Industrie Denim's founder and veteran denim purveyor, Mark Werts, has partnered with Levi Strauss to present customers with clothing from more than 80 denim design houses from around the world. Each location is decorated with industrial elements sourced from local junkyards and flea markets and also hosts a self-styled jean-ius. Jean-iuses stay abreast of the latest style trends and can assist shoppers in finding pants that flatter figures ranging from pear- to star-fruit-shaped. Guests can admire the jean-ius's handiwork in one of the store's booty cams, which are located in select dressing rooms. In-house tailors guide their needles around not-quite-right hems and waistlines, adding a personalized touch to each pair of impeccably fitted trousers.
FastFrame’s skilled framers customize borders for an array of wall-worthy pieces. Selecting from an extensive inventory of materials, they craft frames to showcase original artwork or to endow special photographs with a dignified display. Their carefully curated conservation materials prevent works of art from fading and prevent their subjects from sprouting a 5 o’clock shadow. But the framesmiths don't limit themselves to two dimensions—sports memorabilia, kids’ artwork, and other three-dimensional objects find artistic preservation within shadowboxes. They even transform flat-screen TVs into customized, framed works of art by installing a VisionArt feature, which transmits the still image of a painting, family portrait, or favorite infomercial onto idle screens.
Bugs Bunny. Daffy Duck. Porky Pig. Even if they don’t immediately recognize his name, everyone’s seen the characters that Chuck Jones created, whether on TV or in their nightly dreams. The Looney Toons animator, director, screenwriter, and producer won four Oscars for his legendary work, but in 1999 he set his sights onto a new goal: create a place where everyone's innate creative genius can flourish. The Chuck Jones Center for Creativity’s guiding mission is to animate dormant creative impulses with art classes, exhibitions, lectures, and film festivals. Classes, which welcome adults and kids alike, concentrate on topics such as dioramas, pastels, and illustration.
In 1965, Popular Mechanics ran a small classified ad for Brookstone, a new catalog company that packed its pages with functional products and detail-oriented descriptions. Brookstone quickly expanded to meet the high demand for its collection of “hard-to-find tools,” and opened the door to its first retail location in 1973. Today, Brookstone’s more than 300 nationwide retail locations allow customers to test-drive its ever-growing lineup of interesting products, which range from Bluetooth-enabled massage chairs to power adapters designed for international travelers and their electronic passports. Staying true to its roots as a catalog company, Brookstone houses an even larger selection of products, each waiting patiently to be shipped, on its website.
Orange County visual artist Don Le has a passion for expressing his subjects' inner beauty and personality. In his career in photography and video production, Le's portfolio spans across a wide range of styles, from wedding compositions to celebrity and fashion photoshoots to family portraits. Le's pieces often splash with a dreamy saturation of color, and he can upgrade a shot with his playful, inventive use of lighting, computer-generated backgrounds, and various angles. During three-hour photography courses, Le teaches students how to visualize and create photo compositions of their very own. Those courses include pointers in both outdoor and indoor photography, so you can properly capture Bigfoot in either the woods or a department store.