Meet The Majority: How Style Sounds

Meet The Majority: How Style Sounds

Contributing Editor: Anthony Stafford

Lights, cameras, action… Food, music, fashion! These are the staples that make up almost all of Southern California’s events, and it would be a disservice to attendees if even one of those necessities were forgotten. It’s a perfect formula, and emerging denim brand, Majority Denim, is looking to take advantage of what much of SoCal’s population thrives on — while also directly connecting to striving artists and influencers for amazing opportunities.

On Thursday, July 25, 2019, from 7 pm to 10 pm, Majority Denim will hold their first major event, titled “Meet the Majority – How Style Sounds”. This free special event is a celebration of a new beginning in Los Angeles for Majority Denim. This innovative, high-quality fashion brand, is designed to style all genders, and proceeds from every item purchased from the brand will be donated to charity. While designated to be an evening where fashion meets music, Majority Denim plans on introducing their new influencer program, “Meet The Majority”. The Majority influencers will unveil their creative craft by showcasing their custom denim pieces in collaboration with Majority Denim’s Creative Director/Co-Founder, Christian K.

Even more exciting, the event will feature live music performances from Jeff Bernat (@jeffbernat) & Nathi (@nathiofficial) with their original music. Fortunately, the fun doesn’t stop there, as the evening will also include a Majority Denim pop up shop with a DIY Custom Station, complimentary bites and drinks, a live DJ (DJ Street Fox) & live music, a performance by The Mob Dance Company (@themobdanceco), and a night of mingling with the trendsetters and tastemakers of LA. This special event will be held at As We Dwell, located in the Arts District of Los Angeles, at 440 S. Alameda St. More information about this new and beautiful location can be found on their website, while more details about the event can be found on Eventbrite.

Features and benefits of the “Meet The Majority – How Style Sounds” event include:

  • An estimated 1K+ attendees throughout the event.
  • An expansive network of fashionable artists, musicians, actors, dancers, and business entrepreneurs.
  • An innovative denim company fresh to the fashion scene introducing high quality styles fit for all genders.
  • A showcase of the “Meet The Majority” Brand Influencers custom denim styles created with the Creative Director/Co-Founder Christian K. The influencers collective network spans over half a million followers across digital media platforms.

Guests can RSVP for this free event here.

More About Majority Denim

“Sharing a sense of style through community, innovation, and unity. We don’t need to fit in, we stand out” – Majority Denim

“An innovative, high quality fashion brand, designed to style all genders. Made in Los Angeles. A team of veteran denim makers with over 30 years of experience using high quality Italian, Japanese, Brazilian and American denim. We are on the path of discovering the ‘nu’ generation movement and merging it with consistent high quality and tradition.”

Majority Denim also has a recently launched YouTube Channel where they give exclusive access to their business, their partners, lifestyle, and design process. Click the play button below for a deeper glimpse into what the fresh LA. brand is about.

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Revisiting MOBS for an LA Summer

Contributing Writer: Anthony C. Stafford

If you haven’t already taken a summer vacation, odds are you will soon. And if you have taken that summer vacay already, you’ll probably be taking another one or doing some outdoor activities at the very least. For that reason alone, we thought it would be a great opportunity to revisit  footwear brand MOBS Design. After all, in LA’s summer fun (and heat), comfort is a top-notch priority — and MOBS is here to delivery just that. If you missed our previous coverage of MOBS’ amazing brunch event, you can catch up here. Otherwise, keep reading to learn more about why we’re revisiting this amazing brand!

MOBS Design is a staple for the shoe connoisseur, and they’ve been creating extremely comfortable, light-weight, and attractive shoes for both men and women. With a variety of eye-catching styles, the shoes truly fit whatever occasion life can throw at you. From running and exploring the city, to picking up the kids after work, MOBS has taken into account that we live diverse and busy lives. As a result, the company’s offerings transcend the demands of daily life.

In addition to the many styles, MOBS features an easy-on-the-eyes array of color combinations to further meet your particular tastes. Whether you’re feeling sporty and need a breathable knit finish, or life is demanding something more formal to match your slacks, this brand has your feet covered with all-leather finish options. When we last met with the MOBS team, they wore their favorite pairs of 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 that vision is like today, plus a little more insight from MOBS’ Founder and CEO, Alexandre Benaim, in a special Q&A interview:

Where do you find inspiration for the aesthetic of MOBS?

“I find my inspiration in culture all around the world but also in design, architecture, art, photography, cartoons, sport wear, work wear, combat wear, materials, high end and any fashion to create versatile sneakers that work in any situation and allow to be active and dress-up.”

What sparks your ideas, visually? Why unisex?

“Sneakers are functional product by definition which makes our designs are driven by technics and comfort. Otherwise I believe that men and women can definitely wear the same colors and materials.”

What are your imperatives as a creative director?

“Find the meaning without losing the goals. Create the aesthetic without losing the comfort. Build the story without losing the identity.”

How do you keep creative integrity and originality within the footwear market, while so many brands are copying from each other?

“We are not chasing the trends, we are not reinventing the wheels… In fact we are just trying to offer the best version of classic silhouette by offering a minimalist timeless design.”

Who would you describe as the quintessential MOBS consumer?

“Any active, nomadic people with a free state of mind.”

What direction would you like to see MOBS grow toward in the future?

“I would love to establish MOBS as a relevant high-end, athletic lifestyle brand with a diversity of products.”

Everyone has remarked the extreme comfort of MOBS shoes. What is the secret?

“The magic recipe! We design and engineer a real athletic in-sole and out-sole combined with leather uppers, and even the entire linings of all our models are made from natural leather. We have been through all the details to offer the best possible comfort.”

What is your favorite shoe from the collection, and why?

“Tough question… But the high top is really an awesome version of what I think is the most emblematic sneaker’s silhouette.”

MOBS Design brings innovation, unique colors, high-quality materials and undeniable comfort to the table. LA summers have become notorious for all there is to do regarding entertainment and activities — as well as the scorching weather. The MOBS brand is a refreshing eye-magnet in the world of sneakers, and 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. Simply put, the shoes are just so damn cool!

HERBERT LIST: Young Men & Still Lifes

HERBERT LIST: Young Men & Still Lifes

 

 

 
The Fahey/Klein Gallery is pleased to present Young Men & Still Lifes by German photographer, Herbert List — The first exhibition of his legendary homoerotic male nudes in Los Angeles in over 25 years. List’s playful but austere, classically arranged compositions taken in Italy and Greece have become an indelible influence in modern and contemporary photography. Diary-like images of friends and still lives with found objects gave birth to a style that half a century later would influence fashion or lifestyle photography of masters like Bruce Weber or Herb Ritts.
 
Herbert List (1903 -1975) was born into a prosperous Hamburg merchant family and began an apprenticeship at a Heidelberg coffee dealer in 1921 while studying literature and art history at Heidelberg University. During travels for the coffee business between 1924-28, the young List began to take photographs, almost without any pretensions to art.
 
In 1930, though, his artistic leanings and connections to the European avant-garde brought him together with the American photographer Andreas Feininger, who introduced his new friend to the Rolleiflex, a more sophisticated camera that allowed a deliberate composition of images. Under the dual influence of the surrealist movement on the one hand, and of Bauhaus artists on the other, List photographed still life and his friends, developing his style. He has described his images as “composed visions where [my] arrangements try to capture the magical essence inhabiting and animating the world of appearances.”
 
After leaving Germany in 1936 in response to the danger of Nazi police attention to his openly gay lifestyle and his Jewish heritage, he turned his hobby into a profession. Working in Paris and London, he met George Hoyningen-Huene, who referred him to “Harper’s Bazaar”. Dissatisfied with the challenges of fashion photography and hired models, List instead focused on composing still lifes. The images produced there would later be compared to the paintings of Max Ernst and Giorgio de Chirico, and paved the way for List’s role as the most prominent photographer of the Fotografia Metafisica style.
 
Greece became List’s primary interest from 1937 to 1939. After his first visit to the antique temples, sculptures and landscapes, his first solo show opened in Paris in the summer of 1937. Publications in Life, Photographie, Verve and Harper’s Bazaar followed, and List began work on his first book, Licht über Hellas, which wasn’t published until 1953.
 
Working in Athens, List hoped to escape the war but was forced by invading troops to return to Germany in 1941. Because of his Jewish background, he was forbidden to publish or work officially in Germany. Several works, stored in a hotel in Paris, have been lost. In 1944 List was deployed by the German Wehrmacht to Norway where he served as a map archivist.
 
In 1951, List met Robert Capa, who convinced him to work as a contributor to Magnum. He turned his interest towards Italy from 1950 to 1961, photographing everything from street scenes to contemplative photo-essays, from architectural views to portraits of international artists living in Italy. He discovered the 35mm camera and the telephoto lens in 1953. His work became more spontaneous and was influenced by his Magnum colleague Henri Cartier-Bresson and the Italian Neo-Realism film movement.
 
Herbert List, Young Men & Still Lifes
June 27 through August 31, 2019
Opening Reception
May 27, 7 – 9pm
148 North La Brea Avenue
90036

Mambo International Kitchen Brings the World’s Cuisine to Southern California

Mambo International Kitchen Brings the World’s Cuisine to Southern California

Contributions by Anthony Stafford

It’s rare to find a restaurant that has the courage to take on the challenge of offering a variety of international dishes, and even rarer to find one that does so flawlessly. And we’re not talking about a buffet-style restaurant, either!

We present to you, Mambo International Kitchen, where you can truly “savor the world on your table.” Located in Northridge on the Northeast corner of Roscoe Blvd. and Tampa Ave., the family owned business is a bit of a hidden treasure — at least until they get their new sign up to let the world know they exist! Upon entering the restaurant, it felt as if we were immediately whisked away, stepping through a portal into some other part of the world. Mambo’s interior looks and feels like a high-end, industrially repurposed dreamscape. Complete with branded wooden planks accentuating the concrete walls, and creatively reimagined colorful seating, tables, and decor, Mambo feels wildly alive — even when there aren’t many guests dining. Interestingly, Mambo’s design comes full circle, once you learn the backstory from one of the owners, Raymond Magsaysay, below.

Words From The Owner

Naturally, when you encounter a restaurant as ambitious and amazing as Mambo International Kitchen, you may feel inclined to know just how they pulled it off, along with some interesting tidbits. Luckily, Raymond was more than happy to answer a few questions from us.

Q: What inspired you to open the restaurant, and ultimately settle on an international menu that highlights flavors from all over the world?
A: Originally, it was supposed to be a modern Filipino kitchen, but then we decided that it [would] limit our clientele, wherein we have so much more to offer than just Filipino fusion. Since, as a family of 6, we love eating various cuisines and normally have a hard time deciding where to eat because each one has their preference, we thought of combining the cuisines we love to eat.

Q:  What was the hardest part of getting started and opening Mambo International Kitchen?
A: Our biggest challenge was having the restaurant open because of permits and construction issues. The landlord hired an incompetent contractor to do all the rough construction and he cut corners. I had to intervene and get it all corrected and passed. It helped that construction is my primary business. Good thing [we] also, protected ourselves when we signed the lease, so those expenses were paid for by the landlord and we didn’t start paying rent until the restaurant was ready to open.

Q: What is your ultimate vision of what you want Mambo to become in 5 to 10 years?
A: Our vision is to franchise and expand Mambo, providing both brick and mortar, and mobile restaurants.

Q: How did you choose which international dishes made the cut to be served at Mambo?
A: This is the hardest part, because there is so much more we have to offer. As it is, the menu is huge! That’s why in the future we plan on highlighting a cuisine weekly and offer specials for that week. We started with what we love to eat at home, and what can be efficiently prepared since we don’t have a big kitchen.

Q: Will you feature more international dishes on the menu someday?
A: Yes, definitely.

Q: What is your favorite menu item and why? Or is that item not on the menu at all?!
A: My personal favorite is really steak and sushi. I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate it in the menu. (Laughs.) What stands out for me in the menu is the pita wrap, Hawaiian bowl, sisig, truffle fries and under s’mores.

A Tour for The Tongue

Raymond, and his wife and co-owner Donna, were kind enough to welcome us into their restaurant to try a variety of menu offerings, and if we had to use one word to describe our experience, it would be “authenticity.” Anyone who has traveled abroad would find that Mambo’s dishes taste exactly like they should. There is a very limited “fusion” aspect to Mambo’s dishes. A great example of this would be the extended variety of tacos they offer. We feasted on their Filipino, Korean, Indian, Vegan, Irish, Vietnamese, and English tacos, and taste after taste was an immediate gateway into a new culture. Each taco brought its own unique flavor and traits altogether in a corn tortilla — and the only taco that rang close to the traditional Mexican taste was the Vegan version — filled with truffled infused mushrooms, roasted corn, pico, black beans, and Korean barbecue sauce.

The English Taco comes with melt-in-your-mouth fried fish and pico de Gallo, while one of our favorites, the  Korean Taco with its bulgogi, tastes exactly like a traditional bulgogi meal, but shrunken down into a fun-sized package. The Indian Taco with its potent chicken tikka masala and cilantro didn’t come anywhere close to being short on flavor, while the Filipino Taco delivered an all-around complex of spicy, saucy, salty pork adobo topped with salted egg salsa. Our favorites, the Vietnamese (inspired by banh mi) and Irish Tacos came with sweet pork, hoisin sauce, chicharron; and corned beef, lettuce, and a delightful mix of spices, respectfully. In a true whirlwind of flavor, a taco tour may be all you need to experience some of the best dishes from around the world.

Donna’s Crab Cakes, named after co-owner, Donna, feature a lemon horseradish aioli. If you grew up on the coast and have ever had crab cakes, you’ll know that Donna knows what she’s doing! Crispy, flavorful bites with a spicy kick will accompany you through each crab cake. Vito’s Pita Wrap is a mediterranean refreshment that awakens the taste buds. Complete with beef kabob, tomato, onion, garlic, lettuce, and tzatziki sauce, this gut filler comes with a side of fries to seal the deal. Our sides were Truffle Fries and 4 Cheese Mac and Cheese, both of which could be their own individual meals with a drink. The Mac and cheese was a perfect, creamy, smooth (small) pot of gold, subtly different from your usual. And if you love truffle, get the fries!

We saved some of our bests for last. While everything was amazing, and we recommend it all, Mambo offers so much within their menu that it’s almost impossible to figure out what you’d like to try first. From rice bowls to Specialties, Sides, Starters, and Desserts, it’s jarring to see the options. For that reason, we’re providing you with the first thing you should try upon your visit. As recommended to us by Juliano, Raymond and Donna’s son, the Wintermelon Tea with Boba, and the Hong Kong Bowl are absolute must haves. Wintermelon Tea is like drinking a dessert, and tastes nothing like a fruit. In fact, this refreshing milk tea tastes like a creamy, sweet graham cracker and caramel blend. Think s’mores in a cup. Incredible!

On the other hand, the Hong Kong Rice Bowl is a mandatory must-have. This isn’t your regular old sticky rice. Garlicky and  buttery undertones penetrate the cores of each grain of rice, making for a truly dimensional experience, while the fried pork spareribs greet the palate with the sweetness of cinnamon and the savor of deep fried meat. The spareribs seemingly melt away with each bite, and paired with the rice, it’s a perfect match.

The conclusion of our meal meant it was only right to close things out with a sweet treat that would be none other than Mambo’s banana Nutella egg roll with a scoop of vanilla ice cream. We were stuffed, but how could one pass this up? Sweet, fried crispy, hot, and the perfect end to our tour.

Amazingly, it doesn’t feel like this restaurant is doing too much when you see their menu. Instead, it feels like you’ve got some catching up to do. Mambo has proven that a focus on International Cuisine can be done successfully. Raymond and Donna have mastered the art of bringing the world under one roof, and offering the best of it to the colorfully diverse Southern California. If you crave some Indian flair, or even Korean sophistication, you don’t need a passport to get it. Mambo International Kitchen took our mouths on an international tour, and we never even had to leave our seats.

Mambo’s Story

The owners of Mambo are very passionate about good food and equal to that is their delight in hosting and serving people. For many years they’ve dreamed of opening a restaurant that people will love and finally that dream is now a reality.

Our company is established with a passion and desire to serve high quality and cost effective gourmet food with excellent customer service; quickly and consistently. By combining homestyle comfort food with creative and fun dishes, and a family friendly atmosphere with old industrial decor, we know Mambo is soon to be a community favorite.

Address:
8300 Tampa Ave
Northridge, CA 91324
Delivery: Yes