Laura Austin

LA Men’s Market: Rejuvenating Downtown LA

13 October 2014, 22.51 | Posted in Event, Fashion, Interview | No comments »

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Walking around most parts of downtown Los Angeles 5 years ago wouldn’t have been a pretty sight. Bums owned the streets, the smell of urine filled the air, and storefronts were either vacant or not worth going into. Walk to some of those same areas today and something different fills the air, a renewed energy to bring those streets back to life. More and more respected restaurants, hotels and brands are setting up shop, making downtown a much more appealing place to eat, shop, and live. The LA Men’s Market is apart of that movement as they focus on building the menswear landscape in the area. With the start of their second event on October 13, 2014, we reached out to the founder of LA Men’s Market, Kellen Roland, to learn at little more about this relatively new tradeshow and what is happening in downtown Los Angeles…

First of all… give us a brief overview of what LA Men’s Market is:

LA Men’s Market is a curated & intimate collection of the top menswear brands coming together in Downtown Los Angeles to showcase their latest wares to industry leading buyers on a local, national & international level. There is a key focus on building the menswear market in Los Angeles and Downtown specifically as the cities evolves.

Has the event grown much from where it started in October 2013?

Yes.  We have grown and evolved.  This show we have industry leading brands from lifestyle, contemporary, action sports, street wear and the sneaker market.  Buyers are in for a treat.  Additionally, The presentation of the show has been ramped up significantly.  When you arrive to DTLA you will feel the presence of LAMM.

The event has grown in many different ways since its inception. The quality and attention to detail has really been elevated and all brands and buyers who are present next week will see incredible signage in and around the building bringing attention to the fact those in attendance truly make-up the majority of all business done in the top retailers across the US. Downtown LA has also grown in terms of its offerings for food, shopping & general cultural experiences making for an exceptional landscape within which to do business.

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There seems to be a lot changing in Los Angeles, particularly downtown. What do you think is changing and how do you feel these changes are affecting the menswear market in LA?

Downtown Los Angeles is growing and maturing at an exponential rate. Four our five years ago, walking around outside of our building would have been a terrible experience. In just the past year we’ve seen the best of the best from the restaurant, retail & hotel spaces open up shop right downtown. Industry leaders including Acne, Ace Hotel, APC, Tanner Goods, Urban Outfitters, Juice Served Here, Stumptown and a slew of others are planting their flags. These and future developments, including a relocation of Tom Ford’s Fall 2015 runway show from London to Los Angeles, are a direct reflection of the evolution of DTLA and proof that it is America’s next great city.

Being someone who works with, and sees a lot of brands on a daily basis… are there any trends you think brands are gravitating towards right now or is everyone kind of doing their own thing?

Trends are a funny thing with a somewhat negative connotation, as they tend to come and go with brands jumping on and off the bandwagon. Rather than speaking on trends, I am happy to see a renewed focus on quality products made from the best materials available.  Sportswear and functionality has also become a staple within the realm of men’s fashion with the consumer looking for something that not only looks good but also maintains a purpose within their life. When all is said and done, once the public has a desired look in mind it becomes the job of the retailer to offer those garments while staying true to their personal DNA.

What makes LA Men’s Market different from other trade shows like Agenda and Capsule?

First and foremost Agenda & Capsule are beyond important to our industry and have been the vehicle for success for a plethora of the great brands we see in the market today. We are the only show to call downtown Los Angeles home and maintain a specific focus on the stereotypically “smaller” seasons being Summer & Holiday. We offer an opportunity for the best retailers, brands & media in Southern California and beyond to get together and do business in an intimate and inspiring setting.

Do you have plans or expectations of what you would like to this event become?

The expectation is quite simply to create the best environment for business to be accomplished in an enjoyable and efficient manner. The brands, showrooms & retailers already exist; we are just connecting the dots and bringing everyone together in our backyard.

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Eterea Magazine Interview

06 December 2012, 05.21 | Posted in Interview, Photography | No comments »

Laura Austin

I recently did an interview with rad Peru-based online magazine ETEREA. But since most of you probably don’t speak Spanish I figured I would post the English translation here. However if you happen to be an over-achiever and bilingual you can read the original version here and poke around the rest of the site while you’re at it… they post some cool content on there. -Laura

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Videograss Open Shutter: Andy Wright

14 June 2011, 08.11 | Posted in Interview, Photography, Snowboarding, Video | No comments »
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Andy Wright is an amazing human/photographer…. Videograss is an amazing maker of videos. Together they make beautiful artistic babies.

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Buoloco Interview: Videograss

08 December 2010, 21.04 | Posted in Interview, Snowboarding | No comments »
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Here is another chapter from when I sat down with Ed from Buoloco to shoot the shit about things in the snowboard world. In case you didn’t know, Videograss recently added a whole other dimension to what they have going on. More about that in the video below… But in this chapter I talked to Ed about the changes they have made to their crew. Can’t wait to see what those guys come out with next year.

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Buoloco Interview: Personalities in Snowboarding

10 November 2010, 07.56 | Posted in Interview, Snowboarding, Video | No comments »
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It’s been a bit since I have done a Buoloco interview, but the other day I sat down and talked to Ed Segovia for a long time about all sorts of things going on in snowboarding. Here is one of the chapters he just put up about what I had to say about the lack of personality in snowboarding these days. Maybe it’s that the newer generation lacks personality, they are scared to show it, or maybe the companies just aren’t concerned with promoting what personality riders may have? It could be all of the above.

Radcollector Interview

13 July 2010, 07.37 | Posted in Interview | No comments »

24180_1242049582299_1561110025_30538596_2439679_nIn case you didn’t know, not too long ago I started a new job working for SNOWBOARDER Magazine as their Online Editor (which is why my posts have been less frequent on here lately, that will change). A few weeks ago Radcollector Editor, Tim Brodhagen, did an interview with me about my new gig. Check it out here.

Buoloco: Benedek & LeBlanc

14 May 2010, 11.59 | Posted in Interview, Snowboarding, Video | 2 comments »
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Ed over at Buoloco has been busting out more and more interviews with some of the greats in snowboarding. At least I find them interesting. Above is the one and only David Benedek, if you consider yourself a snowboarder and don’t know who he is then you better pick up the Robot Food movies. In his interview above he had some interesting things to say about kids following trends. Then below is Mikey LeBlanc, the man that needs no introduction. This was a short and sweet interview about what he thinks it means to be “core”. He gave one of the most original/honest answers I have heard in response to that question. I have a feeling I am going to have to answer that same question soon. So, what you think it means to be “core”?

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Buoloco: Web vs Print

07 May 2010, 03.10 | Posted in Interview, Photography, Video | 1 comment »
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So I recently did another interview with Ed over at Buoloco about how the shift in focus from print to web is affecting people. This was a 3 part interview and in this first chapter I specifically talked about how it is affecting photography. I’m not sure how many of you want to listen to me ramble for 9 minutes, but if this is of interest to you then check it out haha.

decent exposure: BLOTTO

30 April 2010, 05.06 | Posted in Decent Exposure, Interview, Photography | 3 comments »

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My next guest needs no introduction… but I’ll give it to you anyway. Mr. Dean Blotto Gray is one of snowboarding’s most respected and established photographers out there. As Principal Photographer for Burton this guy spends his life on the road capturing images of some of the best riders in the game. Through basement jamz, bike missions, and time spent at homebase, I’ve been lucky enough to get to know Blotto over the past few years and the guy oozes wisdom. One of my favorite aspects to his work is that in most of his shots, you can take out the rider and it would still be a piece of art that you would want to put on the wall… His attention to detail and how he uses the environment to enhance his shots is incredible. I could go on and on, but I am not the reason you are reading this, so without further ado… I give you Blotto.

Make sure you check out his blog here. Updated almost daily with high quality content.

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Buoloco Interview

27 April 2010, 19.54 | Posted in Interview, Video | 1 comment »
http://www.vimeo.com/11240168Last week I did a post about Buoloco and the interviews they have been doing… and this week I happen to be in one. Eduardo Segovia has been doing interviews with people like Jeff Curtes, Ian Ruhter, Jeremy Jones, and Brad Kremer… how I fit in that mix? I don’t know. Check out my interview above and make sure you keep checking in on Buoloco for more interviews.