In conjunction with the grand opening of our newest and prettiest UO store in Malibu, we teamed up with Converse to present our Live in the Lot music series with live performances by Bleached and Dum Dum Girls. It was quite a treat for us and everyone else who came out to the mellow beach vibe of Malibu to enjoy the tunes, drinks and yummy food trucks! Huge thanks to Converse for co-sponsoring and to everyone who came out and made the event a success! —Tania
Over the weekend we did a beach cleanup in Malibu with the Surfrider Foundation and cleaned up over 200 pounds of trash from the beach! A ton of our store associates from all over Cali came out to help (on a Saturday morning, no less), and seriously kicked some ass at trash-pickin'. One team even picked up 19 pounds of trash all on their own! Graham, the volunteer with the Surfrider Foundation, made sure everyone knew to keep an eye out for smaller plastic items that get overlooked because those are the items that cause the most damage. At the end of the day, we had a gigantic pile of trash, including some ridiculously big items (like the board above that says "WELCOME TO MALIBU, NOW GO HOME, ASSHOLE"). Overall, not bad for a few hours' work! Check out our picture recap below! —Katie
Here they come! Like a zombie invasion but more fun.
Getting briefed on what to keep an eye out for on the beach.
Weighing alllll the trash.
The start of the trash pile.
After everyone returned, Graham from Surfrider told us a little bit more about how to make sure the beaches stay clean.
And that's what 200+ pounds of trash looks like!
If you're in Malibu, you can see our new store at 3806 Cross Creek Road in the Malibu Country Mart.
This week we're in beautiful Malibu for our new store opening, and there's been amazing style everywhere we turn! It was hard to pick just one look this week, but today we're featuring our Women's Manager Justine because she is doing the effortless Cali style so perfectly.
Introduce yourself! Tell us where you work and what you do.
I started my UO career at Brea as the WACC manager, then got promoted to Women's & after that I went over to Costa Mesa! Now, I'm the Women's Manager at the new Malibu location. When I'm not at work, I'm obsessing over gold jewelry & have been working on a collection of my own, but I only have a few pieces so far!
What are you wearing today?
Today I was wearing an Urban Renewal army tee, BDG Groupie Flare denim, Sam Edelman Trina sandals & my own gold jewelry.
What's your favorite part about Malibu?
My favorite part of Malibu has to be the beach, and of course our new store.
Can you tell us what lipstick you have on? Because it is amazing.
My lipstick is RiRi Woo (Rihanna's collection for MAC). One of my faves!
Where can we find you online?
I'm only on Instagram. You can find me @ Justine_legold!
We spoke with Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty, the people behind All Roads design, to learn a little bit more about their art and the installation pieces they made for our brand new Malibu store!
Interview by Katie Gregory
Introduce yourself! Tell us a little bit about who you are and what you do.
Hi! We are All Roads, Janelle Pietrzak and Robert Dougherty. Janelle does all the weaving, and Robert does all the welding and metal work, and together we do woodworking and product design. I [Janelle] worked in the fashion industry for the past 10 years, from NYC and Philadelphia to LA. In that time I designed apparel and accessories, researched trends in fabric, but mostly sourced and developed fabric worldwide. I recently left my full-time job to focus on All Roads. Now I spend most of my time weaving.
As for Robert, he's been working as a carpenter for about 20 years, and in the past 5 years has added welding. He took a few years off to work as a motorcycle mechanic in Philadelphia. After 4 years back home on the East coast, he is happy to be back in Los Angeles.
How did you get involved with the Malibu store opening?
Someone from the store team noticed the weavings on the internet and contacted us; we were excited to work on this project!
Can you tell us about the pieces you made for the opening?
We liked the idea of keeping the weavings mostly white. The pops of color were inspired by the landscape around our house. Since the summer time is dry now, the hills behind our house are golden wheat and brown. Other bits of color were taken from the incredible sunsets that we see just about every evening. The moons are new to the collection; we have been obsessed with crescent moons and other symbols associated with witchcraft and voodoo.
What are some of the materials you used for your pieces?
The weavings are made from a combination of various yarns and fibers: wool yarn, unspun wool fleece, hemp fiber, cultivated silk fiber, jute and cotton rope. Cotton rope in most of our pieces because it has a great texture and drape. It gets untwisted, looped and sometimes over-dyed. The weavings are then hung from steel rods that are welded with arrows parts, moons or triangle finials. The arrows are then rusted and aged.
Where do you find inspiration?
We saw The Source Family documentary a few months ago, and it was a real inspiration for us. The Source Family was a spiritual group in LA in the '70s. They had a groovy vegetarian restaurant on the Sunset Strip that became a cool hang out for musicians and bohemians. The family members often wore all white and maintained a very disciplined but Utopian life. We have also been obsessed with the crescent moon, and just symbols in general. Symbols for voodoo, witchcraft, religion, etc. We recently both got crescent moon tattoos as a symbol for new beginnings - coincidentally we got tattooed on the summer solstice, which was the same weekend as the Supermoon this past June - so moons have been on our mind.
Who are some of your favorite artists?
There is a lot of inspiring architecture in LA that we both pull inspiration from. The evidence of the hand in the craftsmanship is awesome. Green & Green, Frank Lloyd Wright are obvious, but truly mind blowing when you see their houses in person In regards to textiles - recently the work of outsider artist Judith Scott has been an interesting discovery. She created primitive, yet complex wrappings with yarns and rope, enclosing found objects and talisman inside the cocoon-like wrappings.
Your projects look very labor intensive. What's the longest amount of time you've spent working on a single project?
Probably around one week, however, we have some bigger commissions coming up that are going to take much longer.
Did you have a Malibu Barbie when you were younger? What about Malibu Ken?
I never had Malibu Barbie; I had Peaches and Cream.
East coast or West coast?! Reason for your answer?
WEST COAST all day long!!!!!!! We are both from the East coast, but have completely fallen for the West coast life. The weather is pretty much always amazing. The sunshine, the colors of nature. The landscapes are beautiful and vary so quickly - we love the desert, the mountains and the coast equally - and we can visit any of these places in 2 hours or less. Camping is great here. The people we have met here are so inspirational and motivating to our own creativity and projects. There is a lot of great style everywhere you go.
"California Love" or "California Dreamin'"?
In case you haven't noticed, terrariums are all the rage right now. Like me, you probably wanted to get a bunch to put in your room or office, but weren't sure how! Well, you're in luck because making terrariums is probably the easiest DIY you can think of, all you need is a few easy to find supplies, plus something to put those all in! The other day in Malibu, Urban Outfitters opened a brand new store. To celebrate, we had this great DIY terrarium session I'm about to recap for you. To start, you can find tons of terrariums and planters on our website and in stores right now! Get ready to make the room decorations of your dreams. —Maddie
First, you'll want to start with a glass vase sort of thing, aka a terrarium! They come in lots of geometric shapes, some that sit on a surface, or can hang from a tree. We even have light-bulb shaped ones. You can purchase any kind you like right here.
Next, you'll want to gather your materials to go inside of your terrarium. I'm thinking various plant matter, like air plants, moss, and things like that. It is best to choose plants you don't have to water that much, since personally I feel that the point of terrariums is to have them be self-sufficient, aka, you only water them about once a week. Succulent plants work well too! Also grab some sand or smaller pebbles, some larger rocks for decoration, and any other fun things you'd like to put inside, like the little dinosaur I put inside.
Once you've gotten everything together to make the terrarium, its time to start assembling! Start with filling the bottom of your container with sand or small pebbles. Not too much! You don't want it to be overfull, gotta have room for all of the other things.
Here's an example with smaller rocks at the bottom.
Then start to fill with your plants and rocks!
Once you've put everything inside your terrarium, add your last minute touches, like my little dino pal here, or whatever you want! You could put vintage pins, little figurines, crystals, basically all of the above.
After that, you're essentially done! You can arrange everything inside however you'd like, its usually best to put the first layer of rocks or sand, then the plants, then embellishments. That way, everything will stay put. Here are some examples of the terrariums that came out of the event!
Like what you see and want to make your own? Get started on your terrarium here, and get decorating!
Our new Malibu store location (3806 Cross Creek Blvd.) is opening this week and to celebrate, we'll be screening the Grateful Dead concert film Sunshine Daydream Friday, August 16, at 9PM! Plus, there will be free beer (for the 21+ set) and snacks, so it'll be just like a movie theater except beer-filled and free. Along with the movie, we'll also be hosting a terrarium workshop all day Thursday, and we cannot wait to get our craft on. For more info on everything, follow @uo_losangeles on Twitter and Instagram!
We wanted to learn more about the city of our NSO (new store opening) in South Carolina, so we spoke with sales associate and Columbia-native Sarah McNab to get the dish on the local scene.
My name is Sarah McNab, I'm 20 years old and currently a fashion merchandising student at USC, as well as an intern for Jasper Magazine, Columbia's flagship art's publication.
Attention! We have a new store opening in Columbia, SC (912 Gervais St.) on Thursday, July 18! To celebrate the store's opening, we'll be throwing a rockin' party on Saturday, July 20, featuring DJ sets by Tanlines and Washed Out. There will also be free BBQ and free beer. (Yes, FREE!) If you're in Columbia, you should definitely come on out!