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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efficient design

I design from the inside out.  To me, it’s important to “get right” what you don’t see.  The core, the inside, the back side, the bottom.  If the inside is good then the outside will be good and will endure.  Great design should get better with time.  Great quality means you can enjoy that design for a long time into the future.  That’s true efficiency.

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metal trees, concrete mountains

I come to New York City several times a year for trade-shows, to shop stores, visit clients and friends and have great meals.  It is in huge contrast to where I live out in the forest of southern Washington state. At home there are no sounds except birds, no lights except stars, few cars, few people and lots of green. New York is the exact opposite… noisy, crazy, dirty, lights, cars, cabs, trucks, bikes and people everywhere.  It is a vibrant city full of life though.  I love it for short periods of time but it is not for me. Even so, this morning from my 6th story hotel window I saw natures beauty in this city.  Taken on my iPhone 3.

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