Intelligentsia’s Geoff Watts

Our interview with a veteran green coffee buyer on building relationships with sustainable farmers

As the vice president of coffee for Intelligentsia and a green coffee buyer, Geoff Watts travels the world searching for the best beans, working to build relationships with the farmers that have helped make Intelligentsia a leader in the specialty coffee industry. We recently met with Watts in Los Angeles during their three-day Extraordinary Coffee Workshop (ECW), where we talked to the coffee guru about …

Apolis: Common Gallery

A new gallery-shop-event space hybrid in downtown LA

Brothers Shea and Raan Parton founded Apolis with the simple idea that people can live better lives if they are given equal opportunity. Now, seven years later, they’ve opened Apolis: Common Gallery, a new shop that opened in a spare, industrial-inspired space in downtown LA on 10 November 2011. The space serves as the first regionally branded Apolis space to host gallery exhibitions, collection releases, …

Travis Louie

Peek inside the artist's mind to learn what motivated his latest film noir inspired paintings

As a young boy growing up in Queens, Travis Louie would roam the hallways of his friends’ houses gazing longingly at their vintage family photographs, realizing the lack of pictures of previous generations of his own Chinese-American family. Years later when Louie’s drawing career transitioned into painting characters inspired by film noir and German Expressionism, he realized that in some way he was creating his …