Everybody has to have one, so we threw our company Holiday Party tonight inside our temporary gallery space on Fairfax. It just so happens that our boys Jon and Vinny run their catering service out the back (as well as film for their reality show 2 Dudes Catering), so they kindly obliged when we asked them to cater our dinner. Braised ribs, crab legs, pork belly, etc. etc. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
What more can I say about these guys? I can safely say that everyone here has been a fan of the Crooks empire since its inception. There was always something respectable about the way the folks at Crooks & Castles have carried themselves as friends, designers, and businessmen.. how they’ve branded… in fact, perhaps the strongest, no-holds-barred branding of any in our category. The design and technicalities of the apparel are intact, and the sales and marketing strategies are leading the game. Personally, I just think the name alone is worth gold.
We’re happy to announce that that the guys have opened the doors to their flagship location on Melrose Ave. It’s everything you’d expect from a Crooks & Castles retail boutique, plus more. I’ll tell you what I didn’t expect: the amount of black marble wrapping the store, the Taschen books account upstairs, not to mention the top-notch accessories program [And trust, the product is much better in person (we know that it's usually the other way around in Streetwear World)]. What about the sheer size of the space? Oh yeah, and then there’s the usual C&C line that you’ve all grown to know and love.
Back when Paris Hilton was just a toddler, there was another blonde Hollywood vixen who became famous just for being.. famous. The queen of self-promotion, in the nascent age of Marketing, Angelyne’s face (and body) lined all the major billboards in L.A during the ’80s, an Angeleno tradition which continues to this day. In fact, on any given day here in Hollywood, you can spot her whipping around behind sunglasses in her signature hot pink Corvette, causing impromptu 60 mph photo ops and near-accidents on any freeway. The last you may have heard from her was when she ran for California state governor during the recall.
Anyways, Angelyne agreed to work with us on a special project, if we’d essentially scratch her back and she’d screenprint her phone number on ours. Our latest Rosewood Collection tees (which are exclusive to The Store on Rosewood Ave.) feature 2 different Angelyne x The Hundreds collaboration t-shirts that just dropped over the weekend.
Perhaps it’s just that we’re obsessed with panda bears, but that new AngryWoebots x Fitted x New Era fitted is by far my favorite hat of 2007. The islanders had a field day with this one when the cap dropped at Fitted Hawaii a week ago, and the artist was there himself to authenticate. My favorite part of the video is when dude ditches Adam for the ferocious bear. Eh, mo’ betta!
Tomorrow (Saturday) night, along with Brooklyn Projects, we’ll be hosting CENSORSHIP IS WEAK AS F@#K! at 435 Fairfax Ave., a restrospective covering the history of Sean Cliver’s and Marc Mckee’s skateboard art. Both Cliver and Mckee were responsible for the golden age of sarcastic, quite controversial, skate graphic art, working under Rocco and the World Industries umbrella. This was the visual offense that set the pace for irreverent, and equally destructive, skate-culture humor. Check our frontpage for details on the opening night, and leave your better judgment at home.
Tellin’ stories with our neighbor Marlon in his blacked-out lair, aka the Sneaktip showroom and office. We’ve known Marlon for years now, and if there’s one thing that’s undeniable about his character, it’s his relentless hustle. Always on the grind and certainly reaping the benefits,… definitely respectable. To see the fruits of his labor, check The Feed.