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Behind The Seams: Limited-Edition RSxLB Leather Jackets

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Where did your inspiration come from for the Rolling Stones X Lucky Brand pieces?
The inspiration for the jackets came from hand painted WW2 flight jackets, as well as biker and punk pieces. Lucky Brand approached me with the idea and had selected some iconic Rolling Stones images they thought would work well.

What do you think the benefits of working by hand are, as opposed to working purely with machines?
Working by hand is great because it makes each jacket unique. You could paint the same logo 100 times but each would still be slightly different. The grain of the leather for each jacket is different. The paint takes differently to each. There is a character and quality you can’t fake.

Walk us through the techniques you used.
We picked the images we wanted to apply. I hung the jacket on my garage studio easel. I quickly drew out the logos with a white Stabilo pencil, which wipes off the leather after the paint is dry. The logos are painted with One Shot Lettering Enamel paint, typically used for sign painting and pinstriping. Eric and I learned lettering from the Sign Graphics program at LA Trade Tech College. We learned all the techniques we used from there. The enamel paint will dry and hold up for a long time.

What’s your favorite The Rolling Stones song and why?
The Stones have always been one of my favorite bands. “Off the Hook” is probably one of my top songs, but it’s hard to pick an absolute favorite. I’m the guy who still watches VHS copies of the TAMI show and Rock ‘n’ Roll Circus. My wife walked down the aisle to “She’s A Rainbow” from Their Satanic Majesties Request. We’ve never actually been able to see them live. One day…


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Talking Custom Denim Jackets with Tul Jutargate of The Chain Gang

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Here at Lucky, we appreciate the artistic merit that comes with doing some things the old-fashioned way. That’s why we immediately thought of Tul Jutargate (of L.A’s The Chain Gang) when it came time to customize our limited-edition RSxLB denim jackets…

Where did your inspiration come from for the Rolling Stones X Lucky Brand pieces?
The inspiration came from the original Rolling Stones artwork provided by Lucky Brand. We applied chain stitch embroidery to give each garment the look and feel of the ‘60s and ‘70s… the period when The Stones took the world by storm.

What do you think the benefits of working by hand are, as opposed to working purely with machines?
The benefits of non-computerized and hand cranked machines are that each piece has its own characteristics and imperfections, which gives it a sense of individualism and a humanistic touch. Every piece created is a work of art individually crafted. Even though the designs for this project have been recreated several times for this limited collection, they are all a little different. For everyone who gets to own a piece, it’s like having something custom-made just for them. Everyone gets to own a one-of-a-kind piece.

Walk us through the techniques you used.
The methods and techniques we used to create these limited pieces are pretty much the same methods used by the artisans chain stitching during the ‘60s—hand, foot and eye coordination. The only modern method we incorporated was the help from our friends over at Ink and Thread to help prep the job.

How long did the whole process take you?
The time for each piece varied due to the individual working on it and the garment itself. Some of the work was applied to patches and some was done directly to the garment, which is more time consuming and difficult.


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Rolling Stones Newest Album Release: Sticky Fingers

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In 1971, at the height of their fame, The Rolling Stones released Sticky Fingers, a record that embodies some of their biggest hits of their careers. Not only was it their first album of the ‘70s, but also the first release on their private label, Rolling Stones Records.

Sticky Fingers reached triple platinum status in the United States with help from some of the greatest songs they’re known for: “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses”.

This new reissue will include a rare version of “Brown Sugar” with Eric Clapton, never-before-heard renditions of “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “Dead Flowers”, 5 live songs from their 1971 performance at London’s Roundhouse, not to mention, a special selection of musical rarities any fan will appreciate.

All proceeds from the sales of the Sticky Fingers album will benefit VH1 Save the Music Foundation, a nonprofit organization that focuses on improving music programs within public schools across America. The organization supports music programs with brand-new musical instruments as well as bringing awareness to the importance music has on a student’s academic performance.


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Retro Graphic: A Brief History of Our Rolling Stones Tees

Like the perfect pair of jeans or an iconic leather jacket, the graphic concert tee is an undeniable rock ‘n’ roll staple. For our larger-than-life Rolling Stones collection, we delved a little deeper into the significance of three Stones tees, all steeped in history and musical symbolism…

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FLAG TONGUE TEE
One of the first examples of rock ‘n’ roll branding, the infamous “Tongue and Lip Design” Rolling Stones logo was developed after lead singer Mick Jagger approached the Royal College of Art in 1969 looking to commission images for his band. The logo was created by John Pasche and was subsequently used on the band’s Sticky Fingers album.

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VINTAGE MICK TEE
An archival poster design for The Rolling Stones 1972 North American Tour provided the authentic inspiration for this tee. Emulating the look and feel of your favorite old-school concert tee, this piece is crafted from 100% pigment dyed cotton (made in the USA), then finished with a retro design, crackled details, washed out colors and vintage styling.

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SKYLINE SCRIPT TEE
Inspired by an old-school photo of Mick Jagger on stage, this tee features a hand-sketched skyline design and unique handpainted script popularized by concert posters of the 1960s and 70s. Combined with a slightly washed-out finish, the effect is that of a tee you’ve lived in and loved for years.

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The Rolling Stones X Lucky Brand

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We teamed up with the world’s most legendary band for our latest collection to create special pieces you won’t find anywhere else. Concert tees are a wardrobe staple of ours, so we pulled inspiration from archival images of Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, and of course John Pasche’s infamous “Tongue and Lip” design to create super soft tees that will only get better after each wash. Custom-made leather and denim jackets, hand-painted, distressed and embroidered by L.A.-based artists are the epitome of rock and roll, for any true Stones fan.

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Want to see the band live in concert? Enter our sweepstakes for a chance to win 2 VIP tickets to the July 4th show in Indianapolis, IN. Not to mention, a $1500 travel voucher (because we want to make sure you can get there) and a $500 Lucky Brand gift card (because you’re going to need a new pair of jeans, naturally).


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#MondayMantra with: How You Glow + Meditation

Photography by: Nancy Neil

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Meditation can be a struggle for some people to get into and commit to. The How You Glow girls are all about easing into it with a “partner meditation” which makes sitting upright more comfortable and fun, allowing both partners to drop into an even deeper mindful state. The experience can become quite intimate and helps to foster a beautiful connection of trust and support.

It’s super simple, sit back-to-back with a partner and lean against each other while you breathe…

1. find a comfortable seated position back to back
2. breathe in through your nose, filling up your belly, rib cage and chest
3. breathe out through your nose first deflating your chest, ribcage then belly
4. set timer for 10 minutes and chill out

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The Springs “Life Hack” Relaxation & Wellness Guide

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1. Whenever you wake up naturally in the morning and realize you could go back to sleep for 20 more minutes and/or hit snooze, avoid doing so. You will not get any real benefits for the additional 5-20 minutes of sleep.

2. Start the day by drinking water as soon as you wake up. The amount isn’t as important as the actual drinking. Most people are severely dehydrated and don’t drink nearly enough water during and throughout and after their day. Hunger, fatigue, headaches, and irritation are actually very potent signs that your body needs water. This way, drink first and you’re already ahead of the game.

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3. Avoid constant snacking. If you’re hungry, eat. But don’t continually graze and eat all throughout your day. Your body will be constantly digesting and diverting energy to digestion. Instead, be sure you’re hydrated (usually hunger is actually a desire for hydration – fresh pressed juices are also a brilliant way to satiate an appetite) then eat a meal that will satisfy you fully instead of little bites that don’t do much in the way of satisfying you.

4. Throughout the day: inhale, exhale, and repeat. Any time you feel overwhelmed, angry, or stressed, go outside by a tree or sit in a bathroom stall to be alone and practice slow and deep breathing for 1 minute.

5. Prioritize your tasks. Respond to the more important things first and the least important ones later. You don’t have to do everything right now. Make eating, sleeping, quiet time, and things that make you happy top priorities.

6. Love what you do and give thanks for what you have. Every morning and evening, write or speak 5 things you are grateful for. Gratitude inspires joy and abundance.

7. When in doubt, go to The Springs.

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#MondayMantra with: How You Glow + Turmeric Tonic

Photography by: Nancy Neil

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Enjoy this warming and healing tonic in the morning for an energizing, anti- inflammatory, cleansing boost, straight from the How You Glow girls. With the addition of maca, this tonic gives you an extra kick of energy that will last long into the day.

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INGREDIENTS:
• 1 ginger tea bag
• 1 lemon
• 1 tsp turmeric
• 2 tsp ginger juice (from fresh grated ginger)
• 2 tsp apple cider vinegar
• 2 tsp maca
• 1 tsp honey
• sprinkle of cayenne pepper

DIRECTIONS:
1. Bring water to a boil
2. Place ginger tea bag into a mug and cover with warm water (not all the way to the top though)
3. Add juice from half a lemon, turmeric, ginger juice, apple cider vinegar, maca, honey, and cayenne pepper
4. Stir well to combine
5. Enjoy!

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At Home with: Allison Engel on the Eve of The Point Collection Launch

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As we prepared to celebrate the launch of our new collection of streamlined handbags – crafted with artisanal leather and subtle details – we caught up with the in-house mind behind The Point endeavor, Vice President of Accessories Design Allison Engel, at her inspiring bungalow in Long Beach, California. A Michigan native, Engel grew up in an artful household – her mother was a painter, her father a woodworker –  and spent her free time stringing bead necklaces together on the family couch before gravitating towards painting, drawing and pottery classes in college.

At 22, Engel packed her bags for sunny California, a place she’d never visited in reality, but had often gone to in her mind. Lucky us – she hasn’t looked back since. Still, the blend of artisanal craftsmanship she surrounded herself with as a child and the California ease amidst which she now lives have found their way into our latest labor of love, a collection of handbags we call The Point.

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How would you define your style?
I’ve always been a jeans and white t-shirt girl, through and through. I think that’s how I originally gravitated to accessories…I guess I prefer a super simple backdrop that I can switch up with a necklace or tons of bracelets, easily.

What would the average person not know about Long Beach, your chosen neighborhood?
Long Beach is a  secret gem and a little bit out of the way. It’s got the edginess and grit of Venice Beach with lots of original craftsman-style homes and bungalows, architecturally. Most importantly, for me, it’s got the Long Beach Flea Market once a month on a Saturday, my favorite thing in all of LA. I’ve found so many great Native American turquoise pieces there, all kind of vintage finds, really.

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Favorite Long Beach spots?
Alamitos Bay for weekend paddle-boarding.
Restauration for seasonally grown local fare.
Urban Americana for design treasures.
The Potholder for a great, divey diner.
Panxa Cocina for Latina American deliciousness.
The Long Beach Flea Market for everything under the vintage sun.

Last but not least, favorite Point Collection details?

The leather, first and foremost, all of which is hand-finished and sourced from a family-run tannery for its incredible quality and rich characteristics.

A little hammered collar pin we used to close the tote for a refined, old world feel while remaining purposeful and minimal.

The streamlined shapes, because why can’t a bag be simple, clean and anti-clutter? But then, I love everything about these bags…

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At Home With: Kate Brien and David Kitz

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Kate Brien and David Kitz can be summed up best as the loveliest creative powerhouse couple we know. Kate’s beautifully shot blog, View From The Topp has gained a cult-like following, while David’s artistic inclinations have manifested in textural photography, paintings, collages, and more. Their innate artistic abilities are all the more apparent upon entering their sun-filled Venice abode, which features thoughtfully decorated details at every turn.

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KATE:
Walk us through your perfect Sunday…
Sleep in, good food, a dip in the ocean and a long hike with David and our pup, Zoey.

3 products you can’t live without?
Cherry Chapstick
Embryolisse Moisturizer
Rodin by Recine Hair Oil

What’s your weekday morning routine?
Shower, walk the dog, grab a coffee and catch up on emails.

What are the albums/artists you have on heavy rotation?
Father John Misty, Neil Young and Jackson Browne.

What has been your luckiest moment?
Finding David again after all those years.

What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
Probably designing clothing.

Whose style do you most admire?
Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy

What’s your go-to denim fit?
Slouchy/Skinny

What are your favorite places to eat and shop in LA?
Eat: Inaka, Speranza and Alma
Shop: General Store, Jenni Kayne, Painted Bird

What’s the best style advice you’ve received?
Have a uniform.

What are your favorite blogs and websites for inspiration?
Rip+Tan, Garance Doré, Jean Stories, Vogue.com

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David:
Walk us through your perfect Sunday…
To me, the perfect Sunday is one with no plans at all.

3 products you can’t live without?
Kiehl’s Ultra Facial Oil Free Moisturizer
Aesop Petitgrain Hydrating Body Gel
American Crew Forming Cream

What’s your weekday morning routine?
Wake up, walk the dog, grab a coffee and surf.

What are the albums/artists you have on heavy rotation?
The War on Drugs, Todd Terje and Mac Demarco

What has been your luckiest moment?
Running into Kate after not seeing one another for 10 years.

What job would you be doing if you weren’t doing this?
Drumming.

Whose style do you most admire?
Paul Newman

What’s your go-to denim fit?
Narrow and flooding.

What are your favorite places to eat and shop in LA?
Eat: Mariscos for Mexican food, Le Saigon for Pho and Versailles
Shop: A.P.C., Patagonia and Stag Provisions

What’s the best style advice you’ve received?
Buy clothes that all look good together, that way you don’t have to think too much when getting dressed.

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