCOLATE Math has never been our forte, but throw in some chocolate and raspberry compote, and we’ll channel Pascal. This complex pastry is a moody, culinary rollercoaster—the concentration of cacao makes it smokey, the hazelnut feuilletine is a whisper of sweet, while the tartness of the raspberry is next level. The toughest part of this interesting amalgamation is definitely resisting the urge to inhale it. | jinpatisserie.com

DOWNTOWN | BOTTEGA LOUIE WHAT TO GET | CHOCOLATE SOUFFLÉ Conventional wisdom affirms that beauty takes time. Case in point: the 15 minutes it takes to make the Louie soufflé. Better known as a premiere macaroon purveyor, insiders are well aware that this LA establishment rewards the virtuous few that have the patience to wait the few extra minutes. Adorned with vanilla bean crème anglaise and set against an all white, marble decor and tea-candle lighting, this isn’t just dessert, it’s a first-rate dining experience. | bottegalouie.com WEST HOLLYWOOD | GLAZED DONUT BISTRO WHAT TO GET | SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL’S FOOD CAKE The prospect of dipping donuts into a Belgium chocolate glaze made us giddy, but it was the crushed, homemade streusel, chocolate drizzle, and the sweet and salty pretzel toppings that made both our eyes and mouth water. Pair it with their house-made raspberry or caramel sauce, and our sugar high just leaped to new heights. Just one bite, and we realized we couldn’t go back to plain glazed or jelly-filled. Think we’re foodies now. | glazed.com MID CITY | COOKS COUNTY WHAT TO GET | CHOCOLATE BRIOCHE Did the ice cream necessarily need to be a rich caramel? No. Did the pecans really have to be candied? Probably not. Is Cook’s Chocolate Brioche with Caramel Ice Cream and Candied Pecans all the better for it? Absolutely. With a generous portion of all the main food groups—ice cream, cake, chocolate sauce—Cook’s makes the answer to, “Is there room for dessert?” an obvious one. The concept of sharing, however, becomes far more problematic. | cookscountyrestaurant.com

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RE STAURANT

HIDE AWAY WITH MARVIN LIKE MANY GREAT STORIES, MARVIN BEGAN WITH A GLASS OF WINE.

text VI NGUYEN photo RACHEL MANY

Perhaps you’ve been yearning for that little something—a hint of romance, a touch of refinement . . . somthing a little Parisian? But the closest you’ve gotten to French dining as of late looks more like “French” fries a la McDo than escargot. Allow us to introduce to you to Marvin.

Et voilà—Angelenos who want a taste of French romance can do so at a destination just a hop and skip (or traffic jam) away. But don’t expect another Patina or Comme Ça—this isn’t the kind of joint you take a date and hope the meal tastes as good as

Tucked away on Beverly Boulevard, this little bistro isn’t

it costs. This is the corner bistro you hide away in for that heart-racing

the fancy schmancy establishment you might expect. The ceilings are

conversation that just won’t end, the landing spot for those belly-

decorated with shining rows of aluminum cans (a hallmark of partner

ridden butterflies to let loose. That’s not to say the food isn’t good; it’s

Steven Arroyo, of Escuela fame). Nothing much adorns the walls but

tasty alright, but the menu is small, and designed more for developing

a charmingly simple arrangement of plates.

reliable favorites than gastronomic experimentation.

A young man, Max Marder, greets us when we arrive. Far

Sit back and allow yourself a serving of fried baby artichokes to

from the starched-white, formal service one might expect at a high-

start (the diminutive, little morsels are so good that we forgot to ask what

end dining establishment, Max’s look leans more towards hipster

the savory cream sauce they’re served with was). Or choose from a variety

scruff than mustachioed elegance. Out come the wine glasses and

of perfectly crisp and chewy rounds of toast, topped with goat cheese

we’re soon sipping on a rosé, the first pour of many.

and a rustic assemblage of ratatouille that will have you wondering what

Wine is at the center of Marvin’s founding. The name itself

voodoo magic went into packing vegetables with that much flavor.

is a clever portmanteau of the Marder family name and vin, the French

Consider ordering some duck liver or cassoulet for a more

word for wine. As we browse the extensive list, Max generously pours

intensely French hit to the palate. Have yourself another glass and

our next glasses, and we learn that he fell in love with the grape elixir

you might even find a plate of porchetta awaiting your fork and knife,

while traveling Europe. The far-flung affair planted itself in the hustle

accompanied by a plucky plum sauce and fluffy, petite buns. Or

and bustle of Los Angeles with the help of Max’s father and fellow

perhaps a 40 oz. Cote de Boeuf is more your fancy? They’ve got that

partner, Bruce (Capo), and the culinary touch of chef Ricky Moreno.

too. Having trouble deciding? We recommend one easy command: Another glass, s’il vous plait.

8114 BEVERLY BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90048 CHEZMARVIN.COM


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TAKE CARE text MEGAN LABER

WARWICK SERVES UP DECADENT VIBES WITH GRACEFUL PRECISION

Oh, the finer things. If you frequent the local

And the space beckons. Instead of the stampede of

hang outs and dive joints of the Eastside like us, that will

scantily clad women with bottle service and sparklers

likely be your first thought when entering Warwick, an off-

in tow, you can request a reservation for a personal

Sunset, night lounge that opened last fall. The space has

mixologist at your table, ready to muddle and shake

grandeur, from the high vaulted, wood rafter ceilings to

signature cocktails to perfection. The juice is fresh

the somehow perfectly balanced lighting. They’ve chosen

pressed in house, and the ingredients are top quality,

to change décor per season, and we stumble into a scene

taking Warwick out of the realm of it’s neighboring

of white leather couches, striped canvas accents, and

competition and into a hybrid destination for those

curiously placed indoor umbrellas, all meant to invoke

who prefer artisanally crafted beverages and a lounge

the laid back beach mentality of an endless summer. The

environment.

largest nude print of Emily Ratajkowski we’ve ever seen

“People don’t typically come to night clubs

adorns the north wall, and an oyster bar poised with a

and expect quality, crafted cocktails, but it’s something

modelesque French man is stationed opulently by the DJ

we want to offer, and it’s something we think is missing

booth. To put it simply, the atmosphere is reminiscent

from the social scene,” remarks Jason Bran, cocktail

of some ridiculously lavish back patio soirée that we

consultant and drink expert running the show alongside

accidentally (but very happily) got invited to.

Damion Windsor (The Roger Room). We put our usual

Founded

by

long-time

partners

and

entrepreneurs in LA’s night scene, Sylvan Bitton and J.T. Torregiani (Aventine, Beso, and the late Les Deux) have

6507 SUNSET BLVD. LOS ANGELES, CA 90028 WARWICKLA.COM

drink of choice on hold and let the consultants pick our poison. After all, we’re here to relax. A

solid

‘80s

track

and

a

surprisingly

a history for creating spots with a hint of sumptuousness.

relaxing environment aside, Bitton and Torregiani have

Yet despite their rather well-known background of

a completely unexpected sense of hospitality that

celebrities and paparazzo flash photography, Warwick is

goes beyond our expectations. From their business

meant to be something different. “You’re meant to feel at

partners to the extremely-kind-while-in-extremely-high-

home, or at least feel as though you’re in a very relaxed

heels cocktail waitresses, everyone seems to have an

surrounding. It’s not a place with harsh electronic music

understanding that it takes quality service to create the

and overcrowded dance floors. It’s a space where people

ultimate night spot that lives beyond a few years of wild

can meet and socialize in a casual and comfortable

weekends. Not that you won’t see the likes of Miley on a

setting,” explains Bitton.

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Andrew Arthur’s laissez-faire demeanor, SoCal drawl, and bone-dry wit are almost enough to make you forget he is a creative force to be reckoned with. The photographer began capturing shots as a skater while growing up in San Diego, then moved on to WhoWhatWear, where he was introduced to fashion editorial work. These days, the Eastside kid is a little harder to nail down, traveling the world with girlfriend/blogger/powerhouse Chiara Ferragni. Andrew

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movements peppered with sarcasm. His method is easily mistaken for lassitude—that is, until you see his images and realize every movement and every choice he makes is purposeful. Breathtaking lighting, inky shadows, and deftly framed narratives are captured in his sleep (which he does a lot of). We caught up with our old pal and made him answer our questions. CAN WE GET YOU SOMETHING TO DRINK? A Capri Sun would be nice, thank you. WHAT’S ON YOUR FEET? Vans. FAVORITE SPOT TO BE SKETCHY IN LA? Del Taco. WHEN DID YOU START TAKING PHOTOGRAPHS? Probably when I was 14—the first photo I printed was of my friend three-flipping a four stair at our middle school. YOUR PORTFOLIO IS COMPRISED OF BOTH SKATERS AND

PICTURE PERFECT COVER PHOTOGRAPHER ANDREW ARTHUR GIVES US A LOOK THROUGH HIS LENS

MODELS. WHAT DO YOU PREFER AND WHY? Both. Models because I like creating beauty (of which I have a lot to learn) and skaters because they’re pretty much the realest dudes around. WE’VE DESCRIBED YOU AS A LIGHTING WIZARD TO PEOPLE WHO HAVEN’T WORKED WITH YOU. HOW’D YOU GET SO NICE AT THAT, ANYWAY? These three dudes: Jimmy Fontaine, Collin Erie, Justin Coit. Jimmy taught me beauty, Collin taught me lifestyle, Justin showed me commercial lighting and taught me how to anticipate shoots. All great photographers in their own ways. And Cole Barash rips too! EVER SIT DOWN IN THE SHOWER? Not lately, but I used to light candles, sit in the tub with the showerhead on, and listen to Karen O or some emo shit like Elliot Smith. WHO WAS THE LAST PERSON YOU REALLY FREAKED OUT AT? Probably my girlfriend. She fights like a butterfly and stings like a bee—that’s why I love her. WHAT WOULD YOUR FRIENDS SAY IS THE MOST ANNOYING THING ABOUT YOU? I’m the first one to laugh at my own jokes…? LAST THREE GOOGLE SEARCHES? DON’T LIE. Billy Kidd, Curren Caples new flip part, and Schön! Magazine photography.

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING LATER? Big boy stuff.


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