We briefly chatted with Amanda Yamashita, the artist behind our latest LACAUSA Store window display, about inspiration sourcing, all things nylon and her summer look.
Tell us about your creative process.
My creative process usually begins with the material. I take materials and try to imagine them in a new way. I start with an individual form and build upon it- letting it grow and transform. The final composition is directly related to how the material dictates itself. For this reason, I always say that gravity is one of my materials. Throughout the process, I edit edit edit. If something isn't working out, I change up the composition until it feels right.
What materials do you generally work with?
I find inspiration everywhere! It's in brainstorming, in conversations with other creatives, in galleries and museums, in nature, on Instagram, in fashion, in architecture, even in Home Depot!
Which piece that you’ve made is your favorite and why?
My favorite piece is always changing! My answer to that is almost always whatever my latest creation is. In this case, it's a giant brain sculpture I made for a music video that has LED lights rigged throughout that beat to the music! I love it because I made it in collaboration with a friend and also because it was the largest thing I've ever made! When it comes to installation, the bigger the better!
What's your Summer Look?
We chatted briefly with Long Beach local Hannah Morgan about literature and where to find the best LB hangs.
Hannah wears the Gauze Jersey Baby T
Tell us how living in LB has influenced your style.
H: When I moved to Long Beach, it was the first time I lived away from home. After a few months of exploring and growing, I settled into a uniform: vintage Levis and high top converse. Always. Parking in Long Beach is a nightmare, so converse realllllly come in handy when I have to skateboard blooooocks to get home.
Top 3 Long Beach spots:
1. Rose Park Roasters. It's where I’ve spent most of my time since I’ve been here. I’m also an avid Lord Windsor fan
2. Thrifting on Fourth street, in particular La Bomba is the best place to treasure shop
3. Sifting through vinyls at Fingerprints
Hannah wears the Isabelle Trousers
Besides being a cute girl on the internet and IRL, you're also studying English.
H: Yup, I absolutely adore it. I always have my head in a book or a pen in my hand.
H: I’m reading a lot of contemporary and British literature for my classes, so that takes up a good chunk of time. When I can carve out a second to myself, I’ve been picking up Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 by Francine Prose. It’s excellent. I’m loosing sleep over it.
photos by Samantha Sawyer
Back in November, we teamed up with photographer Roman Koval and model/artist/cool girl Paige Elkington to shoot our LA HOLIDAY feature. Today, we follow up with Paige about activism, LA style, and her favorite metallic pants.
Paige wears the Vintage Tall T
Tell us about how you came to live in Los Angeles?
P: Growing up in the south, I always felt slightly out of place and was eager to move to a big city. I only chose LA because I wasn't quite ready for the intensity and price tag of NYC.
During the shoot we talked a bit about your activism and your dedication to sharing information/educating friends on how they can play a role in the political process. Can you talk more about what you have been doing in lieu of recent political events?
P: Many of us feel very overwhelmed by the election outcome, the DAPL, among other things and a lot of us want to help but don't know where to start or what we can do to make an actual difference. After reading and vetting countless articles and social media posts, I consolidated all the info I'd absorbed into an action-based to do list: people to call, organizations to donate to, petitions to sign, and emails to write. Instead of checking off that list by myself, I invited friends to my house, and we did it together. I shared a doc with my email templates and scripts for calling since I had already done all the groundwork--that way people didn't feel overwhelmed. That's how the first meeting originated, and I plan on having them once a month. In addition, practicing activism in groups is important because many of us have never done this before. This may be the first time a lot us have felt compelled to organize and act. That doesn't come naturally to everyone. A lot of people have anxiety about picking up the phone. So this is a way to stay encouraged and accountable. I also encourage my friends to make small donations. If people tell me they're broke, I tell them to donate $1-5. When people understand that small donations make an impact, they are way more likely to donate and continue to because that seems like a realistic way for them to give back on a budget.
Do you think living in LA has had an impact on how you get dressed every day?
P: Oh yeah. I'm way more relaxed here.
Paige wears the Dual Satin Dress
Current favorite piece in your closet?
P: My metallic lace up Angel Chen pants. I don't even think they look that great on me but I love them because they're insane.
Favorite LACAUSA piece from the shoot?
P: The lucky dress! The cut and look remind me of 90s prada - my favorite.
Paige wears the Vintage Frank Top
LA girls Symrin Chawla, Eva Sealove, Gabbie Bautista, and Martina Lund take the American Southwest wearing LACAUSA and listening to Dolly Parton. We got to chat with them post-trip about petrified forests, romance novels on the road, and energy vortex tour guides named Blair.
Symrin: What's up I’m Sym and I’m a chronic runaway.
Eva: I’m a Taurus with a rising Leo; I work in advertising and write about feminism.
Gabbie: Hi internet, I’m Gabbie. I like looking at shiny objects and designing things.
Martina: Hello, I’m Martina, the Björk is my home, my sigil, my spirit. Also swedish. Graphic designer.
What inspired this route for your road trip?
ES: The southwest is magic and we wanted to see as much as possible in the time that we had. Each of us was at something of a turning point in our lives and decided the best path was to GTFO, drive down a dirt road, blast Whitney, Madonna and Dolly, look out the window, stand on a mountain, watch a sunset, drink spiked hot cocoa, bathe in healing waters, sing cowboy ballads, charge our crystals, sip coffee in Denny’s, channel spirits, correctly identify the belt of Orion, and think some thoughts together.
What was the collective style vibe on the trip?
A big mix of utilitarian / sporty items like Timberland hiking boots, HeatTech layers, or Patagonia with softer, more feminine pieces from LACAUSA... along with some flashy shit like fur coats and hats, crystal jewelry, and chokers.
The Santi Jumpsuit was so comfy for car rides, layered over Vintage Tall T with chunky wool socks and Timbs. The Jumpsuit was important again in a dive bar where we took over and played Madonna and Reggaeton, drinking $3 tequilas. The Dad's Shirtdress elevated jeans and cowboy boots for a stroll through Truth or Consequences, NM. The Alma Slip was perfect for the petrified forest.
We also picked up some sick matching T-shirts in Sedona which, incidentally, look fantastic, even without pants.
Best food / shops / secret spots along the way?
ES: Once we crossed the border into Arizona on Day 1, we stopped in Quartzsite for dinner (chopped salad and mini pizza) at a bar called Silly Al’s, where we listened to a great Blues duo called The Gypsy Wagyn. We realized in that moment that we were definitely not in LA anymore, and the trip only continued to get better and better from there.
SC: Reading a romance novel to a little herd of buffalo on a desert hilltop probably takes the cake, although swimming in a serial killer's favorite lake was also...energizing.
ML: BLAIR. The master tour guide of Sedona’s energy vortexes. He had the kindest eyes, cutest safari outfit and had dated a 100-year old woman. So special.
GB: The petrified forest is fucking amazing. The entire park is sprinkled with giant tree trunk slices that have fully transformed into crystal, so beautiful and magical.
ML: Also that bar in Truth or Consequences where our collective tab was less than the price of one drink in LA. Win.
Road trip pro-tips?
-Bring a knife! You never know when you’ll want to eat aged goat’s milk brie and fig jam.
-Bring a pillow and don’t leave it at the hotel.
-Bring palo santo and bless every place you lay your head.
-MAKE SURE THE TRUNK IS CLOSED
-Bring dryer sheets for cheap (but very cute) rooms that might stink (a bit).
Life is a mystery
Everyone must stand alone
I hear you call my name
And it feels like home
Paige wears the Dual Satin Dress in Neptune
Paige wears the Lucky Dress in Heirloom Crimson
Paige wears the Vintage Tall T in Whitewash
Paige wears Vintage Frank Top in Whitewash
Paige wear the Satin Wrap Skirt in Neptune
Photography: Roman Koval
Model: Paige Elkington
MUA: Paige Marton
Creative Production: Kelynn Smith
Two of our fave LA girls documented their road trip through Oregon for us. When we caught up with them about their adventures we ended up with cheese pairing recommendations and some pro-tips for booking granny suites at roadside motels.
How did the two of you meet / become friends?
SYMRIN : We started orbiting each other in our last year of college when the majority of our time was spent chasing our tails at the Pink House. I vaguely remember a sunrise coffee at the local ARCO followed by Jonbenet Ramsey lock of hair sighting in the alley behind The Brothel – those were the names of our houses by the way. I was always impressed by what a phenomenal cook you were, no matter what we were on.
MARIEL : Early memories include face paint, a shower, and a scenario that included me sneaking into your room to nap before committing some serious bed hopping. Even though she doesn’t take the best care of her piercings, Sym is my favorite person to spend 25+ hours with in a tiny vehicle.
What do you do?
SYM: I'm getting my MFA in media art, which mostly means I'm an internet flânuese.
MAR: I paint livestock and help brands strategize things.
How would you describe your personal style or current theme?
MAR : Sun protection is key and that means baseball hats – preferably ones from souvenir shops. I’m rigorous about having a minimal closet and only simple pieces with edge make the cut. Caps + LACAUSA (favorites are the Satin Flora Pants, Las Palmas Dress, and Santi Jumpsuit) + sneaks = my perfect all-purpose uniform.
SYM : Dude you’re so right. I’m all about sun protection. Also into holding up my pants with pieces of rope - thank you LACAUSA. I crush so hard on boys who use pieces of string as belts and recently I was like ‘I am the boy I love.’ I spend a lot of time in the woodshop so I like to find a balance between being delicate but utilitarian - I live in the Denim Flora Pants and the Penelope Dress.
featured: Sofia Slip Tank
Why did you choose this route for your trip?
Despite being from (Mar) and spending time in (Sym) Portland, Southeastern Oregon was still untapped territory.
Our trip was bookended for us : Starting in Chico to visit our friend and her new baby, then making it to Government Camp / Mt Hood in time for an annual pig roast. For everything in between we picked the highway less traveled and went from there.
Both of us dream of a life off the grid, so part of our mission was seeking inspiration for our future farm -- including sussing out which livestock would be best for our sustainable butcher and dairy operation. We think goats are the answer. We’ll also be growing lavender, figs and weed so look out!
Tell us a little about your experience exploring, best nature things, favorite moments...
SYM : We tended to pair and rate each experience with its corresponding bread and cheese combo. Off the jump I’d say we killed it camping on the farm in Ashland, nomming on olive ciabatta with local pear butter, brie and a sprinkle of cayenne in the meadow with a chilled jar of goat milk was * a moment * .
The day we went to Crater Lake was insane. It started with an mid-afternoon break down over the only payphone for miles. Later we ended up in literal paradise swimming in the post-volcanic indigo lake - totally blissed out on some Italy vibes, unaware of the of the fact that we would spend the next 5 hours frantically driving through the backcountry searching for a place to sleep.
MAR : Following a tame day at Smith Rock, we set out to explore the deceivingly tropical-looking waters of Blue Pool. We scrambled down to a private rock, and popped our Pinot Gris in the water to chill. Shortly after, five 18 year old Oregon bros came ricocheting off the 30 ft cliff clutching Bud Lights. They scrambled out of the 38 degree water onto our rock, and from that point on, we’d entered a modern Shakespearean drama.
Road trip pro-tip for LACAUSA girls?
Best food / shops / secret spots along the way?
Deja Vu Ashland, OR
Cowgirl Cash Bend, OR
Kalamazoo's Antique Mall in Sisters, OR
Willow Witt Ranch Ashland, OR
Get provisions at the local co-op beforehand - we would recommend an Oregon Pinot Noir, Purple Haze chèvre and couple of pluots. You can get chicken eggs, meats, and fresh goat milk on the farm. Work up a sweat setting up camp because you’ll want an excuse to use the outdoor showers.
Cleetwood Cove Trail, Crater Lake: Italy meets the Pacific Northwest. Get in the water.
Tamolitch Blue Pool: A surreal almost-tropical oasis nestled in the forest. Most likely bewitched because here’s the catch - the crystal clear water is 38 degrees.