Carbon38 bows on Robertson Boulevard for holiday pop-up shop

Los Angeles Times

Fashion-forward activewear brand Carbon38 has made its West Coast, in-real-life debut. The digital brand, which carries a mix of trendy activewear brands along with its own growing line of product, today holds a grand opening for its temporary shop on Robertson Boulevard. The 1,400-square-foot store soft opened over the past weekend and is a follow-up to the company's first pop-up in the Hamptons over the summer, which cofounder Caroline Gogolak called a "positive experience" that let the company gauge the market and obtain customer feedback. The space is stocked with a mix of lines as well as Carbon38-branded product, which the company launched late last year. The line has proven successful online, Gogolak said, and the store shows the fuller range with dresses culottes, bomber jackets and anoraks that go beyond simply leggings and sports bras.


Frank Ocean releases new album 'Blonde' and gives away copies at pop-up shops

Los Angeles Times

Frank Ocean has released "Blonde," his second album in as many days, turning the enigmatic R&B crooner's comeback into both a test of endurance and an ambitious reworking of the album release. After weeks of rumors, the singer on Saturday released "Blonde," the official follow-up to his heralded, Grammy-winning 2012 major-label debut, "Channel Orange." The 17-track LP is available exclusively to Apple Music streaming subscribers, with one exception: Copies of the work accompanied a free print publication titled "Boys Don't Cry" at pop-up shops in cities including New York, Chicago, London and Los Angeles (on Fairfax Avenue). Dozens of pop music heavyweights are credited on the album including Andre 3000, Beyoncé, James Blake, Jamie XX, Kanye West, Kendrick Lamar, Malay, Om'Mas Keith, Tyler the Creator, Rick Rubin and Pharrell Williams. David Bowie, Elliott Smith and the Beatles are also credited as contributors, though it is unclear if Ocean is crediting samples or if he got his hands on unreleased recordings.


Fans rush to West Hollywood pop-up shop for Frank Ocean's new album, 'Blonde'

Los Angeles Times

When Frank Ocean fan Cornelius Wells heard news of a surprise, promotional pop-up shop opened by the R&B singer on Saturday afternoon, Wells was in the midst of driving to the Inland Empire to drop off a friend. Wells saw that Ocean, who hadn't released a new record since the Grammy-winning album "Channel Orange" in 2012, had posted on his website an address in West Hollywood, along with others in London, Chicago and New York. Could it mean that the enigmatic artist was at long last releasing a much anticipated new album? "We made a U-turn immediately," said Wells, standing outside that address near the intersection of Fairfax and Melrose avenues, which normally houses the Centerfold International Newsstand. His friend, Nicholas Lores, was supposed to be at a family function but peer pressure won out.


Kendall and Kylie Jenner talk their collection at first pop-up shop

Los Angeles Times

Straight in from Yeezy Season 4 -- and delayed due to the Roosevelt Island extravaganza -- Kendall and Kylie Jenner strutted into Samsung 837 in the Meatpacking District on Wednesday night to celebrate their new Kendall Kylie Collection and first pop-up shop. In tow, of course, was their posse of friends, and a new shade of hair for miss Kylie. The Samsung 837 space turned into an interactive tech hub for the see-now-buy-now fall collection. The Jenner girls are no doubt at the center of all things social media, and the event came kitted out fittingly: the evening included a themed Snapchat filter, a Samsung 360 photo booth and a showcased room filled with every Instagram produced by the sisters -- an exhaustive array of selfies if there ever was one. As guests piled in, they were encouraged to personalize their purchases by airbrusher Malcolm Stuart and monogram artist Logan Real.


Shop for organic seedlings at Fig Earth Supply pop up nursery

Los Angeles Times

After years spent building custom MinifarmBox cedar-raised beds and planters for gardeners who are inspired to grow their own food, Conor Fitzpatrick wanted to do something extra for the community. "I wanted to create a hub that allowed people to get more connected with the earth," he said, "a place to learn, grow and get new ideas for living more sustainably." On March 5, Fitzpatrick opened Fig Earth Supply, a weekends-only nursery pop-up that offers organic edible seedlings, soil and fertilizer, pots and planters and Japanese tools. Washington, the nursery sells seedlings that are grown from open pollinated seeds and are propagated by biodynamic gardener Loretta Allison of Spade and Seeds, a Los Angeles-based urban farm. On a recent visit, Fitzpatrick had an interesting assortment of vegetables, culinary and medicinal herbs, including indigo Blue Berries tomatoes, Ligurian basil -- what he likes to call "the Italian connoisseur's basil" -- new Zealand spinach, Persian cucumbers and Mexican sour Gherkin cucumbers.