Christina Offers Investors a Chance at West LA Ownership

Christina Offers Investors a Chance at West LA Ownership

Contributions from Anthony C. Stafford

From the glitz and glamour of Hollywood, to the coveted homes and neighborhoods on the hills, Los Angeles just has that something that many other cities lack. Nestled between the Pacific shores and Angeles National Forest exists an opportunity for real estate investors near and far, who will probably kick themselves if they missed an opportunity like this — which is why Christina Founder, Lawrence ‘Larry’ N. Taylor wants everyone to know it exists.

Anchored at the top of their orange and white themed website sits a timer — a reminder that not only has Christina opened a $100 million new dual offering, but that the deadline (July 1st) to become a member for Christina 5 is quickly approaching. The Malibu-based real estate investment management company provides exclusive access to some of the most highly sought after real estate investments in the prime submarkets of West Los Angeles with their latest paired offering: Christina 5 Wealth Builder and Christina 5 Income Builder. The two programs are a continuation of the programmatic series of private equity real estate companies sponsored by Christina.

It’s most notable that the company has a long-standing successful track record of investing in affluent cities such as Beverly Hills, Malibu, Santa Monica, and West Hollywood on behalf of hundreds of investors including high-net-worth individuals, family offices, and institutions who desire ownership of investment-grade real estate in these trophy locations — all with no losses.

Christina 5’s dual portfolio offering was ideated to provide tax efficient investment opportunities with one offering focused on value enhancement (growth) and the other focused on cash flow (income).

Leverage, known to magnify investment returns or losses, is the key difference between Christina 5 Wealth Builder and Christina 5 Income Builder. With Income Builder, Christina is offering a debt free real estate investment opportunity for the first time in its history, a decision made by Christina’s management in response to investor sentiment for safe, cash flow producing, tangible assets. “Eliminating financing risks commonly associated with mortgages is reflective of Christina’s strategy to focus on downside risk mitigation” explains Vincent Chan, Christina’s CFO, “and by doing so we’ve also created an excellent investment vehicle to preserve generational wealth and provide cash flow as an alternative to bonds.” The offering’s counterpart, Wealth Builder, will use strategic debt financing to enhance returns and acquire a larger portfolio of underperforming properties with upside potential effectuated through a combination of re-positioning, redevelopment, and sophisticated property management. These paired offerings balance risk and returns and participation in both offerings enhances income tax benefits.

 

In what has increasingly become one of the hottest fields on the planet, there has been a broad realization that real estate investing is one of the most profitable and “easiest” markets to get into — so long as finances and credit are on your side. Even to those who miss real estate investing opportunities, it is often said that the biggest regret is not investing years ago, with real estate being some of the least risky forms of investing out there. Rather than “set and regret,” the benefits parallel more to “set and forget.”

Lawrence makes it clear that the best time to invest in real estate was years ago, as its value only goes up — or more particularly, the value of the land it’s built on. With Southern California being one of the most highly-desired cities in the US, Lawrence understands the unique position Los Angeles is in, with an unrelenting demand for housing and not enough supply, values are essentially only ever going up.

With a career spanning over 50 years, Larry’s humble beginnings started in a coal-mining town in Pennsylvania. After his family moved west to Los Angeles, he took notice of the change in weather and affluent real estate, and even bought his first apartment building as a teenager, so that his family could improve their living situation. They essentially lived rent free in a spacious owner’s unit, while the other tenants paid the mortgage and operating expenses. This understanding of operation led Larry to become one of the most decorated, and possibly one of the most under-the-radar experts in the Westside Region of Los Angeles real estate today. While earning his accounting degree from USC on a full scholarship, Larry also learned how to enhance land value with entitlements and worked as a consultant for owners of beachfront property in Malibu. He quickly learned the intimate details of developing real estate and navigating city bureaucracy (including dealing with the coastal commission) through hands-on real-life experience.

 

 

Larry has been known for turning sleepy areas into vibrant communities, and some notable examples include the introduction of high-end street retail on Montana Avenue in Santa Monica, the revitalization of the South Beverly Drive shopping district in Beverly Hills, the repositioning of Larchmont Mercantile in Hancock Park, and the redevelopment of Westwood Village.

His biggest accolade includes obtaining the seminal entitlements to transform an office building leased to Fox Studios into the area’s first high-rise residential project. He initially purchased the property for $30 million and sold the entitled land in a bidding war to Lehman Brothers for $110 million. This project is currently known as Ten Thousand Santa Monica Boulevard, one of the most luxurious high-rise residential buildings in Century City.

No Losses. How?

Larry refined a core strategy over time to mitigate downside risk that involves the following:

  • Buy properties at a discount (“value-bought”)
  • Look for multiple exit strategies (e.g., land that can be entitled for another use). 
  • Use strategic debt financing that is aligned with each property’s unique business plan. 

He also designed an investment structure that maximizes tax benefits of owning a diversified portfolio of real estate versus a single asset with terms that do not force ill-timed liquidations, a common pitfall for newer managers. Most importantly, real estate is a local business. Deep marketplace knowledge and long-term relationships will always be key ingredients to success. 

In addition, it takes credibility to maintain a stellar record. This is why investors must be an “accredited investor” — a term defined in Regulation D under the Securities Act of 1933. “Such qualifications include two consecutive years of $200,000 in annual income or a net worth of at least $1,000,000 exclusive of primary residence,” the Christina team says. “Essentially, investors must have sufficient capacity to be prepared for the illiquid nature of real estate. Our philosophy is that real estate is best used as a tool to preserve and grow wealth, not to get rich overnight.”

Questions & Answers With the Christina Team

There are some key differences about Christina 5 when compared to other offerings. What are the biggest highlights that you’d like investors to know about, and why should this opportunity not be missed?

Christina 5 is one of the most unique offerings available to real estate investors today. The primary differentiators include a focus on the Westside Region of Los Angeles (one of the most exclusive places in the United States to own real estate), a long-term ownership outlook synonymous with great real estate fortunes, our tax conscious portfolio structure, and the ability to invest alongside a sponsor with a 45-year track record, zero losses, and skin in the game. 

Many real estate operators have never experienced a full real estate cycle and have been relying heavily on market momentum to make profits. Considering rising interest rates have changed many lenders’ outlook, there could be a swell of attractive acquisition opportunities. Legendary investor Warren Buffet is famous for saying “Only when the tide goes out do you discover who’s been swimming naked.” Christina creates value by acquiring and improving underperforming assets from inexperienced managers who are forced to sell. We have demonstrated the ability to make money in any economic climate.

What can investors expect when they get started with the Christina 5 Wealth Builder and Christina 5 Income Builder programs?

We refer to our investors as members. Members can expect white-glove customer service and detailed quarterly updates (at a minimum) as we assemble, build, and curate a portfolio of investment-grade properties in the Westside Region of Los Angeles to preserve and grow generational wealth. We do all the heavy lifting so our members can sleep at night without the headaches of being a landlord, while still owning great investment properties. This is akin to owning the best row of properties in the Monopoly board game without leaving it up to chance by rolling the dice.

Additionally, our portfolios generate paper losses to minimize federal income taxes for our members, even as the real estate appreciates in value and cash distributions are made.

What is Christina offering that investors won’t find anywhere else in the market?

Christina’s extensive network of brokers, private owners, and professional relationships with trustees, CPA’s and lawyers provides exclusive access to rare “first to know” investment deals. This long-standing rolodex gives our team an “edge” in deal sourcing and our investors gain access to opportunities that would typically be unavailable. Christina has democratized investing in trophy locations to accredited investors nationwide.

With the US market being as hot and shifty as it is now, why is this the right time for investors to get onboard with Christina?

It’s never a bad time to own great real estate. Christina has always benefited from buying when others need to sell. These opportunities often arise from deaths, divorces, bankruptcies, fund closures, and ownership disputes. Today, they are also coming from changing market conditions.

We believe cash is king as we enter the next real estate cycle. We couldn’t be more excited about the opportunity to buy real estate at a discount from inexperienced and distressed owners that need liquidity to make loan repayments or are unable to service their debt in a rising interest rate environment. Our pre-committed capital structure allows Christina Real Estate Investors to ensure certainty of acquisition performance which leads to better deal terms. Event-driven sellers often value certainty of performance over price. 

What do you say to those who are on the fence?

Will Roger said it best. “Don’t wait to buy real estate. Buy real estate and wait.” There is not one single property in our 45-year history that we can purchase at the same price that we sold it for. There is virtually no undeveloped land in the Westside Region of Los Angeles. We are surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, mountains, airport, and freeways. Aside from geographic constraints, our land use regulations are some of the most stringent in the nation, which contributes to the under supply of real estate in this region. With increasing demand for space driven by the best year-round weather and affluent demographics, rental rates and property values will steadily rise as supply remains constrained. Therefore, there will always be international and domestic demand for real estate in our resilient marketplace. This is what any wise real estate investor should look for in a new opportunity. The wealthiest families in the world collect real estate and pass it down generationally, so get off the fence and start doing the same.

About Christina

Christina is a Malibu-based real estate developer, manager, & sponsor founded in 1977. For 45+ years the firm has made investments in the Westside Region of Los Angeles, primarily via 8 submarkets including Beverly Hills, Brentwood, Century City, Malibu, Santa Monica, Silicon Beach, West Hollywood, & Westwood. Christina provides accredited investors with the opportunity to own coveted investment properties in these ultra-prime neighborhoods that would otherwise be unobtainable. With a strategy focused on tax-advantaged cash distributions & long-term wealth preservation, Christina has a proven track record of generating exceptional returns for its investors (which it refers to as members). The firm has been featured in Bloomberg, Forbes, Los Angeles Times, & Yahoo Finance.

Investors seeking to participate can visit ChristinaLA.com.

Introducing the Best Seltzer You’ll Find This Summer: JETWAY Wine Seltzer

Introducing the Best Seltzer You’ll Find This Summer: JETWAY Wine Seltzer

When it comes to summer and cook outs, seltzers have been all the rage in recent years. In this new trend of bubbly spirits, there has also been a battle brewing about the best brand, and how they have the best ingredients, best nutritional makeup, and best caloric and/or sugar content.

Blowing them all away by carving their own lane comes JETWAY, the convergence of Wine & Seltzer, founded by musician Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes) and veteran winemaker Ben Parsons (founder of Infinite Monkey Theorem). Keto-friendly, 100% natural, gluten-free, vegan, and at ~100 calories for both available flavors, there’s a whole lot to like about JETWAY’s offerings!

JETWAY is an ultra-premium, naturally uplifting wine seltzer inspired by Albert’s travels around the globe as a musician, and it is currently available in two incredible flavors – a Sauvignon Blanc (infused with yuzu, Fijian ginger, elderflower, yerba mate) and a Rosé of Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon (infused with white peach, Fijian ginger, yerba mate, orange peel) – both of which are sourced from the McNary Vineyard, which overlooks the Columbia River in Washington State.

 

 

Available canned or in a keg, JETWAY was recently featured at Coachella (keg-packaged), and Disneyland began serving the elevated fizzing experience by the keg just weeks ago — marking the first time a wine seltzer is being served this way! With investors including Joaquin Phoenix, Rooney Mara, Robert Schwartzman, Nick Hoult and Zooey Grossman, JETWAY is currently working on their DTC license and working with distributors to provide nationwide availability.

 

 

The possibilities for JETWAY are endless, and it’s only a matter of time before the brand has an undying grip on the market in today’s age consumers desiring cleaner and more premium consumption practices.

We had the opportunity to conduct a Q&A with Albert and Ben so that they could provide additional details about the work that went into launching JETWAY, and the challenges they faced. Read more below:

Q&A with JETWAY Founders Albert Hammond Jr. & Ben Parsons

Q: Can you share a bit of information about your backgrounds and how you got started with JETWAY?

Albert: I’ve been a musician for 20 years, playing guitar in a band called The Strokes. The short, short version is I had an experience in Milan on the way to the MotoGP race in Rimini and I fell in love with the idea of creating a new beverage. I wanted to create a modern drink for the people my age. Something that paired well with food and lifestyle but also was refreshing, tasty, and consumable.

Ben: I’ve been making wine for 20 years and was credited with making wine in a can cool by Food and Wine Magazine. I was introduced to Albert via a friend of a friend of a friend and we just started chatting about drinks in general, and the sort of drink we’d like to make and enjoy.

 

 

Q: What are a few highlights from behind the scenes that readers should know about JETWAY, and how you differ from other seltzers and/or canned wine brands?

Albert: Other seltzers are the bottom of the barrel. They are fermented sugar cane with essence. We liked the seltzers category, though, because we thought it had more to give than just being a cheap alcohol. Thought there could be an elevated version of it that could one day compete with beer.

Ben: Jetway is a gritty startup trying to rattle the seltzer industry and make a wine-based seltzer that a wine drinker would want to enjoy. Jetway is certainly premium and the rare instance when wine and other ingredients come together to create something better than the sum of its parts. I think Jetway is sessionable and much more thoughtful than the alternatives.

Q: What has the journey been like for you and your team, from the moment you envisioned JETWAY’s wine seltzers to now? 

Albert: A rollercoaster of a ride. I spent 4 years trying to do something in different places and the moment I met Ben it took off. We made the drink together. Created its uniqueness.

Ben: Ditto. A wild ride, trying to keep it all moving forward. We have a great product and that’s a good start. Finally getting some traction in S. CA and now CO.

Q: Were there any setbacks or challenges along the way, and how did you overcome them?

Albert: There are always setbacks and challenges for any company growing or established. But sometimes in those challenges, if you survive, you end up discovering new paths.

Ben: Our license to sell in CA was delayed 3 months, meaning we launched a seltzer in CA in Winter. Not ideal, but it gave us time to test the market and gear up for Spring/Summer ’22.

Q: How about the good? What are some of your proudest accomplishments with JETWAY so far?

Albert: I mean, the first batch we made for investors was an achievement on its own. I had never made a deck and I thought well I’m happy I was able to bring it this far. Then we got the investors and started getting everything in a row. When the art came together and we were doing our first canning, I thought, “Well, we made it this far.” And now launching [in] a new state and bringing in draft – the freshest and tastiest way to drink it – I feel the same.

Ben: I think seeing other people enjoy it for the first time. It’s unique and some drinkers approach seltzers thinking it’s going to be garbage, so changing their perceptions is inspiring. Albert and I were up in WA for the first canning date and we got to taste the product directly from the tank.  We basically stood around a massive stainless steel tank pulling samples from the valve and it was the most delicious thing we’d ever tried. “Tank Time,” as we coined it, is one of those great memories.

Q: In terms of flavors and ingredients, premium is clearly the standard as you go with some of the rarer (and most delicious) choices. How do you decide which ingredients should be paired and finalized for a flavor profile?

Albert: Well, with these first two SKU’s I wanted to bring a bit of my childhood and background. My mom is from Argentina, hence the [yerba] mate. I also grew up with my parents’ friends being Japanese, so yuzu and ginger were around from a young age. Besides that we really tried to bring out the flavors of the wine. Ben had learned a lot in the process of canning wine and we felt that the product we made was better than the products by themselves.

Ben: Yeah, Albert had a good idea of the ingredients; it was bringing them together to create balance that took time and plenty of bench trials and testing.

Q: It may be a bit early for this, but have you been working on any new surprising products that you can hint at?

Albert: We have some new flavors in the works. It’s a process because we are a small company. We’d also like to pair with other wineries to create limited edition versions of Jetway. Maybe for certain events or for an airline or restaurant. Jetway is more of a lifestyle than a drink so there is room to grow.

Ben: We’ve got some good ideas around new flavors. Nothing final. Also different containers and sizes. We think it would be great in a 750ml glass bottle, served as an aperitif in a restaurant.

Q: Finally, every company hopes to evoke a feeling when their product is used or consumed. What is it that you want consumers to feel and taste when they get that first sip of JETWAY’s wine seltzers?

Albert: I wanted you to feel something from [the moment] when you saw it and held it. I think the art evokes the golden age of travel. I wanted to have a certain nostalgic feel, but be modern. I think the refreshing tastes and the sessionability allow you to keep excited about what you are doing or what you are gonna do next. I think people feel different when they are holding something that’s good. I think it transports you to where you wanna be.

Ben: The aromas and flavors are certainly thought provoking and lend themselves to food pairing. I just want them to enjoy it and be like, “Wow, this tastes frickin’ great.”

JETWAY is available for purchase here.

Things To Do: Visit Jussi Grznar’s First US Solo Exhibition – Landscape in Movement

Things To Do: Visit Jussi Grznar’s First US Solo Exhibition – Landscape in Movement

Looking for something to do this weekend? How about taking in some fine art as soon as this Thursday?

LA-based, Fine Art & Commercial Photographer Jussi Grznar will be hosting an intimate reception to debut his first US Solo Exhibition Landscape In Movement on Abbot Kinney tomorrow, June 9th, from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM PST.

With a passion for the exhilaration of a life lived outdoors, Grznar’s work tells the extraordinary stories of some of the world’s most diverse and remote views. Born and raised in the former Czechoslovakia, Grznar spent a lot of his early years in nature, forming a lifelong affair with a subject that he really cares about. Observing his work, viewers can find understanding in his appreciation for the natural world around us, along with the complexities that make it all possible.

Details about the exhibition are below:

  • Landscape in Movement is Grznar’s observation of permanent, yet ever changing landscapes and its relations and interactions with elements, such as temperature, gravity, wind, topography, climate and human kind.

  • The exhibition will feature 18 images, including 4 never before seen photographs, taken on location In California, Nevada, British Columbia, Japan and beyond. They will be on display during the event and through June 14.

  • Prints on display and an additional portfolio book will be available for guests to place orders during the event. Grznar’s work starts at $1,750.

  • Sponsored by hard kombucha & spirits brand Juneshine and Zinqué, cocktails and small bites will be served throughout the evening as guests mingle, enjoy the elevated ambiance infused by a live DJ and take in Grznar’s compelling imagery.

  • The launch event is open to the public, and Grznar’s work will be available for further viewing on Abbot Kinney (1306 Abbot Kinney Blvd, Venice) during normal gallery hours starting on June 8th – June 14th (10:00 AM – 10:00 PM PST).

More About Jussi Grznar

Jussi Grznar is an award-winning photographer whose work tells the extraordinary and ever-changing stories of some of the world’s most diverse and remote views. Teaching himself to ski at the age of three in the former Czechoslovakia Jussi’s love affair for the mountains and the exhilaration of a life lived outdoors was solidified at an early age. Jussi Grznar has a continual appreciation for the environment around him and values photography  as a means to document life.  At home in the backcountry, Jussi has been witness to our changing environment as the temperatures rise. He hopes by sharing the beauty and elegance of these places he can bring awareness to the importance of conscious environmentalism and sustainability.

His work has taken him across the globe through numerous mountain ranges, rice fields,  double-overhead barreling waves, to the Ghats of Varanasi.  These experiences have earned him a global perspective. A perspective that has earned him a multitude of accolades for his work including APA Photo of the Year Awards in “Sports/Adventure” Category, the Pro Photographer Showdown at World Ski and Snowboard Festival and Red Bull Illume. 

In addition to his Fine Art projects, Grznar has partnered with many of the world’s leading action sports and commercial brands including Redbull, Bose, Adidas,  Coors Light, Puma, Toyota, Lululemon and more. Grznar currently resides in LA and splits his time between California and British Columbia.

LAVO Ristorante Launching Weekend Brunch & Lunch

LAVO Ristorante Launching Weekend Brunch & Lunch

With warmer weather comes summer brunches! LAVO Ristorante, which opened on West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip this past spring, is expanding their hours and introducing brunch and lunch menus later this month at the stunning 250-seat restaurant. Featuring a fully retractable rooftop for optimal daytime, alfresco dining, the restaurant is expected to pull in large crowds for their new offerings, which simply can’t be ignored.

Kicking off on Saturday, June 18th, LAVO Ristorante’s new brunch menu includes Southern Italian twists on classics, such as a Zucchini Blossom Torta, Nizzarda Salad with grilled tuna and baby lettuces, and a Prime Burger with burrata and Calabrian chili passata. Refreshing brunch cocktails, coffee service from Lamill, and playful touches like custom latte art and a tableside Sfogliatelle Cart with fresh squeezed juices and Italian pastries round out the sunlit dining experience. Brunch will be available every Saturday and Sunday from 11am-2pm. Reservations open Saturday, June 4th.

On Monday, June 20th, LAVO Ristorante will begin a lunch service, Monday through Friday, from 11am-2pm. With the introduction of lunch, LAVO Ristorante will now be open 7 days a week and offer a new three course, prix-fixe lunch menu ($31.50) which reflects a lighter, pared down version of the restaurant’s robust dinner menu. Selections include seasonally-inspired salads, whole grain wood-fired pizzas, house made pasta specialties, fresh seafood such as Grilled Branzino and Yellowfin Tuna Tartare, and decadent desserts. Reservations for lunch open Tuesday, June 7th. A la carte options are also available for both lunch and brunch.

It’s going to be a long summer, which means you’ve got plenty of opportunities to come back and try out all the new offerings. Reservations can be made here.

Wolf & Badger Opens its First LA Store

Wolf & Badger Opens its First LA Store

Summer shopping season is in full swing, and if there’s anything to make a shopping frenzy inescapable, it’s Wolf & Badger. Los Angeles is especially  in for a special treat, as the platform brings a traditional shopping experience to the West Coast.

That’s right – the global platform for over 1,800+ independent designers that provides an effortless way to shop sustainably and ethically-produced pieces, is making its way to the West Coast with the opening of its first LA store, and its second US location, on June 3rd!

Wolf & Badger has become a go-to for stylish consumers and celebrities alike, who value quality, uniqueness and authenticity. This new single-level West Hollywood store, which occupies 1,600 square feet on Melrose Avenue, will allow LA customers to shop the platform’s array of sustainably and ethically-produced jewelry, fashion, accessories, homeware and beauty products in-person — for the first time ever. The space will also play host to a series of ongoing activations, including workshops, product launches and styling events. 

The store’s design itself is of balanced restraint, drawing inspiration from W&B’s London and NYC flagship stores while reflecting the uplifting mood of LA. Greenery fills the space, offering a sense of calm, while the store’s open layout and minimalistic design lends full attention to their selection of brands that showcase the finest talent from around the world. W&B’s core values of ethics and sustainability are at the heart of the store. Tables, countertops and millwork have been created utilizing recycled post-industrial waste materials from Durat Palace and Plasticiet, while cork and natural wool fibers have also been utilized in the bespoke furniture items installed throughout the space, including benches and sofas.

This opening follows a year of tremendous online growth in the US, with sales surpassing $100M. What’s more, W&B has delivered a 100%+ compound annual growth rate from 2017-2021 and continues to see YoY sales growth in the high double digits.

About Wolf & Badger

Wolf & Badger is a B-corp certified global platform for independent designers that provides an effortless way to shop sustainably and ethically-produced jewelry, fashion, accessories, homeware and beauty. Founded in 2010 by brothers, George and Henry Graham, Wolf &Badger aims to foster a community for local brands, who produce in small batches, to create a more human-centered approach to retail. W&B emphasizes the creators, the stories behind products and their uniqueness, rather than framing products around trends. The site is home to over 1,800 independent brands and the retailer’s unique model offers innovative online and offline creative spaces to showcase the finest talent from around the world; customers can follow the journey of an item and even interact with its creator through in-store events. The platform also offers informative and truthful editorial, highlighting the reasons why they work with the brands they do, and why they offer the products they offer. W&B is beloved by consumers and celebrities alike, counting Gigi & Bella Hadid, Elsa Hosk, Leona Lewis, Madelyn Cline and more as supporters. 

SET Active Drops Limited-Edition Collection for 4th Birthday

SET Active Drops Limited-Edition Collection for 4th Birthday

If you’ve been set on getting your summer body before things warm up, you’d be glad to know that there’s also a brand out there to help accentuate that body! Recently, SET Active, welcomed their 4th birthday with Uncle Paulie’s, including a 3-day celebration and a collaborative, limited-edition sandwich. Some guests also went home with special goodie bags!

The cult-favorite athleisure brand continues elevating everyday essentials through fashion-meets-function apparel, and a shared love for all things movement, as shown by their latest release to further celebrate their birthday. In a true celebration of this one-of-a-kind community, SET Active has curated an exclusive drop to bring back three fan-favorite styles and an exclusive accessory you just can’t leave the party without snagging. 

The lineup includes the Jay Top, The Box X Bra, and Circle Logo Sweat, and three archived color-ways — Twilight, Crush & Palm. The SET Active 4th Birthday Collection will also include a trucker hat featuring the brand’s original circle logo from 2017 for some added festive flair.

Launched in 2017 by social media maven, Lindsey Carter, SET Active is powered by a uniquely true connection with their customers and commitment to delivering exactly what she wants. Incredibly, community feedback has driven all innovation, product developments and launches over the last four years, spelling great success for the brand.

Known for drops that sell out within hours, this capsule will be no exception. The SET Active 4th Birthday Collection is LIVE NOW and can be purchased at SetActive.co.

Native Donates $50K to The Trevor Project for Pride Month

Native Donates $50K to The Trevor Project for Pride Month

As we approach Pride month, many individuals and brands are taking strides to raise awareness for and give back to the LGBTQIA+ – especially in the face of political attacks against the community. In a noteworthy act, Native, the personal care brand, is donating $50,000 to The Trevor Project in an effort to send a powerful and unified message of love, hope, and support. 

In addition, on June 6th, Native will be sponsoring a livestream on Instagram with actress and comedian, Dylan Mulvaney, and supporting an influencer campaign on TikTok titled, “Take Pride in Who You Are.” Dylan will discuss how she’s celebrating Pride, how the significance of Pride has changed for her over the years, and products that have helped her feel her best throughout her girlhood journey.

A recent donation to the LGBTQIA+ community, as revealed today, includes that of Kiva Confections, which continues the flow of love and support to a community that finds itself in the crosshairs of heightened political attacks today. As Pride kicks off, keep an eye out for rallying events and safe spaces, like Dylan’s Instagram Live to learn more and add your own support.

Your 2022 Memorial Day & Father’s Day Sale Guide

Your 2022 Memorial Day & Father’s Day Sale Guide

Memorial Day is before us, Father’s Day is right around the corner, and with both of those, we know summer is going into full effect. Whether you’re looking for something for the special man in your life, something for yourself for that upcoming backyard barbecue, or something for the Summer road trip you’ve got planned, we’ve compiled the perfect (brief!) guide to all your Memorial Day weekend, Father’s Day, and Summertime vibes.

Fleur du Mal: Fleur Pomme Homme

Luxury lingerie and RTW brand Fleur du Mal has introduced something new to their lineup — this time making a lane for men! Fleur’s debut collection of menswear combines luxury and comfort, so no more kicking back in sweatshirts and sweatpants. Whether you’re gifting him (or yourself) Fleur du Mal’s silk robe, their matching silk pajama set, or their sexy best-selling lace boxer briefs, it’s bound to be a luxurious treat.

Soon, you can expect Fleur du Mal’s semi-annual sale, from May 26 – May 30, and this sale will include select products up to 60% off, with some newer styles being marked down as well.

Autio

Hear, hear! Formerly, HearHere, it was just announced on June 1st that the company has been strategically rebranded to Autio — still providing storytelling for travel, with audio for travel being their primary mission. If you’ve got summer road trips on the books, this is the app for you. Autio, the GPS-powered audio entertainment app co-founded by Kevin Costner is one of the gifts you never knew you needed — or one of the gifts that traveling dads and graduates didn’t know they needed!

Autio is an audio entertainment app with over 9,000 diverse and unique short stories available throughout the country. Acting as a personal tour guide, Autio provides information about distinctive landmarks and historical markers along every journey. Not to mention, Autio provides tailored content to fit every user’s interests with short stories narrated by celebrities, such as Kevin Costner himself, John Lithgow, Phil Jackson and more. 

Autio is the perfect gift for the post-grad road trips or outdoor adventures — not to mention — it’s on sale for a limited time to celebrate the upcoming holidays! Their limited-time deals are as follows:

  • Memorial Day: Take 20% off a one-year membership from 5/26-5/30

  • Father’s Day: 20% off a one-year membership from 6/16-6/19

Cost: $36 for a 1-year unlimited subscription
Link To Purchase: https://apps.apple.com/redeem?ctx=offercodes&id=1300494609&code=MDAY20

Chamberlain Coffee x Craig’s

Bet you didn’t think you’d find ice cream on this list, but here we are. It’s going to be hot this summer, and you’ll wish you had something this delicious and refreshing in your life – so thank us later!

On June 13th, Emma Chamberlain’s Gen Z coffee brand, Chamberlain Coffee, and LA’s favorite restaurant, Craig’s, will be partnering up yet again to launch their brand new ice cream flavor — vegan coffee.

This collab isn’t the two brands first rodeo, as they recently teased the flavor launch last month at Coachella with their pop-up cart, as well as last summer when they were spotted in an ice cream truck pop-up on Melrose Ave in LA. The delicious, cashew-based ice cream is made with organic Chamberlain Coffee beans and is the perfect treat to cool down with this summer on a hot day when you’re craving that coffee taste in refreshing, dessert form. The forthcoming flavor will be sold on www.craigsvegan.com alongside their other five flavors, where customers can purchase five pints for $74.99.

Coolin Curve

What’s a dad without a cold beer? A sad one.

In what could be the most innovative creation since the traditional cooler, the Coolin Curve provides a new, problem-solving twist (or curve) to how bubbly bottled drinks, or just drinks in general, get cooled. Made in the USA, by inventor Mike Martin, the Coolin Curve is the only curved bottom ice bucket — effectively eliminating the age-old struggle of getting bottles into the ice bucket.  The unique shape makes inserting drinks of any kind into ice a breezy snap.

Other benefits of Coolin Curve include:
  • Lightweight
  • Sweat resistant
  • Compatible with wine, champagne, beer, or any other bottled product.
  • A percentage of proceeds go toward helping those struggling with cancer.

Not to mention, the Coolin Curve is a fancy piece of hardware that elevates the “cooler aesthetic,” while also available in a range of colors to suit whatever occasion you’ve got planned. Beer, wine, sodas, and even water have never looked better on ice.

The Coolin Curve is available for $39.99 at www.coolincurve.com, and is also available on Amazon.

Sourse

What’s a guilt-inducing treat that’s also beneficial for you? Meet Sourse.

These vitamin-infused chocolates are not only delicious, but also nutritious, while 100% plant-based, gluten and allergy free, non-GMO, and made of clean ingredients. Co-founded by actress Sarah Hyland, Sourse’s dark chocolates are packed with TONS of great nutrients, including bioavailable saffron extract, biotin, D3, B21 and more so you’re not only getting your chocolate fix, but you’re also nourishing your body. Sourse’s current product lineup includes: Beauty Bites, Mood Bites, Glow Bites, Hype Bites and newly released Energy Bites!

Starting on Friday, 5/27 through Monday, 5/30, Sourse’s FULL product line will be available with the following discounts:

  • Spend $50, save 20%

  • Spend $100, save 35%

  • Spend $200, save 50%

 

Dr. Squatch

Dr. Squatch just showed us all how, with their new ‘Black Hole’ bar soap ($8) that launched with their limited-edition Galaxy collection on, May 13th! Now, you can take on new scents (or get the dad in your life to take on new scents), with their new lineup.

This year, Dr. Squatch brought back their best-selling, limited-edition collection with a new addition to the collection: Black Hole! These fresh, intergalactic bundles are made from all-natural ingredients that smell far out and feel outta this world. You’ll be able to grab Moon Rock, Mars Bar, Area 51 and Black Hole both individually, in a 4-pack or 8-pack.

MUNICIPAL

Not all men’s shorts are created equal, and that’s especially true when it comes to overall performance and comfort. Style meets function, function meets comfort, and MUNICIPAL is a brand that suits guys across the age spectrum. Perfect for keeping you or them stylish, comfortable and dry under the summer sun, MUNICIPAL is a premium performance and style-driven athletic and casual apparel brand, blending comfort and functionality – and their versatile assortment of shorts will take you from active to elevated, without ever having to change.

Their recentlty-launched REC Sport Collection is ideal for the sporty yet chic fella, who likes to look stylish but prioritizes comfort, while the REC Sport Collection features a t-shirt ($58), polo ($74), pullover ($78) and shorts ($68) that are moisture-wicking, quick-drying and wrinkle-resistant. Plus, what dad doesn’t love Mark Wahlberg?! (He is a co-founder, along with Stephen Levinson and Harry Arnett.)

Cann

If you didn’t know, Cann has been celebrating ‘Microdose May’ this year, and they’re now offering a BOGO promotion from May 1st – May 31st (yes, there’s still time left)! Cann famously coined the term ‘Microdose May’ for those who prefer a more ‘little bit high’ high, and it’s a great way to spend Memorial Day weekend, Father’s Day, or any summer occasion.

The new promotion goes as follows:

  • Buy 1 Hi Boy 4 pack of any core flavor, Get 1 Hi Boy 4 pack of any core flavor

  • Buy 1 Cann 6 pack of any core flavor, Get 1 Cann 6 pack of any core flavor 

Each of Cann’s spiked core products include 2mg of THC and 4mg of CBD providing an approachable microdose that gives consumers full control over their experience.

As more deals and sales are revealed, we’ll be sure to update this handy guide!

Kiva Confections Pledges $100K to Support LGBTQIA+ & Releases Annual Camino ‘Proud’ Gummy

Kiva Confections Pledges $100K to Support LGBTQIA+ & Releases Annual Camino ‘Proud’ Gummy

It’s that time of year when summer begins to kick in and Pride is celebrated across the country, and it’s only fitting the leading cannabis edibles brand helps welcome the festivities with some amazing support for the LGBTQIA+ Community.

Kiva Confections, the market leader in cannabis edibles, is celebrating Pride month with the launch of the fifth annual release of the Camino ‘Proud’ Gummy and a $100,000 donation to support the LGBTQIA+ community. The much-anticipated ‘Proud’ Gummy features reimagined packaging and a brand new Passionfruit Punch flavor with limonene and linalool terpenes for a tailored, exhilarating experience.

The donation – the brand’s largest to – will be allocated across four beneficiaries in support of the LGBTQIA+ community, with an emphasis on championing the transgender, nonbinary, and gender-expansive people who are in most need of greater access to essential care. These organizations include:

Originally pioneered in 2018 by Kiva’s lead product developer to pay homage to her LGBTQIA+ community, the beloved and best-selling Camino ‘Proud’ shimmer dusted gummy is dosed at 5 mg of THC per piece, with a total of 100 mg of THC per package. While previous year’s of Camino Proud packaging focused on the celebratory aspects of Pride and the LGBTQIA+ community’s legacy of marches, parades, and protests, this year Kiva has chosen to feature a Bay Area landmark, The Pink Triangle. Since 1996, this symbol has been erected during Pride weekend atop San Francisco’s Twin Peaks. The Pink Triangle brings attention to the past persecution of those in the LGBTQIA+ community and reminds us to ensure that it never happens again.

The limited-edition, iridescent gummies are designed to rally spirits and help individuals stand passionately proud this summer. The Passionfruit Punch Camino will be available for a limited time at select California dispensaries and via Kiva Direct beginning May 20th for $20. 

Dr. Squatch Launches $10-$15 Off Site-wide Sale

Dr. Squatch Launches $10-$15 Off Site-wide Sale

How do you celebrate the first-ever image of a supermassive black hole at the center of our galaxy?

Dr. Squatch just showed us all how, with their new ‘Black Hole’ bar soap ($8) that launched with their limited-edition Galaxy collection on, May 13th

This year, Dr. Squatch brought back their best-selling, limited-edition collection with a new addition to the collection: Black Hole! These fresh, intergalactic bundles are made from all-natural ingredients that smell far out and feel outta this world. You’ll be able to grab Moon Rock, Mars Bar, Area 51 and Black Hole both individually, in a 4-pack or 8-pack.

What to Expect from Black Hole?

Journey into the unknown with this sudsy singularity, fortified with conditioning and exfoliating ingredients like Wild Plum Oil, Black Tea and Apricot Stone for a neutron star-level scrub. Enter a gravitational field of freshness with this dark, amber scent featuring hints of plum that will draw you into an interstellar shower experience. 

Cann Closes Out Microdose May with Memorial Day Sale

Cann Closes Out Microdose May with Memorial Day Sale

This one’s for the cannabis lovers out there!

If you’ve been unaware and busy with life, you’ll be glad to know that Cann has been celebrating ‘Microdose May’ this year, offering a BOGO promotion from May 1st – May 31st (yes, there’s still time left)! Cann famously coined the term ‘Microdose May’ for those who prefer a more ‘little bit high’ high.

The new promotion goes as follows:

  • Buy 1 Hi Boy 4 pack of any core flavor, Get 1 Hi Boy 4 pack of any core flavor

  • Buy 1 Cann 6 pack of any core flavor, Get 1 Cann 6 pack of any core flavor 

As long as you’re in California, Nevada, Illinois, and Massachusetts, you’re included in the lucky few able to take advantage of this offer. Otherwise, there are unspoken versions of Cann that do the flavorful trick without the high. Each of Cann’s spiked core products include 2mg of THC and 4mg of CBD providing an approachable microdose that gives consumers full control over their experience.

Things to Do This Weekend: Celebrate SET Active’s 4th Birthday at Uncle Paulie’s

Things to Do This Weekend: Celebrate SET Active’s 4th Birthday at Uncle Paulie’s

If you’re looking for things to do this weekend in LA, from Friday to Sunday you’ve got a pretty amazing option sitting on the table! The LA-based athleisure brand elevating everyday essentials through fashion-meets-function apparel, SET Active is partnering with iconic WeHo sandwich spot, Uncle Paulie’s Deli for a 3 day celebration of their 4th birthday.

From Friday, May 20 (tomorrow!) through Sunday, May 22, Uncle Paulie’s W 3rd location menu will include a limited edition sandwich, called The SETwich packed with Brie, arugula, Turkey & Fig Jam (SET Active Founder Lindsey Carter’s favorite combo). While supplies last each day, customers who order The SETwich will also receive an exclusive brand goodie bag. Attendees throughout the weekend will also have the opportunity to preview the upcoming, limited run SET Active collection, sign up for early access to the drop, and meet members of the SET team.

Located right below the SET Active headquarters and similarly made for a life on the go, Uncle Paulie’s has been the longtime go-to lunch spot for the brand’s team. With raving reviews for great food, great prices, and great people, it’s a can’t-miss opportunity to learn about Uncle Paulie’s while also paying SET Active a visit and getting hooked to their off-duty, athletic brand!