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  • Ghost Writer: Ricki Bedenbaugh - "Keep On Pushin'"

    Professional skateboard filming takes a lot more than just pushing a red button. Capturing some of the gnarliest tricks is now being combined with unreal skate spots and scenery to become it's own art form. Recently The Berrics and RED Digital Cinema held a unique and innovative contest called REDirect. REDirect is a celebration of skateboard film making featuring 11 of the most visionary filmmakers in the world. Each filmer is responsible for directing the overall look and feel of their version of the modern skate video as we know it. Given a RED Epic camera (the industry standard for Hollywood movies, and retailing for $35,000 big ones) and complete creative control to bring his vision of skateboarding to life.

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    Our good friend, awesome filmer, and overall nice guy, Ricki Bedenbaugh was selected as one of the 11 filmers to participate in this exclusive contest. Some focused on scenery, some focused on tricks, some used crazy editing techniques and some even used their pets. Ricki focused on the most important part of skateboarding: pushing around and enjoying the experience. He used some of today's best skaters, some skateboarding legends, and even a kid who just stepped foot on a board. The finished product is called "Keep On Pushin" and if it doesn't inspire you to go push around on a skateboard, I don't know what will...

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    Here are some exclusive words of insight and what inspired "Keep On Pushin" from Ricki, himself:

    Pushing is the first thing you learn to do on a skateboard and no matter how old you are you'll always be able to do that.  There's no age limit to skateboarding, Natas Kaupas started at 3, and he's 45. Ryder, the little kid I ended Keep On Pushin' with, is 3 years old.  I think it's pretty awesome to see someone start skateboarding, and know it's the beginning of something that will last a lifetime.

    That's the beauty of it, you can basically walk out your front door and the world is your skatepark. Well, until a security guard, police, or some 72 year old lady kicks you out for skating a parking block, but that's what makes skateboarding so much fun.

    No matter where you are in this world, no matter how old you are when you hear the sound of a skateboard coming down the street or a sidewalk, you're going to look, it's just a natural reaction.  You never know, it could be your friend, or it could be some guy going to the liquor store.  Hell, it could even be Ray Barbee!  There is nothing else in this world that has that sound.

    Skateboarding is my life. There is nothing that has been a part of my life as long as skateboarding has.  My father gave me a Variflex Hi-Tail for Christmas in 1985, and because of this little wooden toy, I've traveled the world, been to places I never thought I would go, seen things I thought I would never see, met and became friends with my all of my childhood heroes, and most of all, learned lifelong lessons. This is why I made Keep On Pushin'.  It's my way of thanking skateboarding for all it has given me.  None of this would of happened without skateboarding.

    Skateboarding truly is the Fountain of Youth.

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    Ricki shot our 2012 Spring/Summer lookbook and we couldn't be more stoked with the results. Thanks again Ricki! Stay tuned for some more HEX video work from Ricki coming soon.

  • Product Spotlight: The Supply Overnight Travel Bag

    A new form factor to the HEX lineup is the Overnight Travel Bag, which makes its debut in the Supply Collection.  It's ideal for a trip to the gym, a quick business trip, a seriously great airline bag, or to hold your change of clothes after a surf sesh.  It's the modern duffel you have been looking for.

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    This overnight bag is loaded with tech pockets, as you would expect from HEX, and we'll talk more about that in a moment. The overall size of the bag is compact enough that you won't feel like you have a bulky duffel, yet the interior is maximized to ensure you can carry what you need. Here are the specs:

    Exterior: 18.5"l x 8.75"w x 13.5"h
    Interior: 32.7 Liters or 1998ci

    The roomy main compartment will hold a pair of pants, a few shirts, shoes, your dopp kit, and more. There are 2 internal slip pockets for additional organization, socks, etc.  The interior features a custom nylon burgundy logo interior lining that will wipe down easy.

    On the exterior, you will find a two front pockets: one fleece-lined and padded for iPad or other tablet, and the other contains an organizer and room for phone, chargers, or accessories. The rear side of the bag boast a large padded exterior access pocket for
    your laptop. It will hold up to a 15" Macbook Pro or other similar sized laptop.

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    Front padded pockets for iPad or tablet

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    This combination of features, truly provides thoughtful device storage and protection while maintaining a slim profile and plenty of space for whatever your travels dictate.  A removable shoulder strap and genuine leather zipper pulls are also included. The outer shell is constructed from water resistant, waxed industrial charcoal canvas, with jet black coated trim, providing water resistance to its great texture and feel.

    Give the Overnight Travel Bag a run out and we think you will never want to use anything less.

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    Left: Rear view. Right: Rear view showing usage of the laptop pocket (ex: 15" Macbook Pro).

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    Left: Inside view of the main compartment and slip pockets. Right: Organizer/tech pocket.

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  • HEX Announces The Supply Collection

    Oxnard, Calif.  (July 23,  2014)HEX, award-winning fashion tech accessory brand, today announced the release of the Supply Collection, a vast 20-piece selection of bags, cases and carry-alls.  The Supply Collection continues HEX’s line of award-winning products and provides efficient device protection with clean, understated style.

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    “The Supply Collection is HEX’s take on basic black,” says Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder. “We wanted an updated and sleek look that was both rugged and classic at the same time – Supply is definitely the right answer for almost any situation.”

    The collection features a durable, water resistant, premium waxed canvas outer shell in industrial charcoal, with jet black coated trim.  HEX pairs this with their signature surplus grade cotton web strapping, custom burgundy logo lining, and interior micro fleece lined pockets for maximum device protection.  Priced from $34.99 to $69.99 for cases and wallets for your iPhone 5/5S, iPad Mini, and iPad Air and from $39.95 to $139.95 for the collection of bags and backpacks.

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    A style to highlight is the Alliance Backpack.  This rucksack-inspired shape really shows off HEX’s commitment to efficiency.  It has a super-slim profile and small footprint, yet still makes room for up to a 15” Macbook (and most others) as well as a front access iPad or tablet pocket, interior organizer, and plenty of room for papers and documents.  Priced at $79.95, the Alliance Backpack represents a new standard in style, functionality and value.

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    The Supply Collection is HEX’s widest collection to date at 20 pieces.  It features core favorites like the Laptop Duffel and Sonic Backpack, but also includes the new 15” Convertible Sleeve, the super-functional Gear Bag, and the versatile Convertible Briefcase.  In addition, it is the first collection to feature both the Overnighter and Weekender travel bags.

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    The Supply Collection is available now for purchase at www.shophex.com and other select high-end retailers near you. For more information on the collection and HEX’s extensive line of techcessories, visit the website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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  • Field Report: Arts District

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    I started hanging around Downtown LA in the early 2000’s and the area has experienced massive change since then. My early trips to downtown were either to walk around shooting street photos or to go skating. During that time, the only real place in the area to get some food and a coffee was at Groundworks (now Novel Café). In the ten + years since that time however, this small area has transformed into what most people know it to be now, The Arts District.

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    Just like in many cities, what started out as a low rent area occupied by artists, photographers and other creative people has now become a city hub. You could make the argument that it’s not as raw or diverse as before, but the truth is that it’s nice to be able to walk around after dark and the new culture and life that has been brought to the area makes it a really great place to live, work, or just visit.

    The Arts District occupies the eastern side of Downtown Los Angeles. Its borders are roughly Alameda Street on the west, the 101 freeway on the north, the LA River to the east, and 7th Street to the south. The area is now filled with too many great places for us to review here so we stuck to a few of our favorite key spots to get you started if you’ve never been or haven’t been much.

    One of the early businesses to move into the Arts District remains one it’s staples: Wurstkuche. Located on Traction Ave at the main corner of the Art Districts, Wurstkuche is a great place to either start or end your day, or even as a place to break up your day. Focusing on specialty sausage made in house and a big selection of both German and domestic beers, there’s often a line but it’s well worth it. Once you order your food and or beers you can relax in the indoor seating area or out on the patio where you get a great view of the area and the downtown LA skyline.

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    Right next door to Wurstkuche are the Apolis headquarters. Founded in 2004 by brothers Raan and Shea Parton, the Apolis brand is definitely one to keep an eye on if you aren’t already, and their flagship store is always a great stop, always stocked with something new and different. Founder Raan Parton also recently opened a new concept boutique a few doors down from Apolis called Alchemy Works. Conceived to feel like the physical incarnation of a Tumblr site, the space almost feels more like a well-curated museum than a retail store.

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    In between Apolis and Alchemy Works is the ever eclectic Poketo. It’s difficult to categorize what Poketo is all about except to say that it is filled with a funky mix of inspiring and quality products. Everything from stamp making kits and childrens block sets to apparel and books. It’s one of those places you walk into just to check out and end up staying in for way too long. In our age of feeling like you know about every product and brand out there from blogs and instagram, it’s rare to find a whole store full of brands and pieces that you haven’t seen. Poketo definitely tops the list if you’re mission in LA is one of creative inspiration.

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    Tucked back on Garey Street which dead ends at Alchemy Works, Woo Souvenir Shop is another great new place. The owners have been here for over 7 years but just recently opened a storefront featuring pieces from their own lines as well as a few other select brands. A great stop if you are looking for a gift or just something much more on the subtle side. Woo makes most of their pieces in-house right in the back of the store, including the patterns and sewing work. This is a pretty rare thing to see and definitely gives you a good feeling knowing exactly where the pieces are made.

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    If you head farther down 3rd you will run SCI-Arc, The Southern California Institute of Architecture and their Art Supply Store. The store serves both the student body and the downtown community, offering competitive prices for architecture and art supplies. The extensive inventory of model-making materials includes a wide selection of bass- and hard-woods, as well as plastic, metal and wood structural shapes. At HEX we are heavily inspired by Architecture and Design so this stop is a must for us.

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    Heading back to the main intersection of the Arts District you can head down traction and stop into the Pie Hole for the best pie in the city, possibly the state. Or you can go a few doors down to another early Arts District Establishment, Zip Izaka-Ya Sushi. And just next door to them is the District Gallery if you want to see some art in a gallery setting, and if you’ve ever been to the area you know the street offers even more art by high profiles artists like JR and Shepard Fairey. Even the sidewalks and parking lots are filled with paint, color and art. And just in case you like to play it safe, there’s even an Umami Burger in the Arts District now, something I couldn’t have imagined a few years ago but is a welcome addition to an already thriving neighborhood.

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    We’re just scratching the surface here but we hope you’ll take our advice and check out the area if you haven’t already. We promise you won’t be disappointed, and even if you are for some reason you’re only a couple blocks from Little Tokyo, The Geffen Contemporary Art Museum and… well we’ll save the rest for a future Field Report.

    Thanks for reading this, we hope it inspires you to explore the Arts District or another area of LA or your city that you’ve never been to or haven’t visited in a long time. We’ve got you covered with our HEX gear and Field Reports, so get out there and start exploring, there’s always something new to see.

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  • Downtown for Dwell

    This past weekend we headed to downtown LA for our very first Dwell On Design show. We are huge fans of Dwell so this event was a no-brainer. We have only heard great things about this show, so we were excited to get set up and see what Dwell On Design was all about. As America's largest design event, we found ourselves asking "Why have we not shown here before!?" It was unreal to say the least...photo 2 (1)I'm sure most have you have seen us post about The HEX Bus: our mobile retail pop-up shop. Of course we drove it in to show off our new collections and we couldn't have asked for a better spot! As part of Dwell's Outdoor Exhibit, we were placed around some huge and amazing pre-fabricated homes. We were surrounded by awesome neighbors such as Bend Goods, Sprouting Sprocket and a giant Airstream trailer. Being right next to the beer garden didn't hurt either!

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    IMG_5083The neat thing about Dwell On Design is that the show is a Trade Show as well as a retail event. So we were able to show off some of our Fall & Holiday 2014 Collections as well as sell current gear. We brought a ton of stock from our new Outpost, Hayward, Gallery, Option-G and Supply (coming soon) collections and we had an overwhelming response. Thanks to everyone that came by and picked up a bag or phone case from us, enjoy!

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    This show was amazing. They showcased everything from furniture to kitchen appliances to massive houses. Anyone and everyone focusing on design and innovation was here and there was inspiration everywhere! We had a great weekend and you will definitely see us at Dwell On Design next year!

    Keep an eye out for the HEX Bus, we are always on the road at different events such as trade shows, concerts, pop-up markets and street fairs. Here are some photos from a recent night market put on by LA Canvas. They invited us out for an exclusive warehouse sale featuring brands like Stussy, Love Nail Tree, Lee and Hotel 1171. The space got packed, gear got sold and everyone had a great time!

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    Follow us on Instagram and Twitter: @shophex to see where the HEX Bus is going to be next. If you want us to be apart of your event, email support@shophex.com We are always looking for new places to #HEXplore.

  • HEX Announces The Outpost Collection

    Oxnard, Calif. (June 24, 2014)—HEX, award-winning fashion tech accessory brand, today announced the release of the Outpost Collection, a 11-piece selection of bags, cases and carry-alls. The Outpost Collection continues HEX’s line of award-winning products and features new textile combinations while incorporating function and device protection effortlessly.

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    “The Outpost Collection brings a modern spin to camo,” says Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder. “We love the statement the products make through the sleekness of the cool grey canvas paired with our custom, camo print.”

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    The collection features a durable, water resistant, premium waxed canvas outer shell in a cool, slate grey with HEX’s own fully coated custom camo trim. HEX pairs this with their signature surplus grade cotton web strapping and interior micro fleece lined pockets for ultimate device protection achieving both looks and performance. The Outpost Collection rules the urban jungle in style and offers a sophistication that can be appreciated by all. Priced from $34.99 to $69.99 for cases and wallets for your iPhone 5/5S, iPad Mini, and iPad Air and from $39.95 to $139.95 for the collection of bags and backpacks.

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    One new bag to highlight is the Weekender travel bag. This great new shape really shows off HEX’s versatility. It boasts a large main compartment for plenty of clothing for a quick trip. But in addition it adds a front access organizer as well as front padded tablet pocket for easy iPad access. On the reverse side of the bag, there is a fully padded laptop pocket that will accommodate up to a 15” Macbook or laptop, plus a padded phone pocket to boot. In true HEX fashion, this bag handles your apparel necessities easily, but also keeps all your digital devices protected and quickly at hand. Priced at $139.95, the Weekender travel bag is a handsome statement of style, functionality and value.

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    The Outpost Collection is available now for purchase at www.shophex.com and other select high-end retailers near you. For more information on the collection and HEX’s extensive line of techcessories, visit the website, or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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