Disney Pixar for LeSportsac Event at Santa Monica Place

In celebration of the August release of the Disney Pixar for LeSportsac collection, LeSportsac Santa Monica Place hosted a special in-store event. Fans lined up at the Los Angeles area store to meet Academy Award® winner, Harley Jessup, the production designer of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc., as well as other Pixar animated favorites including Ratatouille, Presto and Cars 2.  The new Disney Pixar for LeSportsac collection features Jessup’s exclusive concept artwork on a wide variety of styles, from accessories and handbags, to totes, backpacks and travel bags.

Harley Jessup drawing monsters for fans.

Harley Jessup drawing monsters for fans.

Fans got a chance to chat with Jessup and received exclusive limited edition posters, customized by Jessup himself, featuring each person’s favorite monster. While shopping the store’s collection, everyone was able to jump into the Monsters, Inc. world by hopping into the event photo booth, a large almost life-sized cutout of the artwork’s monster taxi.  In true Monsters, Inc. style, blue and green ice pops were served from, what can only be called, an “I Scream” cart!

Harley Jessup posing with fans

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Exclusively in Hawaii: Sweet Wahine!

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Everyone LOVES a Sweet Wahine! For you curious LeSportsac fans out there, Wahine means woman in Hawaiian. This lush tropical print evokes Sweet Wahines dancing the hula and playing the ukulele. Bright beautiful florals surround them in shades of aqua, zesty orange and sunny yellow. Join the festivities with this fun and happy print!

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Only available at the below listed store locations…

Ala Moana Center – 808.973.6306

Royal Hawaiian Center – 808-971-2920

Waikiki Shopping Plaza - 808.971.2919

Hilton Hawaiian Village – 808-973-6300

Hyatt Regency Waikiki - 808.971.2007

The Plaza (Guam) - 671.649.5100

Micronesia Mall (Guam) - 671.633.2300

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Disney Pixar for LeSportsac – An Interview with Harley Jessup!

Disney_Pixar_LeBlogAs the production designer of Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.RatatouillePresto and Cars 2, Academy Award® winner, Harley Jessup, has built a career designing films that both children and adults can love. For each Pixar feature, his mission has been to create a visually exciting, believable world with appealing characters all in support of a great story. The new Disney Pixar for LeSportsac collection features Jessup’s exclusive concept artwork on a wide variety of styles, from accessories and handbags, to totes, backpacks and travel bags. We had the opportunity to chat with this imaginative visual artist about his thoughts and inspirations!

LeSportsac: Did you believe in monsters when you were a kid? If so, how did you envision them?

Harley Jessup: When I was little, there was a gas furnace in the hall outside my bedroom that I was sure transformed into a monster at night. I imagined it as a kind of wheezing mechanical beast with glowing teeth. When I started work on Monsters, Inc., my kids were small and I recorded their ideas about the scariest monsters they could imagine.  My four-year-old vividly described a fantastic creature with “sharp claws, a long neck and a hairy, hairy rooster bottom”! We tried to capture the images and feelings that kids have about what creatures might be in the closet or under the bed.

LeSportsac: Can you tell us about the creative process of developing Monsters Inc? What were its challenges? What made it fun?

Harley Jessup: The story of Monsters, Inc. developed over a period of about 4 years. We tried all kinds of cool ideas as we figured out the monster world. At one point, the director, Pete Docter, suggested that monsters might be like actors and that scaring kids was like putting on a play. That inspired this artwork showing monsters in a Broadway setting that we used for the LeSportsac collection. At another point I imagined a world that was like Venice with monsters swimming in the canals. We designed many versions of the monster world and this ongoing exploration was was a real challenge, as well as a lot of fun.

LeSportsac: In creating a parallel monster world what inspiration did you take from the real world?

Harley Jessup: We finally landed on the idea that the monster world should closely parallel the world of a 1960′s American blue-collar worker. John Lasseter suggested we take a field trip to Pittsburgh, a city based on one industry – steel-making. There was an energy crisis happening at that time and we incorporated that idea into the story too. We made Monsters, Inc. into a scream factory, creating energy for the world and Monstropolis became a company town.

LeSportsac: Was there a particular Monster that you identified with? Which one and why?

Harley Jessup: I especially love Mike Wazowski. His character never gives up and he’s decided that no matter what he’ll look at the positive side of life. I drew the diagrams and notes that Mike makes in the movie and maybe I feel a personal connection to Mike, because we share the same handwriting!

LeSportsac: What was it like to transform your artwork into a print for LeSportsac?

Harley Jessup: I loved revisiting that early design I did for the film – I updated a few of the theater marquees to advertise plays starring Roz and other cast members. I have such great memories of working on Monsters, Inc. and I really love how LeSportsac has applied the artwork in this collection!

Click here to shop the new Disney Pixar for LeSportsac collection!

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East Coast To West Coast

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We had a chat with artist, photographer and BMX rider Michael Kuhn to find out what inspired his iconic Yo artwork. Not only are we ready to start learning how to ride, we are also looking at the city in a different light!

Could you use a “Yo A Day” to win over someone’s heart? Michael seems to believe so. Our recent Yo Tote collaboration artist confessed that he used the word to impress a lady, going as far as posting “Yo” pictures around town so she would see them on her path to work.

While swooning the ladies is one way to use Yo, Micheal explained it’s also used often in his daily work. Shooting action sports, there’s always that perfect trick or stunt that deserves a very elaborate Yo to express excitement. Also regularly riding around New York City, Michael has observed the term being used as a simple greeting, a staple of the city’s urban and trendy lifestyle.

When asked where his favorite place to ride or shoot in New York City was, Michael explained that to him the city is ever changing and one big playground. Anything could make a great shot or inspire a new art piece. He even said steps near our LeSportsac office could be an awesome spot for bike tricks and action shots. Considering we only saw these steps as a place to sunbathe during lunch breaks and to feed the pigeons, we’re definitely up for a little riding photo shoot!

We can’t wait to see what Michael creates next, in the meantime check out his work at http://jmikekuhn.com/ Also don’t forget to get excited and pick up a Yo yourself at lesportsac.com

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West Coast the Best Coast?

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Heading west, we couldn’t leave out our Fun In The Sun coast! The LeSportsac team came up with a summer staple properly named West Coast Tote. Depictions of dolphins in Hawaii, the Golden Gate Bridge in California and even a few playing cards in Nevada prove that taking a trip to the other coast, is always a good time. With a Wild West flair, the photo-real washed denim print adds the finishing touches to an already perfect travel excursion.

Grab your heart shaped sunglasses, a cold beverage and your West Coast Tote today!

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Exclusively in Hawaii: Dazzling Posy!

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Enjoy the soft splendor of this delightful floral print designed exclusively for LeSportsac Hawaii boutiques. The Dazzling Posy Collection has a wonderful array of accessories, handbags and travel bags, each covered in a plethora of pretty pastel petals. Five styles are even more dazzling with the addition of SWAROVSKI ELEMENTS crystals!

Only available at the below listed store locations…

Ala Moana Center – 808.973.6306

Royal Hawaiian Center – 808-971-2920

Waikiki Shopping Plaza - 808.971.2919

Hilton Hawaiian Village – 808-973-6300

Hyatt Regency Waikiki - 808.971.2007

The Plaza (Guam) - 671.649.5100

Micronesia Mall (Guam) - 671.633.2300

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Exclusively in Hawaii: Say Aloha to 808 Cool!

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What spells eternal summer cool more than the art and lifestyle of Hawaiian culture?  THE paradisiacal destination of the Aloha State, nothing provokes laid back swag like turquoise blue waves, fragrant plumerias and vibrant rainbows.

Available in styles ranging from travel silhouettes to smaller handbags and cosmetics, these bold blues and vivid violets will have you feeling bright and adventurous – and appropriately, this Hawaii-inspired print is only available in the below listed store locations. Now this is another reason to visit Hawaii (as if you needed one)!

Ala Moana Center – 808.973.6306

Royal Hawaiian Center – 808-971-2920

Waikiki Shopping Plaza - 808.971.2919

Hilton Hawaiian Village – 808-973-6300

Hyatt Regency Waikiki - 808.971.2007

The Plaza (Guam) - 671.649.5100

Micronesia Mall (Guam) - 671.633.2300

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