Jun 19, 2017
If you've been in the shop, you know we love Portland's Stumptown from our fridge in store stocking bottled cold brews. They've managed to somehow "get big" and yet still have great branding and an always consistently great cup no matter where you get it. Haters will hate, but you can't argue that they've made a great product that always delivers on point and we love the brand for that. Some of our crew headed up to the LA roastery to chat with the team and get a behind the scenes look at the magic. See below for a brief Q&A from their sales manager (and LF denim owner) Ryan Jimenez.
How long has Stumptown been in Southern CA after shifting down from the Pacific Northwest?
Four caffeinated years.
Real talk - what's the "must get" drink when you stop in?
I always get a flat white, but if I get Cold Brew, the Cold Shot is delicious and straight to the point. It's a two ounce pour of our Cold Brewed Hair Bender concentrate infused with nitrogen. It's like a cold, creamy shot of espresso and you can only get it in our cafes. Also worth mentioning, you can try any coffee we have on the menu as a pour over via our new Modbar for 5 bucks. That way you can fall in love with a coffee before buying an entire bag of it.
Favorite origin of beans?
I love to dabble in different single origins, but I am a big fan of African coffee. Bright and floral with notes of citrus and stone fruits. This is usually my go-to afternoon cup.
We're big on the work vibes playlist in store. Classical or metal work tunes?
Classical. Whether from the 1940's big band era or Classic hip hop from the 80's and 90's.
Any big future plans for Stumptown Southern CA?
This is the Summer of Cold Brew and I am very excited for our first ever single origin Cold Brew in our stubby bottles. And what better way to kick it off than with my favorite origin - Ethiopia. This Ethiopia Guji has delicious notes of melon, rhubarb and caramel. I know that sounds like a sales pitch, but I am truly excited for this. I have been requesting a single origin Cold Brew in a bottle for nearly three years that I've been at Stumptown Coffee Roasters.
Words: Ryan Jimenez - Stumptown Sales Manager
Photos : @bhunt.sd
Mar 13, 2017
Hold recently released a collection of mugs made by hand in Japan, a meticulous process that makes each piece unique in it's finish. Since we love coffee, tea, and sake, we love the concept of sharing those in a vessel you'll keep for the long haul.
Jan 19, 2015
Here at Lone Flag we love basics. A t-shirt that is super soft to the touch, fits proportionally and maintains a slimmer cut, and one that is premium in the cotton weight and made in USA is hard to find. Really hard. After selling multiple other brands that were making basics and never finding that perfect one, we took it upon ourselves to make them better and with our own custom specs and fit. Months of work went into working with the right factory in LA, the sampling, pattern-making, dye process, and the branding on them. At the end of the day, we love the result. Our best-selling in store item and our daily wear rotation shirts are these basics. If you don't have one yet, you should and you won't want to wear anything else.
All of our current curved hem pocket basics below are seen on a few of our favorite SD brands and creators below. Bradley Mountain is one of our favorite brands and best allies in this business and we work with them closely on co-branded bags and accessories made right here in our city. They are makers and doers that share a space at the Moniker warehouse in East Village, a community of creatives that have revitalized an old building and given small businesses and dreamers a place to congregate and work together on projects. It is one of many burgeoning new concept businesses happening in our city that we are excited about and looking to partner with deeper in 2015.
You can find out more on each here:
Lone Flag Basics
Nov 20, 2014
Earlier this month our friend Taylor Abeel, a local photographer and legitimate sailor, hit us up about a shoot he was planning on a tall ship called the Amazing Grace out in the harbor in San Diego. It's one of only a handful of it's kind in the world so we jumped at the chance to shoot with him and get out of the shop for a day and in the water to sail the point out in the bay. Beyond the fact that the ship was amazing aesthetically, there is so much that goes into sailing a craft like this one, it's a beautiful skill and process to witness firsthand. We got lost for a bit in this scene of a ship in the water with panoramic sunset views of our city that we love, it became the perfect backdrop to showcase casual and timeless basics that fit seamlessly in the crisp air of Fall/Winter out on the water. Winter is upon us. Enjoy
To view more of Taylor's work, check out his website at taylorabeel.com
Image 1: Amazing Grace Tall Ship
Image 2: Miansai - Brass Cuff
Image 3: Kaibosh - Biblio Mid Havana, Epokhe - Renaca Matte Black, Lone Flag - Signature Beanie Olive, Reigning Champ - Black Crewneck Pullover
Image 4: Lone Flag - Signature Beanie Olive, Reigning Champ - Black Crewneck Pullover, Almond - Hathaway Chino Grey
Image 5: Kaibosh - Biblio Mid Havana, Objects Without Meaning - Warm Grey Basia Tee
Image 6: Reigning Champ - Black Crewneck Pullover, THVM - Acid Wash Skinny Jeans, PF Flyers - Center Hi Black
Image 7: Lone Flag - Signature Beanie Olive, Epokhe - Renaca Matte Black, Reigning Champ - Black Crewneck Pullover, Knickerbocker MFG x Lone Flag - Seersucker Worker Cap, Kaibosh - Biblio Mid Havana, THVM - Acid Wash Skinny Jeans
Image 8: Seasoned USA x Lone Flag - Wool SD Cap, Lone Flag - White Basic Pocket Tee, Bradley Mountain x Lone Flag - Biographer (pre-order only)
Image 9: Amazing Grace Tall Ship
Image 10: Lone Flag - Signature Beanie Olive, Kaibosh - Biblio Mid Havana, Reigning Champ - Black Crewneck Pullover
Image 11: Knickerbocker x Lone Flag - Chambray Worker Cap, Lone Flag - Basic Pocket Tee Slate, Bradley Mountain - Travlers Mug
Image 12: Lone Flag - Signature Beanie Olive, Epokhe - Renaca Matte Black, Reigning Champ - Black Crewneck Pullover, Almond - Hathaway Chino Grey
Image 13: Lone Flag - Outlier Mug
Aug 02, 2014
If there’s one thing we’ve learned over the past 10 months, it’s that relationships matter deeply to us and you can't work around the clock all day, every day (although we often try). Getting away from work, even meaningful and passionate work, to spend real face to face time with friends and family is a necessity. Built into part of what we do here and who we are as a company is the desire to be an inspiration to everyone around us to get out, live more, engage with people, take some risks, and experience life together in true community. After pouring in countless hours at the shop and outside work at Lone Flag this Summer, our newest brand/shop team member Devon and his friends spent this past weekend up in Lake Arrowhead CA drinking coffee slow, talking, laughing, taking in the sun, and capturing some moments along the way. As a team, we're pumped on having him here and always encouraged to see one of our own living life well, with thoughtful intention, and with purpose. Work really hard...then sometimes you can play hard too.
Can't wait to see you all soon and have a cup of coffee in the shop to hear more about your Summer.
Location: Lake Arrowhead, CA
Traveler Mug: Bradley Mountain (buy here)
Top/Skirt/Hat: Kain (buy here) / Ace & Jig (buy here) / Yellow 108 (buy here)
Pillows: Lone Flag x Ebenezer Co. (available in store now and online soon)
Army Green Blanket: Rothco (buy here)
Playdress: Ace & Jig (buy here)
Long Dress: Kain Label (in store only)
Jun 26, 2014
The MidWest. As much as we love San Diego, call the town our home, and champion it, we still have deep roots in the middle of the country. I grew up in Minneapolis, MN and spent a lot of time in the lakes and woods of MN and WI as a kid. Now, to take the family back and get out on a lake and fish, drink simple canned beer, lose all cell service, and laugh around meals and fires is the best getaway I can think of. No frills, no extra expenses and luxury travel, just family, friends and the beauty of the woods. A lot of what our brand and store represents are directly tied to these roots in the MidWest. Things there are made to last, people care about how an item functions and want to pass it on down the line, and residents of the smaller towns generally want to live in community with one another and support their neighbors. We hope to be about that as well and carry that tradition and feel on in our home in Southern California through our shop and the brands, products, friendships and relationships we represent and foster here. If you haven't made it through the shop yet...come hang out. We'll have a beer together and catch up like old friends.
Jan 04, 2014
On November 8th, we celebrated the launch of Lone Flag in Del Mar with all of our friends and family. If you didn't get a chance to be there, this video serves as a telling recap of the night and all of the great people who have supported this dream since it's inception. Since the very beginning we've been dedicated to being community focused, so it's a beautiful thing to see it take form in the brick and mortar store. So excited for what's to come in 2014....the future is big.
A huge thanks to the awesome duo behind Korus Media for capturing all of this so well.
Nov 22, 2013
We strive to live a lifestyle that injects thought, creativity and relationship into all things that we do here at LF. Few things bring people together and create an atmosphere of valuable discussion and interaction like meals do. We strongly believe that a good meal with close friends, the smell of cooking food, the passing a bowl of something made with care around a table, the pouring of a cocktail and clinking of a glass....those are things that we shouldn't take for granted and that we should incorporate more into our communities together. So much of what we do here as a small business is with almost no budget and we have really tight finances so we know that almost everything that gets done here is based on the goodwill and help of friends. A few weeks ago we got together at our friend Betsy's house for a celebratory dinner for the launch of our shop and brought together several of the people that pitched in on our project and lent their hand to help us along the way. It was all a part of our cohesive branding video conceptualized by Imaginale and Ave Styles. We thought we'd share some of our favorite fall recipes in case you wanted to give them a try for your next gathering. Life's too short to not gather up your friends, neighbors, strangers, anyone and share a meal together.
Olive oil 2 tbsps
1 head of cauliflower
1 medium sized yellow onion
4 cups of chicken broth or veggie broth
parmesan cheese for sprinkling (optional)
truffle oil (optional)
rustic bread (optional)
put 2 tbsps of olive oil into a large pan or medium sized sauce pan on medium heat.
peel and slice the entire onion
sauté the onions until lightly brown and soft.
while the onion is cooking, cut the cauliflower stalk off and rinse the cauliflower head well
cut the cauliflower into pieces (it doesn't have to be chopped to small)
add the cauliflower to the pan once the onion becomes soft and toss together
sauté the cauliflower for about 5-7 minutes
then add your 4 cups of broth, bring to a light boil
once the cauliflower is soft to poach ~5-7 minutes (if you pierce with a fork easily, it should be ready)
turn the stove off
transfer the soup to the blender and put on the puree or liquid setting
once blended, transfer back to the pot and keep on low or serve immediately
Add grated parmesan cheese and truffle oil for additional flavor
1 oz pure maple syrup
Pour in bottom of highball glass
Shake over ice
1 oz heavy whipping cream
1 oz Frangelico
Pour the shaker slowly down the back of a spoon into the glass to create the layered effect.
The spoon helps to "break the fall" so you can maintain your layer.
3 oz Apple Cider
2 oz Bourbon
Sh1/2 oz Grand Marnier
Splash of Pure Maple Syrup
Shake over ice. Serve with cinnamon stick. Enjoy!
Oct 10, 2013
This shop is the culmination of years of internal struggle to create something that utilized all aspects of who we were and to incorporate that purpose and passion into our work. We have always loved the retail experience when you find that place where the smell, the feel when you cross through the door, the light, the crisp folded garments, and the people working the floor all come together in an inspiring way and it makes you feel like you are in a different place when you enter in. For the past 8 years Kelli and I worked for other apparel brands, designed lines, sold at shows, traveled and acted as ambassadors for product and built relationships with other brands, stores and buyers. Throughout that process, we felt truly blessed, but we internally craved a place close to home where we could curate something of our own, something we believed in that supported our community, the local arts, incubated ideas, and worked with other small businesses. We wanted a place where people came in and were inspired and felt they belonged. After a particularly long travel stretch working with some apparel brands this past year and the wear and tear that came with being constantly away from home, I stepped back and realized that now was the time, there was no better time to take a chance and to risk it all on something we cared about even though we knew the traditional brick and mortar retail model was not a lucrative business. Kelli and I prayed, trusted and dove in full force to begin the process of creating and curating a store/creative space that we felt was an offering of who we were and showcased products and brands along our journey that we loved and that we truly wanted to celebrate with others. The space was one where we also wanted to showcase goods that we felt told better stories than all of the mass-produced and constant consumption-focused cheap goods out there that we used briefly and then threw away. We really have a love for a perfect pair denim that wears and lasts, for boots that age beautifully, for accessories made by hand with local materials, and for brands that were taking the time to invest in sourcing in the USA or were working with co-ops overseas to create goods that had more meaning and lasted. It's about more than just retail, we wanted a space where people came and had a hot coffee or a cold beer, where they could ask us questions about product and get the best service, but also friendship. We envisioned a place where conversations happened, where passions for new projects were realized and where we worked to help build the small business in our city through our collaboration with small brands and local creatives. The goal of what we hope to accomplish here is more than just to have a place where we work on creating and showcasing goods that we love and offer it to you, it's to build relationships and empower those in and around us through what we do and the passion we have for our work and the products we carry here.
Come by sometime, let's have a coffee.
Sam + Kelli
Video created by Imaginale Design // imaginaledesign.com // @imaginale
Art Direction by AVE Styles // avestyles.com // @avestyles
Interior Design by SMID // smidthat.com// @smidthat
Florals by Lace & Likes // laceandlikes.com // @laceandlikes
Song: "Rise" by Tony Anderson from The Music Bed // themusicbed.com
Special thanks to:
Bradley Mountain // bradleymountain.com // @bradleymountain
Richer Poorer // richer-poorer.com // @richerpoorer // @vincethebeliever