I’ve been posting a series called ‘The Office’ over at Elementeden.com that features all the rad people that work in the Element office over here in Southern California.
First up, Hether Cook is one of my favorite people at the office. She has the sweetest smile, and creates the most awesome Eden clothes and accessories. Among the many amazing talents that she possesses, Hether is also a karaoke master, and queen of vintage style.
Todd Larson is the Director and Co-Founder of the amazing charity, Elemental Awareness. Todd is a lot of fun around the office, but it’s when you see him in his raw surroundings of The Sequoia National Forest at Element YMCA Skate Camp that his true talent shines. During the Elemental Awareness classes at Skate Camp, Todd teaches kids how to make shelters in the forest, collect food, and make fire, all in order to survive in nature.
Todd and Elemental Awareness also hold skate competitions that raise money for local charities and communities, and help send underprivileged kids to Skate Camp. Check out www.elementalawareness.org for more.
Valerie Killeen is the Senior Apparel Designer at Element Skateboards, and a fashion industry veteran. She created the blog, BLEACHBLACK which has become the go-to site for fashion aficionados, style scouts, and trend hunters. But like most creatives, Valeries has a dark hidden secret… She loves Justin Bieber!
Follow Valerie on twitter here!
I first met Matt Ward last summer up at Element YMCA Skate camp were he was a Skate Camp councillor. Matt was so awesome that we stole him from Skate Camp and now he is our in-house pirate. Anytime you want something done, this is the guy that will make it happen.
Esther Kim is the Graphic Designer for Eden, she’s the one that creates all the cute graphics based fashion T’s! She also collaborates with Eden Advocate, Brooke Reidt to create the awesome Advocate T-shirts. Things you might not know about Esther is that she is a major nerd that loves Star Trek, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and comic books!
Charlie Manos is the Chief Designer of shoes at Element, creating some of the coolest shoes ever. The new Emerald collection has an incredible story behind the designs, and look and feel amazing.
After I shot this picture, somebody dropped off some used Element shoes to Charlie, as he studies their wear and tear for future design improvements… I have never seen someone so excited over old smelly sneakers! hehe.
Wendy Choi is our Design Director of Element Eden, which means she is the lady that overseas all the awesome garment designs. She collects statuettes of cats, and recently scored the coolest kitten stools from Japan while there on a research trip… I think she may have the best job in the world!
On any given day in the office, Filipa da Silva is designing new garments, creating color ways, making corrections to prototypes, and is constantly researching for new inspirations and trends. She also travels to some of the most amazing cities around the world, researching fashion styles, which she then infuses into the beautiful Eden range.
Things you might not know about Filipa is she grew up in Portugal, and is also a very talented fine artist.