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Ep. 59 - Davide Baroncini
Today’s guest is a salesman who has sold everything from phone contracts to cashmere. Davide Baroncini is the owner of Ghiaia, a menswear label based in Pasadena, CA but as you can imagine, the road from Italy to California wasn’t a straight shot. And it was for this reason I was delighted to sit down with him to hear him share his story. Ghiaia is producing some of the best sweaters I’ve come across in recent memory and once you hear the labels for which Davide has worked, you’ll soon understand why...Brunello Cucinelli being the standout for sure. I truly enjoyed this conversation due to the absolute exposure of Davide’s passion. You can really hear how important clothing is, and not at all for superficial reasons, rather how it makes one feel and the emotional impact clothing has on and individual. He’s an Italian and a man of style as redundant as that may seem...and he has an affinity for cars and watches making Davide a prime suspect for this show. We’re becoming good friends so I’m super happy he was willing to take part and I hope you enjoy it. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Ghiaia https://ghiaiacashmere.com/ @ghiaiacashmere Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:32:29
May 11, 2021
Ep. 58 - Del Gregory
Del Gregory is a UK-based creative who has certainly led a fascinating life of travel which has historically been driven by his work as a photographer. He began his professional career at the ripe age of 20 as a fashion photographer, but he then found a groove shooting architecture - luxury hotels and exotic locations mainly. As retirement was looming, Del decided to create a new type of magazine called B500, an online-only periodical featuring various cars and people from around the world. Impressive is the word that immediately comes to mind given he launched just before COVID-19 took the world by storm. Like many of us, Del is a one man band and his work now includes 7 issues of B500 - again, an incredibly impressive feat given the last year of our existence. We go into how he’s grown his audience while exploring how he defines B500’s success. We chat about his early days getting into the weeds of photography as well as the equipment he uses. Del even gives us a glimpse into his life being chauffeured in helicopters around islands in the Indian Ocean. What a life that must have been! All that and more in what was truly a fun conversation with Del! Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast B500 Magazine https://issuu.com/b500magazine @b500magazine Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:28:58
April 27, 2021
Ep. 57 - Jarnard Sutton
Today’s guest is Jarnard Sutton. I actually met Jarnard as he was walking down the sidewalk in front of my house while I was checking my mail. It was one of the more random introductions I’ve had in recent memory. We chatted for roughly 10 minutes that day and I found out several things: he lives near me, he enjoys IPA’s and he’s a content creator. This was all the information I needed to realize we’d become friends. And it’s certainly been fun getting to know some of my friends even further through this podcast, and this conversation is definitely no exception. Jarnard talks about life in North Carolina as a black kid listening to rock music, and how he was led down the punk rock road by the most unpredictable source. Jarnard is definitely a hustler. He worked multiple jobs at once to make ends meet, and offers a glimpse into what stress can really do to a person. Meanwhile, as Jarnard was trying to break into radio, he created a podcast in the same way many DJ’s would. He created playlists through the platform that effectively served as his own radio station. His resilience is inspiring to say the least. All of this is what led to his start in the audio/video space for restaurants - a segment I love following along through his social media platforms. This episode is a little different by way of Jarnard turning the tables on me a little bit. It’s definitely more of a two-way discussion after learning Jarnard’s story. It was a fun exercise so I hope you enjoy it. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Jarnard Sutton https://www.thenardcast.com/ @thenardcast Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:20:41
April 13, 2021
Ep. 56 - Josh Shanks
Today I welcome Watchonista’s Josh Shanks, and we begin in a way I certainly didn’t expect: we talk about the birth of snowboards. We then go into the car culture of Indiana, and then his career which was utterly unpredictable. Josh went from working retail at Apple thanks to an early Mac-specific blog he wrote to then take his technological prowess down the path of Private Equity and Hedge funds. Josh shares a vacation that would effectively change his life forever. You see, he had no idea the rabbit hole he was about to go down when he purchased a Rolex in place of the watch he broke on that trip to the Bahamas. And I’m fairly confident he wasn’t predicting he’d marry a woman from Switzerland that worked for Richemont and encourage him to also work in watches. But life sure does take some strange, serendipitous turns sometimes, and Josh’s story offers no exceptions. In his current role as Editor in Chief of Watchonista, Josh is looking to create Watch content that isn’t what you usually see and read, with an intense focus on the collector community which is a much smaller subset than most would think. Josh also weighs in on hype culture and how it’s affected the watch collecting community, and he even gives us a glimpse behind the curtain of those awesome-looking Oris gatherings in Vail, Colorado. All that and more in what was a really fun conversation, so please enjoy it. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Josh Shanks @joshshanks Watchonista @watchonista https://www.watchonista.com/ Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:13:29
March 30, 2021
Ep. 55 - Eric Ku
I was introduced to today’s guest probably like many of you, by way of Hodinkee’s Talking Watches. He captivated me by way of his diverse collection, and perhaps more importantly, the condition of said pieces. Extremely well known for his expertise in Rolex, Eric Ku is a watch dealer, the founder of 10PastTen, and in 2016, he co-founded LA Watchworks. Oh yeah, between those two ventures, Eric just so happened to acquire the Vintage Rolex Forum. What’s great is he took it over to satisfy one goal, and that’s to ensure it remains the incredible resource it always has been for those getting into vintage. Needless to say, Eric’s a wealth of knowledge and like many of us into watches, he’s also into iconic cars. More specifically, Eric is restoring an early model of perhaps the iconic sports car. Eric also shares a bit about his latest venture, Loupe This, so definitely stick around for that! Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Eric Ku @fumanku 10PastTen https://10pastten.com/ @10pastten Loupe This https://www.loupethis.com/ @loupethis Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry
50:20
March 16, 2021
Ep. 54 - Brian Davis
I was actually familiar with today’s guest’s store prior to even knowing who owned it, and that man is Brian Davis. A close personal friend of previous STANDARD H Podcast guest, Jeremy Kirkland, Brian was among the many of us who were into punk and hardcore in high school only to find our career paths leading us to fashion. We discuss what it’s like working retail at an early age and the role of respect within the profession. He describes his work ethic and how he manifested that in even the most mundane of tasks. Brian founded his vintage apparel company Wooden Sleepers during the menswear blog era and is unofficially, yet almost absolutely, the first vintage menswear company that was offered online, direct to consumer. Brian is a native New Yorker who has an incredible point of view and a knack for finding “the good stuff” when it comes to sourcing, be it a vintage LL Bean sweater or dead stock Brooks Brothers oxfords. He explains why vintage was for him and why it’s worth its weight in gold. He later goes into how the brand began existing on its own enough to spark interest in private label goods being sold in Japan. We have a very meaningful walk down the path of authenticity and how it relates to brands on social media and we even discuss who serves the best slice of pizza in the City, so for you foodies out there, feel free to “at us” in the DM’s regarding what Brian refers to as the Rolex Submariner of pizza. I completely agree with his positioning on the matter. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Wooden Sleepers https://wooden-sleepers.com/ @woodensleepers Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:05:31
March 2, 2021
Ep. 53 - Yanto Barker
Throughout COVID-19 I’ve recorded several podcasts in advance knowing they’d be spread out - and among that group was my recording back in the Fall with today’s guest, Yanto Barker. Yanto started the U.K.-based cycling apparel and accessories brand Le Col and how the brand was created is absolutely fascinating. Born in Wales, the child of hippies and far from a life of means, Yanto was plucked by a local bike shop that quickly noticed his talent for riding bikes fast. This not only graced him with free product, but led him down the path that eventually found him traveling the world and riding with the likes of Sir Bradley Wiggins, the winner of the 2012 Tour de France. Yanto’s story is certainly inspirational, but as well as one comprised of self awareness and incredible clarity. Granted, hindsight is 20/20, however it isn’t often someone lets you cross that threshold in their personal story whereas Yanto graciously grants us that access. For me this conversation was a great experience navigating the waters of appreciation & humility, and Yanto shares what he defines as “real strength.” We then take a dive into marketing including Le Col’s digital strategy and the hows and whys it’s quintessential to their business. I think you’ll find his story to be uplifting and motivational to say the least. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Yanto Barker / Le Col https://lecol.cc/ @lecoluk Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:05:19
February 16, 2021
Ep. 52 - Chris Considine
Chris Considine has had quite the automotive journey. He raced go karts as a kid while working his way up to the open wheel levels of the junior formulas, but that’s not all. He’s worked as a reporter at Le Mans alongside his automotive journalist father. But it was while working in Phoenix, Arizona as a tire technician where Chris built his first racing simulator. That first DIY project was the basis for which CXC Simulations was born and is now responsible for producing industry-leading simulations for professional driver’s & high net worth individuals world wide. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation with Chris as he exemplifies what it means to grow a small business by way of managing expectations, knowing where the holes are and hiring accordingly...all while creating an amazing product. These are the simple lessons that are far easier said than done, so it really is wonderful to see. CXC produces an unbelievable piece of kit. The engineering, the mechanics and even the levels of their customer service are incredible. Do yourself a favor and visit the website linked in the show notes to see for yourself. Chris and I talk real life cars and he shares why he chose a Golf R as his daily driver, so definitely stick around for that. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast CXC Simulations https://www.cxcsimulations.com/ @cxcsimulations Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:13:03
February 2, 2021
Ep. 51 - Brett Weiner
For those with drive, the STANDARD H Podcast is a loose conversation about the lives of entrepreneurs and those who’ve grown companies. Today’s guest has occupied a slot in the latter category. He also happens to be a friend of mine. His name is Brett Weiner, and we discuss his journey from working for his parents construction business at the age of 11 to designing one-off pieces for Nixon watches. Brett shares a common attribute of several guests hosted on this podcast, and that’s a distaste for school, which seems funny given he discovered a way from being a C-Student in college majoring in Economics to becoming a Double Major student with a 4.0 GPA. Brett also shares his foray into working for a division of Burton Snowboards, the importance of being hungry to reach your goals & objectives, and how it shouldn’t always be about the dollars at the end of the day. What I love about Brett is his selfless approach to his work. He thinks about the consumer. And he has a natural bias towards what’s best for the companies for which he’s worked, as opposed to designing what he himself likes, and I find his approach to be so admirable, especially as someone growing companies he doesn’t own. I always enjoy my conversations with Brett because they always exhibit a certain level of quality. We share a lot of the same interests such as surfing, snowboarding, and even cycling, and these are all covered, but there’s also a deeper element whenever we get together that I always leave wishing we had more time, and this episode is certainly no exception, so I hope you enjoy it. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Brett Weiner @jw_brettski Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:06:48
January 19, 2021
Ep. 50 - Aaron Stinner
I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday season. If you haven’t already, please visit the website at standard-h.com as several new products have been released over the last month. I’m super excited for 2021 as there are several things to come, including a couple different lines of goods that have been in development for well over a year, so I can’t wait to share them with you. Along with my product enthusiasm comes my pleasure of hosting today’s guest, Aaron Stinner of @STINNERFRAMEWORKS. Aaron is a custom bike builder and fabricator based in Santa Barbara, California and specializes in steel and titanium bike frames. The thing about bikes is, to the lay person, they all look very similar. However, when you’re as talented as Aaron is, you’ll find the beauty is most certainly in the details. Great bike building using steel and titanium involves beautiful welds resembling that of a beautiful garment possessing impeccable stitching. This comparison goes further in that STINNER manufactures bikes similar to a made to measure program offered by a fashion house. Aaron and I discuss his upbringing; how his grandfather taught him to use a drill press at the ripe age of 4, and how he was organically growing his business while living in a friend’s walk-in closet. Aaron walks us through what it was like scaling his business only to back that down to hone in on making a better, higher-quality product. My favorite things about STINNER’s bike’s, aside from being beautiful, functional objects, are they’re being made by Aaron, by hand, and right here in California. My first job was in a bike shop, and though I’ve ridden for years, I’ve never had a bike built for me, so I was definitely excited to learn a bit more about the process. I think what really resonates whether you ride bikes or not, is Aaron’s attention to detail and his thoughtful approach to creating his products. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast STINNER Frameworks https://www.stinnerframeworks.com/ @stinnerframeworks Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:12:21
January 5, 2021
Ep. 49 - Christian James Hand
The word that comes to mind when characterizing today’s guest, Christian James Hand is “passionate.” Christian is half of the duo that wrote the theme track to this podcast but that’s just an unbelievably tiny blip on the radar when considering Christian’s body of work. He’s effectively held every title imaginable within the music industry and as the host of The Sessions, Christian has certainly struck his stride. Now as a member of none other than John Mayer’s management company, The Session’s reach is growing further and further, and I’m here to tell you, if you care at all about music and you haven’t had the good fortune of tuning in, then you’re truly missing out. For the last several years, Christian orchestrated The Sessions as a traveling show amongst four different major cities where it breaks down some of music’s most famous songs in front of a 200-person audience. Clearly, during the times of COVID-19 this came to a screeching halt, so Christian took it to the Instagram airwaves. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation even as we ventured away from several of the roads I had planned to go down. Christian has spent time living in England, Libya, Botswana, Long Island, NY & Los Angeles. He describes what it’s like navigating the world with Aspergers, as well as shares how he started doing canyon drives in McLarens with Matt Farah. There’s a lot to unpack here, and I think you’ll enjoy it. I can’t stress enough, if you’re not tuning into @thesessioniglive on Instagram every weekday at 11am Pacific, you’re missing out on something very unique, special & musically inspiring. LINKS: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Christian James Hand https://thesessionwebsite.com/ @kingtrut @thesessioniglive Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:31:03
December 22, 2020
Ep. 48 - Jonathan Ward
Jonathan Ward is best known as the man behind ICON 4x4. If you’re listening to this show, I’m sure you’ve seen his creations clad in matte paint on Instagram, or perhaps at SEMA over the years. At the end of the day, Jonathan considers himself to be a serial craftsman, but I’ll take it a step further and label him an artist. His creativity has led him down several paths alongside his automotive business including wood working, leather goods, and quite literally down paths all over the world while gaining inspiration and furthering his expertise. I’ve met Jonathan several times over the years and I’ve been a huge fan of his work even before meeting him, and I’ll happily add this chat shares information I’ve never heard him talk about on other podcasts or interviews. In an attempt to dodge the child actor conversation, we do chat a bit about his childhood and what growing up was like. He shares a short story that involves falling from 4 stories high, and we talk about the importance of realizing you can’t do it all alone, something I’ve been struggling with a lot lately with STANDARD H. We discuss music, creative flow, of course how TLC & ICON started and why designing within confines is important. Ever wonder why his logo is a lizard? That’s in here. And if you’re wondering what Jonathan’s thoughts are on the new 2021 Bronco, that’s also in here, not to mention the inspiring work he’s doing with his charity, GO Campaign...the list really does goes on. Jonathan and I share so many of the same views on business with respect to design and manufacturing, specifically, so I really hope you all enjoy this conversation as much as I did. As 2020 comes to a close, as I sat down, editing the episode, it truly felt like the mental road trip of an escape I needed, and I’m confident many of you will agree. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel ICON 4x4 https://icon4x4.com/ @icon4x4 Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:37:20
December 8, 2020
Ep. 47 - Jensen Reed
As a listener of the STANDARD H Podcast, you may have heard me thank today’s guest at the end of every episode. Jensen Reed not only co-wrote the theme track to this show, he was one of the first people I met when I moved to Los Angeles. Coincidentally, we both moved to California within weeks of one another from the same town of Cary, North Carolina. It’s truly hard to believe it’s been nearly 14 years. We talk about how that all unfolded, while Jensen explains his path from being a solo musician to his successful career as a voice over artist. Though both professions involve microphones, the bridge that connected the two happened to be the sport of tennis. A major takeaway from this week’s episode is the incredible power of networking. We talk about music from the ‘80s & ‘90s, the albums his mom didn’t want him listening to, how he drove a Ranchero as his first car, as well as how he began making viral music videos with millions of views on Facebook. It’s always fun to sit down with someone who is such a close friend and this is no exception. You never know where life can take you, and for Jensen, life is taking him back east to Nashville, but I’ll let him tell it. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Jensen Reed https://www.jensenreed.com/ @jensenreed Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:11:42
November 24, 2020
Ep. 46 - Damon Jones
For those with drive, the STANDARD H Podcast is a conversation about the lives of entrepreneurs and those who’ve been instrumental in growing companies. It’s hard to believe this episode kicks off Season 4, and today’s guest is Damon Jones. Damon worked as an engineer for the likes of Aston Martin & McLaren and then as many of you may know, he served as the Vice President of Operations for Singer Vehicle Design. Needless to say, his resume is impressive but there’s more. He recently worked with Guntherwerks while launching his own company, Engineered by Damon. Though there is a significant amount of car talk, to simply label Damon a “car guy” would be a massive understatement. His interests go far beyond 4 wheels, however. He has a healthy attraction to midcentury architecture, photography, and well, all things beautiful, for that matter. There’s a lot in this one. We talk about the importance of story as it relates to products, as well as a deep dive on his Insta Famous Porsche GT4. We discuss his exclusive LEGO kit called Project Black Brick, one of the many extensions of his business, what he feels was his biggest risk to date, one purpose-driven trip to a tanning bed, and Damon even shares a story of how Lewis Hamilton missed out on getting a McLaren F1 for free. It’s a fun one, for sure. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel @standardh_cyclesquad Damon Jones https://www.engineeredbydamon.com/ @damon_jones @engineered_by_damon @mad_for_mid Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:35:33
November 10, 2020
Ep. 45 - Bradford Philen
This week actually concludes Season 3 of the STANDARD H Podcast, and I will be taking the next month off to focus on the new website as well as the release of several new products so I’m super excited about those. This episode is yet another special occasion where I interview a friend I’ve known for over 20 years. We met in high school, and though we don’t talk every week, or even every month, when we do, we pick up where we left off as if no times has passed. Bradford Philen is one of the people I think of when I think back on my high school days and the times always involve this mental playback of us laughing. He is a teacher in Manila, Philippines but is temporarily in Long Beach, California for the next few weeks so I was so happy to catch up with him via Zoom. He’s an incredibly bright, thoughtful, compassionate person with a great sense of humor, so it was a no brainer to have him on the show. He shares his experience from working for the Peace Corps in Africa, he’s lived in New York City, China, and now Manila as I mentioned. Brad’s life experience while traveling the world teaching and learning has shaped him into someone I consider to be one of the most cultured, open-minded friends I have and I couldn’t be more proud. I’m super excited for Brad as he’s written his third book entitled “When the Color Started” which is due to release on October 15th, so mark your calendars. It’s a collection of fictional short stories - each taking place in different locations and told through the eyes of different characters. I can’t wait to read it and perhaps after listening to our conversation, you’ll feel the same. Thank you so much for listening, and I'll catch you in Season 4! Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_cyclesquad @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Bradford Philen https://bradfordphilen.com/ @bradford.philen Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:07:28
October 6, 2020
Ep. 44 - Chris Burkard
Chris Burkard has long since been one of my favorite photographers. His images transport you in a way not many can, and I believe a lot of it has to do with our shared interests of surfing and just being outdoors. The aspect of relatability is unquestionably a role when viewing his work. Chris has sold prints, yes, but he’s also created books; one of my favorites is “High Tide” which features stories behind his images and includes some fantastic photos of fellow North Carolinian Ben Bourgeois in the Caribbean. The book also hosts some cold water adventures, a subject which became Chris’s Ted Talk in 2015 entitled, “The joy of surfing in ice-cold water.” Burkard serves as an ambassador to Sony and sheds a little light on what it’s like being able to work with such a major company and how that partnership formed. He offers some great advice as well for those looking to create similar partnerships. This is a quick one, and I really enjoyed getting to know Chris and it was great he dedicated the time considering he just returned home to California from his 43rd trip to Iceland. I think you’ll find his story to be fascinating. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Chris Burkard https://www.chrisburkard.com/ @chrisburkard Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
52:05
September 22, 2020
Ep. 43 - Jeremy Kirkland
Jeremy Kirkland has somewhat of a storied music and apparel industry past which in my opinion has served as perfect preparation for his current role as the host of Blamo! a podcast about the world of fashion and the people who shape it. It’s honestly one of the few podcasts where I listen to every episode. We talk about his growing up in St. Louis as the son of a musician as well as his early days as a musician himself in New York City. Jeremy started Blamo! with the use of a robust Rolodex and a goal to have fun. He now leads Blamo Media which is comprised of multiple podcasts hosting some of the most well known people, well, globally. Many of you listening to this are probably already familiar with Jeremy, so I was excited to offer us fans a behind the scenes look at Blamo! and several subjects he obviously doesn’t discuss during his own episodes. I think you‘ll all enjoy the story behind the man of one of the world’s largest menswear podcasts, and Jeremy even offers some information about a very special narration project he’s working on, so stay tuned for that. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Jeremy Kirkland @thekirkland Blamo! Podcast https://blamopod.com/ @blamopodcast Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:37:57
September 8, 2020
Ep. 42 - Kyle Snarr
Kyle Snarr is one of the cofounders behind Cantonment, a new accessories line where Kerchiefs serve as their flagship product. We talk about his love of story telling and how his petrol head father shaped his film school application where he ended up alongside the Napoleon Dynamite crew. Years later, after much success in the marketing sphere building award-winning websites for the very car brands that influence STANDARD H, Kyle was plucked and became the head of marketing for Gear Patrol. Kyle and I are nothing if not birds of a feather as we both are product guys through and through. Cars, gadgets, knives, watches. We love it all and obsess over the details. Being a product guy is what led Kyle to launch Cantonment with two friends which started as a side project/hobby 4 years ago only to launch at the beginning of COVID-19. It’s times like these that allow creativity to shine and what I love about Cantonment is their team-driven approach to the business from day one and I think you’ll agree. We close out the show with why the Land Rover Defender is so drooled over and also what might make its way into Kyle’s dream garage. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_garage @standardh_shop @standardh_travel Kyle Snarr: @kyality Cantonment: http://cantonment.co/ @cantonmentco Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:21:38
August 25, 2020
Ep. 41 - Adrian Barker
Adrian Barker is a content creator behind the brand Bark & Jack, a YouTube channel where he sips coffee and talks about watches. I took to his content a couple of years ago mainly due to his honesty and his candor, and as a result, I’ve been following his wonderfully curated Instagram page, as well. Since our recording, Adrian’s following has grown to 100,000 subscribers on YouTube, he has an online store which you can visit at BarkandJack.shop and he’s also launched a Facebook group where conversations can further continue. Aside from watches, I was super excited to chat with Adrian mainly due to YouTube being such a unique business to delve into and he offers quite an in-depth explanation as to how everything operates. In this episode we really go down the rabbit hole of several subjects; all of which I knew would be great due to Adrians honesty and his openly candid personality. I ask him what he considers to be overrated, underrated and we talk all things business as it relates to what he’s been working on. We chat about getting over the hurdles of limiting beliefs, fighting against our own expectations, and how all of us actually could get more done in our day. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation and Adrian is certainly an inspiration when you hear him describe some of his low moments including his dealings with dyslexia. The first 4 minutes of this episode is comprised of what is usually reserved for getting audio levels and just general banter, really, but Adrian and I were chatting about customer service and taking part in what I feel is a topically relevant conversation so I left it in. Needless to say, Adrian and I hit the ground running, and we could’ve gone on all day I think, so I hope you’re able to settle in with your fresh cup of coffee or you’ve cracked a cold beer, because this was a fun one. I hope you enjoy it. LINKS: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Bark & Jack barkandjack.com barkandjack.shop @barkandjack Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:52:58
August 11, 2020
Ep. 40 - Nick Manousos
A couple of years ago I found out about a watchmaking workshop being held here at my good friend and previous STANDARD H Podcast guest, Tim Jackson’s store. Because the class was so great, I thought I’d explore the company a bit further and in doing so, one thing led to another, and the following conversation ended up being among the results. Today’s guest is Nick Manousos who was recently named Executive Director of the Horological Society of New York. Offering classes and workshops, as well as an extensive library, HSNY has served as the go-to hub for everything from entry level time keeping knowledge to learning to actual assemble a watch by way of their on-site and traveling workshops. We talk about him growing up in the surf & skate community of Santa Cruz, California, his early days hacking into telephone systems, his contributions to Hodinkee, and of course his time at HSNY and all of the great work they’re doing for us watch lovers and horological history buffs. Whether you’re into watches or not, you should definitely visit HSNY’s museum-like office space, and certainly check out their lecture series. My conversation with Nick serves anyone who can identify with having a penchant for anything technical, so I hope you enjoy it. Due to COVID-19, the following is strangely the second consecutive episode featuring a Disclaimer: Several events mentioned in this interview including HSNY’s Gala as well as all classes were cancelled. Their Executive Director actually retired since our meetup in New York, which is why Nick has filled those shoes. Nick has also informed me that after their usual summer break, HSNY will start its lectures again in September, but they will all be online for the foreseeable future. LINKS: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Horological Society of NY https://hs-ny.org/ @horologicalsocietyofny Nick Manousos @nmanousos Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
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July 28, 2020
Ep. 39 - Brian Scotto
When I first moved to LA I worked in marketing and PR for what was then a three-pronged business owned by Mike Ryan. Mike is a Hollywood Stunt Driver famous for doing stunts with semi trucks, but alongside his driving, he owned a business responsible for sourcing and placing cars in movies and television shows. At the time, Mike was also one of only two guys racing a semi at the esteemed Pike’s Peak International Hill Climb: the second oldest race in America behind the Indianapolis 500. It was 2007 when today’s guest Brian Scotto founded a magazine called 0-60. I was first in contact with Brian when he reached out about doing an article on Mike. 0-60 was based in New York City and I was going to be there the following week, so I suggested we meet for lunch and talk about it. The article went great and the magazine was awesome. 12 years later, Brian is now living in Long Beach, California and heads up [HOONIGAN], a multi-media company best known for its production of Gymkhana videos starring Ken Block acrobatically driving an arsenal of tire-shredding cars. Collectively the videos have amassed a viewership in excess of 550 million views. Given I’ve been a big fan of effectively everything he’s produced, I reached out to Brian about me now interviewing him, and he kindly obliged. His story is a fun one and we conduct some serious car talk as you can imagine. I thoroughly enjoy how he goes into what’s been easy for him as well as the challenges that opportunity can bring. We also get a back stage pass to what goes into making those incredibly viral videos. What I thoroughly enjoy, and frankly get inspired by, is other people’s passion. And it’s fair to say you can hear Brian’s passion in this conversation. He’s well on his way to building an empire, but at the end of the day, he’s as curious about what you have going on as he is about how he’ll attract millions of eyeballs on YouTube. I truly had a blast seeing him again, and I’m certainly excited to see what they have coming, so stay tuned to hear about it. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ @standardh_podcast @standardh_shop @standardh_garage @standardh_travel Brian's Instagram @brianscotto [HOONIGAN] @thehoonigans https://www.hoonigan.com/ Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:18:03
July 14, 2020
Ep. 38 - Adam McDermott
12 years ago, I was still fresh from my move to Los Angeles when I started a fashion and lifestyle blog featuring mostly menswear, surfing, and really, just life in Southern California. One day, while strolling down Abbot Kinney in Venice Beach, I came across a row of about 5 bikes on the sidewalk, each hosting the name LINUS across the top tube in a timeless, San serif font. But these weren’t just any bikes. They weren’t mountain bikes, nor were they road bikes requiring a kit of spandex. Interestingly enough, they weren’t beach cruisers, either. They were (and still are) simple, really well-designed city bikes. Pre-dating the “Commuter” craze of the last decade, Linus bikes were often sold as single speed bikes, with swooped back handle bars, which made the riding position more upright and comfortable, and they came in colors far more interesting than just black or white. To this day, I get complimented on mine which I soon purchased after featuring Linus on my blog which is actually still in existence though all but ignored since 2013 and can be found at: www.screamingmouth.com. When I would feature brands, I’d email a link to the post to those companies, so my first interaction with Linus’s founder, Adam McDermott, actually took place over email in 2011. Funny enough, he and I had never met until this interview. Adam was born in South Africa, though much of his childhood was spent in Malibu as apartheid provoked his mother to move them to California. Adam started Linus through motivations predicated on lifestyle changes and environmental impact, something certainly resonating even more so today. I stand by the notion that Linus makes the most comfortable bikes on the planet, and also serve as an incredible value-add given their price point, so I was excited to sit down with Adam. What I love most is this is really a story of someone wanting something that they couldn’t find and they decided to just figure out how to get it done. I think a ton of entrepreneurs can absolutely identify with this mentality - with the motivation to keep pushing until the mission is complete. Today, Linus is carried in over 200 stores worldwide and is bolstered by quite a large assortment of bikes and accessories. This past Christmas, I actually bought my wife a Linus which has been instrumental during the time of COVID-19, as we’ve been exploring much of San Diego as a way to switch up our exercise regimen. I guess I can’t say enough about the bikes really, so I’ll leave it to Adam to share even more. Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ Linus Bikes https://www.linusbike.com/ @linusbike Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:02:13
June 30, 2020
Ep. 37 - James Stacey
For those with drive, the STANDARD H Podcast focuses on the lives and stories of those who have started or contributed in the growth of companies. This episode’s guest easily fulfills the latter category, and has done so in a major way. He’s a watch journalist, an automotive journalist, he cohosts one of my favorite podcasts, The Grey Nato, and he’s certainly no slouch in the photography department. Of course I’m talking about James Stacey. During what can only be described as HODINKEE's meteoric rise, James has contributed to some of my favorite HODINKEE segments, so I was looking forward to hearing a bit more about his background. As a writer, he discusses the importance of developing your own voice. We absolutely talk about his fascination for gold watches. And since he’s hosted a few episodes of Talking Watches, HODINKEE's flagship product, James offers us a backstage pass into what filming an episode entails. We go fairly deep on some car talk as well as photography including what gear he’s been using as well as how he typically captures watches. We wrap things up on a more personal note and James shares his weakness for female singers. James and I caught up several weeks ago making this episode a STANDARD H Podcast first by way of recording over Zoom. We each settled in with some bourbon so perhaps you’d like to do the same. This was a fun conversation, so I hope you enjoy it. LINKS: STANDARD H @standardh_ James Stacey @jestacey The Grey Nato @TheGreyNato HODINKEE @hodinkee Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
01:27:03
June 16, 2020
Ep. 36 - Wes Walz
Any car person loves a new car. The smell, the shine...it just makes you feel great. Today’s guest is Wes Walz, owner/operator of Elite Finish Detailing - a full service automotive detailing business supporting their tag line “Making First Impressions Last.” When it comes to cars, what beats that?! Prior to COVID, Wes and I sat down where I thought we’d chat about his upbringing and how he’s grown his business catering to some of the most lust-worthy cars on the road today. We quickly jump into car talk only to come to a screeching halt when he mentions his days of competitive horse jumping and rocking cowboy hats. The foray into detailing really sprung about due to a neighbor admiring the degree to which Wes cleaned his own car. Wes was working in the mortgage business when it crashed a little over a decade ago, so his then weekend side hustle quickly became a way to pay the rent. We discuss the value of relationships as well as a tiny yet very effective marketing tool he utilizes all the time. We of course delve into what services Elite Finish offers, as well as what questions are good to ask your local shop when vetting detailers in your area. Additionally, we chat about what not to do, and even some easy tips for you to take better care of your cars at home. This was a fun and truly informative conversation and I think many of you will appreciate the education. I know I did. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Elite Finish Detailing @EliteFinish Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
01:22:05
June 2, 2020
Ep. 35 - Elliot Aronow
Over the last 8 weeks or so, we’ve all been tested. These weeks have been labeled “strange times”, “uncertain times”, “unprecedented times” the list goes on...and that’s why I felt today would be a good time to release the following conversation I had with guest, Elliot Aronow. We discuss a topic that isn’t al that easy to talk about, and it can often feel like a buzz phrase, however, it certainly makes it no less important, and that’s Mental Health. I feel as though many of us experience pitfalls in life and they can certainly lead to deep depressions for some. Elliot knows all about this. As a self-described preppy punk with a childhood he labels as idyllic, Elliot became somewhat of a ring leader of “cool” in New York City in the early 2000’s. However, this was all ironically followed up by his darkest days which included starting businesses that ultimately failed. His latest business, Our Show (@ourshownyc) is a multi-pronged fork which involves one part brand consultancy, and other parts focusing on the mental health of men through its newsletter, workshops and group meetups now orchestrated through Zoom. I really enjoy Elliot’s ability to balance these heavy topics with his self-deprecating humor, allowing for a much more approachable glimpse into what can obviously be difficult topics to breach for most people. He’s an incredibly creative mind so it was especially interesting to talk about facing fears and how to over come them. [Please keep in mind none of this serves as medical advice, rather a very forthright and honest bit of story telling.] Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Our Show @ourshownyc Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
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May 19, 2020
Ep. 34 - Paul Croughton
Today’s guest is Paul Croughton, the Editor in Chief of Robb Report magazine. I believe I first came across Robb Report some 25 years ago as a teenager in Raleigh, NC, dreaming of one day owning the finer things in life: expensive cars, yachts, beautiful real estate, and of course high end tailoring and accessories. I’ve never been one to obsess over these types of things for their superficial qualities, but rather their design, function, and their deliberate executions. As a sucker for details, I’ve long since been fascinated by items appreciated by people for whom money is no object. This is where my conversation with Paul comes in. Be it categorically filed under birds of a feather or some other such label, at the end of the day, Paul and I are really just geeks about product. However, as we initially journey through his upbringing and early experience, we chat rather retrospectively about house music and Blockbuster video, which then takes a turn into the motivations behind the customization of products. We of course end up discussing his role as the captain of a ship that caters to the psyche as it relates to buying the best of the very best. I thoroughly appreciate Paul’s insights on a multitude of levels and I think you will, too. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Robb Report Magazine @robbreport Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
01:33:56
May 5, 2020
Ep. 33 - Bradley Price
Today’s guest is Bradley Price, who has incidentally always been into cars. As the owner/operator of the watch brand Autodromo, he has found what I believe to be the only legitimate automotive-inspired line of time pieces. I say that bc they aren’t so on the nose, while at the same time representing automotive history in a very direct way. I had not met Bradley prior to our conversation, and it ticked all the boxes and then some. He couldn’t have been more gracious with his time and I thoroughly enjoyed hearing his story. We actually discussed a wide range of topics from Michael Jordan to Ivy League educations, and of course some car talk involving BMW 2002’s and the complete back story of his very cool Ferrari 208 Dino GT4. We discuss purpose built design as well as the proliferation of micro brands within the watch industry, a world Bradley describes analogous to trees competing for light. It’s a really open and honest dialogue that I think you watch nuts will enjoy. Bradley offers a very forthright glimpse into how he began Autodromo and a detailed description of how he began collaborating with the likes of his Ford Motor Company. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Autodromo @autodromo Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
01:36:42
April 21, 2020
Ep. 32 - Ryan Babenzien
As previously stated, season 3 has been prerecorded so amidst these times of COVID-19, please note these conversations all took place prior to Social Distancing recommendations and mandates. Episode 32 hosts Ryan Babenzien, the founder of the very versatile shoe brand, Greats, which has experienced an impressive rise within the saturated market of footwear. We talk about growing up riding dirt bikes on Long Island, his 12-year stint living in Los Angeles, as well as his return to his native New York to create and organically grow one of the first digitally native brands. Having spawned from the desire to create a line of shoes representing some of the greatest silhouettes ever designed, there’s a lot we unpack including great insight as to what he’s experienced over the last 7 years and why Greats has been able to excel. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation as it‘a the first episode that dives a bit deeper into the business side things. Ryan was incredibly gracious about the ins and outs of everything from start-up to sharing operations-based information of Greats and I can’t thank him enough for being open. We also have some fun chatting about cars and watches, of course, so stay tuned for that. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Greats @greats Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
01:13:57
April 7, 2020
Ep. 31 - Phil Toledano
Welp, here we are: Season 3! For those with drive, the STANDARD H Podcast is a conversation about the lives of entrepreneurs, and those who’ve been instrumental in growing companies. Season 3 will host episodes every other week: a change in what has historically been a weekly podcast. The reason is due to the pre-recorded nature of my schedule and since we will all be home for the foreseeable future, I wanted to attempt to have these extend for a longer period of time than we will be socially distancing ourselves. Fingers crossed we get back to normal sooner than later, of course. Given the current climate, I wanted to start the season with someone who often offers so much levity by way of his lightning-quick wit and his overall happy-go-lucky energy he’s exuded via his social media platforms. Of course I’m talking about Phil Toledano or as you may know him on the socials as Mister Enthusiast. Phil is a New York City-based artist (read: aaahtist) who is an avid car and watch collector. Contrary to his personality, his conceptual art regularly takes a dive into some fairly dark exploratory realms. We discuss the ins and outs of a particular project of his called “Maybe” which also inspired a documentary called “The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano.” We get into some pretty deep dives of car talk and most certainly watch talk. It was a truly inspiring and a fun conversation to be a part of and I hope you all agree. I actually did something different for this one: prior to truly beginning each episode I get levels from each guest so the audio sounds ok. I left in our “lead-in” conversation only to give you a glimpse into what it’s like to hang out with Phil and to display just what a crack-up he really is. You’ll see what I mean... Links: STANDARD H https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ Phil Toledano http://mrtoledano.com/ "The Many Sad Fates of Mr. Toledano"  (Documentary of Phil's project entitled Maybe) https://www.nytimes.com/video/opinion/100000004653100/the-many-sad-fates-of-mr-toledano.html Passion Fine Jewelry https://passionfinejewelry.com/ @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time https://www.independentintime.com/ @independentintime
01:18:32
March 24, 2020
Ep. 30 - Scott Newkirk
For the final episode of Season 2 of the STANDARD H Podcast, I sat down with Scott Newkirk who grew up in Mississippi only to find out he’d become a proud D Student and a desire for something more. After a bit of time spent freelancing with retail visual work, Scott left for New York City where he quickly immersed himself into the fashion world with the likes of Barney’s & Armani. He quickly created a name for himself as a stylist, and after two decades in the city, Scott decided to take a break. After a stint back home in Mississippi, he was asked to become the Creative Director if Tabor, a menswear boutique in Charlotte, North Carolina. I had found Tabor on Instagram and paid them a visit last Fall when I was home. I must say, their merchandise was fantastic given the conservative nature of North Carolina ...and that’s not to say the assortment is even all that loud, however the labels themselves are simply those you don’t see often, if ever anywhere else in the state. So I guess I should say I was, well, proud on a certain level and was quite pleased to see the progression. Scott is incredibly hospitable as is everyone else in the shop, and I really enjoyed chatting about the ins and outs of not only his career trajectory, but also their store breathing so much life into the menswear evolution in the South. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ @standardh_podcast TABOR @taborclt Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
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March 10, 2020
Ep. 29 - David Weiss
If you’re one of the many thousands on Instagram following this week’s guest David Weiss, then you’ll already know boat design is this guy’s wheelhouse. I use wheelhouse somewhat ironically given his affinity for car design, but that’s kind of where our conversation begins. David is a Raleigh, North Carolina-based yacht designer - something he borderline fell into while wrapping up his time at North Carolina State’s Design School. We talk about his upbringing as the oldest of four kids in a home schooled household, his time working as a valet in order to drive cool cars, and how he found himself designing house boats of the future. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ @stabdardh_podcast David Weiss @jdwdesign Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
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March 3, 2020
Ep. 28 - Bruce Liles
What I enjoy about fashion and moreover Style, is the ability to illustrate a sense of self expression without opening your mouth. From across the room you’re able to share your personality by way of wearing things a certain way and pairing things together. This sort of expression packaged as Style is embodied by this week’s guest, Bruce Liles. I actually interviewed Bruce for a class of mine in college and to this day, I can still say: I have met very few people in my life that toe the line of confidence yet demure quite like Bruce. As the son of a retail manager, Bruce dove head first into the style pool. He later followed in his footsteps, and for the last 25 years, Bruce has owned and operated one of only a few boutiques in North Carolina that truly offers fine menswear. His kind nature is evident in the way he speaks, and I really enjoyed sitting down with him again after all these years. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ @standardh_podcast Liles Clothing Studio @liles_clothing Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
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February 25, 2020
Ep. 27 - Mike Weddington
Mike Weddington has had one of the more unique life experiences, let alone professional ones. He’s the 1995 World Champion of Wakeboarding, and now as the co-owner of the Medical supply company Eastcoast Biologics, boy does he have some stories. We talk about his affinity for heavy metal, dropping out of high school, becoming World Champ where he was making good money only to follow that up with a brief time on a government assistance program. What you should know about Mike, and I find this among many entrepreneurs, there’s a common rebellious nature, yes, but there’s never a fear of doing the necessary work. I looked up to Mike as a teenager and today I’m super proud to call him a friend. This conversation certainly serves as a reminder that we all have friends and family members that have things going on behind the scenes that we are completely unaware of. And luckily for Mike, his innate will and determination has proven to benefit his thriving business. He is certainly the embodiment of goal-setting and achieving. This is a longer pod, but it goes fast, so hit cruise control on the steering wheel, or settle in with that beverage and enjoy yourself. It’s a ride. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Eastcoast Biologics Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
01:46:30
February 18, 2020
Ep. 26 - Kendra Leonard
I’ve known Kendra Leonard for roughly 20 years. We met working at Banana Republic, and was immediately aware of her innate ability of being an astute, direct woman while also exuding an empathetic approach to leadership - something I think many more people can learn from. One thing you may realize is: Kendra has been through A LOT. She is one of the most resilient people I know and has never wavered from her every-ready smile an aptitude to remain positive an any situation....all reasons why I wanted to sit down with her. A little over 10 years ago, Kendra launched her brick and mortar business, The Art of Style, and we discuss her accordion-like journey of expanding and contracting her store count as well as the trials and tribulations of retail, in general. We chat about the importance of the human connection and how clothing can actually serve as motivation and how a customer demographic isn’t necessarily about a particular age or size. Kendra is in a really great place at the moment and continues to teach me things...in this interaction is was to be aware of the distinction of commitment and attachment and how they are not the same thing. It may seem obvious, but I truly feel many of us very well associate the two as one. I really enjoyed this chat, so if you’re at all into fashion, clothes, the ins and outs of the business, or even self help for that matter, this may just be your cup of tea. I hope you enjoy it. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ The Art of Style @shopstheartofstyle Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
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February 11, 2020
Ep. 25 - Aaron Levine
Those of you who have listened to the podcast have heard me talk about Cleer Audio’s headphones. They’re incredibly comfortable and their sound quality punches way above their weight. Today’s guest is Aaron Levine - the Vice President of Marketing behind Cleer Audio, and it’s a real treat, not only due to his partnership in providing the headphones for the STANDARD H podcast, but because he allows for great insight into a company that has been steady building their brand in what can only be described as a saturated market. We dive deep into the what’s, how’s and why’s Cleer Audio does what they do, what sets them apart, and we end the show with what will possibly make its way into your living room. I really enjoyed Aaron’s candor and in-depth look at their consumer electronics business, and I think you will to. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Cleer Audio @cleersound
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February 4, 2020
Ep. 24 - Jason Waters
Jason Water isn’t who you think he is. Sitting across from a guy wearing a Misfits t-shirt, with two full sleeves of tattoos and Vans on, most would think of a touring musician or perhaps a bartender at the local dive. But not Jason. He’s the army of one behind Waters Atelier, a custom clothier here in San Diego offering everything from polos to golf in to the three-piece suit you may need for your wedding. With a background in skateboarding and punk rock, he and I share a lot of interests, so I was excited to chat with him. I was also selfishly interested to see what he does considering San Diego embodies flip flops and boardshorts. Much of our conversation was a trip down memory lane on a multitude of levels and I was excited to talk about the various modes of transportation he and I have enjoyed. From skateboards to Porsches and from city buses to motorcycles, Jason’s done a lot. This was definitely a fun one... Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ Waters Atelier @watersatelier Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
01:14:52
January 28, 2020
Ep. 23 - Shinoo Mapleton
Born in India and having grown up in Michigan, Shinoo Mapleton has had an exciting journey within the automotive industry. From sales and marketing to engineering and product development, Shinoo has worked with products dating back to the Pontiac Fiero and early days of 3M clear bra products. He now serves as co-founder and co-owner of InoKinetic & Black Shadow Motors which involves engineering, manufacturing and distributing after market parts for Lotus, while also orchestrating restorations of all makes and models. Shinoo’s a busy guy, but he still makes time for few special car-inspired projects such as a watch box for a STANDARD H favorite watch brand. A few weeks back, I took a drive up to the Black Shadow offices in Temecula, where Shinoo and I chatted about his story. We talk about everything from Led Zeppelin to Volkswagen GTI’s, a race car that he designed that got some heavy press, and the fact that new ideas often keep him up at night. This is a fun one for you car nuts. Links: STANDARD H @standardh_ InoKinetic Black Shadow Motors @blackshadowmotors Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent in Time @independentintime
01:11:34
January 21, 2020
Ep. 22 - Nick Roberts
Many of you know I’m somewhat of a fashion nerd. Having grown up in the South, clothes were a way to feel as though I could live like those in the big cities of New York and Los Angeles. It serves as escapism for a lot of people, and I think today’s guest would agree. Nick Roberts is the PR front behind some of the most celebrated brands in menswear as well as a little company called HODINKEE - formerly the world’s largest watch blog, but could very well be dubbed the worlds best watch-related lifestyle brand of today. I sat down with Nick to chat about growing up outside of Chicago reading Esquire & GQ, and what exactly a Public Relations company actually does. I was fascinated with Nick’s story and how he began his company, Lawrence & Co. because he has only been in operation for just over a year and has clients that can only be characterized as some of the most renowned menswear businesses in New York City and in some cases, arguably the world. A few takeaways from this chat are most certainly the fact that knowing what your passions are and planning ahead can be instrumental for ones career, as well as the human connection is still, in fact, paramount in today’s digital age. LINKS: STANDARD H @standardh_ Lawrence & Co. @nljroberts Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
01:29:19
January 14, 2020
Ep. 21 - Dan Brunn
Happy New Year! This week’s guest is Dan Brunn - owner and principal of DB Architecture. He’s an accomplished architect, yes, but he’s also a car lover, which began much earlier than I even expected. With that, we talk about his younger years growing up in Tel Aviv, and how he went from barely speaking English to communicating through drawing. We delve into punk rock as it relates to urban planning, as well as the similarities between cars and watches and how they relate to happiness. What I enjoy about Dan is his unabashed honesty about, well, everything: his experience, his process and his approach. When you talk to him, you quickly realize why he coined the phrase for his business, “empathetic design.” You’ll see what I mean... LINKS: standard-h.com @standardh_ danbrunn.com @dbarchitecture @dbrunn009 Passion Fine Jewelry @passionfinejewelry Independent In Time @independentintime
01:31:26
January 7, 2020
Ep. 20 - Megan and Marshall Dostal of Further Products
Marshall & Megan Dostal are certainly a dynamic duo. As owners and operators of Further Products, their story is one where they somewhat fell into their company.  Their soaps originated from byproducts of the biofuel Marshall was using to power his Mercedes several years ago. A connection with another particular professional gave rise to their signature scent - something I took note of when washing my hands in the bathroom of one of my favorite restaurants in Los Angeles, Osteria Mozza. Really, it was more or less a domino effect that created their company, including a move from New York City to LA nearly 20 years ago. My favorite takeaway is they are a tiny team doing big business. I love their story, as well as their products, but I'll let them tell it. Links: standard-h.com @standardh_ FurtherProducts.com @furtherproducts PassionFineJewelry.com @passionfinejewelry IndependentInTime.com @independentintime
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December 31, 2019
Ep. 19 - Cameron Weiss
This week’s guest is master watchmaker Cameron Weiss - the man behind Weiss Watch Company based just outside of Los Angeles. His upbringing, education, and work experience have taken him all over the United States as well as to Europe, but he settled in California having launched his watch company to bring back a larger focus on American made watch brands. We go into how he got his start in the industry, what his end game is and how he’s gone from sourcing other manufacturers movements to now even providing parts for some of the largest watch groups in Switzerland!  Cameron and I actually first met a couple years ago at Luftegkuhlt - the air cooled Porsche-focused car event and have been loosely in touch ever since, so it was great to sit down for our chat. We really go into the behind the scenes of his business as well as a bit of car talk - both old and new. If you’re into watches, and want a unique perspective into what goes on surrounding the industry, I think you’re going to dig this one. And even if you aren’t, you might just learn something anyway. I know I did. LINKS: standard-h.com @standardh_ weisswatchcompany.com @weisswatchcompany @cameronmweiss passionfinejewelry.com @passionfinejewelry independentintime.com @independentintime
01:07:30
December 24, 2019
Ep. 18 - Jason McLeod
Episode 18 brings us to Jason McLeod, the executive chef and part owner of Consortium Holdings - a restaurant group based here in San Diego. For the lack of a better description, I was introduced to Jason through our mutual friend Sarah through a series of comments exchanged on Instagram. At the time, Jason had recently opened Ironside - a seafood restaurant in the Little Italy neighborhood of downtown San Diego. We talk about him growing up in Canada, leaving home on a bus with $200 to his name, the influence of the Wu Tang Clan, and we even touch on what you at home my be doing wrong in the kitchen. And the new podcast he’s hosting! Jason has been on one heck of a ride that had him traveling all over the world working at the some of the finest restaurants, and over the better part of the last decade, he has taken a company from a few bars in downtown to 17 different bars and restaurant concepts in what have been dominating the food & beverage scene in the now greater-San Diego area. This was a fun one for me, especially since his restaurants are some of the ones my wife and I most often frequent. We actually recorded this at Morning Glory - his latest breakfast/brunch restaurant shortly after their last service of the day, so there’s a small bit of ambient noise in the background. I hope you enjoy it. Links: https://consortiumholdings.com/ https://standard-h.com/ @standardh_ Follow Jason: @ironsidechef @jasonsshittychefdrivenpodcast @jasonsshittychefdrivendsnaps
01:42:55
December 17, 2019
Ep. 17 - Cat Varga
Cat Varga is a jeweler/creator and part owner of Brooklyn Vintage Company - a vintage store located in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Cat and I met through my best friend Chris several years ago and what I took from our conversation is Cat is a hustler. We talk about early days growing up in Queens, raised by two glamorous women, getting fired from her job selling chocolates; the topic of wabi sabi comes up again, and we discuss industry at large with regards to waste as well as the importance of products having a soul, as well as the contribution a “third place” can have in a community. We recorded this on one of their first weeks of being open, so there was a buzz in the air, and though I have opened quite a few new stores in my career, there was something special about being an on-looker to a friend’s new store opening. They have a very open storefront, so there’s a tiny bit of New York City traffic and occasional background conversation going on, but I really feel like it adds an additional element to the episode, so I hope you enjoy it. Links: standard-h.com @standardh_ @brooklynvintagecompany @catvarga
01:10:38
December 10, 2019
Ep. 16 - Derek Keller
Welcome back and if this is your first foray, welcome to the STANDARD H Podcast. My first guest for season two is Derek Keller - the founder and creator of 440 Gentleman Supply, a handmade leather goods company based in my home town of Raleigh, NC, so I was really eager to share Derek’s journey with all of you. He is a very dear friend of mine, so it only felt right kicking off Season 2 with our conversation. We talk about his reason to hate Budweiser, using German military vehicles for marketing purposes, and why it’s important as a maker to make your vision as opposed to someone else’s vision. I love the tongue & cheek approach with which he and his wife Jessie approach their business and you simply won’t meet a more genuine person. And if you’re ever in Raleigh, please visit the new space called Unlikely Professionals. I describe it as a retail oasis for all that you need and nothing you don’t. STANDARD H: www.standard-h.com @standardh_ Follow Derek & his businesses: @440gentlemansupply @edgeofurge @unlikelyprofessionals Links: Horween District Leather Supply Root & Branch - RDU Airport Music: @jensenreed
01:14:27
December 3, 2019
Ep. 15 - Josh Herman
This week is the last for season one of the STANDARD H Podcast, but stay tuned sooner than later for season two to kick off. With that said, we end season one with guest, Josh Herman,a ceramic artist based here in San Diego, California. We met while I was working at Allen Edmonds and conversation just seemed to flow within minutes of meeting Josh. He has somewhat of a dry wit that alludes to a level of self deprivation that I appreciate while at the same time carries a certain nonchalance in his delivery that’s somewhere between humility and confidence which I also enjoy. This one takes several turns. We discuss his immersion in athletics as a child to undergoing and studying several variations of therapy all while ceramics was coming and going for Josh. We talk about the idea of how less teaching may can make you a better creative, the ins and outs of scaling a business when you’re a one man band, and also the inner struggles with whether to go on or not with the business. Self reflection and self awareness are crucial elements to this episode and how finding your tribe is so important and taking yourself too seriously won’t make you Picasso, but your experience stands a better chance of doing just that. I think you'll enjoy it. Web Links: Josh Herman Ceramics Pitzer College Radical Therapy Hypnotherapy Hakomi Therapy Chef's Table (Netflix)
01:51:36
October 8, 2019
Ep. 14 - Jake Mueser
As a guy who has worked in apparel for roughly 20 years and certainly appreciates nice clothes and fine tailoring, there are several accounts I follow on Instagram posting men in suits - previous podcast guest Matt Hranek namely being one. Often I'd be scrolling my feed and photos of suits would stop me from going on. And a pattern began to form where I'd see the same name tagged in the photo: J.Mueser. The man behind that handle is this week's guest, Jake Mueser - a custom tailor in New York City outfitting some of the sharpest guys in the game. I had never met Jake before, but his work utterly intrigued me on a couple different levels. Not as many people are wearing suits these days. I used to joke while living in Los Angeles that there's only two people wearing suits in LA: lawyers and agents. And then there's the retail aspect. Competition is stiff with the likes of big names such as Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers and many others, frankly. But what I can tell you is Jake's work is different. It has its own style. We talk about skiing, punk rock, having realistic expectations makes for being a good customer, and how variety truly shapes life experience. What I really took away was when it comes to creating a bespoke suit, the art of collaboration really reigns supreme, and it's the relationship that is what connects the dots in the current digital age. I hope you enjoy all of the details discussed, because there sure are some gems in this one. Web Links:  J. Mueser Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) Savile Row Tommy Nutter Fox Flannel Harris Tweed Mezzatorre Hotel
59:31
October 1, 2019
Ep. 13 - Clark Hipolito
The first word that comes to mind when thinking of Clark Hipolito is "energy". I met Clark while running a clothing store in Raleigh North Carolina around 2003/2004, and I just remember him as one of the more positive energies I'd ever come across up to that point in my life. He was always the guy who gave you the hand shake followed by the bear hug and simply walked with an air of confidence, yes, but more importantly: positivity and enthusiasm. As the owner of The Art Company, he's an artist both of projects small and huge, both literally and figuratively. He's done small pieces for friends, he's painted standard polyurethane surfboards to look like they were made from wood...he's done murals on the sides of music venues while at the same time hand-picked to do a mural inside the Carolina Hurricanes arena when they first came to town. His road was paved, however, when a local restaurateur came calling which was piggybacked by a little show called Sex & the City. You can absolutely feel his energy when listening to him speak in this episode. His passion and ever-present drive to do what he loves is clear, and he's honestly one of a handful of people I try to see when I go back home to North Carolina. We talk about cars, watches, architecture, music, wine, and of course art and the ins and outs of how exactly Clark does what he does. We talk about the recession and how having the biggest house and owning too many things isn't really cracked up to what it's made out to be. He has an unabashed honesty, he's an active guy who talks with his hands, so the mic was on the move in this one, and his dog Phyllis makes an appearance or two, but this was a fun one, so I think you'll enjoy it. Web Links: The Art Company Wine on Main Triangle Wine Experience Chris Craft Boats Maxfield Parrish Lettuce Widespread Panic Primus 9th Wonder Anderson Paak Kendrick Lamar J Cole Rapsody Reynolds Wine North Carolina Museum of Art
01:05:43
September 24, 2019
Ep. 12 - Eric Wind
The first episode of the STANDARD H Podcast explored a brick and mortar business within the independent watch and fine jewelry world. Today’s guest is also in the world of watches, primarily focused on servicing those interested in collecting vintage timepieces. Eric Wind, owner of Wind Vintage operates a website displaying many of his watches, however, I feel the sweet spot for Eric is his personal relationships with collectors. He’s been in the watch game for a while now, namely having cut his teeth as a writer and contributor to HODINKEE. I sat down with Eric while in New York City this past June to discuss everything from writing speeches for Angelina Jolie, to now selling watches that cost six figures. We talk about golf, as well as cars - namely Porsche and how they may just parallel the watch market and Vice versa. It seems many of you are watch fans here, and this conversation really gets into the nitty gritty of the process behind buying a vintage timepiece from one of the more reputable vintage watch dealers today. So if you’re in the hunt, this should give you a bit of behind the scenes insight. Web Links: Wind Vintage Christie’s Patek Philippe 5711 Rowing Blazers Omega Speedmaster Ultraman Saxon & Parole Fortuna Brasserie Ruhlmann 
01:04:12
September 17, 2019
Ep. 11 - Matt Hranek
Matt Hranek’s bio is a lengthy one. To unfairly condense it, I could simply say he’s a photographer, author, producer, and recently launched the magazine, WM Brown. He’s somewhat of an epicurean polymath, cigar lover, wine enthusiast and arbiter of the timeless Barbour jacket. The list could certainly go on, but I’d really rather let him tell it. We talk about coffee, travel, and everything from 1960’s Volkswagen beetles to modern day Land Rovers. It was really a thrill to sit down to chat with Matt - someone many may consider to be larger than life. He’s always on the go, and he’s undeniably become one of the most influential lifestyle figures in today’s society, as we further ourselves into a digital age while still appreciating the past. This discussion felt like 15 minutes, so I think you’ll dig it. Web Links: WM Brown Magazine A Man & His Watch YOLO Journal Leica Hasselblad The Rake Sid Mashburn Jake Mueser (J.Mueser) Stephen Lewis (photographer) Baccarat Fox Brothers (Negroni Tweed)
55:35
September 10, 2019
Ep. 10 - Max Quintavalle
I’ve known Max Quintavalle for roughly ten years. We met in Malibu while I was working at James Perse. He’s originally from Florence, Italy, and in 2012, he started Italy to the Max - his Italy-specific travel agency catering to high net worth individuals. We talk about What it’s actually like as a foreigner moving to the United States and what it’s like dealing with immigration while trying to start a business. The importance of personal connections and networking runs throughout the episode and how those two things ended up granting him his American Dream. He’s a man of many interests, and at 6‘ 4”, fitness is sure one of them. We discuss everything from what makes a good knife to how he fell in love with Ralph Lauren’s RRL denim. If you're looking to take a vacation to Italy, Max is your guy. Web Links: Italy to the Max STANDARD H Passion Fine Jewelry Spyderco Knives RRL from Ralph Lauren
01:00:48
September 3, 2019
Ep. 09 - Charles Harbison
Charles Harbison has been a friend of mine for what's nearly been 20 years. We worked together at Banana Republic in Raleigh, North Carolina where we became fast friends. He later moved to New York to study fashion, worked as a designer at several well-respected companies such as Jack Spade and Michael Kors. He was plucked to design & launch womenswear for Billy Reid. He later left to create Harbison - his modern line of clothing and accessories known best for its color blocking, and oh yeah, being worn by the likes of one Beyonce. We talk about all of the ins and outs of starting a fashion label and what it’s like being an entrepreneur raising capital, having his lights shut off due to not being able to afford to pay his light bill, while at the same time being chosen to speak at the White House. Perpetually needing money to fuel the business would be an understatement and Charles has been through it all. If you are ever lucky enough to meet Charles, you will fast be electrified by his ear to ear grin that will no doubt be on his face, if not for his absolute enthusiasm for design, creativity and discovery. He and I grab a coffee and/or a meal at some point in my routine visits to Los Angeles, and I always depart utterly inspired. He's truly a special soul I feel so fortunate to call a friend, so I think you'll enjoy this one. Web Links: HARBISON North Carolina State University School of Textiles Parsons School of Design Stephen Burrows Just Kids (Book) Mondrian Josef Albers Brice Marden Le Corbusier Ikram Barnes Museum A Single Man (movie) Nocturnal Animals (House)
01:56:50
August 27, 2019
Ep. 08 - James Lamdin
It’s been 4 or 5 years since I met James Lamdin - founder & owner of Analog/Shift - a vintage watch dealer that started online, but is now stocking modern pieces and also works alongside shops such as Watches of Switzerland. Per usual, we first connected over Instagram, and have since met up in New York City when I’ve been in town. James was also a founding member of Red Bar Group - a Watch meetup in the NYC are that has grown to an astounding number of members and followers, all of which contribute to bolstering contributions to non-profits around their local area. James is clearly a Watch guy, but he’s also a car guy...and a car writer. He’s definitely no stranger to a good time, and our opening banter was meant for me to simply get levels for the recording, but instead I chose To leave it in as an added bonus of what can only be considered a glimpse into the personality that is James. Web Links: Analog/Shift Rolex 1675 GMT Red Bar Group Oris Diver 65 Red Bar Limited Edition  Autodromo Hodinkee Worn & Wound Watchonista Revolution
01:35:41
August 20, 2019
Ep. 07 - Noah Walker
Noah Walker is one of only a handful of working architects that has captivated me over the last decade. And I can yet again thank social media for effectively making this episode happen.  Noah and his firm, Walker Workshop, popped up on my Instagram feed several years ago and I have been a fan ever since. His ability to combine warmth with minimalism is really what draws me to his work, and in times when trends tend to become status quo, Noah’s designs truly exemplify the intersection dream and reality.  Web Links: Noah Walker Tadao Ando Kengo Kuma Peter Zumthor LACMA Louis Kahn Salk Institute James Turrell Mark Rothko Oak Pass House Frank Gehry Glenn Murcutt 
52:07
August 13, 2019
Ep. 06 - Sean O'Connor
As I’ve gotten to know Sean O’Connor over the last few years, I can’t help but be more and more impressed by him and his accomplishments. As the founder owner & operator of Venice California-based Sean O'Connor Lighting, he has taken part in some of the most recognizable buildings in the Los Angeles area. His projects have stretched outside of the United States ranging from Europe all the way to Asia. He and his team’s talents have awarded them incredible recognition while being named among the top 3 lighting companies in the world. We talk about creativity, cars, surfing with sharks, living in a Frank Gehry duplex, and of course a bit of watch talk ensues. It was a fun chat, so I hope you agree.  Web Links: Sean O'Connor Lighting SCIARC Frank Gehry Barneys New York Peter Marino John Pawson Elle Decor Shawn Henderson Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute Parsons Kansas State University Pennsylvania State University University of Colorado - Boulder
01:12:24
August 6, 2019
Ep. 05 - Eneuri Acosta
Eneuri Acosta is the Chief Operating Officer of HODINKEE - the world’s largest watch blog that is now operating a print magazine and an incredibly robust online shop. He’s seemingly always smiling, and there is just an aura of optimism about him that is almost tactile. I was enthralled with his upbringing and how he found himself as the COO of a company I have been religiously paying attention to for the better part of a decade. He’s a watch lover and a car guy, so this was truly a blast to take part in, so I hope you enjoy it, as well.  Web Links: HODINKEE Gronefeld Watches Ramapo College General Motors Concours d'Elegance Porsche A. Lange & Shohne 1815 Chronograph Audemars Piguet Code 11:59 Grand Seiko SBGW252 Rolex Explorer Reference 1016 Omega Speedmaster Porsche 356 Zagato Nomad Hotel Food Bank of New York City Madame X Bar Carbone Italian Restaurant Sadelle's Brunch Maman Bakery
01:33:55
July 30, 2019
Ep. 04 - Aldo Rossi
Aldo Rossi founded his eponymous leather goods business in 2014 following a successful career as a photographer. We explore his upbringing in Paris, his time living in New York City, and his last 20 years living in the greater Los Angeles area of Topanga Canyon. We chat about assisting some of the most renowned photographers in the world and why he would begin producing products backed by the philosophy of buy less; buy better. Web Links: Aldo Rossi Bialetti Aldo Rossi (the Architect) Peter Lindbergh Bruce Weber Irving Penn  Richard Avedon Epi Leather Horween Leather
01:15:15
July 23, 2019
Ep. 03 - Michelle Sakazaki
Kazumi Wines founder/owner, Michelle Sakazaki, has been a friend for over 10 years. It was so much fun getting to know even more about her upbringing, her work history and how she went from designing clothes for Armani to starting a wine business. We go into what it's like having grown up in Japan to being a woman in a perceived man's world within the saturated wine industry. Web Links: Kazumi Wines The 90 Plus Wine Club Marangoni Fashion Institute Wine & Spirit Education Trust Peju Province Winery Coho Wines
51:59
July 16, 2019
Ep. 02 - Michael DiTullo
Michael DiTullo is more than just a designer. We talk about growing up on the east coast and following the desire to "design stuff for the future." Michael has worked for some of the most well-respected design agencies in the world, as well as heavy-hitting companies such as Nike. He's designed cars, watches, and even shoes for Michael Jordan, himself. We talk inspiration, what makes for good design, turning down a job at Nike only to accept one years later. This conversation is a great example of why having a dream mixed with passion and a healthy work ethic may just be the perfect recipe for success.  Website Links: Michael DiTullo Isaac Asimov Philip K. Dick Giorgetto Giugiaro Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Pratt Institute College of Creative Studies (Detroit) Art Center (Pasadena) Rochester Institute of Technology Raymond Loewy Tinker Hatfield Icon 4x4 TAG Monaco
01:56:29
July 9, 2019
Ep. 01 - Tim Jackson
Tim Jackson is the owner of Passion Fine Jewelry, one of the most preeminent independent watch dealers in all of Southern California. We chat about what it's like growing up in England as well as migrate to a sleepy little beach town selling watches by brands that may only produce 10 watches per year. We talk about the retail space, its implications, and the watch industry as a whole. Why are some of these watches so expensive? Well, we talk about that. If you're a fan of shopping from independent stores, and especially if you're into independent watches, you definitely don't want to miss this.  Website Links: Passion Fine Jewelry Independent in Time Instagram Links for Tim: @passionfinejewelry @independentintime Links to the Watch Brands Mentioned: Habring2 Voutilainen Rexhep Rexhepi Roger Smith Sarpaneva Speake-Marin Lang & Heyne  A. Lange & Söhne Other: GIA Certification
01:18:47
June 25, 2019
Introduction
This post introduces the STANDARD H Podcast, mentions the topics of future conversations, and simply welcomes those interested in following along. Thank you for listening! Shop: www.standard-h.com Follow: @standardh_ Music by Jensen Reed (@jensenreed)  and superbeautiful (@kingtrut).
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June 24, 2019