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Design notes from Territory Ahead
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While it’s not “officially” summer yet, we still have surfing on our brains, particularly when there is an ocean crashing just blocks away from our office. I think that’s why we’re so compelled by this moody, award-winning surf photographer’s film, “Dark Side of the Lens” shot off the coast of Ireland. This short film is stunningly beautiful, and a good reminder to us all, that we all need to explore the territory in our own backyards too and follow your passions. 

Modern Vintage

Carpinteria, CA-based brothers Andrew and Peter Hernandez combine a passion for design and quality from a bygone era with modern-day, sustainable building practices.

Starting off as movers at their mother’s antique store nearly 10 years ago, they developed a love for the hunt for unique vintage and antique pieces. Add to that construction skills needed to design and manufacture furniture and lighting along with eco-conscious sensibilities, and a concept was born.

Their works include tables made from reclaimed wood – including old bowling lanes – and lamps using salvaged metals and knobs that hail anywhere from a farmhouse in the Midwest to a village in Europe.

“For us, quality is not only a measure of a completed product, but of the process and materials that go into making it,” the brothers explain.

We know how they feel. 

Stay tuned: The Brothers of Industry will create a lamp exclusive to Territory Ahead for our Fall 2012 collection, as well as a graphic tee collaboration for Spring 2013.

Things we love: Deus Ex Machina's customs and style

Based in Australia, we appreciate (that actually means drooling over) the work they do, as well as their overall philosophy about their art. 

The Deus philosophy recalls an era before the various pursuits of fun – motorcycling, surfing, skateboarding, whatever – were marketed into fundamentalist factions. All are welcomed under the Deus roof, where there’s simply respect for the honesty and enjoyment of the machine. Inclusiveness, authenticity, enthusiasm. It’s a simple and sincere pitch that has winged Deus ex Machina across the world. Deus ex Machina says simply there’s no ‘right way’ to do individualism, its all the same juice.

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The Collector

The Santa Barbara Surfing Museum

Gidget’s Surfboard, Gary Cooper’s pith helmet from The Lives of a Bengal Lancer, Paladin’s pistol from Have Gun, Will Travel – the list goes on. Antique collector, surfer, photographer, curator Jim Mahoney’s collection of vintage props and unique treasures has landed in Japanese fashion magazines, New York City boutiques, and commercials galore. He also has a collection of local artifacts that includes the program from James Dean’s last car race (which was here in Santa Barbara). The William Brown Project stumbled upon Mahoney’s weird, wonderful, and occasionally spooky world on a recent trip to Santa Barbara.

There’s synthetic indigo dye, the stuff used for the mass production of denim, and then there’s true indigo: the natural dye derived from the Indigofera tinctoria plant species that has been used for centuries in Asia to produce a profound blue with depth and dimension.

In Japan, indigo became especially important in the Edo period when it was forbidden to use silk, so the Japanese began to import and plant cotton. They soon discovered it was difficult to dye the cotton fiber with anything except indigo.

Today indigo is used for garments such as the Yukata kimono – a casual summer kimono that invokes nature and the blue of the sea.

We discovered this small book of antique Japanese indigo swatches in a vintage specialty store on one of our many fabric hunts, and were instantly captivated by the book’s unique, tonal patterns.

This beautiful book stayed constant in our minds as we worked through our own patterns and color themes for our Fall ’12 and Spring ’13 designs.

Keep an eye out for styles inspired by this book in upcoming collections at