// Interview with musician, Mary Pearson.
Mary Pearson is one half of LA via Brooklyn band, High Places. In addition to constructing songs and lending vocal effects to the duo’s particular brand of “homemade dance rock”, Mary also maintains a personal style blog called, Hype Laces, where she posts photographs of her various effortless eclectic outfits. We recently caught up with Mary to talk about how fashion figures into her life as a musician, what life’s been like since relocating to Los Angeles, and her admiration for the old Japanese tourist look.
Koshka: How would you describe your personal style and what types of things are you drawn to? 
Mary: I love menswear, sportswear and clean lines. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I’m a sucker for all-over print matching tops and bottoms and I never tire of monochromatic dressing. I like feminine pieces too, but nothing too fussy.
K: How does fashion figure into your life as a musician?
M: I like to give my music a proper context by performing in clothes that are an extension of my lyrics’ inspiration and the visuals I project behind my bandmate Rob and me. The natural world, the science of spirituality, being a woman, basketball, and hip hop are ongoing fascinations for me. They steer my approach to aural and visual projects, including the way I dress.

Mary in our Reality Studio Tie Waist Trousers.
K: In addition to making awesome music as the second half of High Places, you also have your own fashion blog, Hype Places! What motivated you to start it?
M: Like many people, I enjoy looking at street style blogs. I’ve been blogging for years, mostly photo blogging, so starting Hype Laces(homophone for High Places) was a natural decision. I wanted to document some of the photogenic pieces I’ve received and collected on tour and at home in LA. I do a lot of hiking and I often spend the rest of the day in my studio, in my workout clothes. Having the blog encourages me to get dressed!
K: LA’s now your home, but previously you were living in NY. What are your thoughts about living, making music and dressing in both locales? Has living here now changed you in any way?
M: Living in New York was an important time in my life. I had some life-changing experiences there and there was a lot of creative energy floating around that I found very motivating. I’m just not cut out to be a New Yorker though. Living in that city eventually made me feel like a caged animal. I was sick all the time, and writing (mostly) uplifting music about nature was an attempt to rise above my ever-worsening Seasonal Affective Disorder. I wore bright colors in another effort to cheer myself up, and since I biked everywhere, I dressed very casually.
My Californian existence is much sunnier, literally and figuratively. It has been an adjustment to find inspiration in contentment! It’s warm during the day here and cools down at night, so I’ve expanded my sunglasses and jacket collections. I’ve become a Los Angeles Clippers fanatic, so there’s a lot more red and blue in my wardrobe these days.

Mary in our Cheap Monday ‘Utaka’ Dress.
K: What are some of your favorite places/things to do in LA, especially in the spring and summertime?
M: The Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga is a special place where you can dine outside under twinkling lights next to a stream. Din Tai Fung in Arcadia makes the best vegetable dumplings and garlic green beans. I’m also hooked on huitlacoche tacos from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, and made-to-order Neopolitan pizza from 800 Degrees in Westwood. They don’t advertise it, but you can have your pizza topped with vegan cheese.
Nearly all of my creative ideas are born during my hikes in Debs Park in Montecito Heights. I’m up there almost every day. I’m also really into hiking Los Liones in Malibu. There’s a gorgeous ocean view the entire hike up. Palos Verdes has lots of beautiful tidal pools and cliffs to explore.
It feels like it’s officially summer when I see a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery or drink a margarita on the patio at Casita del Campo in Silver Lake.

K: Anything particular in your wardrobe you’re currently obsessed with?
M: I went to the Philippines in December, and my boyfriend had some drawstring pants made for me by a man who has created an entire collection of clothing made from cloth flour sacks. They’re white with bold-colored print and they are so comfortable.
K: What’s something you wish you could wear but don’t have the guts to?
M: There’s this older Japanese tourist look I see a lot when I’m on the road and I’m so into; utility vest, bucket hat and linen pants. I can pull off one element at a time of that look, but the whole outfit just looks too costume-y on me.
Thanks, Mary!

// Interview with musician, Mary Pearson.

Mary Pearson is one half of LA via Brooklyn band, High Places. In addition to constructing songs and lending vocal effects to the duo’s particular brand of “homemade dance rock”, Mary also maintains a personal style blog called, Hype Laces, where she posts photographs of her various effortless eclectic outfits. We recently caught up with Mary to talk about how fashion figures into her life as a musician, what life’s been like since relocating to Los Angeles, and her admiration for the old Japanese tourist look.

Koshka: How would you describe your personal style and what types of things are you drawn to?

Mary: I love menswear, sportswear and clean lines. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I’m a sucker for all-over print matching tops and bottoms and I never tire of monochromatic dressing. I like feminine pieces too, but nothing too fussy.

K: How does fashion figure into your life as a musician?

M: I like to give my music a proper context by performing in clothes that are an extension of my lyrics’ inspiration and the visuals I project behind my bandmate Rob and me. The natural world, the science of spirituality, being a woman, basketball, and hip hop are ongoing fascinations for me. They steer my approach to aural and visual projects, including the way I dress.

image

Mary in our Reality Studio Tie Waist Trousers.

K: In addition to making awesome music as the second half of High Places, you also have your own fashion blog, Hype Places! What motivated you to start it?

M: Like many people, I enjoy looking at street style blogs. I’ve been blogging for years, mostly photo blogging, so starting Hype Laces(homophone for High Places) was a natural decision. I wanted to document some of the photogenic pieces I’ve received and collected on tour and at home in LA. I do a lot of hiking and I often spend the rest of the day in my studio, in my workout clothes. Having the blog encourages me to get dressed!

K: LA’s now your home, but previously you were living in NY. What are your thoughts about living, making music and dressing in both locales? Has living here now changed you in any way?

M: Living in New York was an important time in my life. I had some life-changing experiences there and there was a lot of creative energy floating around that I found very motivating. I’m just not cut out to be a New Yorker though. Living in that city eventually made me feel like a caged animal. I was sick all the time, and writing (mostly) uplifting music about nature was an attempt to rise above my ever-worsening Seasonal Affective Disorder. I wore bright colors in another effort to cheer myself up, and since I biked everywhere, I dressed very casually.

My Californian existence is much sunnier, literally and figuratively. It has been an adjustment to find inspiration in contentment! It’s warm during the day here and cools down at night, so I’ve expanded my sunglasses and jacket collections. I’ve become a Los Angeles Clippers fanatic, so there’s a lot more red and blue in my wardrobe these days.

image

Mary in our Cheap Monday ‘Utaka’ Dress.

K: What are some of your favorite places/things to do in LA, especially in the spring and summertime?

M: The Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga is a special place where you can dine outside under twinkling lights next to a stream. Din Tai Fung in Arcadia makes the best vegetable dumplings and garlic green beans. I’m also hooked on huitlacoche tacos from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, and made-to-order Neopolitan pizza from 800 Degrees in Westwood. They don’t advertise it, but you can have your pizza topped with vegan cheese.

Nearly all of my creative ideas are born during my hikes in Debs Park in Montecito Heights. I’m up there almost every day. I’m also really into hiking Los Liones in Malibu. There’s a gorgeous ocean view the entire hike up. Palos Verdes has lots of beautiful tidal pools and cliffs to explore.

It feels like it’s officially summer when I see a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery or drink a margarita on the patio at Casita del Campo in Silver Lake.

image

K: Anything particular in your wardrobe you’re currently obsessed with?

M: I went to the Philippines in December, and my boyfriend had some drawstring pants made for me by a man who has created an entire collection of clothing made from cloth flour sacks. They’re white with bold-colored print and they are so comfortable.

K: What’s something you wish you could wear but don’t have the guts to?

M: There’s this older Japanese tourist look I see a lot when I’m on the road and I’m so into; utility vest, bucket hat and linen pants. I can pull off one element at a time of that look, but the whole outfit just looks too costume-y on me.

Thanks, Mary!

// Press Release for “Add To Cart” Pop-Up Event at Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, CA.
LOS ANGELES – June 2012 – Japanese-style cosplay café, Royal/T, and fashion e-commerce startup, Koshka, are proud to present: “Add to Cart” — a pop-up summer sale event featuring a unique and varied collection of web-based retailers.



Showcasing local brands and boutiques who have opted to set up shop in the digital space, this event will provide both the vendors involved and shoppers alike with a unique opportunity to interact beyond the screen.“Although e-commerce is what we do, we’re definitely excited to step away from our laptops and meet customers in-person”, says Teresa Hu, creative director for Koshka.Participating e-tailers include: Koshka (Women’s Clothing & Accessories), d.RA / dee&ray (Women’s Clothing), ban.do (Women’s Accessories), October 18th (Men and Women’s Vintage), Satsuki Shibuya (Home, Accessories), Blood is the New Black (Men and Women’s Clothing and Accessories), The Caravan (Women’s Vintage) and Paola Loves To Shop (Jewelry and Accessories).The event takes place on Sunday, June 24th, 12 – 5 p.m. at Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.About the VendorsKoshkaKoshka is a fashion forward online clothing boutique housing fresh and exciting designers from around the world. Koshka carries one of the largest collections of designer Japanese wear in the West and stands as a platform for new and emerging designers. www.shopkoshka.comd.RA / dee&raydee&ray is a young contemporary collection for the girl who loves to dress up, but is never overdressed. Designed out of a loft studio in downtown LA, the collection is as effortlessly cool as the girl who wears it.www.draclothing.comban.doIt all started when two lovely Los Angeles ladies sought to bring gals around the world cheerful, modern sparkly accessories that were full of whimsy and all out girlishness.  In no time at all, the bright and colorful world of ban.do was born. With their personality-punched accessories, ban.do has been accessorizing women (and some fancy men) from head to toe since 2008. With ventures into bridal and couture pieces, ban.do has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Nylon Magazine. www.shopbando.comOctober 18October 18th is a vintage collection of hand picked items for boys, girls and their homes. They love modern design, hip trends and great classics. www.esty.com/shop/october18thSatsuki ShibuyaBorn and raised in the tree-filled foothills of Los Angeles to a French Chef father and adventure-loving mother, Satsuki’s escapades thus far have included studying music at USC and graphic design at Otis, pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, delving into hand processes such as pattern design and sewing, launching a design studio, as well as raising a dog that loves treats and naps a little too much. Her most recent pursuits have involved activities such as culinary experimentation, zine publication, paper creations & making everyday living goods.www.shop.satsukishibuya.comBlood is the New BlackBlood is the New Black seeks to propel the careers of emerging artists and support the underground community, all while creating wearable, stylish clothes with a point of view. Founder and curator Mitra Khayyam works with every artist to open up their unique vision to fans of both fashion and the arts who might not otherwise be exposed to their work. www.bloodisthenewblack.comThe CaravanThe Caravan was founded in 2011 by Olivia Lopez and Michael Pagan at a joint effort to alleviate an overflowing vintage wardrobe consisting of unique gunsack dresses from the market stalls in Paris to leatherwear off of Route 66. Inspired by the freedom of the sixties, the antique shops in Europe and old-school Hollywood glamour, they’re constantly on the search for the perfect piece that captures a moment in time. www.shopthecaravan.com Paola Loves To ShopFun necklaces, bracelets and more! Handmade by Vanessa Cotto in Los Angeles. www.paolalovestoshop.comAbout Royal/TLocated in Culver City, CA, Royal/T is a playful blend of café, concept shop, and exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artists included in Founder Susan Hancock’s art collection. The institutional dimensions of Royal/T lie within its art space; many of its exhibitions are curated solely from Hancock’s Japanese- influenced private collection, with the goal of engaging the community through reflective lectures, workshops, pop-up events, and collaborations. Royal/T’s interdisciplinary initiative cleanly melds with Hancock’s desire to educate and entice.For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit the official page www.royal-t.org/event/532.                ###

// Press Release for “Add To Cart” Pop-Up Event at Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, CA.

LOS ANGELES – June 2012 – Japanese-style cosplay café, Royal/T, and fashion e-commerce startup, Koshka, are proud to present: “Add to Cart” — a pop-up summer sale event featuring a unique and varied collection of web-based retailers.

Showcasing local brands and boutiques who have opted to set up shop in the digital space, this event will provide both the vendors involved and shoppers alike with a unique opportunity to interact beyond the screen.

“Although e-commerce is what we do, we’re definitely excited to step away from our laptops and meet customers in-person”, says Teresa Hu, creative director for Koshka.

Participating e-tailers include: Koshka (Women’s Clothing & Accessories), d.RA / dee&ray (Women’s Clothing), ban.do (Women’s Accessories), October 18th (Men and Women’s Vintage), Satsuki Shibuya (Home, Accessories), Blood is the New Black (Men and Women’s Clothing and Accessories), The Caravan (Women’s Vintage) and Paola Loves To Shop (Jewelry and Accessories).

The event takes place on Sunday, June 24th, 12 – 5 p.m. at Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

About the Vendors

Koshka

Koshka is a fashion forward online clothing boutique housing fresh and exciting designers from around the world. Koshka carries one of the largest collections of designer Japanese wear in the West and stands as a platform for new and emerging designers. www.shopkoshka.com

d.RA / dee&ray

dee&ray is a young contemporary collection for the girl who loves to dress up, but is never overdressed. Designed out of a loft studio in downtown LA, the collection is as effortlessly cool as the girl who wears it.www.draclothing.com

ban.do

It all started when two lovely Los Angeles ladies sought to bring gals around the world cheerful, modern sparkly accessories that were full of whimsy and all out girlishness.  In no time at all, the bright and colorful world of ban.do was born. With their personality-punched accessories, ban.do has been accessorizing women (and some fancy men) from head to toe since 2008. With ventures into bridal and couture pieces, ban.do has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Nylon Magazine. www.shopbando.com

October 18

October 18th is a vintage collection of hand picked items for boys, girls and their homes. They love modern design, hip trends and great classics. www.esty.com/shop/october18th

Satsuki Shibuya

Born and raised in the tree-filled foothills of Los Angeles to a French Chef father and adventure-loving mother, Satsuki’s escapades thus far have included studying music at USC and graphic design at Otis, pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, delving into hand processes such as pattern design and sewing, launching a design studio, as well as raising a dog that loves treats and naps a little too much. Her most recent pursuits have involved activities such as culinary experimentation, zine publication, paper creations & making everyday living goods.www.shop.satsukishibuya.com

Blood is the New Black

Blood is the New Black seeks to propel the careers of emerging artists and support the underground community, all while creating wearable, stylish clothes with a point of view. Founder and curator Mitra Khayyam works with every artist to open up their unique vision to fans of both fashion and the arts who might not otherwise be exposed to their work. www.bloodisthenewblack.com

The Caravan

The Caravan was founded in 2011 by Olivia Lopez and Michael Pagan at a joint effort to alleviate an overflowing vintage wardrobe consisting of unique gunsack dresses from the market stalls in Paris to leatherwear off of Route 66. Inspired by the freedom of the sixties, the antique shops in Europe and old-school Hollywood glamour, they’re constantly on the search for the perfect piece that captures a moment in time. www.shopthecaravan.com 

Paola Loves To Shop

Fun necklaces, bracelets and more! Handmade by Vanessa Cotto in Los Angeles. www.paolalovestoshop.com

About Royal/T

Located in Culver City, CA, Royal/T is a playful blend of café, concept shop, and exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artists included in Founder Susan Hancock’s art collection. The institutional dimensions of Royal/T lie within its art space; many of its exhibitions are curated solely from Hancock’s Japanese- influenced private collection, with the goal of engaging the community through reflective lectures, workshops, pop-up events, and collaborations. Royal/T’s interdisciplinary initiative cleanly melds with Hancock’s desire to educate and entice.

For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit the official page www.royal-t.org/event/532.                

###

// Interview with musician, Mary Pearson.
Mary Pearson is one half of LA via Brooklyn band, High Places. In addition to constructing songs and lending vocal effects to the duo’s particular brand of “homemade dance rock”, Mary also maintains a personal style blog called, Hype Laces, where she posts photographs of her various effortless eclectic outfits. We recently caught up with Mary to talk about how fashion figures into her life as a musician, what life’s been like since relocating to Los Angeles, and her admiration for the old Japanese tourist look.
Koshka: How would you describe your personal style and what types of things are you drawn to? 
Mary: I love menswear, sportswear and clean lines. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I’m a sucker for all-over print matching tops and bottoms and I never tire of monochromatic dressing. I like feminine pieces too, but nothing too fussy.
K: How does fashion figure into your life as a musician?
M: I like to give my music a proper context by performing in clothes that are an extension of my lyrics’ inspiration and the visuals I project behind my bandmate Rob and me. The natural world, the science of spirituality, being a woman, basketball, and hip hop are ongoing fascinations for me. They steer my approach to aural and visual projects, including the way I dress.

Mary in our Reality Studio Tie Waist Trousers.
K: In addition to making awesome music as the second half of High Places, you also have your own fashion blog, Hype Places! What motivated you to start it?
M: Like many people, I enjoy looking at street style blogs. I’ve been blogging for years, mostly photo blogging, so starting Hype Laces(homophone for High Places) was a natural decision. I wanted to document some of the photogenic pieces I’ve received and collected on tour and at home in LA. I do a lot of hiking and I often spend the rest of the day in my studio, in my workout clothes. Having the blog encourages me to get dressed!
K: LA’s now your home, but previously you were living in NY. What are your thoughts about living, making music and dressing in both locales? Has living here now changed you in any way?
M: Living in New York was an important time in my life. I had some life-changing experiences there and there was a lot of creative energy floating around that I found very motivating. I’m just not cut out to be a New Yorker though. Living in that city eventually made me feel like a caged animal. I was sick all the time, and writing (mostly) uplifting music about nature was an attempt to rise above my ever-worsening Seasonal Affective Disorder. I wore bright colors in another effort to cheer myself up, and since I biked everywhere, I dressed very casually.
My Californian existence is much sunnier, literally and figuratively. It has been an adjustment to find inspiration in contentment! It’s warm during the day here and cools down at night, so I’ve expanded my sunglasses and jacket collections. I’ve become a Los Angeles Clippers fanatic, so there’s a lot more red and blue in my wardrobe these days.

Mary in our Cheap Monday ‘Utaka’ Dress.
K: What are some of your favorite places/things to do in LA, especially in the spring and summertime?
M: The Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga is a special place where you can dine outside under twinkling lights next to a stream. Din Tai Fung in Arcadia makes the best vegetable dumplings and garlic green beans. I’m also hooked on huitlacoche tacos from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, and made-to-order Neopolitan pizza from 800 Degrees in Westwood. They don’t advertise it, but you can have your pizza topped with vegan cheese.
Nearly all of my creative ideas are born during my hikes in Debs Park in Montecito Heights. I’m up there almost every day. I’m also really into hiking Los Liones in Malibu. There’s a gorgeous ocean view the entire hike up. Palos Verdes has lots of beautiful tidal pools and cliffs to explore.
It feels like it’s officially summer when I see a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery or drink a margarita on the patio at Casita del Campo in Silver Lake.

K: Anything particular in your wardrobe you’re currently obsessed with?
M: I went to the Philippines in December, and my boyfriend had some drawstring pants made for me by a man who has created an entire collection of clothing made from cloth flour sacks. They’re white with bold-colored print and they are so comfortable.
K: What’s something you wish you could wear but don’t have the guts to?
M: There’s this older Japanese tourist look I see a lot when I’m on the road and I’m so into; utility vest, bucket hat and linen pants. I can pull off one element at a time of that look, but the whole outfit just looks too costume-y on me.
Thanks, Mary!

// Interview with musician, Mary Pearson.

Mary Pearson is one half of LA via Brooklyn band, High Places. In addition to constructing songs and lending vocal effects to the duo’s particular brand of “homemade dance rock”, Mary also maintains a personal style blog called, Hype Laces, where she posts photographs of her various effortless eclectic outfits. We recently caught up with Mary to talk about how fashion figures into her life as a musician, what life’s been like since relocating to Los Angeles, and her admiration for the old Japanese tourist look.

Koshka: How would you describe your personal style and what types of things are you drawn to?

Mary: I love menswear, sportswear and clean lines. I don’t wear a lot of jewelry, but I’m a sucker for all-over print matching tops and bottoms and I never tire of monochromatic dressing. I like feminine pieces too, but nothing too fussy.

K: How does fashion figure into your life as a musician?

M: I like to give my music a proper context by performing in clothes that are an extension of my lyrics’ inspiration and the visuals I project behind my bandmate Rob and me. The natural world, the science of spirituality, being a woman, basketball, and hip hop are ongoing fascinations for me. They steer my approach to aural and visual projects, including the way I dress.

image

Mary in our Reality Studio Tie Waist Trousers.

K: In addition to making awesome music as the second half of High Places, you also have your own fashion blog, Hype Places! What motivated you to start it?

M: Like many people, I enjoy looking at street style blogs. I’ve been blogging for years, mostly photo blogging, so starting Hype Laces(homophone for High Places) was a natural decision. I wanted to document some of the photogenic pieces I’ve received and collected on tour and at home in LA. I do a lot of hiking and I often spend the rest of the day in my studio, in my workout clothes. Having the blog encourages me to get dressed!

K: LA’s now your home, but previously you were living in NY. What are your thoughts about living, making music and dressing in both locales? Has living here now changed you in any way?

M: Living in New York was an important time in my life. I had some life-changing experiences there and there was a lot of creative energy floating around that I found very motivating. I’m just not cut out to be a New Yorker though. Living in that city eventually made me feel like a caged animal. I was sick all the time, and writing (mostly) uplifting music about nature was an attempt to rise above my ever-worsening Seasonal Affective Disorder. I wore bright colors in another effort to cheer myself up, and since I biked everywhere, I dressed very casually.

My Californian existence is much sunnier, literally and figuratively. It has been an adjustment to find inspiration in contentment! It’s warm during the day here and cools down at night, so I’ve expanded my sunglasses and jacket collections. I’ve become a Los Angeles Clippers fanatic, so there’s a lot more red and blue in my wardrobe these days.

image

Mary in our Cheap Monday ‘Utaka’ Dress.

K: What are some of your favorite places/things to do in LA, especially in the spring and summertime?

M: The Inn of the Seventh Ray in Topanga is a special place where you can dine outside under twinkling lights next to a stream. Din Tai Fung in Arcadia makes the best vegetable dumplings and garlic green beans. I’m also hooked on huitlacoche tacos from Cacao Mexicatessen in Eagle Rock, and made-to-order Neopolitan pizza from 800 Degrees in Westwood. They don’t advertise it, but you can have your pizza topped with vegan cheese.

Nearly all of my creative ideas are born during my hikes in Debs Park in Montecito Heights. I’m up there almost every day. I’m also really into hiking Los Liones in Malibu. There’s a gorgeous ocean view the entire hike up. Palos Verdes has lots of beautiful tidal pools and cliffs to explore.

It feels like it’s officially summer when I see a movie in the Hollywood Forever Cemetery or drink a margarita on the patio at Casita del Campo in Silver Lake.

image

K: Anything particular in your wardrobe you’re currently obsessed with?

M: I went to the Philippines in December, and my boyfriend had some drawstring pants made for me by a man who has created an entire collection of clothing made from cloth flour sacks. They’re white with bold-colored print and they are so comfortable.

K: What’s something you wish you could wear but don’t have the guts to?

M: There’s this older Japanese tourist look I see a lot when I’m on the road and I’m so into; utility vest, bucket hat and linen pants. I can pull off one element at a time of that look, but the whole outfit just looks too costume-y on me.

Thanks, Mary!

// Press Release for “Add To Cart” Pop-Up Event at Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, CA.
LOS ANGELES – June 2012 – Japanese-style cosplay café, Royal/T, and fashion e-commerce startup, Koshka, are proud to present: “Add to Cart” — a pop-up summer sale event featuring a unique and varied collection of web-based retailers.



Showcasing local brands and boutiques who have opted to set up shop in the digital space, this event will provide both the vendors involved and shoppers alike with a unique opportunity to interact beyond the screen.“Although e-commerce is what we do, we’re definitely excited to step away from our laptops and meet customers in-person”, says Teresa Hu, creative director for Koshka.Participating e-tailers include: Koshka (Women’s Clothing & Accessories), d.RA / dee&ray (Women’s Clothing), ban.do (Women’s Accessories), October 18th (Men and Women’s Vintage), Satsuki Shibuya (Home, Accessories), Blood is the New Black (Men and Women’s Clothing and Accessories), The Caravan (Women’s Vintage) and Paola Loves To Shop (Jewelry and Accessories).The event takes place on Sunday, June 24th, 12 – 5 p.m. at Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.About the VendorsKoshkaKoshka is a fashion forward online clothing boutique housing fresh and exciting designers from around the world. Koshka carries one of the largest collections of designer Japanese wear in the West and stands as a platform for new and emerging designers. www.shopkoshka.comd.RA / dee&raydee&ray is a young contemporary collection for the girl who loves to dress up, but is never overdressed. Designed out of a loft studio in downtown LA, the collection is as effortlessly cool as the girl who wears it.www.draclothing.comban.doIt all started when two lovely Los Angeles ladies sought to bring gals around the world cheerful, modern sparkly accessories that were full of whimsy and all out girlishness.  In no time at all, the bright and colorful world of ban.do was born. With their personality-punched accessories, ban.do has been accessorizing women (and some fancy men) from head to toe since 2008. With ventures into bridal and couture pieces, ban.do has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Nylon Magazine. www.shopbando.comOctober 18October 18th is a vintage collection of hand picked items for boys, girls and their homes. They love modern design, hip trends and great classics. www.esty.com/shop/october18thSatsuki ShibuyaBorn and raised in the tree-filled foothills of Los Angeles to a French Chef father and adventure-loving mother, Satsuki’s escapades thus far have included studying music at USC and graphic design at Otis, pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, delving into hand processes such as pattern design and sewing, launching a design studio, as well as raising a dog that loves treats and naps a little too much. Her most recent pursuits have involved activities such as culinary experimentation, zine publication, paper creations & making everyday living goods.www.shop.satsukishibuya.comBlood is the New BlackBlood is the New Black seeks to propel the careers of emerging artists and support the underground community, all while creating wearable, stylish clothes with a point of view. Founder and curator Mitra Khayyam works with every artist to open up their unique vision to fans of both fashion and the arts who might not otherwise be exposed to their work. www.bloodisthenewblack.comThe CaravanThe Caravan was founded in 2011 by Olivia Lopez and Michael Pagan at a joint effort to alleviate an overflowing vintage wardrobe consisting of unique gunsack dresses from the market stalls in Paris to leatherwear off of Route 66. Inspired by the freedom of the sixties, the antique shops in Europe and old-school Hollywood glamour, they’re constantly on the search for the perfect piece that captures a moment in time. www.shopthecaravan.com Paola Loves To ShopFun necklaces, bracelets and more! Handmade by Vanessa Cotto in Los Angeles. www.paolalovestoshop.comAbout Royal/TLocated in Culver City, CA, Royal/T is a playful blend of café, concept shop, and exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artists included in Founder Susan Hancock’s art collection. The institutional dimensions of Royal/T lie within its art space; many of its exhibitions are curated solely from Hancock’s Japanese- influenced private collection, with the goal of engaging the community through reflective lectures, workshops, pop-up events, and collaborations. Royal/T’s interdisciplinary initiative cleanly melds with Hancock’s desire to educate and entice.For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit the official page www.royal-t.org/event/532.                ###

// Press Release for “Add To Cart” Pop-Up Event at Royal/T Cafe in Culver City, CA.

LOS ANGELES – June 2012 – Japanese-style cosplay café, Royal/T, and fashion e-commerce startup, Koshka, are proud to present: “Add to Cart” — a pop-up summer sale event featuring a unique and varied collection of web-based retailers.

Showcasing local brands and boutiques who have opted to set up shop in the digital space, this event will provide both the vendors involved and shoppers alike with a unique opportunity to interact beyond the screen.

“Although e-commerce is what we do, we’re definitely excited to step away from our laptops and meet customers in-person”, says Teresa Hu, creative director for Koshka.

Participating e-tailers include: Koshka (Women’s Clothing & Accessories), d.RA / dee&ray (Women’s Clothing), ban.do (Women’s Accessories), October 18th (Men and Women’s Vintage), Satsuki Shibuya (Home, Accessories), Blood is the New Black (Men and Women’s Clothing and Accessories), The Caravan (Women’s Vintage) and Paola Loves To Shop (Jewelry and Accessories).

The event takes place on Sunday, June 24th, 12 – 5 p.m. at Royal/T, 8910 Washington Blvd., Culver City, CA 90232.

About the Vendors

Koshka

Koshka is a fashion forward online clothing boutique housing fresh and exciting designers from around the world. Koshka carries one of the largest collections of designer Japanese wear in the West and stands as a platform for new and emerging designers. www.shopkoshka.com

d.RA / dee&ray

dee&ray is a young contemporary collection for the girl who loves to dress up, but is never overdressed. Designed out of a loft studio in downtown LA, the collection is as effortlessly cool as the girl who wears it.www.draclothing.com

ban.do

It all started when two lovely Los Angeles ladies sought to bring gals around the world cheerful, modern sparkly accessories that were full of whimsy and all out girlishness.  In no time at all, the bright and colorful world of ban.do was born. With their personality-punched accessories, ban.do has been accessorizing women (and some fancy men) from head to toe since 2008. With ventures into bridal and couture pieces, ban.do has been featured in major publications such as Vogue, InStyle and Nylon Magazine. www.shopbando.com

October 18

October 18th is a vintage collection of hand picked items for boys, girls and their homes. They love modern design, hip trends and great classics. www.esty.com/shop/october18th

Satsuki Shibuya

Born and raised in the tree-filled foothills of Los Angeles to a French Chef father and adventure-loving mother, Satsuki’s escapades thus far have included studying music at USC and graphic design at Otis, pursuing a career as a singer/songwriter, delving into hand processes such as pattern design and sewing, launching a design studio, as well as raising a dog that loves treats and naps a little too much. Her most recent pursuits have involved activities such as culinary experimentation, zine publication, paper creations & making everyday living goods.www.shop.satsukishibuya.com

Blood is the New Black

Blood is the New Black seeks to propel the careers of emerging artists and support the underground community, all while creating wearable, stylish clothes with a point of view. Founder and curator Mitra Khayyam works with every artist to open up their unique vision to fans of both fashion and the arts who might not otherwise be exposed to their work. www.bloodisthenewblack.com

The Caravan

The Caravan was founded in 2011 by Olivia Lopez and Michael Pagan at a joint effort to alleviate an overflowing vintage wardrobe consisting of unique gunsack dresses from the market stalls in Paris to leatherwear off of Route 66. Inspired by the freedom of the sixties, the antique shops in Europe and old-school Hollywood glamour, they’re constantly on the search for the perfect piece that captures a moment in time. www.shopthecaravan.com 

Paola Loves To Shop

Fun necklaces, bracelets and more! Handmade by Vanessa Cotto in Los Angeles. www.paolalovestoshop.com

About Royal/T

Located in Culver City, CA, Royal/T is a playful blend of café, concept shop, and exhibition space. The 10,000-square-foot space reflects the interior realm of fantasy that strongly influences the artists included in Founder Susan Hancock’s art collection. The institutional dimensions of Royal/T lie within its art space; many of its exhibitions are curated solely from Hancock’s Japanese- influenced private collection, with the goal of engaging the community through reflective lectures, workshops, pop-up events, and collaborations. Royal/T’s interdisciplinary initiative cleanly melds with Hancock’s desire to educate and entice.

For additional information, guests can call Royal/T at 310.559.6300 and visit the official page www.royal-t.org/event/532.                

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