Photos / Story Contributions by Anthony C. Stafford & Joshua Pinkay
This Wednesday, MOBS Design was the extraordinary host of a spectacular brunch at Platform’s one and only Hayden restaurant. It was the perfect day and perfect way to welcome the shoe brand’s bright new colors, and latest design, The Grid. Culver City’s cool breeze coupled with the famous SoCal sun to create a bright, fun, music-filled brunch time party.
A line of numerous shoe styles and summer colors lined Hayden’s outdoor dining area, and shone brightly (but not overbearingly) in the sun. In fact, the pinks, blues, and other subtle hues are elegant and befitting to the season. As we begin to embrace the warmth of late Spring, and early Summer, it becomes apparent that MOBS are a staple for the shoe connoisseur: extremely comfortable, light-weight, and a magnet for the eyes. It’s a welcome change to the footwear landscape.
MOBS’ entire team, along with event organizers, wore their favorite pairs of the shoe company’s stylish designs, and spoke eloquently of their mission, creative and design processes, and what’s to come in the company’s future.
Here’s what MOBS’ designer, Bryon Schroeder, had to say about his goals, the company’s competition, and what he wants customers to expect when they purchase a pair of shoes:
“My goal is to offer people a decent pair of shoes that blends elements of the athletic world with my own sense of fashion. I see a lot of footwear brands today that don’t particularly do that. That’s what we want MOBS to accomplish by bringing the best of both worlds to footwear. Ultimately, I just want people to enjoy our products. We’ve been working really hard with this concept and I’m so happy to be able to bring this brand to life in Los Angeles.”
MOBS’ Managing Director, Tony Ramo, added:
“It’s very hard launching a new brand when the landscape and market has changed so much over the years. It’s really nice to get support from various media outlets on what we feel is a truly amazing product.”
MOBS Design brings to the table what many footwear brands have long forgotten or done away with — unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort — so it’s refreshing to see the company tackle and defeat the obstacles that get in the way of some of their goals. Even more, it’s reassuring to find a brand of shoes that can bring many miles of durability to the feet of consumers in an extremely versatile and stylish way.
Father’s Day is right around the corner, and instead of brainstorming the many ways to make dad feel appreciated, families can look to MOBS Footwear. MOBS is delivering a brand new style, sure to impress people everywhere. This new look, named Grid is perfect for the busy ‘cool dads’ who jump from meetings in the office, to their kids’ soccer practice right after.
The Grid set’s stretch knit upper maximizes breathability, and a nested elastic and leather mid-foot strap provides support and stability while maintaining a clean minimal aesthetic. The sleek “Grid” EVA midsole delivers lightweight cushioning, and the rubber outsole assures both flexibility and traction. Easy to slip on and available in two different color-ways — it works for all dads alike! The new Grid style maintains MOBS’ signature mobility and comfort, yet introduces a new type of versatility that is appropriate for a quick round on the golf course, business meetings, travel, walks at the park, or just getting a drink at the bar.
Visit https://mobsdesign.com/ to get the “dadpreneur” in your life a stylish and functional set of shoes that will keep him moving from business to casual without skipping a beat!
The Passionate Collector Makes Holiday Shopping a Breeze
The Passionate Collector is ready for all your last-minute holiday shopping needs at their retail store located in Newport Beach or online at www.thepassionatecollector.com.
Having a passion for fashion and accessories, owner Susan Shieldkret of the Passionate Collector, combined these with her love of travel, as well as a love for helping others look and feel their best. With a great selection of products, wonderful designs and reasonable prices, The Passionate Collector features over 50 designers from all over the world.
“We are like a tiny department store. We can cover your shopping needs, from really fun socks, unique umbrellas, alpaca slippers, and handmade scarves, to beautiful jewelry”, said Susan Shieldkret, the owner of The Passionate Collector in Newport Beach.
With Christmas right around the corner, people are looking for those last-minute gift ideas for that “hard to buy” for person, the friend who has everything, and even that special friend who is unique and original. The Passionate Collector has something for everyone, including gifts for mom or dad, that special someone in your life, your boss, the techie, travel lovers, or even yourself.
Here Are Some Nifty Items We Picked Out Just for Their Uniqueness and Functionality:
If you can’t go anywhere without your computer, check out the Canadian bags that wear like iron. Not only are these durable but they are also water and dust repellent, high-density, and scratch and stain resistant. This bag also touts versatility, with the convenience of being able to throw it over your back or carry it like a brief case. The choice is yours, and it protects everything!
For those travel lovers, this “smart” luggage has a battery pack that will weigh itself and charge your smart phone, computer, and other devices. That’s pretty cool indeed. It also has a GPS-type locator just in case it ever gets lost. It’s TSA approved, comes in small or large, and has a variety of colors to choose from.
For fun – The Passionate Collector has pink (or white) Furry Alpaca Slippers, and they feel so soft, your feet will fall in love! The fur is long and moves with each step – pretty!
How about something for that mechanical guy? The Padron Watch lets you peer through the watch backing and see the speed of the movement. It’s seriously fascinating.
Inspirational quotes with Graffiti Word Art Leggings give you enough motivation to get out of bed and get your workout going. It’s the perfect gift for your favorite yoga or workout enthusiast. They come as 100% silk scarves too!
Detailed, exquisite Hand Made Umbrellas make a statement wherever you go, and they’re more than just protecting you from getting wet. Detailed with beautiful colors and unique handles, no two are alike!
There are so many more exclusive gifts at The Passionate Collector, it’s no wonder. The name says it all. Stay connected to them on Facebook and Instagram at @thepassionatecollector; and Twitter at @TPC_Jewelry.
Visit their online store or stop by their boutique store in Newport Beach, located at the Newport Coast Shopping Center — 21115 Newport Coast Drive, Newport Coast, California 92657. Online orders and additional information can be found at http://www.ThePassionateCollector.com.
Store hours: Monday – Friday 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Saturday 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM
Sunday 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Attending DesignerCon 2017 was like walking into a creative wonderland. This annual art and design convention is specifically catered to highlight design mediums like paintings, sculptures, toys, and pop culture art. It’s literally a “creative nerd’s” fantasy come true. Held at the Pasadena Convention Center on November 11th and 12th, DesignerCon showed no limits to a variety of design concepts from mainstream artists and apparel designers to underground art enthusiasts.
Don’t expect to find common art commodities at DesignerCon. The featured artists are experts at challenging the status quo, veering far away from conventional ideas of art. Part of this convention’s magic is the ability to experience the oddities and learn from the artist directly through panels led by some of the World’s top designers across multiple categories. The panels served to not only showcase in-depth dialogue with the artists’ work but to also enlighten attendees on the business aspect of design and how to navigate the art world professionally.
For first-time attendees, here are my beginner’s tips to Designer Con:
- Save some money before you attend! – Art can be expensive, and at an event like DesignerCon, impulse buys are certainly going to come up. You’re going to want to splurge, so be prepared. I personally wanted to take home every piece of superhero art in the room.
- Get to know the artists. – More often than not, opportunities to meet one on one with these artists are rare. This convention allows attendees to really connect with them and learn from them directly. You’d be surprised to learn what their intended interpretations are from a lot of their work.
- Expand your mind and perception. – We all have different artistic tastes, but DesignerCon was created to shatter those preconceived notions and to expand your knowledge and view on non-traditional art pieces. Have an open mind.
I’ll definitely be attending DesignerCon next year. Be sure to check for updates on their website HERE. Below is a quick recap on the experience.
Shaquille Woods is from Marion, Arkansas and loves his Southern roots. He graduated from Arkansas State University with a degree in Creative Media, and is currently a freelance social/entertainment journalist for the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper. Creativity plays a major role in his life to include video, photography, and graphic design skills. His own ShaqThisOut brand explores all creative entertainment in the Los Angeles area.
10 Local Businesses Will Win
If you’re a small business in Southern California, it’s crunch time, and not just because the holidays are right around the corner— but because Small Business Saturday is also soon! Platform LA has launched its Small Business Saturday Competition in a search for the most notable designers and businesses around SoCal. The winning small businesses will be selected by Platform’s community of stores and restaurants and will be announced on November 15. The 10 winning small businesses will be able to showcase their goods and services in Platform’s first Small Business Saturday, on November 25. Platform will also provide each winner with a vendor station consisting of a table and chair, a complimentary parking space, and wifi to showcase their goods and services.
How to Participate
If you have a creative product or brand, or know someone who does, and think that either should be at Platform, here’s your chance! To nominate yourself or your favorite small business for the market, go to Instagram and comment on any photo from the account you’d like to see win with the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la.
About Platform LA
Platform LA – the remarkable retail project by David Fishbein and Joseph Miller of Runyon Group is Culver City’s prized shopping destination. Part of the Hayden Tract, the most dynamic neighborhood in Los Angeles, the versatile center offers a collection of 120K square feet of curated merchants, chefs, and creative companies from around the world. Platform was created to showcase independent small businesses and is excited to welcome the community to join in celebration of these types of businesses on Saturday, November 25th.
Miller states, “Our entire business is finding, nurturing and encouraging new independent businesses. We already have a great community of merchants and chefs and working with them to source the next great talent is something that is very exciting for us.” As the world of retail continues to rapidly transform, Platform knows that the future is in small entrepreneurial businesses, and has made this a huge focus for their merchandising efforts. Since opening Platform a year and a half ago, they have embraced any opportunity to celebrate the creativity and entrepreneurial spirit of those merchants and chefs. Now is the time to enter the competition, and it couldn’t be simpler— and it couldn’t have come at a better time.
An appearance at the Small Business Saturday Market should be the icing on the cake for any business, considering the additional exposure just before the holidays and impending sales. Make sure to use the hashtag #SBSPlatform and tag @platform_la in any post on the account of the business you want to see win a spot at Platform’s Small Business Saturday Market.
PERI.A Los Angeles will be hosting a special trunk show for Designer Jorge Ayala this Thursday October 26th.
The namesake ready-to-wear label, Jorge Ayala Paris, is founded in Paris by Mexico-born Ayala in 2013. Created for the daring and outspoken, Ayala takes a novel architectural approach to design, merging often different patterns, prints and textiles.
Jorge Ayala will be customizing limited edition denim styles designed for PERI.A exclusively at the event.
Guests will also be able to enjoy champagne, light bites, and music from 4p-8p at PER.A located at 146 N. Robertson Blvd.
Space is limited so RSVP today [email protected]