Tuesday, May 31, 2011

The Mix: The Arrival at Departure

Something created by a bartender at The Departure on top of The Nines Boutique hotel in Portland...

The Arrival.
It is a mix of Veuve Clicquot, some sort of liquor that I can't recall and ginger sugar cube.  The result: pure sweet indulgence!  Good thing we were leaving because I was going to order like two more glasses of flutes!

The Looks: Departure

An evening out in Portland doesn't mean jeans and Birkenstock anymore.  Believe it or not Portland has become quite a trend setting spot for fashionistas.  From green friendly apparel to fashion forward yuppies, there are cool styles that can be seen all over Portland.  And the best part is? The people of Stumptown are so friendly!

Didn't quite know what to make of this dress when looking at ASOS online.  It is different from most dresses and if pulled off wrong we could all end up looking preggo.  But still took a chance on it.  And glad I did!  For about $44, this versatile empire seamed shift dress will be a great piece for this season and as we head into FW/2011.  Paired it with the urban turban here (check out my post about it so you can get some ideas on how to create your own urban turban) with a POP! of the patent electric blue Cambridge Satchel.  All set and ready to go!

Coral turban from ASOS, $14

ASOS Empire seamed shift dress in Oil Yellow, $49

The Music: Rolling In The Deep

Loving the soulful voice of Adele in "Rolling in the Deep".

The Artist: Jonas Bevacqua The Alexander McQueen of Street Wear

"I didn't feel there was a clothing company to bridge the gap between all these different things that we were into - that spoke for that melting pot of what was going on. That's what LRG was all about." -Jonas Bevacqua

Source: LA Times

Jonas Bevacqua

Co-Founder of LRG (Lifted Research Group)

A Son, father, friend & loved.

In 1999, Jonas and his business partner, Robert Wright, started up Lifted Research Group (better known as LRG) using capital raised from friends' of Bevacqua's adopted father.  The two met while Jonas was a DJ in the club scenes of Southern Cal, after he had just dropped out off college.  

LRG's influence came from the hip hop, surf, and skateboard cultures in which Jonas had accustomed himself to.  He created this line because he felt no one else was able to represent the melting pot of these cultures or was able to properly express them.  

In 2006, LRG sales was at $150 million and was named in Entrepreneur's magazine as the #5 on its list of 500 fastest growing companies.  Since its inception, the company has evolved from just a clothing line into things like electronic devices, music, and other items.  It is not just a fashion line but a "creative lifestyle" company that creates products sparked by the company's interest in not just fashion but environmental issues as well.

A great mind and contributor to street fashion, to that we will miss his ingenuity.  The guy who helped started and popularized street wear: Jonas Bevacqua, Rest In Peace.

Source: VIBE