Murmurs | Valentine’s Day S

Murmurs | Valentine’s Day S

Love is love is life, either way a desire for sweets and blooming florets is a must. LA multipurpose artspace/ café MurMurs has taken on the almighty task of infusing a delicate dose of wabi sabi indulgence via a pairing of QooA fave zehra zehra and the ikebana decor of Tomato Story. The zehra zehra bay leaf bunt olive oil and ricotta confection covered in mascarpone, is there anything possibly more sexual enticing than whipped mascarpone?

The Valentine’s day special pairing is available for PREORDER from the website as well as at the café and shop which is open for take-out and browsing. Coming in two sizes the florals are ever more expressive in their movements and poses offering an exquisite exploration into an asymetrical declaration of what life and love is.

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Animal Crackers | Space Talk

Animal Crackers | Space Talk

From 60s Rudi Gernreich and Peggy Moffitt with their mod swagger to 80s era postmodernism and post punk well filtered through MTV, Hollywood has had a rich culture of bold design, color, and experimentation. This torch is carried on with the retro futurist work of LA based Animal Crackers. A label which makes you think what would Judy Jetson wear to a gallery opening, dinatoire and warehouse party. Helmed by Candice Molayem, who previously ran cult favorite Flamingo Vintage, the label just dropped their latest collection “Space Talk” which offers up galactic princess wear in Italian leather structured, dynamic colors, and with Latinx Songstress Avalon Lurks fronting the look book. We spoke to Candice about retrofuturism, LA, and building a sustainable label.

What is the background you have in getting into clothing? I know you had a very successful vintage store.

Countless friends and family members predicted I would work in fashion over the years, and out of a desire to rebel I immersed myself in other creative pursuits, only to be led back to my original calling. Animal Crackers is an amalgamation of my time as a tattoo artist, vintage store owner, painter, and stylist. My Persian immigrant upbringing also fueled my love for fashion – entertaining and dressing up is culturally ingrained in me.

 

What designers or art movements have informed the way which you are creating your own stylistic identity?

I draw inspiration from Pierre Cardin, retrofuturism, Pedro Almodovar films, the 1960s, 70s and 80s, travels to Paris and London, vintage interiors, bold colors, mid century homes, the desert, disco/house music, old Americana architecture, vintage signage and labels. 

 

What has the design process been like, starting a label and forming the identity, during this period of time? 

The Animal Crackers design identity was formally developed in 2019, but was really informed by my entire life up to that point. There were a few delays in launching due to the pandemic, but aside from that I stayed true to my vision, although I do wish there were more opportunities to wear Animal Crackers in the wild. Luckily, there seems to be a demand for “slow fashion” – pieces that are versatile and made to last. I have also felt supported as an independent, POC designer who produces locally in Los Angeles.

I know you have had a long running relationship with textiles. What was your process in picking up fabrications?

My years of vintage collecting and work as a vintage store owner provided me with a wonderful education and wide exposure to fabrics and textiles. Quality fabrics are essential to the life cycle of a garment, so I was relentless in my pursuit. I have been lucky to work with suppliers from Japan, Italy, Spain and Downtown Los Angeles.

 

How has your time been in quarantine? What skills have you picked up? (if you have any recipes, we can also place them at the end)

My time in quarantine has been 100% dedicated to the launch of Animal Crackers this past July and designing my second collection for Animal Crackers, Space Talk, available January 28. Running a small business is all-consuming, but it has been incredibly rewarding.

 

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Kid Hastings | Movement and Selfcare

Kid Hastings | Movement and Selfcare

Serving up major Luca Guadagnino muse vibes, Kid Hastings aka Jake McEvoy, the budding indie pop prince took his jazz roots and infused it with a major dose of synthy gestures. Following his debut EP Golden, Kid Hastings offers up an impressive vision for pop which captures the stylings of dreamy bed sounds, with a sophisticated flair for jazz greats Thelonius Monk and Wes Montgomery, albeit for the Tik Tok era. Below he tell us just how much the dance fervor of the social media app he and his creative collaborator Ava Doorley took upon themselves to produce “Call Me Up.” 

Like most people, I haven’t really been able to shake the feeling that I’ve been trapped these last few months. In my art I’ve been wanting to do something to create a world where It would be appropriate and even necessary to express myself in an entirely different medium in addition to music – increasingly that medium has been movement and dance. In the “Call Me Up” video, ava and I wanted to create two entirely different characters that are both borne from parts of my identity and personality but are completely at odds with one another. The way these characters interacted with the world was mainly through their bodies ; through dancing, seduction, intimidation and even violence we wanted to tell a story of personal turmoil. It was a a challenge but ultimately euphoric to step into these characters that represent different parts of myself and tell their stories through movement.

 

In addition to this video, I’ve found such a great outlet in Tik Tok to explore dance, skits and other characters – sometimes they’re to complement my music but most of the time its just for fun. It’s been yet another world where I get to express myself through any medium I could think of. Self care wise, I think expanding my artistic outlets has been really good because it never allows me to feel stagnant in just one.

Regarding self care in general, I’ve been picking up new hobbies every few months or so and getting 100% into them until I can’t stand them anymore – right now its chess, a few months ago it was reading old sci fi books, and I have no idea what it’ll be next – but I’m excited to find it.”

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Chess, Mon Amor | Amor Services

Chess, Mon Amor | Amor Services

Marcel Duchamp once said, “I am still a victim of chess. It has all the beauty of art — and much more. It cannot be commercialized. Chess is much purer than art in its social position.” Though one can disagree as to see how widely successful The Queen’s Gambit brought to an example of the ultimate in commercial successes, a surge of 273% on searching platforms within 10 days of the shows release can totally attest to the fact that chess has had a comeback as the it girl of gaming… Take that backgammon. Now that we are all up for a game that meets up with the stylized demands of our inside lives and the proposition to preserve our brains from the streaming wasteland, Amor Services have come to deliver, with their latest project CHESS, MON AMOR.

Abandoning the black and white traditions the board, this remix is envisioned in red and blue as a direct reference to current sociopolitical unrest and also raises the emotional stakes. Chess pieces by Alake Shilling (king), Tremaine Emory (queen), Bernhard Willhelm (bishop), Yves Tumor (knight) , Gaetano Pesce (rook) , Ser Serpas (pawn), Mandy Harris Williams (didactics) round out an ecclectic and brilliant crew of creatives. See more below.

King

Alake Shilling (b. 1993, Los Angeles, CA) is the creator of all things deep and magical – she is a painter and sculptor of creatures, in a gelatinous rainbow style in debt to Lisa Frank as much as Peter Saul, bearing carefully coded emotions and driving rich narratives about companionship, risk and reward. Shilling has exhibited at countless galleries and fairs worldwide and has an upcoming traveling exhibition with Jeffrey Deitch. For Chess, Mon Amor, Shilling has scaled one of her sought-after, infamous ladybug ceramics to the pocket-size of the King.

L’King, 2021, Glazed Ceramic, 3 ½ x 2 x 2 inches each

Queen

Tremaine Emory a.k.a Denim Tears (b. 1979, Atlanta, GA) has been releasing products featuring the iconography of Mother Mary since 2014. Regarding his designs he has said “I’m recontextualizing the black image across as many mediums as possible to get this story told…” Emory – a.k.a Denim Tears – is a creative luminary & legend in fashion, music, and culture producing radio shows, podcasts, and envisioning crossovers between contemporary art and creative outlets, Emory works as a leader of the cultural provocateur. Here, Emory has adapted his Mother Mary design as the Queen of the chess set.

L’ Queen, 2021, Casted resin and printed glass 4 ½ x 2 x 1 ½ inches each

Bishop

Trailblazer to all things tableau vivant and avant garde in modern day fashion, Bernhard Willhelm (b. 1972, Ulm, DE) is the entrusted Simon Cowell of fashion, the litmus test of significance, a light on the road ahead, the godfather of anything worthwhile in fashion today, in Chess, Mon Amor, he is our anointed bishop. Willhelm designed the Bishop based off of his classic pumpkin-head model made in collaboration with artist Geoffrey Lillemon, that has been used on some of his most sought-after garments.

L’ Bishop, 2021, Glazed thermoplastic polyurethane 4 x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches each

Knight

While all futures are unknown, we do know that 21st century experimental music would look a lot differently without musician and artist Yves Tumor (b. 1989, Knoxville, TN) Genre-bending Tumor is among the most interesting artists working today; with each new record, embodying a genre—its history, its texture, its tropes. Signed by Warped Records and written about countless times in publications like the NY Times, Pitchfork, the Guardian, Paper Mag and countless more. For Chess, Mon Amor, Tumor becomes embodied as the Knight itself, marking his first move into the fine art world.

L’Knight, 2021, Clay and human hair 4 x 1 ½ x 1 ¼ inches each

Rook

Guided by a constant drive towards innovation and experimentation, Gaetano Pesce (b. 1939, La Spezia, IT), architect, artist and designer, has created public and private projects in the United States, Europe, Latin America and Asia, in the fields of architecture, town planning, interior design, and industrial and exhibition design. In Pesce’s production, the borders between art, design and industry become irrelevant because art is also a product, it is the creative reply to the needs of the times we are living in.

Needless to say, Pesce one of the most iconic designers of the 20th and 21st centuries. Pioneer of all things important in design, Pesce has created a classic interpretation of the Rook, imbued with the radical energy of an innovative career spanning over five decades.

L’Rooks, 2021, Casted resin, 6 x 2 ½ x 1 ¼ inches each

Pawns

The pawn is represented by artist Ser Serpas (b. 1995, Los Angeles, CA). Primarily interested in death and legacy, her work is preoccupied with its own urgency in the face of fossilization. Precarious assemblages of disparate objects found in the street constitute her most well known series to date. Serpas has translated that practice into the form of the Pawn, which are archived parts of a discarded dollhouse left on the curb outside of AMOR’s office.

Serpas has had solo shows at the LUMA Foundation in Zurich and Ludlow 38 in New York. She took part in the 2020 Made in LA biennial at the Hammer Museum and the Huntington. She was featured in shows at the Pinault Collection, Punta Della Dogana, Venice and the Swiss Institute, New York.

L’ Pawn, 2021, Epoxy resin and found objects, 1 ½ x 1 ½ inches each

Board

The sides and compartments of the board are engraved with a commissioned text by artist and cultural theorist Mandy Harris Williams – aka idealblackfemale (b. 1988, New York, NY). Williams, having coined the popular term #brownupyourfeed and recently named as one of Cultured Magazines “Young Artists 2021,” stands as one of the most important voices in our contemporary moment. For Chess, Mon Amor, Williams created the poetic didactics for the board itself, exploring timeless concepts such a love, power and beauty.

L’Didactics, 2021, Engraved text on stainless steal

For Inquiries contact office@amorservices.com

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bläanks | Urbanized Cottagecore

bläanks | Urbanized Cottagecore

The time now to buckle down on our own terms is ever vital as we do shelter in and define our own version of “sweater weather”. As of late a merging of the tactile and nude has defined this new vision of comfort and lounge, nothing hits like the combo of heat tech synthetics and the tried and tested fluidity of a good knit. But must we not forget that our full looks of SSENSE sale items are getting to peak fatigue as a stroll or hike around the neighborhood is the new cruising ground for who is cute and the dictation of what’s hot.

Fortunately, LA based interior design company bläanks has broken through from the hospitality range to get the goods direct to consumers. With their highly textural knits and bold to subdued colors, the brand gives a slight nod to its Scandinavian roots as well as the embrace of Los Angeles’ rock n roll traditions. We spoke to Judy Pokonosky and Suss Cousins to discuss sustainability, the emotions of knits, and defining the current culture of comfort.

What is the story on how you met each other, your style and vision are a great shift from the usual knitting traditions?

We met in the apparel industry about 25 years ago and re-connected roughly 4 years ago and started bläanks.

We were inspired and saw a great opportunity in the Hospitality and A+D Space for amazing textured knits that we applied to throws and pillows. We feel our unique background and experience brought something different to this market.

I notice that you shot at the Arroyo Seco, what was the significance to shooting there and in general this type of urban adjacent nature?

Being a California and specifically a Los Angeles based company we are very inspired by the amazing nature and outdoor spaces that are in literally in our backyards!

We love the history of California-the energy and possibilities of expanded space that the west coast provides-Southern California loves it’s outdoor living spaces.

With the worlds condition, how do you see the work you have done in homewares and interior life being part of a greater discussion on the way things are shifting?

We pride ourselves as a company with sustainable product and practices. 

With a custom made to order in the USA machine washable yarn strategy we keep our carbon footprint light and provide unique product for each client and project with competitive pricing. Our research shows that no one was checking all these boxes in this market.

How did this new venture into DTC and the patchwork pattern come together?

We were really excited to offer something unique that we ourselves wanted to design-definitely knitted throws and pillows that were limited editions.

 

What trends do you see coming up in knitwear and how have you participated or feel like you are pushing the culture forward? 

We have had a great response to the unique textures and color combos that we have designed. Knits are very emotional, and our clients really love the feel and energy of knitted goods vs. the usual woven product in the market. We research and are inspired by history of stitches from all over the world -bringing new twists to them into the 21st century with a definite eye on marketplace trend.

How do you see the brand differentiating from other knit oriented interior companies?

We want to highlight we are a custom resource; this is very important as people really respond to ordering and having unique product made for them. Suss has written 7 books about technical knitting, giving bläanks an incredible advantage in developing amazing knitted pillows and throws.

For more information on bläanks

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John Carroll Kirby x Scent

John Carroll Kirby x Scent

What’s there not to like about John Carroll Kirby!? The multi instrumentalist, producer and purveyor of socal funk has long been the secret weapon for the likes of Norah Jones, Blood Orange, Bat for Lashes, Frank OceanConnan MockasinKali Uchis, and Harry Styles, adding a touch of what some consider “Kirbyesque” nuances. In the past year he presented his own vision of jazz tinged piano compositions, restrained in its minimalism and collaborative in its vision on the masterful album My Garden.

Though the precursor, the haunting and meditative album Conflict, is what we are focusing on. Released in the earlier days of the pandemic this body of work presented a perfect soundscape to the morose sentiment of the beginning of lockdown. His version offered insight and self reflection in a way which lent to thoughts of wabi-sabi fundamentalism and the perfections of slow moving meditations.

With all this time spent to reflect, in came the decision to upend the conventions of merch. Taking on a collaborative project Kirby linked with close friend Josefina Valdés of the Mexico City based indie label Scent to create a collection of hand sourced stones that were polished and engraved with the albums track titles. The brand is part of a new wave of Mexico City based designers making unique and unconventional garments, Scent is highly sought after for their second layer body piece. In a way extending the song taken close to heart. We spoke with John Carroll Kirby and Scent’s Josefina Valdés on this union of creative spirits.

John Carroll Kirby 

How did you guys meet it is such a wonderfully collaborative collection to mix the stones and track titles that are both so grounding.

John Carroll Kirby -Josefina and I met when i was on tour in Mexico City with Connan Mockasin, and stayed in touch since then!!! I was a fan of Josephina’s brand Scent, especially her second skin line as worn by Rihanna and Lil Miquela. I contributed music for her Scent Boveda 2020 show, and from there we decided to collaborate on some merch!

With this collaboration how did you go about deciding to use specifically the album Conflict? It was such a great piece of work to soundtrack the beginning of quarantine.

Josefina Valdés – I related with the Conflict album a lot because there is something so nostalgic about it, specially because this year has been extremely weird in so many ways and not precisely about happiness and  for me this album has a lot of melancholy to it and goes incredibly well with the times we are living.

What was it like in translating the albums song titles into the wearable art? 

Josefina Valdés – I listened to the songs and I envisioned a color palette, I felt this album contained a lot of brownish-goldish-orangey  hues, not too much contrast just harmony between each color, then I started looking for the stones that contained this color palette.

How did you go about picking the specific stones that would be used for this selection?

Josefina Valdés – Stones were picked according to their colors and size, we needed something that gave us the space to carve on the songs, agate turned out to be the best material for what we wanted to express in color texture and shape. Agates worked so well because they contained the exact color palette I had in mind when listening to the album. 

Was there a specific significance to the song titles that you chose, it felt like the symbolism is concentrated in the song. 

Josefina Valdés – I’m obsessed with the whole album but these specific titles where so powerful against the agates, we used our favorite words to make them necklaces you could wear close to your heart. 

Do you see the collaboration extending into other works John has created or other items customized in the Scent brand?

Josefina Valdés – I think it was a combination of both, but I had John’s aesthetic very present in the whole process, for me it easier to work with someone that has a very solid sense of identity as I see in everything John does, that gave me a strong base to start with and conjugate with Scent aesthetic as well, the result was very Scent and very John Carroll Kirby at the same time, we both related so well with the result.

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