fish story

When I was 7 years old I caught a marlin off San Diego.  I wanted to catch a marlin soooo bad.  Once the fish took my bait and I was hooked up we realized the rod was too big.   My parents sawed off the butt section.  After about 15 minutes I was exhausted and wanted to quit.  My dad grabbed a scissors and said he would cut off the fucking fish if anyone touched the rod.  My mom held me by the scruff of my shorts and handed me an ice cold Olympia mini.  That was my first beer.  After 40 minutes the fish came to the boat and I landed it.  It was the best day ever.  I still love to fish but prefer the serenity of a stream or river.  Also, I release what I catch.

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on any sunday

Steve McQueen on his Husky.  Bare-chested, khakis and lace up boots riding the California desert.  This is the image that was ingrained in my adolescent mind of a real man.  I watched On Any Sunday 18 times.  The closing seen of Steve, Mert (Lawwill) and Malcolm (Smith) riding the sand dunes is like going to heaven.

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telsa roadster

In 2008, Agave was contacted by executives at Tesla Motors to provide Agave jeans and knits as “uniforms” for showroom floor employees.   They felt that Agave was the perfect brand and the perfect product to represent the ethos of Tesla to their customers.  Since then, Agave and its best retailers have held “Agave Denim & Telsa Roadster” event’s all across the USA whereby store customers can either test ride or test drive a roadster and have me hand pack the perfect jean for them.  I am very proud to be part of the early history of Tesla and the green transportation movement and I LOVE TESLA CARS!  With the new Model S sedan on its way the auto world has been changed forever!

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positano

The Italians have it right when it comes to life and style.  One of my favorite places in Italy is Positano.  I visited this Amalfi Coast jewel last summer with my family.  We rented “Casa Lorenzo” which was the converted maids quarters of an old villa.  It was amazing!  Beautiful, quaint, charming with a wonderful view and perfect location.  There is no need to drive in the city as you walk everywhere.  If you did drive this mini car would be a great way to roll.  We walked by it every day and it has become the icon of our stay there.  I wore my Patron’s in Sun Baked Gray and Gringo’s in Sand N Sea.  I love the flowers on the dash and the wicker basket in the drivers seat.

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goldenstate selvage

I have always been obsessed with shuttle loom selvage denim.  I first became familiar with it while scouring the Pasadena Rose Bowl swap meet back in 1993.  While shopping for cool vintage pieces for BC Ethic, I noticed a big demand from Japanese buyers for vintage Levi’s red lines with both small “e” and big “E” tab labels.  In 1994, I went to Tokyo and Osaka and visited many vintage Levi’s stores selling both vintage and replications.   Agave has offered selvage since 2005 but separated it out as the sub-brand Agave Goldenstate in 2008.  Our selvages included a hemp blend, a classic indigo and a railroad stripe.  All variants were shipped inside-out with a fun screen print on the inside leg.  Many of our retail collectors have these jeans on display in their stores today.  In 2008, another company in LA started using the name Goldenstate and I decided not to protect the mark.  Instead I chose Agave Gold Collection and it is a big part of Agave today.

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field of dreams

I was invited to visit the Boswell farm and see how Supima cotton was grown and processed.  The only way to really see it was from a helicopter.  The view was incredible.  Huge plots of land one mile wide by one mile long.  All fields were cultivated by machines guided by GPS.  Accuracy to one inch.  Piloted by women as they are more reliable and do not tend to fall asleep or engage in unauthorized conduct.  Duh.

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outward bound

When I was 16 years old I did a 21 day Outward Bound course in the Cascades east of Bellingham,  WA.  To say it was enormously influential on my life is a major understatement.  I came back with a profound love and appreciation for wilderness and for the Pacific Northwest.  This picture was my group after climbing Mt. Clark in Glacier Peak Wilderness.  Pay no attention to the boy in the Ray Ban aviators, yellow rain jacket, red bandana scarf and Filson “Whipcord” climbing kickers.  Say no more!  Thirty years later I moved from Topanga Canyon to Southwest Washington State.  Go figure.

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cowboys & indians

Although this is not my bike, mine was very similar but in classic Indian yellow.   It was bought second hand from Chad McQueen, Steve’s son.  I went up to Steve and made the deal even though my dad paid as I was 12 years old.  He was my idol at the time, not because of his dramatic work, but because he was the star and producer of On Any Sunday.  It was very fast and I loved riding it.  Meeting Steve McQueen is one of the highlights of my childhood.  He is still one of my idols today, not because of his acting but because of his personal style and how he lived his life…

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a nectar collection

The FW2011 Nectar Collection is the first Agave line designed by my wife Lauren.   It is also the first line she has created in 16 years since stepping away from fashion design to raise our boys.  Building on a solid foundation of established fits she has created something fabulous.  She made all the first patterns and sewed the first samples too.  I’m really proud.  Lauren was a co-founder of BC Ethic and on the original design teams of Yes Clothing and It’s Malke back in the day…

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fantasy island

My 20 year anniversary of coming to Vegas for MAGIC and trade-shows.  This place freaks me out.  Always makes me question what I am doing here and the meaning of life…  Thats Brad.  Always in the boat too.  Taken on my iPhone 3.

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