Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Topo Designs

Topo Designs is a bag manufacturer based in Colorado who have recently released a set of classic 60's and 70's inspired gear. The bags are made in a LEED certified facility right here in the good old US of A. They are also priced at what seem more than reasonable for what you get, something that cant be said about a lot of the throwback bags coming out lately.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Roadside Vernacular

A hot dog stand that's inside a giant hot dog, a hat store inside a giant hat, a tamale stand inside a gaint pug. Ok, so not all of these buildings are in the image of what they sell, but they all capture the uniqueness of mid century California all the same. While New England has its old world colonial charm, it lacks the Americana of the the west and midwest. About has kitschy as it seems to get around here is along Route 1. For a short time out west kitschy reigned supreme and some of the most unique and American store fronts were created. Although most are long gone and very unlikely to return, I'll take a building in the shape of a pig over a concrete cube strip mall any day.

Images from here