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Interview No. 5: Lissa Ziranek (Zita Roma) & Chad Kushner (Linus Bikes)

Lissa and Chad at first seem like an impossibly cool couple, she a designer of clothing line Zita Roma and he a co-founder of the Venice treasure Linus Bikes, and both hailing from South Africa.  We met through mutual friends in the neighborhood—a really sweet collection of people who all have kids the same age and also happen to be people you would hang out with, even if you didn't have the common kid denominator.I experience first-hand how challenging it can be to maintain a decent energy level, not to mention remain creative, while raising a toddler.  And I'm always interested to hear how others, who seem massively productive, manage it.  Here's a glimpse into their morning lives: 1. How many hours...

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Interview No. 4: Peter Zellner, architect

Next up on our Breakfast Club Series (i.e. Proust-meets-wake-up-call) is Peter Zellner.  I first became acquainted with Peter shortly after he designed the Matthew Marks Gallery (West Hollywood) in 2012.  It’s unyielding simplicity struck me as bold, with a visually calming composition of simple shapes.  Peter also happens to be a really nice guy, and a fellow Venice-turned-Mar-Vista resident. It’s worth noting that Peter is well-regarded by the art community in Los Angeles.  In addition to Matthew Marks Gallery, he’s also designed Night Gallery, LAXART and Susanne Vielmetter.  All while serving as a professor at SCI-Arc and now USC School of Architecture.  And just earlier this month, he announced plans to open the Free School of Architecture (FSA) in 2017, whereby...

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Interview No. 3: Mirren Gordon-Crozier, costume designer

Breakfast Club next stop: Mirren Gordon-Crozier.  Mirren was one of the first friends I made when moving to Venice in 2008. We met at the Otheroom, back when the Otheroom was one of the best bars to drink copiously and before Abbot Kinney jumped the shark.  I immediately formed a huge girl crush on her, and we’ve remained good friends since that first chance meeting (despite her moving to Brooklyn a few years ago). Mirren is a wildly talented costume designer, having worked on such films as I’ll See You in My Dreams, critically acclaimed Short Term 12, and most recently The Glass Castle (which I’m particularly excited to see as a huge Brie Larson fan).  In fact, she’s quite a...

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Interview No. 2: Rebecca Grenell, founder of LACAUSA

Continuing the Breakfast Club questionnaire series with another great friend: Rebecca Grenell, the lovely leading lady of LACAUSA.  Befriending someone who grew up in Malibu is a great asset to a transplant like me, and she seemingly knows all the best surf spots and hideaways.   She comes from California cool royalty, considering her parents founded Joshua Tree, a clothing line that practically started the bell bottom jumper trend of the '60s.  Part of her childhood was spent at Shangri La, a Malibu home and adjoining recording studio that her family owned in the '70s and '80s, where an incredible roster of artists have recorded albums including Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, etc. Rebecca now lives in Venice and runs clothing and...

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Interview No. 1: Claressinka Anderson Pugliese, founder of Marine Projects

I have a fascination with the morning.  Seems to be the time when we are most easily ourselves—vulnerable, a little bleary eyed, and not yet confronted by the world.  I’m also very interested in how people spend their mornings.  For me, I usually wake up much earlier than I would like (thanks to my almost two year-old son Max), and we read books or play with trucks or blocks.  I then stumble to make coffee as quickly as possible.  Sometimes, it’s literally a rude awakening and not always the most inspiring.  But "they" say that a good morning ritual can help us to be more creative and productive—the holy grail, right?  So I put together a Proust-meets-wake-up-call questionnaire called the Breakfast Club Series where...

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