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Believe it or not, that amazing glass dome at the top of this post was one of the original plans for LAX. The image is part of a new exhibition at the Architecture and Design Museum in Los Angeles that offers a hypothetical version of L.A. by collecting a series of scrapped civic projects. The collection includes plans and renderings for everything from transportation systems to parks and building projects, which never made it past the planning phase.

According to the curators, the plans, each presented with the narrative of their creation and reason for eventual demise, would have created a much denser city with clearly defined urban centers instead of the sprawling neighborhoods of present day L.A. The museum also created an iPhone app to guide users to sites of the ill-fated projects. 

"Never Built: Los Angles" is open until October 13. 


 Frank Lloyd Wright's Huntington Hartford Sports Club

Steven Holl's Natural History Museum Addition



The Goodell Monorail


Santa Monica Offshore Freeway


William H. Evans' Tower Of Civilization, 1939

The Mohawk name might be a subtle clue—Last of the Mohicans, we seem to remember, takes place in New York state—that this L.A. fashion upstart trades in more East Coast-flavored and heritage styles. Obviously, they're catching on that the menswear boom is no flash in the pan. Last night, Mohawk General Store opened a shop and gallery space for L.A. eastsiders dubbed Mohawk Man (4017 W Sunset Blvd, 323-669-1602), just two doors from the Silverlake flagship Mohawk General Store. Look for a curated selection of goods from Our Legacy, Engineered Garments, MHL by Margaret Howell and Gitman Brothers Vintage as well as original art from the likes of Nicolas Cope.

While it might be mid-May, it still gets a little chilly in Los Angeles at night. In an effort to help those stranded without a sweater and sell a few ponchos, the L.A.-based poncho company Señor Tyrone just launched a "Poncho Express" program that promises local delivery of one of its fine, made-in-the-Andes ponchos in under an hour with only a simple tweet. To get your hands on an emergency poncho, all you have to do is send a tweet to @senortyrone bearing the hashtag #ponchoexpress with your location. Delivery is free, and the messengers accept cash and credit. And the good news for cold folks in New York is that a similar service is planned for a fall launch. 

Before you get stuck poncho-less out in the cold, head to Señor Tyrone to see if you're in the delivery zone.





An exciting collaboration between two L.A. favorites makes its debut this weekend. Jennifer Parry Dodge of Ermie and Mitzi Guidry of Los Angeles Leathercraft team up on a small collection of tie-dyed leather bags. We have already fallen hard for Ermie's collection of hippie-ish patterned caftans, maxi dresses, and leggings, and now we can add these totes and wallets onto our list of must-haves. 

The handpainted and handsewn goods will be available for the first time for lucky Angeleno's at the Echo Park Craft Fair, everyone else will be able find them on the Ermie shop in the coming weeks.

 




Photo by: Jonas Wood | BBall Studio, 2012

The clutter of objects and mismatched fabrics in Jonas Wood's paintings give his work an overwhelming sense of reality. Which makes sense, because for his domestic scenes Wood didn't look much further than the apartments and studios he inhabits every day. The details that show up in his work, like the printing of a baseball card company name on a cardboard box, give his images a kind of humorous awareness and subtlety. 

Jonas Wood has a self-titled show running until May 12 at the David Kordansky Gallery in Los Angeles. 





The bears, deer, and other creatures in Deedee Cheriel's paintings aren't chosen lightly. Her work is concerned with the interaction of the natural world and human emotion, and by painting animals she hopes to show emotions like fear and happiness taking non-human form. Although she now lives and works in urban Los Angeles, she cites childhood camping trips with her mom in a Volkswagen bus as the beginning of her fascination with the natural world. Cheriel's earliest experience as a working artist actually came a few years after those camping trips when she painted album covers and T-shirts for her teenage band and record label.

Her new show "Little Spirit and The Infinite Longing" opens April 19 and will run through May 13 at the Pure Evil Gallery in London.






Although you may not know much about American design duo Gluekit, you’ve likely seen their award-winning work in  New York Magazine, GQ, Nylon, and The New York Times. Since 2002 husband/wife team Christopher Sleboda and Kathleen Sleboda have collaborated to make simple two- and three-dimensional designs, airbrush-y retro illustrations, experimental photo collages, typography, and product lines. Then there’s Part of It, Gluekit’s online boutique that works with artists to create cool T-shirts and totes for various charitable causes. Yeah, they’re busy—and clearly in demand.

 

Add a current exhibition/pop-up in L.A. to the list. "Long Play," which runs through April 13 at the Scion AV Installation gallery, “confronts the evolving role played by various objects. Modernism and the ethos of the youth crew-era pair off with clichès and classical Greek expressions.” Hmm, we’re not sure what that means, but Gluekit’s new limited-edition products and work will be for sale—skateboards, home décor, and bedding.

 

Photo by: Scott Sternberg | Frank Ocean for Band of Outsiders

Dreamy Frank Ocean recently wore a custom lemon yellow suit to the Grammys—a brilliant detour from the sea of sequins and bow ties that slip us into a coma. Designed by LA’s Band of Outsiders, his outfit nailed the fashion label’s trademark style, impeccably tailored vintage-inspired pieces, often well-suited to skinny, youthful gents. So, we’re not surprised that Ocean is the new face of the label’s SS13 campaign—following in the well-heeled footsteps of celebs like Michelle Williams, Josh Brolin, and Kirsten Dunst.

Sun-faded Polaroids of a dapper Ocean in the brand’s latest pieces were shot at the LA Times Building by Band’s creative director, Scott Sternberg. They started appearing on the label’s Instagram and Tumblr Wednesday and quickly racked up hundreds of hearts and likes. And, lucky us, more will be posted through Sunday. Reflective Frank. Reclining Frank. Middle Finger Frank. Smiling Frank.

See more at bandofoutsiders.com

Photo by: Laure Joliet

The Los Angeles gem known as Otherwild has a new location. The hybrid retail space and graphic design studio run by Rachel Berks and Marisa Suárez-Orozco opened last year in the thick of tourist mania on Hollywood and Highland. The first incarnation was a brave move for such an earthy outfit. But the new Echo Park location with neon sign suits it much better. On a block that's both tranquil and a bit rough around the edges, the new Otherwild is stocked like a cool kids clubhouse.

Inside, Otherwild has a laid-back witchy vibe balanced with a healthy dose of modern neons and iridescent plastics. The curated selections ride the line between art and craft. There is much to see here. From cast porcelain containers that feel like a nod to Rachel Whiteread, to swirly enamel rings gripping enormous chunks of pyrite, to that white neon Shangri-LA sign, these girls have an eye for simple beauty and West Coast style. The main criteria for what is sold here seems to be a solid belief in the pieces on the shelves and a desire to support the artisans that make the work. Otherwild feels like the kind of place that actually inspires real gift-giving, because everything here is so intimate and genuine.

The space itself serves as a great backdrop for the work in the store, with a hand-stripped wall and textured floor that give the whole place a warm and lived-in feeling. Dazzling smiles and the prettiest dog on the block welcomed us in; we were offered tea and were left to happily touch every single thing in the store with the most casual of chatter. It shouldn't be a surprise, therefore, that social events are a big part of Otherwild as well. Meanwhile, the graphic design studio operates at full steam, offering services that range from wedding invitations to web design. One gets the feeling that with a simple ask these ladies would be available to dive into whatever project presents itself.

Otherwild's new shop is open at 1932 Echo Park Ave, Los Angeles, CA.

Los Angeles-based label Otaat delivers with limited-edition leather goods that are meticulously crafted, yet utterly whimsical—a hard-to-find combination in the over-saturated accessories industry. Designer Albert Chu finds inspiration in counterintuitive logic, and tends to ask himself “What if?” and “Why not?” when creating each piece for Otaat (an acronym for “One thing at a time”).

The black cowhide leather 5-Zip Pouch is an OCD organizer’s dream: five zippers access four interior pockets (one full body, and three partials of various sizes). Use it as a clutch, iPad holder, folio, tote, make-up bag—the possibilities are endless. And incredibly chic. We’re also partial to drummers, so Otaat’s Drums Bag is our idea of mod cylindrical perfection—two circular box bags connected by a long strap and conjoined by an all-round zipper—impeccably polished and functional. Also, three words: leather Party Hat. Tie one on with grosgrain ribbons.