Summer 2012

It has been a busy summer season.  As I sat watching the waves roll in this past weekend I reflected back upon all that has been going on at Agave.   We have worked hard on many projects including our latest Spring 2013 lines.  Over the last couple of weeks the Fall 2012 merchandise has been rolling into the warehouse and looking really great.   I am very excited for the launch of our new AgaveDenim.com website.  We really like it and I hope you will as well.

Cheers Jeff

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pimp your glam!?

Last week I was in Paris for the Denim by PV show.  I spent three days walking the city in search of interesting things before the show.   More details to follow…  This show always puts an  artistic spin on trend.  This season’s “Pimp your glam” was no exception.  “Pimp” was no doubt driven by the bright colors and shiny metallic surfaces emerging in the denim world.  In a weird juxtaposition though, at the same time the market is “pimping its glam”,  another part of the market is returning to dark, inky, raw, rinse, selvage, authentic work wear roots.   Does anybody know what the hell those gold animal figures are anyway?

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Feelin’ Clooney

Ok I admit it.  I am proud as hell that George Clooney chose to wear my design, the Agave Speedster, for his CBS segment of Person to Person.  I am humbled.  Thank you George.  ~Jeff

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Find a Way

During the Agave 2012 Road Trip image campaign shoot in the California Redwoods I stumbled upon these trees and took this photo.  Life can be very challenging.  This photo symbolized my view on the best way to deal with those challenges. The photo says it all.

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Szafir

I have always been in love with the color blue.  It began as a simple child’s love of the color of the sky and water.   My blue love grew when I started surfing around age 12 and scuba diving at 13.  At around age 14, I start making ceramics and cobalt glaze became my favorite.  Eventually I also fell in love with denim jeans.  I became a jean designer and spend hours daily reviewing the shade and hue of Agave denim fabrics and washes.  Over the last few years I have acquired many blue shoes, blue vehicles and blue stones.  All of this makes total sense because my real name is not really Shafer but Szafir.  Szafir is the polish word for sapphire.

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Juxtapose

I just love the juxtaposition of these two elements.  Each one makes the other seam even more beautiful in a way that I would have never expected.  Juxtaposition is one of my favorite ideas in art and life.  The more unexpected the more interesting…

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Gold Coast

I grew up surfing the local Santa Barbara breaks from Rincon to Jalama.  This is a map of where my friends and i spent most of our time when we were not in school or at work.  The water was clean, the air was cool and crisp, the waves were great and the friendships were amazing.  Some of the best and most beautiful days of my life…

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My Lil Buddy

There is no symbol of American denim culture more iconic than a vintage Buddy Lee doll.  Only a vintage Levi’s western banner or a pair of Big E’s come close.  I have been in love with Cowboy Buddy since the first time I saw him when I was a kid.  I have wanted one since I re-discovered him in Japanese Denim magazines in the early ’90′s.  This one is in my home and came to me through my friend David who is a vintage dealer & collector.  He is in perfect condition with beautiful raw denim, copper burrs and rivets, scarf and cowboy hat.

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Ferrari Craft

Last summer I was in Italy with my family and we decided to visit the Ferrari Museum.  This exhibit to me was one of the most interesting.  In the design process of a Ferrari, first a clay model is sculpted into the exact shape of the desired car.  Then a wire frame, as the one shown, is constructed based on the model.  Then sheet metal is wrapped around the frame to create the shape of the car in metal and this becomes the foundation of the geometry of the chassis.  Each one of the wire frames are made entirely by hand with to the exact specification of the engineer.  The level of skill and perfection required to make this wire frame is almost unimaginable.  True artistry that the Italians are so brilliant at.

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Plate 67

There is just something a about strong, beautiful and intelligent woman that I find irresistible. (Duh… check out Lauren).  Dressed in black leather and on a hot bike only adds to the formula.  Make that bike a classic Italian cafe racer puts it over the top.  Putting the number “67″ (my old plate) is just too much for me to handle.  Now you see why I find this photo so inspirational.

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