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Ampal x Gorbals Chefs Hat

The Gorbals is a spot for new and diverse ideas. For tasty, oddball food that is there for anyone who is willing to eat something that does not fall into a category. It is not an Italian restaurant, or an Indian restaurant, or a Scottish restaurant, or a Los Angeles restaurant, nor is it new age, traditional, old school, fusion, pretentious or plain. It is simply The Gorbals. ”

Ilan hall gorbals ampal2 Ampal x Gorbals Chefs Hat

Our favorite restaurant happens to be a few blocks up the street. Over many a meal and beers at the Gorbal’s kitchen counter – its like being in Kitchen Stadium – we got front row input from Ilan, Manny and Lizi on the ultimate chef’s hat.

Gorbals front SM Ampal x Gorbals Chefs Hat

Gorbals Side2 SM Ampal x Gorbals Chefs Hat

The upper is made from 100% cotton canvas. Its tough, breathable, and at home in the kitchen. On the right side we added elastic slots for holding a meat thermometer and Sharpie. The brim is made from industrial vinyl, so if you have to adjust your hat with greasy hands, you can wipe it off later. We sourced a special vinyl backed diamond knit sweatband to keep it cool in the heat of the kitchen.

Its all black because its Ampal for the Gorbals and Ilan is from NY.

Limited to 60 pieces to the public. The rest are for the Gorbals’ chefs – if they sell out, maybe you can start washing dishes.

Available here.

Gorbals available here.

map Ampal x Gorbals Chefs Hat

Thanks to the director, the talented Eric Ulbrich.


A second great short by Seth Epstein.


CicLAvia took over the streets of Los Angeles today. It was amazing to look out the window and see the streets teaming with life instead of frustrated drivers and aggressive buses. I saw everything from aerospokers and girls on cruisers to tall bikes and families of all ages. I started snapping a few pics and decided to do a timelapse of sorts.

LA really needs to do this more often and work toward implementing better bicycle lanes and safety. Our city is so flat, its perfect for easy commuting. After biking to work for over a year, the city had really sucked the fun out of riding for me. Events like this really want me to get out there and ride more.


WILD in the STREETS Snap Back
We did our own special heavy acid wash on a locally sourced 100% cotton denim. Like all well worn denim, no 2 are alike and each hat will continue to age gracefully. To complete the desconstructed vintage look we didn’t use any buckram in the front panel to give it that worn in look, while the weight of the denim provides structure. Contrast run stitch embroidery and construction stitching completes the look. Locally made in Los Angeles, its one of our new Spring hats.
Even if you haven’t chugged 40’s before a show or lost your shoe in the pit, your hat will at least look the part. Available here or your local Ampal dealer.


We are proud to introduce our first collaboration. We worked with JOYRICH to create special versions of our ALAMEDA fedora and DRAPER pork pie with custom, made in LA, bands with some of their prints and complimenting special leathers. We also used some of their signature prints to create some of my favorite snap backs to date.
Sorry but you have to wait until they drop them in the next few days to see all the product shots.
Screen shot 2010 01 19 at 9.53.48 PM AMPAL for JOYRICH

They will be available soon exclusively in the JOYRICH flagship stores in Japan and maybe LA. We may have a few of the pork pies and fedoras to offer in our webstore.

Made in LA version 2

Heres the first version we cut of the Made in LA video. We used a track by our friends The Beehive Spirit. The suits in marketing thought we needed a more “pop” sound so we used Cut Copy. I think they both turned out great and wanted to share this one too.
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Give their EP a listen.

El Scorpio

Spent a week or so surfing in the desert and clearing my mind. In between the overhyped back-to-back-to-back swells and a few all time sessions we did a lot of logging and beach drinking, party waves and poses.

Behind the Scenes – Made in LA

Mark Mahoney by Ari Marcopoulos for YSL

Talk about a trifecta of names.
Andrew even got a shot in it.

Down with the Ship Premier

dwts flyer web Down with the Ship Premier
Our buddy, Derek Dunfee, is premiering his movie this Thursday. Definitely worth checking out. We’ll be jammin’ some tunes (Party Sauce & Scorpion Breath) afterwards at Zenbu Lounge for the afterparty.