Brands We Love: Poster List August 17 2018, 0 Comments
If you've been in the store over the last couple of years, you'll know that The Poster List is a staple on our racks. We love the simple, SoCal graphics and the soft, vintage fits of their tees and tanks. Their designs are always flawless and chill; they really capture the aesthetic of the Southern Cali t-shirt culture. We did a mini interview with owner and designer, Adam.
How'd you get started in the tee biz?
I started doing xeroxed skateboarding zines in the mid 80’s when I was 15. The design was cut and paste, no computers, all hand work. It was so fun. Skateboarding was and is a huge life influence. That and surfing and punk rock.
I was also an agency art director and did a ton of corporate work for GM, Acura, Home Depot, Proctor & Gamble. I went full time with The Poster List in 2006.
What inspires you?
Good design, sometimes bad design…haha. Music (everything from Classic rock to hip hop to metal to country…everything!). Typography, architecture, California, skateboarding, beach culture, the 80’s, the desert, vintage vehicles, good human beings, travel, vintage surf mags.
Where do you get the ideas for your designs?
I write down notes and do newspaper clippings. Photos (i’m constantly taking photos) which then become ideas for designs or designs themselves. I read design annuals, I get inspired by movies. And also, my wife hahaha!
What's in the future for you and The Poster List?
I want to continue to do what I love: surf, play music, design, hang with Jax, our awesome pug. I want to have fun; take it seriously but not too seriously.
Thanks Adam! We love your shirts and look forward to new styles every month!!
Brands We Love: Curbside February 05 2018, 0 Comments
We discovered Curbside a few years back and were immediately blown away by their graphics. We realized immediately this wasn’t just another graphic tee company. Each design looked like a work of art, because THEY ARE! Curbside works with artists who create gorgeous visuals and artwork worthy of framing. We always like to say, it’s not just a t-shirt its a piece of wearable art. Pair that concept with super soft and comfy tee and you have a winning combination.
Curbside Clothing grew from the hunger of world travel, cultural immersion, and raw creativity. What began as a spontaneous trip around the globe, slowly developed into a community of professional artists communicating life's experiences through original art, and using clothing as the canvas.
We are a community of artists, visually communicating experiences through our original art, silk screened on only the softest t shirts, tank tops, long sleeves, hoodies, wall art, etc. All of our designs are created through the artistic expressions of drawing, painting, photography, street art, graphic art, and anything else we manage to get our hands on. We take pride in the philosophy “less is more” and constantly bring a new vision to graphic t shirts.
A curb may be a slab of concrete, but it's also the pulse and culture of a community. Walking, waiting, living, creating, life happens curbside.
Some of Our Favorite Curbside Artists:
Dave Koenig is a prolific painter and tattooist currently living and working in Omaha, Nebraska and Dania Beach, Florida. His art has been exhibited at tattoo conventions, festivals and art galleries throughout the world including Into the Woods Fine Art Gallery in Dania Beach, Florida, Hope Gallery in Connecticut, as well as The New BLK, In Common and Bemis Underground in Omaha, NE. He also now a part of the Unicycle Brand artist coalition. Dave has been tattooing, both locally and internationally, since 2001. His home base is currently at Tenth Sanctum Tattoos in Omaha, Nebraska, and at Into the Woods in Dania, Florida. Other professional studios Dave has worked at include Iron Brush Tattoo, Studio XIII, True Love, Off the Map, Nite owl, Cast Iron Tattoo and Arctic Tattoo in Tromso, Norway. Working with a wide range of mediums from Ink and water color to large scale acrylic, Dave maintains a controlled looseness of line work and a delicate treatment of color. Although heavily influenced by Japan’s historic culture and use of patterns, his work also reflects the imagery and antiquity of both Traditional Americana and Art Nouveau.
J Barnett has always worked in art related fields. After attending the Creative Center and receiving an Associates degree in illustration and visual arts, he worked in the graphic design field for 7 years. It was not until receiving his first tattoo by Jeremy Cruz, that he considered tattooing as a career option. After careful research J began his 2 year apprenticeship. Along with tattooing J also paints using a wide range of mediums. From large scale watercolors to motorcycle helmets. His artwork has displayed at several art openings such as the New BLK, the Sweatshop, and several First Friday art events in which he also curated.
When Mike Zimmerman was younger, he played a lot of video games and dreamed of someday making art for them. But as he got older, Mike's interests switched to music and and he decided he wanted to create gig posters and album covers. Today, when he isn't composing music or creating artwork for Curbside, Mike is designing shirts and album covers for different bands. Many of the kinds of abstract ideas and styles that are found in the music world can be found in Mike's art, which he creates by taking vintage imagery and retooling them in new and inventive ways that are often surreal.
Holiday Gift Guide! November 23 2016, 0 Comments
It’s Christmas-time again! At Brick & Mortar we’re trying to help you make it easier to find amazing and unique gifts for your friends and loved ones, so we’ve put together this gift guide. As a men’s clothing boutique we are constantly scouring the market for one-of-a-kind, independent, local, “can’t find it anywhere else” items, so you know that a gift from Brick & Mortar is going to be special! And while you already know we’re the place for the coolest clothing, shoes and accessories, did you also know we carry an assortment of gift items like candles, books and ornaments?
Check it out! You can find all of our GIFT GUIDE ITEMS HERE!
Fancy Pants Gifts
Wanna impress someone this year with something nice? We’ve added a limited selection of cashmere sweaters and accessories to our stock this season. These softer than soft pieces are not only luxurious to the touch, but are cool and modern. This ain’t your grandma’s sweater. Or maybe jewelry is the way to go? We carry a huge selection of sterling silver and precious stone jewelry from King Baby and ChanLuu, plus a few of our own custom Brick & Mortar designs you won’t find anywhere else!
Books & Candles
This year we’ve teamed up with everyone’s favorite book producer, Taschen, and have selected some amazing titles that are flying off the shelf. The Big Penis Book, Tom of Finland series, Keith Haring, and Jeff Koons plus art and design books and comic collections! There’s sure to be something for everyone. And if none of that sounds right, you can’t go wrong with a candle. Amazing scents and beautiful designs from Paddywax and Skeem. (Sorry, but books and candles are only sold in-store.)
Sunglass aficionado in your life? Why not try gifting a pair of Proof Sunglasses. With their amazing slick designs and eco-friendly mission, these shades are knock-outs for sure! Their wood frames are made from either recycled wood (like recycled skateboards!) or from sustainable wood sources. Plus a portion of each sale of Proof sunglasses goes to non-profit charities so your gift is already giving it forward!
If you haven’t checked out Mad Rabbit Kicking Tiger bags yet, you don’t know what your missing. These felt structured messenger, duffle and backpacks are designed by an architect which gives them their beautiful, structural look. Pops of neon or bright colors make for exciting accents and most bags come with a removable laptop pouch inside that buttons in!
It’s a tradition in our house. (I don’t know why, it just is…) We buy each other underwear for Christmas. If it’s a tradition for you as well, we have you covered. A huge selection of Diesel, 2Eros and Supawear are sure to fill the bill, as well as socks from Happy Socks.
The Gentleman’s Gift
Class it up a little with a gifted tie, bowtie or wallet. dha1 ties come in a gift box ready for wrapping and feature amazing fabrics that add a pop to every outfit. Or try a wallet from J Fold or Kiko, all genuine leather and worthy of your back pocket.
And of course, t-shirts. A graphic tee is a no-brainer for any guy on your list. And we have a slew. Choke, Junk Food, Poster List, Curbside and Brick & Mortar originals will put a smile on any gift recipients face.
Last but not least, can’t make up your mind, or fearful they won’t like your pick? Brick & Mortar offers gift cards in multiple denominations that can be used online or in-store. So make us a stop on your shopping excursion, and Happy Holidays to everyone!
Neo-Vintage, Old is New! September 21 2016, 0 Comments
MAGIC, the world’s largest fashion retail trade show, happened last month, and man, did we order some awesome stuff! Aside from seeing our favorite brands like Oxford Lads, Inimigo, and Mavi, we picked up some exciting new, brands like Puma Accessories and Psycho Bunny, plus we’ll be carrying 2Xist again come Spring.
So this year, as we walked the show, I tried to look for some recurring themes; some cool trends. Last year was all about “gym luxe” and elevated sports looks with funky zippers and details. And while that trend is still going strong, there was something new! Well, something new that looked old.
Neo-Vintage! A huge sign telling us about the show trends read: “Neo-Vintage: New Items that feel like old favorites appeal to consumers’ sense of discovery. Global influences and hand-crafted details elevate pieces from everyday apparel to wearable artifacts.” The last line makes me feel like a clothing archeologist, but regardless, the looks were “worn-in” for sure.
I love it! Clothes that have a lived in look; worn and torn. It just LOOKS comfortable! Like your favorite sweater or jacket! We’ve already seen some of this creeping in this fall, with shredded denim and shirts, destroyed hemlines on tees and frayed edges. So keep an eye out for more of this look this coming year.
In denim, there’s a lot of destruction going on. Rustic Dime, one of our favorite brands, is giving us denim with bleach splatters and completely destroyed and patched legs. And if shredding isn’t your thing, you can still get into the look with a vintage wash. Mavi has a few of those coming this Spring as well.
Bomber jackets were a huge trend. It seemed like everyone had their version, yet every one seemed like that cool bomber jacket you had in your closet in college. Well, if you still have it, dust it off! If not, look for vintage, army styling or try a new silhouette in silk with embroidery.
And finally, patches played into the whole neo-vintage trend. Look for shirts, jackets and denim with cool sewn patches, or embroidered patch details that give the pieces a vintage piece of flair! We’ll be carrying Cohesive, who’s giving us super cool sweatshirts and tees with patch details.
Be sure to check out Brick & Mortar as we bring you the best for Spring 2017!
New Store, New Selections! November 26 2015, 0 Comments
NEW from the guys at Brick & Mortar! BAM: Shoes and Accessories!
Come check out our new space where we've expanded our offerings on the boulevard to include: men's and women's shoes (brands like Clear Weather, Matisse, BedStu, Native, J75) men's and women's clothes plus tons more accessories for both men AND women including a huge selection of sunglasses, hats and scarves… even home gift items!
We're excited to be able to offer something to everyone in the neighborhood, so come check out what's new!
We've kept the premise the same: offer West Hollywood a boutique experience with unique and local brands at reasonable prices! Now the ladies of WeHo can get fun rompers, boho blouses, and Cali-style hats right in the heart of West Hollywood!
8705 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90069