Tuesday, November 04, 2008

PAPER Magazine's 24 Hour Department Store in LA Nov 5th - Nov 9th

Save the date... The Last Laugh store will have a booth at PAPER magazines 24 Hour Department Store Friday Nov 7th - Sat Nov. 8th. The best store in the universe open for 1 day only. 8873 West Sunset Boulevard. For more info go to www.papermag.com Hope to see you there.

Get ready to shop till you drop -- literally. Yes, from Friday, Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. to Saturday, Nov. 8 at 6 p.m., PAPER is hosting its second annual 24-Hour Department Store, featuring goodies galore from over 30 of our favorite designers, artists, chefs and musicians, who will be setting up booths throughout PAPER's pop-up storefront space. It's going to be 24 hours of pure, unadulterated madness. Especially because in addition to the aforementioned vendors, Converse is presenting 24 bands in 24 hours, who will be providing the soundtrack for this insane, slightly surreal shopping experience. From Lady Tigra to Entrance to the Chapin Sisters to Daedelus, this will be one multi-sensory cultural happening you will not want to miss.
Here's what you need to know: The store opens on Nov. 7 at 6 p.m. in PAPER's pop-up storefront space located at 8873 Sunset Boulevard, at San Vicente and ends Nov. 8 at 6 p.m. So save your pennies, chug some Red Bull and we'll see you there!


Pronounced "A Plus R," this global design boutique (with two locations -- one in Silverlake, one on Abbot Kinney) is run by PAPER contributor Rose Apodaca (and former West Coast bureau chief of WWD) and her husband Andy Griffith.

Band of Outsiders

The line helmed by Hollywood agent turned fashion designer Scott Sternberg is a rebellious take on classic preppy that has all the kids in a tizzy. He's managed to get his famous friends like Jason Schwartzman, Max Minghella, Kirsten Dunst and most recently legendary L.A. photog Paul Jasmin to model for him.

An online project featuring emerging British object-art designers who transform everyday objects into objects of desire. Our personal favorite is the 18-karat-gold-dipped coke spoon.


Who knew that a former That 70s Show star could make dudes look so GQ? Danny Masterson's and stylist Ilaria Urbinati's new 5,000-square-foot Los Angeles boutique AND art exhibition space Confederacy boasts quite the extensive (and awesome) list of designers. They range from Bastian to Tim Hamilton, accessories from Woolrich to Rag & Bone, and hot kicks from Common Projects to Givenchy. We're into it!


In addition to sponsoring our 24 Bands in 24 Hours extravaganza, Converse will on site hand screen-printing T-shirts with seven great designs. Live wearable art for ten bucks! Sounds like the best deal in town!

Crops and Rawbers

The coolest catering company in town, Crops and Rawbers, the brainchild of Diva Dompé and Amanda Brown, cater L.A.'s hippest art openings and punk rock concerts with their delicious, organic, raw, vegan desserts.


The Las-Vegas-based clothing boutique, helmed by Chris Julian and Samantha Alonso, present vintage street fashion as objets d'art. Since opening in 2005, the shop has evolved into something of a concept store, earning stripes for blending street style with the classic catwalk designs. Julian, himself a former fashion designer, and Alonso have recently collaborated on a collection with designer Jeremy Scott, and have also opened (with Eddie Cruz) a new Stussy store in Las Vegas.


A legendary skate brand founded by Erik Brunetti and Steve Rocco's World Industries in the early '90s that still knows how to create a good, old-fashioned anti-establishment ruckus.

Henry Holland

The man who made his name with bold statement T-shirts and by being best buds with Agyness Deyn is bringing his cheeky-fabulous London-based clothing line House of Holland to L.A. Get ready for some hyperactive pieces -- his Spring 2009 collection, titled "Sex, Lies, & Volleyball,” is all about mid-‘90s inspired polka-dots and flower prints.

Jeremy Scott

Fashion envelope-pusher Jeremy Scott has posed in his MySpace profile photo with both Lindsay Lohan and Cory Kennedy, if that gives you an idea of him, and his clothing.

Katy Rodriguez/Tony Alva

This is an L.A. power couple if we've ever seen one! Katy Rodriguez heads up one of our favorite vintage shops, Resurrection, and also recently came out with her own eponymous clothing line that we just can't get enough of. Her hubby, Tony Alva, is a legendary skateboarder (do the Z-Boys ring a bell?), who heads his own skateboarding company, Alva Skates.


Since 2005, the folks at the L.A. RECORD have been putting L.A.-based bands like No Age, Lavender Diamond, Cold War Kids, etc. on their covers way before anyone outside of L.A. ever heard of them. Each free issue, which comes with a poster that doubles as the magazine's cover (featuring rock bands re-staging classic album covers), is filled with reviews, previews, band interviews and helpful nuggets for any L.A. indie rock nerd. In addition to putting out said publication, the L.A. RECORD kids run a local music store, curate monthly live events and do a radio show and hold day jobs. Not bad.


Levi's really doesn't need much in the way of an introduction, and for their booth at our 24-Hour Department Store they are promising (and I quote): "Surprises..." We love surprises!


Libertine, Cindy Greene and Johnson Hartig's line, known for its Victorian-esque, silk-screened wares, recently teamed up with Target for a limited edition line -- so you know they've officially "made it.”

Modern Appealing Clothing

Also referred to as MAC, this sibling-run (Ben and Chris Ospital) San Francisco boutique carries an expertly-curated mix of global designers and local brands -- making it, hands down, one of SF's best shops.


This multiple-locationed surf shop specializes in exclusive handcrafted boards from top shapers like Manny Caro, Michel Junod, and Chris Christenson. Bonus: A cute, real surfer-boy staff that will recommend a "stick" best suited for your pleasure.

Mr. Cartoon and Estevan Oriol

Longtime friends and partners, tattoo artist Mr. Cartoon and multitasking extraordinaire (hip hop photographer/music video director/recent film director) Esteban Oriol, opened up four one-of-a-kind shops in L.A.'s Skid Row earlier this year to add to their laundry list of past collabs. Expect their booth to be exploding with a hodgepodge of graphic T-shirts, tattoos, photographic prints and the bits and pieces of all their all-across-the-board projects.

New Editions

Based in Downtown L.A., New Editions creates limited edition fine art prints by contemporary artists for children and their parents (and everyone else!) The prints are archival pigment prints, all produced at New Editions' studio.

Opening Ceremony

Humberto Leon and Carol Lim recently moved their New York City avant-garde boutique vision to the West Coast -- to Charlie Chaplin's former dance studio, to be exact. Decor includes hydraulic jewelry cases and labyrinthian arrangements that reflect the iconic congestion of W.C. life.

Orange 20

This teeny (although you can't miss it due to its bright orange façade) L.A. biker nirvana of a store, located on 713 N. Heliotrope (7+13=20. Hence, Orange 20) has all the biker necessities -- and books, biker threads, and videos -- one could ever imagine. The store is dedicated to making the City of Angels safer and more rider-friendly.


In just a few years, Pasadena-based designers/sisters Kate and Laura Mulleavy have created one of the most talked-about, respected, exciting and beautiful clothing lines around.


Pronounced "Rooka," this art-surf-skate line was founded by designer P.M. Tenore in 2001. The line features a who's who of contributing artists/designers like Mark Hunter (see below), Erin Wasson, Mark Mothersbaugh, Brendan Fowler among others.


Located in Culver City, Royal/T is a 10,000-square-foot Japanese-pop-inspired gallery-café-shop. Make sure to stop by the café, where young waitresses wearing sexy maid garb serve afternoon High Tea. It comes as no surprise Royal/T attracts quite the eclectic crowd, and with their curated shop with pieces from the likes of Takashi Murakami, Nagi Noda, Yoshitomo Nara and Mitsuhiro Okamota, how couldn't they?

Screaming Mimi's

Retro chic is the look here. Sixties vintage platform shoes, '70s Chloe dresses and '80s Member's Only jackets are just a few of the treats that can be found at this New York institution -- which we're bringing out to L.A. for the second year in a row.

Show Pony

A little pink shop/artist commune in Echo Park owned by artist Kime Buzzelli. In addition to selling an eclectic mix
of vintage clothes and antique wares, on the first Saturday of every month Bizzelli pairs an indie designer with a specific artist, creating a designer/artist residency of sorts.

Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Offering fabulously offbeat basics for those of us who favor the black-grey-white color palette, Mary Ping's SSWTR has been a staple at favorite L.A. clothing haunt, Creatures of Comfort, and scores of NYC stores for ages. Check out their consistently awesome collection of shoes at consistently affordable prices.


Chrissie Miller's LES line has been hitting it big this year with her collab with Madeleine von Froomer (formerly of Proenza Schouler), and her soft-washed T-shirts being rocked by everyone from Jen Brill to Bijou Phillips. Plus, Sophomore's zippered skirt has been, hands down, the best of the trendy bunch this season!


Check out the art-meets-toys from San Fran-based STRANGECo that make us wish we had these growing up rather than our massively produced and not-so-cool Barbies and G.I. Joes. Renowned artists such as James Varvis produce STRANGECo's unique collection, in addition to one of our favs -- Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi's timely and hysterical vinyl figures depicting Barack, Hil', and a deathly pale McCain (appropriately gripping a grenade and rifle).


The cool New York skate shop to end all cool New York skate shops, helmed by James Jebbia, recently opened shop in L.A. Now it's the cool L.A. skate shop to end all L.A. skate shops. Go figure.

Teenage Teardrops Records

L.A.'s booming DIY/noise-punk scene owes a lot to the duo behind this small yet influential record label. Founders Cali Dewitt and Bryan Ray are keeping the scene alive, helping bands like No Age and The Sads get their start.

The Cobrasnake

If you've been photographed by The Cobrasnake (aka Mark Hunter) you've made it. If you've interviewed his mother (ahem, Carol) you've doubly made it.

The Smell

This all ages punk/noise/experimental party palace still stinks... in a good way! The place that propelled No Age and Mika Miko to fame continues to attract a stellar line-up of musicians and artists who take refuge here and find common ground at the vegan snack bar.


AKA "Undftd," this L.A. boutique (with locations on La Brea and in Silver Lake and Santa Monica) is best known for limited edition sneakers produced by Nike and Adidas exclusively for Undefeated. Other claims to fame... Air Jordan 4s and the billboard project on La Brea which mixes fine art with street art and places it where everyone can see it... Brilliant!

Welcome Hunters

Located in L.A.'s Chinatown, Welcome Hunters has the coolest freaking clothing. Period. We're obsessed with the multi-colored oversized hooded vest by Brian Lichtenberg, the oh-so-cute Kloset Bow necklace, the MIROÏKE neon-colored gladiators, and obviously, their infamous male leggings.


LA-based designer Melissa Coker named her California meets classic label after a Charles Dickens character, Jenny Wren, a sad and crippled doll dressmaker with a big heart. That's equally as cute as Coker's adorably hip collection.

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