DRIES VAN NOTEN LA STORE

I went to the new Dries Van Noten® store this weekend and boy was it a thing of beauty. Nestled within the old Opening Ceremony building and the even older Charlie Chaplin studio, the DVN team did an absolutely remarkable job turning this WeHo landmark into a hub of pure creativity. Walking through the over 8,000 square feet you can’t help but to be hit with huge gusts of inspiration and admiration for the lines, colors, shapes, proportions, materials and art used within the two floors. It makes you feel like you’re walking through a maze of the designers mind and archival genius. I highly recommend everyone go and check it out, I promise you won’t leave disappointed. Thank you to the lovely staff and Michael for helping me out and allowing me to shoot some footage while shopping.


P.s. I shot these images and video stills with the Sony ZV-1. This little camera is seriously a beast.


-Danny


FLEA MARKET FINDS PT.6

I feel like I didn’t get that much this weekend but the items that I did find are pretty insane. Starting from the authentic vintage Prada® and Fendi® bags from the early 90’s that I found at a West Hollywood yard sale to the authentic vintage Gucci® briefcase and Canon AE-1 camera. I was hoping to find more cameras but there’s always next week. After all of the haggling I spent $86 total for everything. 


-Danny


IT’S LIVE!

My Youtube channel is finally live. God, look at how low those numbers are, isn’t it amazing? There is very little in this world that beats the high I get from turning nothing into something. Give me a month, give me a year, give me five. I don’t know how long it will take to turn this into what I envision but one thing is certain, I haven’t been this excited in a long time! There is no time like the present and there is nothing and no one standing in the way of you and your ideas except for yourself. Get up and be creative. Even if no one pays attention, the fact that you followed through with your desires is already a success story.


-Danny


DEALS AND STEALS

Hunting for deals is one of my favorite things to do when it comes to buying clothes. I think it’s absurd to spend $800+ for a pair of trousers or walk around with tons of designer logos on you at any given time. I think style is something that comes with confidence in who you are, rather than the need to project figures of a price tag onto others just so you can get a hit of validation from people who ultimately don’t care. I feel so deeply about this, about people living above their means just to fit in or feel good about themselves that I even faced one of my biggest fears and recorded a video about it. I’m kicking off my YouTube channel with a video of how I search for deals on pieces that suit my personal style. Moreover, I even talk about how you can make a buck or two while shopping. For instance, These Helmut Lang jeans retailed for $345 and I paid $105. The Marc Jacobs x Magda Archer sweatpants retailed for $195, I got them for $100. The Helmut Lang fleece joggers retailed for $200 and I got them for $50. The Nike x Martine Rose sneakers are selling for around $180, I got them at the outlet for $40. All of which I could easily sell and make a 200% return on my investment. Granted, if you have disposable income and collect clothes as one might acquire works of art, for the beauty and process of the creation, then so be it. Everyone deserves to collect what makes them happy. This is more geared for those who go broke just to keep up with the Joneses. And I say this from the perspective of someone who was once participating in that never-ending race.  


P.s. I can’t believe I fit into a size 28 pant now!


-Danny


SONY ZV-1 UNBOXING

A lot of people have been asking me about my new vlogging camera and the accessories that I added to it. I filmed an unboxing of the packages the day I received them so you can have a better look at the camera and what comes inside. If you’re interested or thinking about getting the ZV-1 you can watch the video and don’t forget to subscribe as I’m going to do an in-depth review and let you know if this little shooter is worth the price tag.


-Danny



THRIFT SESSION

I have this spot that I try to go to weekly because it never fails me. I always seem to find great stuff (a lot of designer) for insane prices. And since I go there so much, they usually give me a discount which is always appreciated. The workers have cool style and the store is always clean. There really isn’t much more that I could ask for but out of no where I was finding tons of pieces brand new with tags. I’m assuming Neiman Marcus donated old inventory or someone downsized their closet but whatever the case, it was a great thrifting day.


-Danny


THANK YOU HOOPER CAMERA

I was in a bind and needed to source a 107” backdrop so I could start shooting Youtube content. The 53” paper roll that I use for product shots wasn’t cutting it and I needed to figure out where I could get a neutral grey seamless without having to order one online and wait for delivery or drive all the way to Samy’s in WeHo. I remembered there was a local camera store that I bought my first camera at twelve years ago. I wondered if they were still business so I did a quick google search and gave them a call. What do you know, they answered. I couldn’t believe it and even more of a miracle, they had the color and size that I was looking for. A huge thank you to Hooper Camera in Thousand Oaks and to the super nice dudes that took care of me. They even gave me a great price and put the backdrop in the car for me. Honestly, I don’t think I’ll be purchasing any more studio goods online. The fact that this place is still in business during the era of overnight delivery is a testament to how much the community still wants to touch and see and play with items in person. Especially when photography is such a huge part of our lives. And for all of my local analog shooters, they sell film cameras, all types of films and even offer a processing and developing service. 


-Danny


FLEA MARKET FINDS PT.4

The flea market wasn’t as packed with vendors this time around but I did manage to stop by a few booths and find a couple of gems. My camera guy was kind enough to put aside a box of stuff for me to look through when I got there. I grabbed some cameras from him then stumbled upon a super sick pair of vintage Bollé® shades a few booths over. The seller was asking $15 for these neon relics from the 1980’s. I offered him $5 but he declined. I walked away and then ten minutes later went back and offered him $7 after I seen him make a sale. Knowing my chances were good while he was on a sellers high, he said, “you’re killing me” as he took my money. Score! All in all I spent around $50  for everything but had a great time haggling with the usual suspects. It’s kind of funny how we are getting on a first name basis.  


-DannyFlea


MY FIRST POTTERY

If you remember my blog post from July, I talked about how I took my first pottery class and was excited to go back to glaze what I made. I finally went a couple of weeks ago for the glazing process. It was cool and scary at the same time because with certain colors you never know how the pigments are going to react in the kiln. After a couple more weeks of waiting, the good people over at Firestick Pottery called and said the pieces were ready to pick up. So, here they are. My first handmade pottery pieces that I could not be happier with. The process and the experience was amazing. Seeing the transformation from raw overlooked materials to objects that can be used in a daily application is truly inspiring. The wheels start turning dreaming up what I’ll make next every time I put my jewelry in my artisan dish.


-Danny