72 and Money

by flaunt

The Photographer for This Feature, a European, Had His Thighs Sunburnt on the Back of a Borrowed Vespa While Traipsing SoCal in Search of Angelyne and These Six Creators in Their Spaces


The Elder Statesman

The cashmere-centric line was founded by Greg Chait in 2007 because he wanted an “awesome” blanket. Since then he has expanded into mens and womenswear, children’s toys, and of course, blankets.

What does simplicity mean to you?

This is, in my opinion, the greatest challenge in all of design.  How does one get simplicity right?  Really tough, but when it’s “right” it’s the most beautiful pinnacle.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a combo of James Bond (Sean Connery), meets Top Gun (Maverick obviously), meets Minor Threat, meets Beastie Boys.

David Bowie or David Hasselhoff?

David Fincher.

Favorite piece of clothing to wear on a day off?

I wear the same stuff to work as I do on my day off.


Gabriela Artigas

The two sisters from Mexico City, Gabriela and Tere, have run this jewelry design studio together since 2010.

How is your relationship different inside and outside the studio?

Inside the studio we have great respect for each other’s time, if we need to ask a question or for help we always say, “When you have time can you help me with this?” For us it is important to understand that we both have a lot of things to do. When we are out of the studio we just hang, literally just hang around all day together with no pressure.

What type of music do you listen to when you are first in your workspace? 

Oldies: Nina Simone and Max Richter.

What’s your favorite haunt for coffee or lunch close to your studio? 

Blue Bottle, Alfred In The Alley, Coffee Commissary.

What are your most important rituals during your workday? 

Making coffee, and when a song we like plays, we sing it together.


Nick Fouquet

The model and milliner has run Nick Fouquet Hat Co. out of his Venice-based studio since 2011.

What’s the story with the paint splatters?

It’s spontaneous and moves me in the moment. There’s no rhyme or reason, just a feeling. I don’t sketch a hat out before I start, I have a general idea of direction and start going, if an accident happens I always stop and look at it as a gift to maybe do something radically different. I wait and pray for mistakes.

What type of music do you listen to when you are first in your workspace? 

Otis Redding on loop.

What are your most important rituals during your workday? 

In the morning reading, writing, and meditating sets my work day up.

At what time of day are you most creative? 

Early Morning.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up? 

National Geographic photographer.

David Bowie or David Hasselhoff? 

David Bowie, duhh.


Clare Vivier

The leather goods designer started in 2008 in response to a lack of chic laptop cases. Since then she has opened four stores, is carried in over 300 outlets and through her factories, creates more jobs in Southern California every day.

Is there a specific aspect of California that influences your design aesthetic? 

I constantly go back to the nature of California. The beautiful indoor/outdoor lifestyles that we all lead, and the beautiful parks that we all have.

You first started by creating a bag called La Tropezienne. What drove you to create that bag? 

I was contacted by a woman who had a bag company that she had closed about ten years previously, she invited me to her warehouse to go look at the leather and I fell in love with this one very natural vegetable-tanned Italian leather that she had, and so I initially just bought one skin and I brought it home with me and that’s when I created the Tropezienne; it was inspired by the actual material that I was playing around with.

What’s your favorite haunt for coffee or lunch close to your studio?

Proof Bakery for coffee and lunchtime baguette sandwiches.

Princess Di or Jackie O.?

Jackie O. for sure.



Co-founder Robert Keith of Los Angeles-based rebel jewelry studio Hoorsenbuhs along with partner Kether Parker since 2006.

Do you feel stressed about designing something like a wedding ring that has so much symbolism attached to it? 

Not really. Relationships can be stressful in general. We wish everyone the best of luck.

At what time of day are you most creative? 

The first 30 minutes after my first sip of coffee in the morning.

As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A bank robber/cowboy.

David Bowie or David Hasselhoff?

David Blaine.


George Esquivel

With clients like LeBron James, Brad Pitt, and Janelle Monáe, the Californian cordwainer has been creating custom footwear out of Orange County since the mid-1990s.

Who taught you to craft shoes?

I was taught the basics of shoe making by a gentleman named Emigdio Canales. Over the years I have had many mentors, who have taught me things that range from last/shoe mold developing, understanding quality of leather hides to different shoe making techniques. To this day I’m still learning about shoe making.

Do you prefer a brunch or a dinner date?

I prefer dinners, because people aren’t typically in a rush to leave. Dinners are at the end of our day and we can relax and enjoy the good food and great company.

At what time of day are you most creative?

For me it’s not a time of day, it has more to do with when I’m by myself at my studio. During work hours I deal with the daily issues of production, PR, sales, etc. When I’m by myself I can focus solely on what I love most about my job, which is developing new ideas.

David Bowie or David Hasselhoff?

For sure David Bowie, one of my all time favorite songs is “China Girl.”


Sydney Brown

Making sophisticated, luxury footwear out of her Los Angeles atelier, Sydney Brown uses only eco-friendly animal-free materials.

What is your favorite thing about Los Angeles?

The access to diverse and exquisite landscapes is unbelievable. Within an hour drive or so, you can be at the beach, in snowcapped mountains or in the vast deserts!

What are your most important rituals during your workday?

Working on the shoes every day is my most important ritual. I almost enter a trance-like state, as there is so much repetitive action and the attention to detail must be so strong. I think of it like grooming a horse, as the rider and horse create powerful bonds with each other during the grooming process. I feel the same way with the shoes in that it creates a feeling of connectedness before sending them off on their adventures.

At what time of day are you most creative?

Late in the evening, for sure. When my mind is relaxed, I have the most creative output.