In the Eye of the Storm… our bravest archetypes “dress it up”
The Animal Activist
The Cool Chick
*Dedicated to Shannon Collins
Starring Marissa Sheerer, Emily Hall, Nick Llewellyn, Adrian Valentine and Jonathan Strasser
Itâ€™s 2012, Armageddon is overrated. Quantum Fashion is in. Why? Because we live in a day and age when true fashion can be found on all levelsâ€”inside and out; invisible and visible. Itâ€™s how you hold (and mold) yourself; how you go about your life. Your clothes simply mirror you. Itâ€™s in thereâ€”the fuel that makes you run that really counts. Here, our Fashion Daredevils lead the way. No longer willing to let their hair go unwashed or to wear jeans from the â€™90sâ€”yes, thatâ€™s a hintâ€”our fearless fashion hounds illuminate the look and feel of a new (fashion) world order. Bold, fun and adventurous, these sexy beasts unleash their wild side and morph into savage provocateurs of Good Taste 2.0. No button is left unbuttoned. (Or is that no button is left buttoned?) Whatever the case, here, the lovely Marissa (above), Emily (right) and Adrian (below in leggings) and the testosterone-drenched Nick (above) use the finestâ€”and, at times, most frivolousâ€”attire from Camouflage, Wallflower, Stripe and Stripe Men to begin our rigorous path down fashion roads filled with archetypes that have become dear to our hearts. All revved up with places to goâ€”let the journey begin …
107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252; Stripe Men, 117 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 431-6182, stripedesigngroup.com.
Camouflage, 1329 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7613, shopcamouflage.com.
Wallflower Boutique, 103 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 426-3526, shopthewallflower.com.
Adrian (left from Camouflage)
Bikini Top by Je T’aime ($28)
Fishnet Top by Zanana ($10)
Sparkle Dasey Dukes by Je T’aime ($29) Blue Diva Wig ($65)
Horns by Baby Love Cat ($20), Fishnet Stockings by Leg Avenue ($8), Princess Heels by Pleaser ($39)
Wrist Gloves by Leg Avenue ($8)
Marissa (on the cover; wearing Wallflower):
Bella Dahl denim button-down blouse ($128), Kill City black wax-coated skinny jean ($162)
Nick (wearing Stripe Men):
& Work Hat ($38)
Vintage Leather Jacket ($128), Taylor Stitch Jeans ($128), Stripe T-shirt ($30)
Emily (wearing Stripe):
Covet Silk Dress ($148), Ax+Apple Earrings ($156), Vintage Bangles ($24)
Shoes: Model’s own
Jonathan Strasser (in slideshow wearing Stripe Men):
Tellason Jeans ($198)
Work Suspenders ($24)
Motorcycles: 1975 Ducati Mark 3 (dark blue), 1954 Triumph Tiger (light blue)
*Dedicated to Shannon Collins
Starring Adrian Valentine and Richard Colunga
Northern Californiansâ€”so adventuresome and wonderfully friskyâ€”love to indulge in dress-up. After all, Burning Man is on the horizon (Aug. 27- Sept. 3). But donâ€™t forget Folsom Street Fair in San Francisco (Sept. 23) or Santa Cruzâ€™s ever-enthusiastic Halloween romp in October. But itâ€™s not as if we need a special event to indulge. And any time we feel the urge, Santa Cruzâ€™s iconic Camouflage is the perfect pitstop for attire that will, well, unleash the playful beast within.
Camouflage, 329 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-7613, shopcamouflage.com.
Steampunk Corset by Eurotique ($269), Black “x” pasties by Nippies ($12), Rainbow Ruffle Butts by Sams ($18)
Coyote Hood by Spirithood ($150)
Hair Flowers by VK Designs ($16)
Sex Stockings by Lip Service ($10)
Eyelashes by Glamour Eyes ($4)
Rainbow Wig by West Bay ($22)
Exotica Boots by Pleaser ($55)
Satin Underbust Buckle Cincher
by Eurotique ($179)
White & Silver Petticoat
by Roma ($20)
Rhinestone Tie by Western Fashion ($36)
Silver “x” pasties by Nippies ($18)
Skunk Hood by Spirithood ($150)
Fence-net Stockings by Leg Avenue ($12)
Silver Bug Sunglasses by Flashback and Freedom ($10)
The Animal Activist
Starring Kim Luke
Well, if you think being a lover of animals and committing your life to being an advocate for their preservation is easy â€¦ think again. For every Black Rhino, Green-cheeked parrot, Mako Shark, Giant Panda, Hawksbill Turtle, Hawaiian Monk Seal, Alligator Snapping Turtle and Tiger that hits the endangered species listâ€”yes, tigers are now endangered (click onto the World Wildlife Foundation for more information)â€”there seems to be another lovely group of animal souls fading away. Bottom line: This is serious business. So, whatâ€™s a girl (or guy) to do? Strike a pose. When all else fails, socialize among the political beasts who can further your cause. In between all that level-of-awareness raising and fighting for truth, justice and the animal way, slip into some levity, toss back a laugh and cleverly plot your way to the top of a new paradigm. (The animal kingdom will thank you.) Here, our gal about town shows us how itâ€™s done.
Cognito, 821 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 426-5414, cognitoclothing.com.
Leopard print dress ($130)
Vintage costume jewelry/earrings ($12)
Starring Emily Hall and Marissa Sheerer
1.A female deity
2. A woman who is adored â€¦especially for her beauty.
In the span of a lifetime, we inevitably come across these lovely creatures. They are the unforgettable women whose inner glow radiates out into the world, somehow making all of those around them feel more at ease. They emit both a sense of peace and nurturing. They are loving. They are grounded. Heavenly yet earthyâ€”the gal you know who can slip so comfortably into a silk dress (Emily) or the lady who might surprise at a more formal affair (Marissa). They are, quite simply, the Goddess.
Stripe, 107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252; Stripe Men, 117 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 431-6182, stripedesigngroup.com.
Wallflower, 103 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 426-3526,
Emily (back; wearing Stripe):
Covet Silk Dress ($148)
Ax+Apple Earrings ($156)
Vintage Bangles ($24)
Marissa (front; wearing Wallflower):
Mustard yellow dress by Ladakh ($128)
Starring (pictured) Nick Llewellyn, Emily Hall and Marissa Sheerer (slideshow)
Itâ€™s 2012â€”spread the love. Here, an intriguing troika of heart-led souls truly embrace the art of varietyâ€”and play. Nick and Emily (right) flirt, but things get heated elsewhere (in the slideshow).
Stripe and Stripe Men stripedesigngroup.com
107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252; 117 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 431-6182
Mr. California Pjs ($200)
Vintage blouse ($48)
Level 99 Trouser Shorts ($92)
Maguba Clogs ($148)
Eberjey Chemise ($80) (slideshow)
Emily: Taylor Stitch Chambray Shirt ($132)
Nick: Saint James Striped Long Sleeve ($72); Penny Stock Trousers ($88): Soludos Espadrilles ($34);
Straw Fedora ($24)
Marissa: M. Rena Tube Dress ($34); Vintage Maxi Skirt ($68)
StarringÂ James Livingston III
You might not realize it, but the local cycling scene has a fashion sense all its own. Here, James, a popular, local cycling instructor (from The Bike Dojo in Downtown Santa Cruz; bikedojo.com) sports several looks for on and off the road.
The Clothes, Bikes, Shoes and Gear:
Spokesman Bicycles, 231 Cathcart St., Santa Cruz, 429-6062, spokesmanbicycles.com.
(Pictured) Specialized Brand factory team bib shorts ($110)
Specialized Jersey ($90)
Specialized S-Works Carbon road shoe ($360)
Specialized Prevail helmet ($230)
Specialized team racing sock ($11)
Specialized Road Bike/â€œSpecialized Roubaix Proâ€ ($5,000)
Green â€œGo Westâ€ Jersey (from Club Ride; $89.99), Pants ($99.99)
â€œSpecializedâ€ brand Fixed Gear Bike/â€œSpecialized Rollâ€ ($860)
Specialized Road Bike/â€œSpecialized Roubaix Proâ€ ($5,000)
The Cool Chick
Starring Anna Wu
A looker, fashion forward and full of pep, Faustâ€™s Anna Wu epitomizes the essence of cool. Spotted here wearing two dynamic pieces from the wonderfully inventive Synergy Organic Clothingâ€”booming in popularity across the country but based right here in Santa Cruzâ€”Wuâ€™s prowess is both hypnotic and intoxicating. Phew.
Synergy Organic Clothing, 1229 Pacific Ave.,Santa Cruz, (888) 466-0411 ext 201; 1126, Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz, (888) 466-0411 ext 121; synergyclothing.com.
Green scoop-neck long sleeve dress ($33)
Grey dress with cowl neckÂ ($39)
Starring MIles Clanton, Rodrigo Laffite, Asia Carpenter and Anju lewis
Good Lordâ€”were these youngsters born after 1990? Are they old enoughâ€”make that young enoughâ€”to be your own child? (Put down the Valium and stay with me here). Any way you spin it, these young folks are Santa Cruz: Next Gen. Here, our posse struts the very best that local clothing titan Thieves has to offer. And some of the clan show off the coolest trends from Pacific Wave, too. Take note of Thieves, though, founded by Davy Reynolds and Bubb Rader. Beginning as â€œAs Thick as Thieves,â€ an old simile that means the best of friends, the dynamic and relatively new company boasts a â€œspirit of good times in good company.â€ As a result, the clothing â€œspeaks our mindâ€”each and every individual involved in Thieves has a unique and interesting story but a few things unite us all; art, boards and music.â€ In the meantime, hereâ€™s a nod to Pacific Wave, too, for its continuing effort in offering the kind of sporty clothing locals always appreciate.
Thieves TSCCA Hat ($29)
Thieves 5 Feather Tee ($29)
Levi’s 511 Jeans
(from Pac Wave; $58)
Vans Authentic Shoes
(from Pac Wave; $43)
Snapback Hat ($29)
3/4 Sleeve Shirt ($32)
Levi’s 511 Jeans
(from Pac Wave; $58)
Vans Old Skool Shoes
(from Pac Wave; $64)
Santa Cruz Screaming Foot Skateboard (from Pac Wave; $118)
Asia (left): Volcom Candy Shop Straw Fedora (from Pac Wave, $25), Thieves Flora Tee ($29), Volcom Pistol Legging Denim (from Pac Wave, $59), Toms Strappy Wedge ($69), Lance Ebert Fin Surfboard ($725)
Anju: Volcom Kahli Fedora ($22), Thieves Pact Tee ($29), Hurley Lowriser Shorts (from Pac Wave; $42),
Toms Classic Canvas Shoes (from Pac Wave; $42), Strawfoot Bag (from Pac Wave; $198); Slasher World Cruzer Skateboard ($132.95)
Anju: Volcrom Natalie Trench Dress ($89.50), Volcrom Social Animal Hat $39), Reef Uptown Sandals ($44),
Billabong Remember Bag (inquire at store)
MIles: Brixton Castor Fedora ($42), Pacific Wave Sunset Lane T ($29), Volcrom Strots Boardshorts ($55), Lance Ebert Fin Surfboard ($725) Santa Cruz Red Banana Board Skateboard from Pac Wave ($99)
Starring Kim Luke
Economic meltdowns are never fun, but the good news is that they are more easily weathered than, say, emotional ones. That said, when the going gets cash-strapped, the cash-strapped get creative. Here, our smart shopper proves that you can take a break from convention and look sassy as ever in vintage clothes from the likes of the beloved Moon Zoom.
Moon Zoom, 813 Pacific Ave.,
Santa Cruz, 423-8500
I Heart Bacteria T-shirt ($12), Floral handbag ($22), Red/orange plastic sunglasses ($8),
Scarf ($3), Houndstooth blazer/coat ($50)
Starring Nick Llewellyn
Modern-techâ€™s advances rage on. So, whether youâ€™re that somebody creating the fancy gadgets weâ€™ve come to adore, or that person who just canâ€™t get enough of them, itâ€™s best to look the part.
Stripe Men 117 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, stripedesigngroup.com.
Umble & Co. Gingham shirt ($80)
Mr. California Jacket ($148)
Ravel Tie ($36)
Vintage Hat ($34)
Tellason Canvas Jeans ($198)
Peter Mountain Works Messenger Bag ($76)
Starring Kim Luke
Ravenous for the stage and uninhibited in front of the camera, sheâ€™s always thereâ€”for you! In touch with her muses, she can plunge deeply into creative waters and swim toward entertainment nirvanaâ€”for you! Sheâ€™ll endure rejection, reaction, reinventionâ€”all for you! Whether sheâ€™s the lead singer in a local band, character actress on stage and screen (big or small), or host of a local awardsâ€”and then someâ€”she is the quintessential (local) performer and you will be engaged. Better still, youâ€™ll applaud.
Cognito, 821 Pacific AvenueÂ Â Santa Cruz, 426-5414, cognitoclothing.com.
White with black floral print dress ($134)
Ukulele from Ukulele of Felton, 6235 Highway 9. Felton, 704-7027, ukulelesoffelton.com.
Award provided by the Digital Media Factory, where these photos were taken.
Starring Jonathan Strasser
Because you spot him in line atâ€”oh, take your pickâ€”the grocery store (?) and he takes your breath away. Because you spot him yet again, somewhere across town, and ponder what a coffee conversation might be like with him. Because you really donâ€™t care about the coffee conversation and you are just plain smitten with his masculine beauty. Because â€¦ you always wondered what somebody who looks like this might look like in just, well, jeans and suspenders. Because we care enough about your inner needs, behold: The Hunk.
Stripe Men, 117 Walnut Ave, Santa Cruz, 421 9252 stripedesigngroup.com.
Tellason Jeans ($198)
Work Suspenders ($24)
On the Map
FashionART Santa Cruz
Artist Angelo Grovaâ€™s first wearable art show was held in the parking lot of his gallery, Michaelangelo Gallery, to support a designer friend. Now, FashionART is in its seventh year and attracts a diverse array of (mostly local) designers and artists. And its popularity among Santa Cruzans is growing. Last year, the show sold out to 2,000 attendees at the Civic. Rose Sellery (pictured), the artist coordinator of the event, says that, â€œevery year itâ€™s different and newâ€”itâ€™s becoming one of those not-to-miss events.â€
The show, which hits the Civic once again on Saturday, Sept. 22, features a fashion show spotlighting new and returning artists and designers. Some participants create day-to-day, finely crafted clothes, while others construct unique pieces that are better known as â€œwearable art.â€ Last year, Sellery created a couture gown called â€œPearly Gates.â€ It has a corset decorated in thousands of vintage pearls and a cage-like skirt that can open. Every garment requires some artistry, but wearable art is intended as serious art pieces. â€œTheyâ€™re very off-the-wall, I-hope-they-make-it-down-the-runway kind of outfits,â€ she says.
New to the event this year is Shop the Show, which will take place after the actual eventâ€”from noon to 4 p.m at Michaelangelo Gallery on Sept. 29. Attendees can see select pieces from the runway up close and will have the chance to buy them. And for the second year in a row, FashionART will be donating a portion of its ticket sales to the Santa Cruz Education Foundation, a nonprofit that helps Santa Cruz City schools develop and enhance underfunded programs.
â€œEach year brings new excitement with FashionArt,â€ says Designer Coordinator Tina Brown. â€œWe have more designers this year, and a fantastic range of styles. Grova also notes that attendees, â€œknow they will be entertained visually and in a wholesome way.â€ | Tanisha Wallis
Pictured: Jill Alexander of Jill Alexander Designs. To glimpse the looks from FashionART, check out the Rittenhouse Building on Pacific Avenue in Santa Cruz about a month prior to the show. The front windows of the building will be filled with pieces from last yearâ€™s show. FashionART 2012 takes place at 7 p.m. (trunk show 7-10 p.m.), at the Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium on Saturday, Sept. 22. For more information, visit fashionartsantacruz.com.
Synergy Organic Clothing
Synergy may be the name of the up-and-coming Santa Cruz-based organic clothing company, but the word also gives an accurate description of Kate Fisher and Henry Schwab, the dynamic couple behind the label. Meaning â€œa cooperative action or functioning system,â€ this synergistic duoâ€”sheâ€™s the founder, president and designer, heâ€™s the CEO and CFOâ€”has created an organic fashion empire dedicated to maintaining a sense of balance. That would be the balance of business and sustainability, fashion and functionality, value and quality.
The business for Fisher began in 1993 when she imported items from Nepal to sell at Grateful Dead shows, but Synergy evolved into the brand it is today once she merged her business with Schwab in 2006 after the birth of the coupleâ€™s first child. From there, the company has grown and the Synergy label is now sold in more than 500 retailers across the United Statesâ€”including two Synergy locations in Santa Cruzâ€”and is also sold at more than 100 events and festivals throughout the country each year.
Offering all-organic, womenâ€™s clothing, Synergy serves up a plethora of well-priced dresses, skirts, tops and yoga apparel for the environmentally conscientious yet fashion-minded individual.
As a mother of two young children I tend to lean towards designing clothing that is flattering to women and not too body conscious,â€ Fisher says of her simple, yet elegant pieces. The fall collection is flush with jewel-toned jumpers, silky soft bamboo jersey tunics and cozy fleece jackets. But what makes Synergy clothing truly stand out from other organic labels are the whimsical applique and screen print designs found on a number of pieces.
â€œWe specialize in hand-work applique details on our clothing,â€ says Fisher. â€œOur winterberry, poppy and peacock applique have been popular.â€
Although she grew up in fashion capitals New York, SÃ£o Paolo and Rome, the dominant factor in her fashion aesthetic is the adherence to an organic lifestyle. â€œIt is important to me as a business that we maintain a sense of integrity, mindfulness and sustainability in everything we do,â€ she says.
Synergyâ€™s stringent sustainability model can be witnessed in each item of clothing that bears the companyâ€™s label. Beginning with organic cotton from India, the clothing is then handmade in Nepal using verifiable fair trade practices. The growing roster of designs fuse East and West, modern and ethnic, allowing Synergy clothing to truly live up to its name.
With pieces as comfortable as the bamboo cotton tunic and as cute as the ruched mini skirt, the synergism created by Fisher and Schwab has developed into a harmony of design and sustainability that blends perfectly into the Santa Cruz sensibility. | Leslie Patrick
Fisherâ€™s Top Five Fall Syngery Fashion Picks:
Organic fleece jackets
Learn more at synergyclothing.com. Or visit the store at 1229 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz;
1126 Soquel Ave., Santa Cruz. Call 469-0411.
Before Shannon Murphy opened Jade, she was a fashion designer whose clothes were sold around the country. â€œI had been inspired with clothing and textiles from lots of world travel early on and decided to make a business out of it,â€ she says. Her clothes were made in India, where she also met her close friend and business partner, Barbara Koch, about 20 years ago.
â€œOnce my daughter was a certain age, I realized I needed to be at home more than traveling for work,â€ Murphy explains.Â So she opened Jade in November 2001 with a desire to support small and independent designers. â€œI believe there is a lot of talent coming from people who work independently.â€
Murphy and Koch opened another boutique called Onyx, which is located in San Franciscoâ€™s Mission District, about three months ago. Onyx has been so successful that the duo are signing another lease for a shop on Divisadero Street in the city.
For fall, Murphy cites printed dresses and sweaters as items she is looking forward to selling in her store. â€œThere is a long dress with long sleeves by Sam&Lavi that is to die for!â€ she notes. â€œIn a deep red color which is also a great color for fall.â€Â | TW
Discover something unique at Jade, 1128 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 425-2244.
And Check Out:
â€¢ Forever 21 (1200 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz)
â€¢ Moda Bellisima (107 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 427-9787
â€¢ and the impressive fashion blog thepennyrose.com.
Clothes matter. But so do fashion accessories. Take note of several items we found alluring for the upcoming season. PLUS: What is the â€œFall Look?â€
Bunnys Shoes / Bunnys Too
1350 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-3824;
1349 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz,Â 426-1654.
What It Is: Shoe den where shoes stand outâ€”from fancy flip flops and Â flats, to four-inch platforms and fabulous spikes. And Bunnyâ€™s Too? (Across the street): a festive fashion camp filled with durable and creative clothing and other home furnishings.
Bracelets (La Vee): White cuff with gold Fleur de Lys ($80)
Skinny gold bangles ($18); skinny white bangles ($30)
Bunnys Lizette Barajas recommends
1) Boots â€“ Motorcycle, combat/miliarty (lace up) in different neutral colors.
2) Oxfords still popular
3) Black chunky wedges
Pacific Trading Co.
1224 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 423-3349.
What It Is: Ãœber hip womens clothing portal perched on Pacific Avenue in Downtown Santa Cruz. Great finds. Terrific styles.
Sergio Gutierrez Liquid Metal silver cuff ($105)
Purse (Orla Kielyâ€”$338)
7538 Soquel Drive, Aptos, 688-2105, patrickjames.com
What It Is: Menâ€™s clothing camp that offers a plethora of styles and just as many looksâ€”from casual to formal. Operating out of Aptos for many years.
Robert Graham Barney Straw Fedora ($98)
Robert Talbot Silk Pocket Square ($55)
Pantherella Argyle Anklet Socks ($41.65)
1) Traditional suits popular, but with a modern twist
2)more tailored, slimmer clothes
3) Loosened ties, cuffed or shorter pants
1360 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 454-0287
What It Is: The go-to place for high-quality shoes and bags for the discerning shoe fiend who demands wearability with their â€œwow.â€
Lodis Wallet ($94)
2) Frye boots
3) Bigger leather purses in grey, burgundy
107 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 421-9252, stripedesigngroup.com
What It Is: A winner in GTâ€™s Readers’ Poll for Best Gifts, and Home Furnishingsâ€”also Best Womens clothing. Unique styles abound.
Geode ring, called Drewzy ring (from Bahgsu; $98)
Brand: Ax + Apple necklace ($178)
Stripeâ€™s Dana Norell recommends:
1) Draped necklines and exaggerated collars
2) Red and burgundy are popular colors; color blocking still in
3) Granny chicâ€”shop vintage!â€”bohemian prints and plaid
117 Walnut Ave., Santa Cruz, 431-6182, stripedesigngroup.com
What It Is: Bold, adventurous, relatively new undertaking by Stripeâ€™s Suna Lock and Dana Norrell that features stellar mens clothing, accessories and more.
Vintage belt ($42)
Vintage cuff links ($20)
Bow tie (Necks Tuesday: $62)
Stripeâ€™s Dana Norell recommends
1) Polished, darker lookâ€”blues and blacksâ€”and more fitted, tailored clothing
2) Cozy sweaters, flannels, crewneck sweatshirts
3) Military-inspired jackets with modern detailing
110 Cooper St., Suite 100 B, Santa Cruz, 427-9817, swaychic.com.
What It Is: Current fashion forward portal filled with fun clothes, shoes and accessories for the expressive gal with a mindful budget.
Swayâ€™s Raquel Rosem recommends:
1) Tailored Jackets and blazers
2) Crochet and lace â€“ femininity
3) High waist jeans in different washesâ€”acid wash and different colors
to liven things up
103 Locust St., Santa Cruz, 426-3526, shopthewallflower.com.
What It is: Wonderfully unique fortress filled with smartly made effortless clothing and accessories with a crafty, casual and carefree style.
Feather earrings from Beautiful Jean ($46)
Wallflowerâ€™s Terra Lynn:
1) Gothic, military, and Eastern inspiration
2) Violet, burgundy, burnt orange, and browns
3) Soft fabrics, such as velvet, corduroy, silk, and cotton
4) Little details in leather, lace, and velvet
1364 Pacific Ave., Santa Cruz, 420-1300, twistdowntownsantacruz.com.
What It Is: Ground Zero for hand-picked designers and hi-quality resales, with a keen eye toward pieces that pop.
Earrings (Moxie San Franciscoâ€”$41)
Handbag (Alexander Wangâ€”$130.45)
Twistâ€™s Lara Caldas recommends:
1) Lots of lace
2) Colors: gray and nude
3) Masculine looks, particularly something oversize on top, smaller for bottoms, or vice versa.
** Special thanks for Kim Luke and Tanisha Wallis for assisting and discovering these gems.
First of all, a big thank you to youâ€”yes you, the readers. You folks are pretty, handsome, gorgeous and all-around sexy beasts. Tell yourselves that every morning and see how life changes for you. (Go ahead, look in the mirrorâ€”validate yourself; weâ€™ll wait.) That said, GTâ€™s fashion issue would not have been possible without the creativity of Stripe Design Group, which assisted in the visual design of our fashion shoot. Big thanks to Stripeâ€™s Suna Lock and Dana Norrell.
Immense gratitude to William Ow for use of the Wrigley Building (owproperties.com) on the Westside of Santa Cruz. Its vast warehouse space and corridors became the ideal setting for us in our ongoing mission to keep reinventing ourselves for our special publications. Even bigger thanks to Ow for use of superior propsâ€”a fascinating old truck (operated by a motorcycle inside) and two motorcyclesâ€”a vintage 1954 Triumph Tiger (cover shot) and a 1975 Ducati Mark 3. Ride on …
Warm thanks to our summer intern Tanisha Wallis. Without her loyalty, assistance and commitmentâ€”not to mention all that dashing aboutâ€”this issue would not have been possible.
A heartfelt thank you to Anna Wu, owner/makeup artist at Faust Salon & Spa in Scotts Valley; and Emily Johnston of Faust Scotts Valley (219 Mt Hermon Road, Ste A1, Scotts Valley, 706-8960). Wu handled makeup for us; Johnston was our hair specialist.
Thank you to all of the retail stores and outlets for their participation: Stripe, Stripe Men, Wallflower, Shoe Fetish, Synergy Organic Clothing, Cognito, Moon Zoom, Pacific Wave and Thieves. Your cooperation eased our way through one wild and adventurous shoot.
Speaking of â€¦ Thank you Keana Parker for your great photographic eye.
To Joshua Becker: Words escape me/us. You are a brilliant art director. Godspeed.
We send big thank yous to our GT models, whose patienceâ€”and beautyâ€”helped bring this issue to life:
Anju Lewis, Asia Carpenter, Rodrigo Laffite and Miles Clanton (The Hipsters)
Emily Hall (The Daredevils, The Troika)
Nick Llewellyn (The Daredevils, The Troika)
Adrian Valentine (The Daredevils, The Burners)
Richard Colunga (The Burners)
Anna Wu (The Cool Chick)
The ever-humorous Kim Luke (The Animal Rights Activist, The Nonconformist)
Jonathan Strasser (The Hunk, The Daredevils)
Thatâ€™s it for this year. Wear it all well, peopleâ€”and donâ€™t wear yourselves out. See you next time. | Greg Archer