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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my first taco

For some boys it was baseball glove.  For others it was train set or a be be gun.  For me it was a mini bike.   Back in the late 1960′s, a Los Angeles based company called Steens created a mini bike called a “taco”.  I begged my dad every day for one and being a convincing little bastard who never gave up I finally got one.  It was magical.  It made me feel like I was….  Clever thing naming it a taco.  This began my lifelong love affair with the two wheeled variety of the iron horse.

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pretty flowers

One of my favorite flowers.

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king pins

Very exciting day today.  Herb and I saw a lot of really amazing developments in denim as well as old friends.  Andew Olah puts on an amazing event for our industry.  Our Sustenance Mfg label will get new denim fabrications made of banana fiber, milk protein and charcoal.  Freakin’ amazing!

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If you aren’t failing regularly then you aren’t innovating hard enough.   ~Someone

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catalina mx

This was from before my time but can you imagine…?

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