the irony and the ecstasy

by urquiza!
Posts Tagged ‘california apparel news’

coco and bvlgari

part one. a few out takes from a retail assignment in beverly hills. i was almost regretting this for the obvious reasons. however, i found rodeo drive far more accessible than some other neighbourhoods on the west side as well as areas in the east. this was not a mono-linguistic environment as many parts of los angeles are typically either english or spanish. i over heard french, chinese, korean, german, tagalog, spanish and portuguese all in the same street, on the same corner block. rodeo with its open top busses of tourist and luxury SUVs everywhere is not the same kind of posh that is ginza nor the champs-élysées. it is certainly unique as it is clichéd. grey haired men in blazers stroll around; slender women in all manner of heeled shoes march down the avenue; and, while young handsome men patrol store fronts opening doors, discouraging shop lifting; while still other young men glide through the street by behind tinted windows. i want to come back here and shoot some more.



















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city of vernon

out takes on assignment. city of vernon has a population of about 112 people and is five miles outside of downtown los angeles. during business hours there are about 50,000 workers in the factories, warehouses and meatpacking buildings of vernon.






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going downtown

more out takes from the my sixth street assignment for the california apparel news. i think these brought me back to the beginning of my wandering downtown as a kid. i think it was the wheels, the walking and so many windows. back then it was big cars that would glide through the street, they have been replaced by scooters and bikes.


rocco espinoza owner of round2 one of the new hipster stores on sixth street. i went to high school with his sister, that was a strange revelation. it was the first person in thirty years that i have come across from that era. rocco is the window.


stanton james is a high end boutique on the ground floor of the old chubb insurance building. the windows are nothing like the old windows of the downtown department stores of the 60s. big stories and big visuals dancing behind glass. men in crisply steamed suits and women in skirts and camel hair coats bustling about.


the next time i see this guy i have to meet him. otherwise, the fantasy in my head of him as a skid row lawyer will become reality and will never be able to erase that memory.


the last frame of the assignment. on the bus, riding back to the newspaper.


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sixth street no. 1

out takes from an assignment covering the retail scene in downtown LA september 21, 2011. first image is the window of a store named flea while in the reflection is the old chubb insurance building converted to loftominiums. below, “she’s got legs, he don’t” in front of rocco espinoza’s store round2 LA, street level of the chubb insurance building.





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kimono diaries

kimono designer and stylist nobuaki tomita presents at the official residence of the japanese consul general of japan. in some images midori makino models a ten thousand dollar kimono. during the presentation tomita illustrates how kimonos are constructed from a single roll of textile and how the textiles are painstakingly designed from sketches to embroidered patterns which reveal an epic narrative much like an illuminated text.

published, california apparel news.




































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