Post-impressionist artist Pierre Bonnard once said that artist should have two lives: one to learn how to paint and the other to actually paint. Regardless, we think Australian illustrator and painter Loretta Lizzio is doing pretty dang well with her singular existence—her incredibly intricate and romantic line drawings are inspired by nature and demand admiration, if not for their creativity, then for their subtle nuances. Watch her create one of her signature paintings (wearing our Cheetah socks) in this short film by Tom Antolini.continue reading
We can recite every line from the 2004 Tina Fey-penned film Mean Girls like it’s our job (“Four for you, Glenn Coco!”), but the message still rings clear: Girl World can be brutal. Backstabbing, gossip, rumors—high school hallways (and office lobbies) can be a battlefield. Enter Lauren Paul and Molly Thompson, the founders of Kind Campaign, a grassroots movement aiming to put an end to girl-on-girl bullying in schools. After struggling with their own negative experiences during middle and high school that left Thompson feeling completely alone and often in tears and Paul contemplating suicide, the duo decided to launch their nonprofit while studying film and TV production at Malibu’s Pepperdine University in 2009. Since then, they’ve made their mission a full-on movement, filming the documentary Finding Kind, becoming Advocates for Element Eden, and embarking on multiple national and international speaking tours across the U.S. and Canada, equipping girls with the tools and confidence they need to end their feuds and be kind to each other.
Thompson and Paul (who wed Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul earlier this year) are shining examples of what it means to be a Stance Original—they’ve drawn from experience to change the world. We equipped them with some of our favorite styles so they’d have the threads to match their uncommon spirits. Here, we catch up with the women just a few days after the last stop on a cross-country school assembly tour to find out more about Kind:
What cities did you bring the Kind message to this month?
During our October tour we started out in Boise, and did a couple of schools there and from there we went to Portland and then San Francisco and then Miami. Also Baton Rouge and a small town in Palestine, Texas, and then Carollton, Texas, which is in the Dallas area and then Houston, Texas. We fly out to the area, speak for a couple of days then fly back home and have a couple of days to regroup and then fly back out and that’s how it’s been throughout the month of October. We’ve done the minivan road trip tour before and we’ve found we actually cover more ground flying places.
What’s been a really defining moment so far?
I think one moment that stood out throughout our whole Kind Campaign experience was actually when we met a girl in Houston a few days ago. I mean, every school assembly this month as been amazing and the energy of the girls has been incredible. But there was a girl a few months ago—when we were in Boise—who reached out on an Instagram picture we’d posted and just shared a bit of her story and struggle she’s dealt with. She just sounded really broken and really upset. Immediately, fans of Kind Campaign and our Instagram community started reaching back out to her, encouraging her and lifting her up, tons of people saying the sweetest things to her. We ended up getting her information and emailing her back and forth figuring out how we could get her to one of our Kind Campaign assemblies because we thought it would be so cool to meet her. It turns out she actually lives in Houston, which is where we had our last assembly, and she had such an amazing time. We’ll remember that forever.
Do you see a lot of that kind of interaction on your social media channels?
Yeah, it’s actually really amazing. We’re able to see the positive that can come from social media, and that is so important to us and telling of how social media can be used in a positive way. Especially as we’re going to schools and seeing some really tragic stories of how social media is used.
What are some other common issues girls seem to be dealing with?
Everyone’s bullying experience is different—everything is relative to a person’s experience, where they’re from, the school they’re in. But it all boils down to insecurities that girls have. We talk about gender roles and how the media is a huge player of how girls see themselves and other women. We’ve just found that there’s something in our society that really triggers girls’ self esteem to be broken. The result of that are women having unhealthy relationships with themselves and with other women. It’s about starting a dialogue and showing girls how beautiful and perfect they are and inspiring girls to feel confident enough in themselves that they can have healthy relationships with other girls and feel genuinely happy for other women in their lives.
We all deal with bullying at some point in our lives, even as adults in the workplace. What’s your advice for dealing with a bully?
You have to develop love for yourself first and foremost, because it’s our insecurities that make women try to tear other women down. One good thing about being older is having the understanding that we’re not going to be best friends with everyone, and that’s ok. Our biggest piece of advice is that when a conflict does arise or you feel like you’re being bullying, sit down and have a conversation with that person. I think oftentimes, we go to our friends and the other person goes to their friends and even as adults, there’s a lot of drama. A lot of it can be deleted by having a conversation, and then moving forward. That doesn’t mean necessarily staying friends with that women—it’s about coming to a mutual understanding of how your relationship will work.
You’ve had a monumental year. What’s been a highlight?
We’re always just running to keep up with what we’ve created on top of working with a super, super, super tiny budget. We had a huge fundraiser last month associated with the finale of Breaking Bad, which raised an astonishing amount of money for Kind Campaign. We’d never seen it as a reality for us to raise that kind of money and it’s given us the opportunity to think outside the box again and figure out new ways we can expand Kind Campaign. Something we’ve wanted to do since day one is to be able to provide our programs to schools who can’t afford them free of charge and with this fundraise we’ll be able to do that. So in February we’re touring again with a different concept, where we’re picking a city and staying there for a week and touring through districts that can’t afford to bring Kind Campaign out.
Well we’re so thrilled to have you repping our socks.
Lauren: I love the grey ones with the pink flowers and the gold beads on the side, and the cheetah ones.
Molly: They’re the ones I had in my bag always while we were traveling; I bring socks with me on the plane because my feet always get so cold. They are actually still in my purse right now. I also love the black with the geometric design with the kind of see-through material—super comfortable.continue reading
Bambi, photographed for Stance Muse by Ryan Kenney. All photos by Kenney.
What He Does: Takes pictures, including the shots for our Holiday 2013 Stance Muse look book
It was only Ryan Kenny’s second day in the States when he embarked on a full day of backyard adventures with Bambi and Imogene Barron in Los Angeles, but you’d never know it—his photographs, made just for us for our Holiday 2013 Stance Muse collection, smack of that locals-only exclusivity. We hope he sticks around for a long, long time, but if he decides to trek back to his native Australia, at least he’ll have one hell of a photo album to remember us by.
Introduce yourself for us, Ryan.
I'm from Adelaide, South Australia and I love taking photos of beautiful things so I can remember them later.
Do you remember the first time you picked up a camera and thought, I could make this my career?
I'm still surprised it’s my career. It doesn't feel like a job, I just do what I do.
In terms of subject matter, what or who was your first love?
The Australian desert was the first thing I saw that made me stop and say, "Holy shit.” From then on I started looking at things in a different light.
For you, what turns a model into a muse?
A model is like a photographer, a painter or a songwriter. A muse is the completed piece of art. Wait did I just come up with that? I reckon that's pretty bang on!
Has there ever been a time when a picture you took surprised you when you looked at it later?
It happens more often than not. That's the beautiful mystery of shooting on film!
Do you see yourself more as a photographer or an artist?
I see myself as a little kid who tries everything. I play music, draw and cook. I don't like labeling.
How do you gather ideas for a shoot?
I keep lots of notebooks but they are filled with anything and everything. I operate on the fly, work with the subject and client to create something natural.
What are you currently inspired by or obsessed with?
I'm currently living in Los Angeles. I'm inspired by the sunlight and obsessed with cacti. I just got one tattooed on me—I've got a problem.
What was it like working with Bambi? What was your favorite shot from the day?
It was great to be surrounded by some Aussies (Bambi and Imogene Barron) on what was my second day in the U.S. It's hard to pick a favorite of the day but maybe when we were eating Mexican after the shoot...Bambi and I ran outside onto Virgil to take some photos in the traffic at sunset.
Anything funny or surprising happen on set?
The whole day was a surprise for me as I hadn't gotten the opportunity to explore LA yet, so it was a working tour of a few areas.
Why did you originally want to shoot for Stance? What’s was your favorite part about it, looking back?
Imogene is a great friend of mine—if anything gets her seal of approval it's good by me. [My] favorite part was coming to America and feeling very much at home from the start!continue reading
Stance introduces our Holiday 2013 collection. Featuring collaborations with King's Club Barbershop, the artistic genius of Brian Bent, as well as Fourstar and their tried and true skate aesthetic…We've blended timeless art, premium threads, and iconic style.
Women's steps up the fashion game yet again with new designs, lengths, materials and funky patterns to go with any mood you're in. Notably, women's has a couple exciting collaborations with Keep A Breast and Punk & Poet Kassia Meador that are sure to please both your philanthropic and fashion taste. We also have an offering of women's cashmere styles that are so soft, you'll never want to take them off.
Lastly, we can't forget to mention the kids! 5 all new styles that feature the same flavor of men's designs brought down with bright colors and many of the same styles, in a pint sized package!
Check out all the new Holiday styles here.
Our favorite quirky-cool fashionphile Susie Lau of Style Bubble is a master of mixing avant garde and down-to-earth. Case in point: our Twister socks with the new Minju Kim X HM collection for an outfit so sharp, it's practically dangerous.
See more of our favorite trendsetters and rule breakers in Stance socks in our How We Kick It gallery.continue reading
Photos by Charles Grauke
Name: Jessica Snyder
Hometown: Los Angeles
Surfing has become as much about style as it is about sport, something Jessica Snyder learned early on growing up in Malibu under the wing of longboarders like Kassia Meador, Julie Coz and Belinda Baggs. “Longboarding is all about style. It’s everything,” she says. “It’s all about looking effortless and defining your style.” For her, that meant starting Mint Clothing Company, her line of soft T-shirts and dresses with a made-in-California ethos. Jessica lives at the intersection of surfing and style, and this is how she kicks it:
You grew up as a surfer with some pretty recognizable names in Malibu—who did you surf with and how often do you get in the water these days?
I was spoiled and got a front seat to some of the best women (and men) longboarders in the world growing up. Carla Rowland, Ashley Lloyd, Kassia Meador, Julie Cox, Belinda Baggs…it was quite the line up out there at that time. I got to go out pretty often this summer, few times a week. But once I started working on my Spring/Summer 14 collection it definitely got harder to make it down to the beach but at the very least I try to stop by on my way home and at least get some salt air in my lungs.
What board are you riding?
I ride a 9'2" Bindy (Belinda Baggs) Model shaped by Scott Anderson. It's a super light diamond tail. I've had it for ages! I call it the "Neapolitan" because it has a vanilla-colored bottom and rails, chocolate pinstripes and a strawberry deck.
Does anyone ever give you a hard time for dressing up?
Yes, all the time. I'm used to it now. Growing up around mostly boys who are more interested in surfing and scoping out chicks on the beach then fashion, they just don't get it. "Wedge sneakers?? At the beach?" It's OK. They don't need to get it.
Where do you find the photographs you use on your shirts?
Some of them I take myself. A few of them are vintage from the ‘60s taken by a famous surf photographer, Ron Church. I am so lucky and grateful for the opportunity to use his photos. I adore the way he captured that moment in time and I am obsessed with that era in surfing history.
How do you inspire creativity when you hit a mental block?
I read a lot of blogs, lay out on the beach with fashion magazines, think of things I want to wear but don't see out there yet, talk to my friends and pick their brains. The new stuff I'm working on is definitely an extension of what I've been doing but I find my personal style coming through more as I am getting more comfortable with designing and defining myself as a designer.
How do you kick it?
Well, socks and sneakers go together like peanut butter and jelly— you just can't deny it, so that's always a no brainer. But I do love a good "peek-a-boo" sock as well! Combat boots with a cute sock, kind of a "Clarissa Explains It All" ‘90s throwback style.
Name: Erica Layne Yary
What She Does: Marketing Manager
Erica Yary has a lifetime pass to the Boy's Club, and she's earned it. For the past 13 years, she's been forging a path in the skate industry to become one of the few women at the forefront of the sport who have earned the respect of the boys—a distinction she doesn't take lightly. She's made it a point to be a role model for the legions of young women who aspire to follow in her footsteps; from her day job working as our Marketing Manager (where she continues to keep our Punks and Poets team stocked and stoked) to "on air" time hosting the Weekend Buzz on the Ride Channel, Erica knows a thing or two about staying busy.
Tell us something about you we don't know already.
I have played soccer my entire life just about and I intend to play until I can’t play no more. I also sell designer pieces on eBay as a side hustle.
Favorite local spot where you live?
I moved to Costa Mesa six months ago, and since I am not into any of the bars in this area, it would have to be Eat Chow, a super yummy restaurant. On second thought, can my favorite spot just be South Coast Plaza?!
Weirdest thing that's happened during an interview?
I’ve interviewed people who are drunk and falling over; I’ve had people try to throw me off during an interview to try to get me to stumble on questions. Each interview is different. I think sitting next to a really inebriated person who is unpredictable is always the most awkward thing to deal with.
Most surreal moment in your career so far?
I think surreal moments always come with being recognized for your work, when people understand the message you’re sending as a “public figure.” I’ve made it a point to try to be the best role model for other girls who are young and want to work in skateboarding and show them that work hard, self respect and determination will get them as far as they want to go in their career. When I get emails or letters from young women around the world saying that I inspire them and that they want my career advice, that’s when I am most satisfied with myself and those are the surreal moments I hold onto.
Where is your favorite place to travel to?
My favorite place to travel to is Copenhagen, Denmark. It’s so beautiful, clean, safe, fun, and fashion forward. I love the architecture and the people there. Every time I have had the pleasure of visiting I take it all in and explore as much as possible. Definitely a place everyone must experience. I have so many places that I can't wait to get to explore, I'll give you an update once I arrive upon international waters again.
Top three most-played artists on your iPod right now:
I haven’t been listening to anything new lately, so I’ll say Paul Simon, Queens of the Stone Age and Father John Misty.
Top three reads:
Lately, it’s Fast Company, Marie Claire, and as many news sources as I can find the time to update myself with. I need more hours in the day— but don't we all?
Do you have any style rules?
I am such a poor planner that if I’m left to get ready quickly, it’s a vintage t-shirt and jeans with vintage converse day, no questions asked. I do believe less is more, except when it comes to jewelry. Bring on the rings, necklaces and bracelets.
Tell us something rad that goes on behind the scenes at Stance.
At any given time of the day at the Stance office there is a ping-pong or darts game going on between the guys that work here. Another fun fact is that there’s a good handful of us that do boot-camp at Foundation Fitness down the street on our lunch break every day, so there’s a lot of gym attire at Stance daily.
What do you do to get out of a creative slump?
I take a break! One of the best parts about working at Stance is that the men who founded the company believe in wellness in every regard, so they allow us to be flexible and the motto here is “freedom and accountability.” Taking a day off doing a day trip or doing something to get your mind freely thinking and inspired is always a great way to get out of a slump. Working out always helps me, too.
How do you kick it?
I wear my Stance with everything. If I have little shoes on, I wear Woodstocks, if I’m working out I like to wear the men’s S/M invisibles, for every-day I like to wear Shooting Arrow, Cheetah and Durango as my favorites. I love wearing the men’s socks just as much as the women’s to get a little bit more thickness if I’m going to be on my feet all day. It's funny how many pairs of socks you can own and consistently go back to the same ones over and over!
Do you live by any mottos?
I don't think I live by an actual motto, but I do believe that every day we get is a gift and it's another day to start over and move in any direction that is the best for your life. I'm just happy to be here and want to be positive and happy and appreciative for all the amazing people and things my life is surrounded by.
We’re majorly inspired by the one-of-a-kind style of our Marketing Manager Erica Yary—from her affinity for vintage T-shirts to her multifaceted career, there’s never a dull moment with Miss Yary. How do you wear your Stance socks? Tag us in your outfit photos on Instagram #howwekickit for a shot at winning a box of socks handpicked by Erica herself.
Stance is proud to present to you our Snow 2013/14 collection. We have an extensive product offering spanning our every day Acrylic sock to our Merino Wool compression socks, to our Premium offering including an Injinji/Scotty Wittlake collaboration with patented Injinji AIS technology.
Our Women's Snow line delivers the paramount offerings of both technology and style, without compromising performance. The range of the Women's offering delivers everything the Men's line gets, with a feminine fit and feel.
Check out the entire Snow 2013 Collection here.continue reading