It’s day two of the COAST Trade Show in Miami. We hear it’s raining back in LA, but Miami is 80 and sunny! COAST is an important fashion trade show started by ENK alumna Karen Bennett, and takes place in the Moore building in Miami’s design district each season. With only about 250 collections, COAST is a bit smaller than other shows, which gives it a more personal feel. The DJ is keeping everyone upbeat and we love when we get to have fun and work at the same time! Our booth is on the first floor in the front right when you walk in, and we’ve already seen our friends at Alene Too, Tupelo Honey and Post Blue Jeans.
Starting at 11:00AM this morning, LACMA is holding a marathon screening of their newly acquired work The Clock, conceived by American artist Christian Marclay. The Clock is a 24-hour movie and art piece that strings together moments from cinema and television that feature clocks and watches. The most impressive part of the work is that the images are chronologically synched with the actual time of day, so if you were to look at the film at 6:04PM tonight, you would see an image from film or TV where a clock shows the time at 6:04.
The museum is keeping their Bing Theater open throughout the night until the film ends at exactly 11:00AM tomorrow, so you still have plenty of time to check it out, and admission to view the piece is free, courtesy of KCRW. You can also follow LACMA on Twitter for updates about the exhibition. In case you miss it, the piece will be available to view during regular museum hours starting on Friday through July 31st, though it is not scheduled to show in its entirety any time soon, which means today is your only shot to see the parts of the film that occur during their normal closing hours.
The museum acquired The Clock in mid-April after the work enjoyed a fantastic reception at the Paula Cooper Gallery in New York and London’s Hayward Gallery.
Today we’re reviewing Skinnygirl Margarita. Just kidding! But seriously, it’s actually not that bad…
If you are in a bit of a tougher mood this weekend, Bulleit Bourbon is a proper small-batch Kentucky Bourbon that’s perfect for mixing. The brand traces its roots back to the 1830’s, when a Louisville barkeep named Augustus Bulleit created the original recipe, but the brand disappeared for over 100 years until his great grandson revived the label in 1987. The brand is now largely run by LA’s own Hollis Bulleit, the next generation Bulleit who currently serves as spokeswoman. Bulleit is aged in oak barrels, and with 30% rye content, it has a smoky, smooth flavor with hints of vanilla. It retails in the $20 range. In case you didn’t get your fix during last weekend’s Kentucky Derby, they have a great Mint Julep recipe on the website. Just be careful - it’s 90 proof and after a couple of these you’ll need to find a ride home. Like all Bourbon – which the U.S. Congress declared a “distinctive product of the United States” in 1947, it is distilled and bottled here at home.
We really love the design of the bottle. It takes classic elements like a flask shape, raised glass detailing, and antique font style, and makes it modern with a plastic and cork stopper and miminalist labeling. You will probably notice it the next time you are at the bar.
Central park notwithstanding, New York can certainly feel a bit “urban” from time to time. When you need a green fix (or just some fresh air), our NY sales team recommends heading over to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.
Since the plot was an ash dump in the late 1800’s, The BBG has developed into a lush 52-acre collection of over 12,000 different kinds of plants. From the Fragrance Garden to the Desert Pavilion, there is something for everyone. The Garden is celebrating its centennial this year.
Our favorite exhibits include the Cherry Esplanade, which is a dream during the spring blossoming season, a fascinating compost exhibit, and the C. V. Starr Bonsai Museum. With 350 specimens, it is considered one of the finest collections of bonsai trees in the world, and one of the largest outside Japan.
When you’re finished, don’t miss a sunny walk across the Brooklyn Bridge back to Manhattan.
The Botanic Garden is open Tuesday–Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m, Saturday & Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and closed on all Mondays except for Memorial Day, May 30th, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $10. Hot tip: you can Follow the BBG on twitter to see what’s currently in bloom and plan your visit accordingly.
Fisker is an American premium hybrid electric vehicle manufacturer based in Anaheim, CA. The company’s first release is the 2011 Fisker Karma, a luxury 4-seater that looks much closer to an Aston Martin than a Nissan Leaf. The beautiful lines speak for themselves, Fisker has definitely solved the problem of the ugly hybrid, and with zero emissions, it actually pollutes less than a prius. The car burns no fuel for the first 50 miles after a charge, and then operates as a normal hybrid until it maxes out at 300 miles. On the performance side, the car does 0-60 in 5.9 seconds and achieves a top speed of 143 mph (95 if you want to stay electric-only). The company has been offering test drives to car editors, and reviews have been positive, and the base price is surprisingly competitive given its sex appeal and eco status – the base price is about $95,000. It seems like a crazy bet to start a car company when so many auto manufacturers are struggling to stay afloat, but they already have over 3,000 pre-orders.
While many of the vehicles will be manufactured in Finland, the design and engineering are done right here in the States, and the company recently purchased an assembly plant in Wilmington, DE. We’re especially excited that they are launching a convertible version of the Karma next year called the “Sunset.” Can’t wait to see it on the road.
We all remember learning about indigo in grade school - the bright blue color used for dyeing cloth, and one of the seven colors of Sir Isaac Newton’s rainbow. Indigo has been used as a coloring agent since ancient times, and is best known for the distinctive color it gives to blue jeans.
The Origins of Indigo:
Indigo is found naturally in tropical plants of the indigofera family, thought most of the indigo used today is a synthetic variety. Indigo is produced today mainly for dyeing cotton and for food coloring. You might see it on food packaging as “Blue No. 2″.
The natural form of indigo is among the oldest dyes used to color textiles, and has a rich tradition in clothing, design, and the arts in India, China, the United States and Latin America, as well as ancient civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, Rome, Peru, and Africa.
Indigo plants were first domesticated in India, which became the major hub for indigo production and trade. India provided the main supply of dye to Europe as early as the Ancient Greeks, who referred to the color as indikon or “indian dye.”
Because the dye had to travel on precarious overland routes from India into Europe and incur tariffs from shipping merchants, indigo was expensive and difficult to acquire, which helped it earn the nickname “blue gold.” Wearing indigo blue clothing became a sign of wealth (as opposed to now, as “blue collar” refers to the working class), which is why one particular shade is now known as “royal blue”.
Indigo continued to command a premium even through the Middle Ages, and many Western European countries began to cultivate a similar plant called woad as an alternative. It wasn’t until Vasco de Gama discovered a trading route to India by sea that the price was greatly reduced.
In the 1700s, many European powers began to cultivate true indigo in their territories in the Carribean and North America. American plantation owners grew and sold indigo to England, until British companies began buying indigo from India in accordance with their imperial interests, and indigo fields were replaced with cotton crops.
The industry began to see radical change in 1878, when German chemist Adolf von Baeyer (of Bayer Aspirin fame) perfected a process for synthetically manufacturing indigo dye, which largely replaced plant dye by the turn of the 20th century.
Why is Indigo Best for Denim?
Indigo is perfect for dyeing cotton because it only partially penetrates into the fibers, lending a rich surface color that does not affect the innermost parts of the fabric. Cloth dyed with indigo turns a lighter color when worked or rubbed over time, and remains the preferred dye to achieve the signature worn-in look of denim.
Indigo is not soluble in water, so it must be chemically changed to “white indigo” for the dyeing process. During manufacturing, cotton fibers are woven into ropes and dipped in the white indigo saturated water. Once they are taken out of the water, the dye then reacts with oxygen in the air and takes on its characteristic blue hue again.
Normally, the cotton yarns go through at least 4 to 8 “dips”, or passages through the dye bath. The more dips, the darker the fabric. After the initial dyeing process, the ropes are washed or additional chemicals are added to change the color of the yarns or improve the fastness of the dye to the fibers. Once the dyeing process is complete, the yarns are woven into the cotton cloth known as denim. While there are many ways to treat denim after it is woven, cut, and sewn into the pair of jeans you see at your local boutique, the initial dyeing process accounts for much of the variability in denim color.
Beautiful/Decay is an art magazine (and book series, and apparel line) dedicated to “experimental, grotesque and groundbreaking art”. The magazine began as a black and white photocopied booklet of sorts, and now has a dedicated fanbase and international distribution. It’s a bolder, more rebellious, version of other ‘alternative’ art mags out there.
They also have an excellent blog, in fact you may have even seen some of their posts picked up by HuffPost Arts. Beautiful/Decay is a great source of creative inspiration. We love to see people doing their own thing, following their own ‘drummer’.
We have no plans for a denim diaper anytime soon… or ever. But one thing is for sure, babies need diapers much more than fashionistas need their designer denim. Did you know that an infant can go through up to 12 diapers per day? Or that it runs about $100 per month to keep just one child in clean healthy diapers? The costs adds up quickly, and that’s why Caroline Lutz and Melissa Ratcliff, two mothers who met at a baby group, started LA Diaper Drive, an all-volunteer organization which raises money to provide diapers for families in need, so no parent has to make the choice between putting food on the table or providing clean diapers for their children. In addition to providing diapers all year long, LA Diaper Drive also uses their programs to help parents and family members learn important life skills that can improve the well-being of their families.
It’s a great charity if you are in a Mother’s Day giving kind of mood. Learn more here.
Don’t forget, Mother’s Day is on Sunday! If you’re like we are, there is a good chance you haven’t made the brunch reservation yet. Before you do, here are a few recommendations (to LA readers) for a nice meal to celebrate everything Mom does for you.
Tavern – Brentwood – We were eating here way before the wait staff had to do background checks for the President’s recent fundraiser. This is the third restaurant from respected LA chef Suzanne Goin of Lucques and AOC fame. If you aren’t the brunching type, order to go from The Larder, a coffee and pastry shop located up front.
Fig – Santa Monica – Inside of the Hotel Miramar in Santa Monica, Fig uses fresh, local ingredients, and overlooks the lovely pool. The menu has something for every person in the party, with classics like Eggs Benedict and a Chopped Salad, along with originals like Kegs and Eggs (any brunch item with an endless pint) and the Bacon Waffle a la Mode with Trockenbeerenauslese Syrup.
One Pico – Santa Monica – Yes, another hotel restaurant, this one down the street at Shutters on the Beach. You really can’t beat the view here, which overlooks the boardwalk and the Pacific. The food is just as good as the people watching. A perfect place for the East Coast Mommy; the luxe cape architecture and décor feels more Rhode Island than Rodeo.
Fraiche – Culver City – Fraiche is a bit more casual than the other options, so it’s a good choice for the Mom who isn’t fussy. After brunch you can hop across the street to Pacific Theaters and catch a screening of Water for Elephants. Or Thor.
Tasting Kitchen – Venice – For the hip mom, The Tasting Kitchen is on Abbott Kinney and has seen rave reviews from Jonathan Gold at LA Weekly, Alan Richman at GQ, LA Times and Gourmet.com. Now that typewriters are officially dead, we are particularly fond of the menu. And don’t miss the morning cocktails.
NYLON held their Young Hollywood party at Bardot last night to celebrate the most recent issue. The event was hosted by Emma Roberts (who looked very cute in lace), and attended by many of the young stars in town, including Glee’s Jenna Ushkowitz and Kevin McHale, Current Dancing with the Stars contestant Chelsea Kane, Jordin Sparks, and Shenae Grimes.
As usual the event had great turnout, with mobs of young ones waiting outside to get in, since the place reached max capacity real quick. Apparently the 20-something crowd hasn’t heard about the indoor smoking ban, because everyone was puffing away contentedly.
NYLON always throws a fantastic party. There was definitely an energy. A youthful, vibrant energy. Maybe George Bernard Shaw was right when he said “youth is wasted on the young”, but they sure know how to party!