Summer 14

We continue to focus on premium quality and handpicked vintage fabrics for our Summer 14 collection.  The snap backs, 5 panel camp hats & custom patches reflect our 4th generation California roots.

Designed & Crafted in Los Angeles, CA. USA

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CHOPPER FEVER

With Born Free, the best chopper show in the country, coming up this weekend, I thought it was the perfect time to release our collaboration with Kosuke of Sunrise Cycles and Chopper Fever.

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Over a year ago I met Kosuke of Sunrise Cycles. A bike he built had caught my eye, and when I found out the Sunrise shop was just down Sunset Blvd. I got in contact with him. When I pulled up in the back of an un-assuming alley in Silverlake, my jaw dropped at the lineup of vehicles – an OG knuckle that looked fresh out of a barn, a beautiful candycoated molded out dual carb swingarm panhead, a bitchin’ panel shop truck (now replaced by an even cooler Impala wagon) and a lineup of other rad choppers. Over the course of many visits, the ever evolving quiver of 2 wheeled glory would always delay my departure another 5-10 minutes.

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Growing up, my dad’s one man, custom cabinetry shop was always an exercise in space management; however, I would always be surprised when I’d help load up half a house’s worth of new cabinets that had been stacked floor to ceiling. Another facet is the old tools, some are 60+ years old, but aside from replacing a part here and there they are still running strong. With this being said I had an immediate appreciation and respect for Kosuke’s workspace. The shot above was taken awhile ago, and the every inch of space is covered in interesting bits of motorcycles and Americana.

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I have a ton of respect for Kosuke’s approach to building bikes (read more here) and I think we share an appreciation for quality and what some might call a micromanagement issue (I see it more as a refusal to compromise quality). We eventually started talking about making a hat for Sunrise Cycles.

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Kosuke’s first request was that the hat be plastic free, which became a design inspiration for the cap. The cap above took form with the following details:

A black 100% cotton canvas upper – it’s a time tested workwear material that looks better as it wears.
The brim has no plastic piece – the entire hat can be stuffed in your pocket or backpack while you ride.
An elastic sharpie/tool/smoke holder – never lose your work pen again.
Chopper Fever Vintage Linen Lining with stash pocket – stash your ID, nugs, zingers, zongers.

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We’re really stoked with the result. Only 72 were made. Half available through CHOPPER FEVER and half through our webstore HERE.

Check out the entire CHOPPER FEVER range.

“Chopper Fever was born and bred in Los Angeles, California. Tired of the lack of clothes that couldn’t handle the abuse of oil and sweat while looking sharp, Chopper Fever was created to fill the void. Products made in America and influenced by a culture of innovation, freedom and tradition.”

Chopper Fever is about as real as it gets. Stop by their booth at Born Free and pick up a T-shirt.

Support it.

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PS you can win this chopper at the show this Saturday. In typical Sunrise fashion, Kosuke has made everything on the bike from the frame to the rims and rumor has it, thats a custom fabricated inverted from end.

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All photos (c) Jon Dragonette

Livin for the City

We were pretty stoked to see Curren$y‘s new video for “Living For The City.”

Spitta is wearing our REMINGTON snap back from FW12. We’ve been using this print for a few years and were the first to use it in hat, unfortunately we are sold out, but we do have some of the REMINGTON camp hat left. Ours are fully lined in premium satin as well.

Support the originals.

New Spring Camp Hats

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We just released a few new camp hats inspired by some of our sold out snapbacks. Marina del Rey was the perfect backdrop to feature them, so we headed out on the “BELLA FIGA” for an afternoon of sun on the water. The SEVEN SEAS III Camp hat is shown above with a rugged khaki twill upper and Seven Seas print brim.

Augusta III sm New Spring Camp Hats

The AUGUSTA II Camp hat, made from deadstock rose print, is lined in a premium blue and white striped woven cotton.

Reverse II sm New Spring Camp Hats

The REVERSE II Camp is the camp version of last summers REVERSE snap back with a contrast brown wool brim.

Available in our webstore, the fine boutiques listed on the right hand side of the site and Karmaloop for our international tribe.

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no agenda

AGENDA 13 FLYER no agenda
Our Summer Collection will be out a little later, so come stop by the BROTHERS MARSHALL booth to sneak a peak and escape the scene in the soothing sands of the palapa.

FW 12

THE AMPAL CREATIVE1 FW 12

INTRO FW12 FW 12

Shot by Taylor S. Dunfee around our backyard.

STAY WEIRD SNAP1 FW 12

FROTHIN SNAP FW 12

REMINGTON SNAP1 FW 12

CALIFORNIA LOVE FW 12

ALBUQUERQUE II SNAP FW 12

RESPECT THE NATIVES SNAP1 FW 12

EAZY RIDER SNAP FW 12

CONCHO VILLA SNAP FW 12

BICKLE BEANIE FW 12

HOECK EARFLAP FW 12

MOTHRA CAMP FW 12

STAY WEIRD CAMP1 FW 12

ALBUQUERQUE CAMP FW 12

REMINGTON CAMP1 FW 12

RESPECT THE NATIVES1 FW 12

Buried in a box, Deep in a 91 year old building, Somewhere in DTLA

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We found a few OLD MAN N THE SEA Camp, AUGUSTA II Snap back & G’MORN BAGHDAD Camp Caps. We thought these were sold out. They will not and cannot be remade.

Available here

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. ”

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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.

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Thanks to the director, the talented Eric Ulbrich.

Out of the Office

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We’re testing S/S 13 collection south of the border (see above from last week). Web orders will ship 11/1. FW 12 and our collabs will be up in November. Thanks for your patience.

Shaka.