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Notes from the Field: Derringer Cycles in Los Angeles, CA.

Posted on September 1, 2011

I’ve always had an interest in vintage motorcycles as well as general cycling culture so when Derringer Cycles blew up on the internet a few weeks ago, they were tugging at my creative heartstrings. A mix of motorcycle and cycling culture crossed with excellent design principles. I found out the company is based out of Los Angeles and did everything I could to get in for a few minutes with Adrian Van Anz, Derringer’s founder and designer. Earlier this week we met in his storefront on West 3rd Street near West Hollywood and I snapped a few photos of the shop. Make sure to click photos to enlarge them. Click below to view the whole article and photos.

Inquiries & Responses vol. 05: Portland General Store

Posted on August 17, 2011

This is the fifth in a series of interviews with people who have a keen interest in menswear, style, design, or generally cool stuff. Most of these people are doing something of great note that you should absolutely take a look at.

If my memory serves me correctly, the first time I saw Portland General Store‘s wares was in late 2010 at Michael Williams’ (of A Continuous Lean) Pop-Up Flea in New York City. I believe they were featured at the Hickoree’s Hard Goods table along with several other brands that Hickoree’s was carrying at the time. I got my hands on some of their products initially just a few weeks ago at Steven Alan’s Anex on Abbott Kinney in Venice Beach and liked the oddness of the scents they were using. Their image has certainly changed since I first saw them last year but they carry the same great products with the addition of a few new lines. I spoke with Lisa Brodar, the public face of PGS, via e-mail over the past few weeks and we wound up with a nice, brief conversation to publish. Click below to read the interview and see more photos of their brand new labels.

Philadelphia Bike Expo 2011

Posted on August 11, 2011

Well folks, it’s getting to be the end of summer and it’s time to start thinking about your fall plans. For those of you on the East Coast who enjoy cycling, here’s an interesting event for you. Philadelphia’s Bilenky Bikes is hosting the Philadelphia Bike Expo for another year in Center City Philly and this year it’s at the 23rd Street Armory, just around the corner from Rittenhouse Square and the Mutter Museum on October 29th and 30th, 2011.

Bikes are back and it’s no new news. Bilenky has been championing beautiful bicycle frames in Philadelphia for many years which is why it’s appropriate that they would curate such an amalgamation of bicycle brands. Some particularly interesting companies in attendance will be Brooks England (classic leather saddles), Rene Herse (custom bicycles), and Rapha (cycling-wear company particularly cool for their collaboration with Paul Smith). We were able to catch Bina Bilenky for a few questions about the upcoming event. Here’s what we discussed. Click below to read the interview.

Inquiries & Responses vol. 04: Otis James, Tiemaker

Posted on July 7, 2011

This is the fourth in a series of interviews with people who have a keen interest in menswear, style, design, or generally cool stuff. Most of these people are doing something of great note that you should absolutely take a look at.

I remember a little over six months ago stumbling across a tie maker in Nashville by the name of Otis James and was roped in by how awesome his branding is. It doesn’t pander to the ultra-modern, super hip marketing sector and it doesn’t follow suit with the urban-woodsman vibe that everyone’s going for these days. He had his own thing going on and I loved it. The idea of unique fabrics, unique neckwear, and if you custom ordered, having your own name on the back of the tie; I loved everything about it. I only half expected him to respond to an interview request yet here he is, kind enough to chat for a few minutes. Check out the entire interview by clicking below.

Inquiries & Responses vol. 03: Jamison Aweau of Anchor Divison

Posted on June 9, 2011

This is the third in a series of interviews with people who have a keen interest in menswear, style, design, or generally cool stuff. Most of these people are doing something of great note that you should absolutely take a look at.

I found Jamison Aweau much like I found Jack Morgan from our first interview in this series, via Tumblr. Jamison has a keen eye for military inspired menswear, which, unless you’ve been living under a rock you’re probably aware is the look these days. The style, ripped straight out of 1950’s America with some even older twists yet slight modern updates is something he keeps alive so well in his blog, Anchor Division. Sometimes cut with prep, sometimes spliced with mod, the style maintained by Mr. Aweau is perfectly retro-American in it’s essence. Be sure to check out his blog by clicking the link above and to read the interview, click below.