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Tag Archives: HEX

  • HEX x Staple Pigeon Cases For iPhone 6 Now Available

     

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    HEX and Jeff Staple are pleased to announce the release of their collaborative line of wallets and cases for iPhone 6, available today at staplepigeon.com, shophex.com, and Reed Space, New York, as well as select authorized retailers.

    There are three products in the collection, all of which are constructed in genuine leather printed in a custom Staple graphic:  The Icon Wallet, which incorporates 3 internal card slots and an internal cash pocket in a journal-style case; The Solo Wallet, which has 2 external card slots directly on the back of the case; and the Focus Case, which is a classic snap case design.

    “Staple never really has dabbled in the iPhone protection game. I’ve always wanted to, but we have so much on our plate it made sense to collaborate with experts in the field. Hex has long been a well-represented brand in @ReedSpace, so it made sense to work with them on it. We took reference cues from our Holiday Collection so that the cases can hook up to our @staplepigeon collection—but rocked alone—they also make a visual impact”, says Jeff Staple, Owner.

    “We have enjoyed a great relationship working with Jeff’s store over the years”, said Dan Maravilla, Co-Founder of HEX.  “Our respect for Jeff, Reed Space and Staple Design over the years made our choice to collaborate an easy one.”

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  • Minus The Bear At The Troubador

    DSCN6168The Troubadour is hands down my favorite venue in LA.  It is a smaller, 350-person capacity venue that showcases all types of music and is booked year round.  This Iconic venue has hosted and helped the careers of so many great musicians, and it is amazing to see some of the biggest bands play this tiny room.  This Fall, I was lucky to see two of my favorite punk bands play sold-out shows within weeks of each other.  The icing on the cake was when another of my favorites, Minus The Bear, added one last show here at the end of November.  This would be the last show on their Fall "Lost Loves" Tour in support of lost songs from the bands career that finally made it onto an album.

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    One of my good friends, Ryan, has been a guitar tech for Minus The Bear for years.  He got his brother, Kiefer, a drum tech gig with them, and for this tour Kiefer became the fill in drummer.  While Ryan wasn't on the last leg of this run, I was stoked to see Kiefer again and they were just as stoked to get some fresh HEX gear.  I guess I shouldn't have been surprised that the guys all knew about HEX and were pumped to get some bags and cases for their new iPhone 6's.  As mellow as Minus The Bear may sound, they are very technical.  From technique and composition to instruments and gadgets, a technical band needs technical gear and we were happy to outfit them in HEX style!

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    The show had been sold-out for some time and The Troubador seemed extra packed.  The guys were very generous in offering us food and drinks before their set.  On top of that they gave us the best spot in the house to watch from, right on stage!  They started off with some of their "Lost Loves" to get the crowd going and quickly warmed up to fan favorites like "My Time" and "Pachuca Sunrise" (videos below). A mix of fast and slow songs kept the crowds attention and the diverse set was full of faves from their impressive catalog.  An hour-and-a-half seems like a long time, but when you are enjoying it as much as any true Minus The Bear fan, it's not enough.

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    To me, lead guitar and drums would be the hardest instruments in this band.  Dave holds it down with his shreddy riffs, technical tapping and pedal wizardry and, as you can tell, Kiefer was killing it for being a fill-in drummer!  The band played perfect tonight and you could tell they were stoked about it.  After a month of sold-out shows this was the perfect ending to send them back home on a high.

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    Now that is some gear!  At the end of the night we are left with ringing ears, great times and fans that still can't get enough.  Minus The Bear heads back to Seattle for a much needed break and to start working on a new album.  Stoked to hear some new jams from them next year.  If you haven't seen them live yet, keep an eye out for them next year and you won't be disappointed.  If you haven't heard them yet, welcome to your new favorite band!

  • Ghost Writer: Eric Jackson - Fly Fishing In La-La Land

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    Our relationship with Eric Jackson goes way back almost to the beginning of HEX.  It could be mutual admiration, or something much deeper that we share.  In any case, Eric is not only one of the baddest, most respected snowboarders on the planet, he is also an avid fly-fisherman and naturalist.  So when we heard that he was on his way to British Columbia to camp, fish, and play his banjo, we knew we wanted to hear all about it.  So, we hope you enjoy this edition of our Ghost Writer series with exclusive words and images from Eric and Darcy Bacha, respectively.

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    Fly fishing and snowboarding are my two favorite things to do in life, but snowboarding is how I make a living so Its safe to say I like Fly fishing more.... Recently my Buddy Darcy and I packed up all our fishing gear and drove to Northern British Columbia for a 5 week camping trip to the Holy Grail of fly fishing for Steelhead. In my opinion, catching and then releasing a wild Steelhead is the pinnacle of fly fishing.  They are the baddest fish in the rivers. Born in fresh water, where they stay for up to 4 years, then head out to the big blue, where food is abundant. They live in the ocean until its time to spawn, then miraculously navigate their way back to the same river where they were born, but unlike the the salmon, which die after spawning, a steelhead has the ability to go back to the ocean and return to their spawning grounds multiple times. This is truly amazing!

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    So many people ask me why I don't eat the fish I catch.  Don't get me wrong, I eat fish. When backpacking in the high country, there is nothing better than a freshly caught trout. But Steelhead are different. Their numbers are at a massive decline, due to netting and commercial operations heavily overfishing the waters. When it comes down to it, I just like catching them.  I like the environment where they live.  And I'd rather just take a moment to admire their beauty, shake hands, and send them on their way to continue such an epic journey in life. These experiences have taught me to not only respect the fish, but to respect all aspects of mother nature, because one way or another, man is out to destroy the wild and natural way of life and I'm thankful to have witnessed nature in such a pristine state. The Journey is the Treasure.

    -Eric Jackson

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  • HEX For West Elm Capsule

    Just dropping is our new 3-piece capsule made exclusively for West Elm.

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    The capsule includes and Overnight Travel Bag, Laptop Duffel and Alliance Backpack outfitted in custom grey popcorn tweed textiles with black logo lining.  We think West Elm does a great job in designing and supplying for the modern lifestyle and we are excited to announce this collaboration.

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    The HEX For West Elm products are available exclusively at WestElm.com and West Elm stores.  West Elm also offers custom monogramming through their website.

  • Road Trippin' - LA To Salt Lake City

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    If you read this blog, then you know how we feel about road trips.  We love the open roads, wide expanses, and colorful characters we meet along the way.  So when we saw the Outdoor Retailer show pop up on our calendar, we knew we would fire up The HEX Bus and make a run across the desert to Salt Lake City.


    The drive started as expected with mile after mile of LA-area sprawl.  But once out of San Bernardino, we were on and off of the old Route 66 trail and on the way to Vegas.  I love this drive across the Mojave.  The desert landscape has really grown on me to the point where I really look forward to anytime I get to make this drive.  On a more unusual note, there were some pretty intense storms dropping a lot of rain just ahead of us.  In fact, the ground outside of Vegas was covered as far as the eye could see with several inches of water and we followed these storms most of the way to Utah.  Beautiful.

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    We stopped at The Summit Inn, a vintage Route 66 landmark, and were intrigued by their ostrich burgers - although time did not permit a sampling.  Then we swung by the world's largest thermometer, window shopped the alien jerky, and blasted our way into Vegas, where we found freeway closures due to flash flooding from the heavy weather.
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    Heading north from Vegas, the scenery starts to morph from arid desert plains filled with joshua trees to steep canyon walls that rise up from nowhere to meet the interstate as we headed across the corner of Arizona.

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    The rocks around us continued to change into a deep red color as we moved from Arizona into Utah.  I'm always surprised to see such trash-free, little towns around St.George baking in 100-degree-plus temperatures and yet boasting perfect, emerald green little league baseball fields.

    If you are ever along the I-15 in Utah you have got to check out one of our favorite spots: Kolob Canyons at Zion National Park.  We popped into the park and took our Splitty for a drive along the canyons to enjoy the epic vistas at dusk.  This was definitely a highlight.

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    After that, it was a pitch black blast up to Salt Lake City which we made in respectable time and fashion.

    In Salt Lake City, we had a little time before setting up the show to cruise around the 9th & 9th area of town, which houses the local creative-types and coffee-junkies.  Then we pulled our bus right onto the show floor and it became our booth display for the Outdoor Retailer show.  Needless to say, we were a big hit, with many a "best booth in the show" comment from the attending retailers.  The other thing you can count on from The HEX Bus is a steady stream of conversation from anyone who sets eyes on it.  It brings back memories and evokes feelings for almost everyone, and it's cool to hear all these kodachrome recollections that come flooding back to each person's consciousness.  It connects us at a more personal level with the people who support our brand.

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    I will say that the weather continued to be unpredictable during our entire stay in SLC, raining nearly every day and drenching us to the bone at least once.

    Other highlights included sunset at the Great Salt Lake, some tasty artisanal pizza at The Pie Hole, and some of the best BBQ I have had in a long time - complete with peach cobbler - at R&R.  We also stopped by one of our local stockists, FRESH, and peeped some vintage mid-century furniture at Tomorrow's House and The Green Ant, both recommended.

    But the best thing is always just seeing the beauty of the countryside slipping by outside your window in the way only a road trip can provide.  If you have a road trip coming up, enjoy it!  If not, we hope you enjoy this quick account of ours and make sure to watch the video for a little more flava.

    'Til next time.
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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.

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