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Essentials: RL Grime

A stalwart of the ever-changing soundscape of “bass music,” Henry Steinway, better known by his stage name RL Grime or Clockwork — depending on which electro sub genre he’s pursuing at any given time — debuted in 2011 wi...

Essentials: Lindsay Merkle

Having spent a large part of her creative tenure in advertising agencies, Lindsay Merkle’s pursuits in branding, marketing, and sales have allowed her to work with some of the largest names in sports and fashion. A few years ago, she channeled...

Essentials: Tal Cooperman

A stalwart of Los Angeles’s diverse subculture scene, Tal Cooperman is that cultivated local who knows where the best parties are at, which bands you should look out for, and can tell you crazy stories about Louie Vito and Machine Gun Kelly. Bl...

Essentials: Eliza Doolittle

Eliza Doolittle (née Eliza Sophie Caird), the voice behind soul pop hits “Pack Up” and “Big When I Was Little” has touched almost all facets of the creative arts. Having grown up in family of performers with a stage director a...

Esssentials: Pat Tenore

RVCA founder Pat Tenore describes his life as a “balance of opposites,” a belief that is firmly entrenched in his label, most recognizable in its “VA” symbol. It’s such outlook that allows the label to bring together ath...

Essentials: COPE2

Considered by many as one of the founding fathers of American graffiti, COPE2 is best known for his “wildstyle” approach to the art form. Deriving his bubble throw-up style from NYC legend CAP, Cope and his Kings Destroy crew took the New...

Essentials: Kelly Angood

Kelly Angood is a woman of many hats. If she’s not working on strategy for The Corner London or handling her duties as director of The Pop-Up Pinhole Company, she’s probably busy working on her illustrations or brushing up on her set and...

Essentials: Trevor Fleming of Lifetime Collective

Choosing to tag their brand with the name “collective” was not an arbitrary designation for Trevor Fleming and Reid Stewart of Vancouver-based Lifetime Collective. The brand fulfills the suggestion made by its name through holistically embracing arti...

Essentials: Claude d’Avoine

The transition from designing at one of the world’s premier fashion culture magazines into children’s coloring books is likely no easy task, but Claude d’Avoine pulls it off with ease. Formerly a designer at Dazed, the London native...

Essentials: Juice of Flatbush Zombies

Aptly named after the area of Brooklyn from where they hail, Flatbush Zombies having been doing more than just blowing smoke since their emergence in 2010. Working alongside Brooklyn “Beast Coast” affiliates Joey Bada$$ and the A$AP Mob, Flatbush Zom...

Essentials with Joakim Levin of Nudie Jeans Video

There’s something about denim brands that makes them a point of pride for their respective countries. Sweden is no different, and with Nudie Jeans virtually a household name to denim wearers around the world, the city of Gothenburg has one grea...

Essentials: Q of WorldStarHipHop

This edition of Essentials sees an assortment of items from none other than Lee “Q” O-Denat of WorldStarHipHop (WSHH). Realizing the potential of the internet during its infant stages, Q sought out to utilize the powerful tool as a means to connect w...

Essentials: Jerry Lorenzo of Fear of God

Crossing the threshold into his second collection, Jerry Lorenzo pushes forward in carving out a grungy, layered and draped aesthetic for Fear of God. Twisting basic elements to result in uniquely proportioned garb, the line distills luxurious fabric...

Essentials: Anna Lomax

Making a left turn from our usual subjects in this series, here we consider the everyday items of a quirky London creative – Anna Lomax. after graduating from Brighton University with a specialization in Illustration in 2007, Lomax has gone on to for...

Essentials: Lunice

Having come through the ranks and paid dues since the early 2000s, Montreal-bred producer and DJ Lunice has been on a deserving roll for the past few years. From producing tracks for Diplo to forming a production supergroup – TNGHT – with Hudson Moha...