A Day in My Clark's Shoes
Normally, I refrain from writing about "day in the life" entries, because - let's get real - there is really no typical day-to-day schedules for creative professionals who are leading and living that #freelancelyfe. I can't tell you the number of times where I've planned (read: staggered) an entire day of meetings out on the Westside, only to find myself catching a last minute event or dinner appointment out in DTLA. Or staying up late to play catch up on emails, editing photos and producing content. It's a constant ebb and flow of managing priorities.
There are days - when it's just right. Still perfectly hectic but just more still and balanced. This was one of those days, where Randy came along and documented some candid moments that transpired, while I took and pounded away on the city pavement with my Clarks shoes.
Before attacking a long day of appointments, I usually opt to stop by a coffee shop to grab an almond chai latte and a light snack. The Classic Coffee in Downtown LA is one that I am particularly fond of - the noise level is just enough for ambience and the lattes are always flavorful without being too overwhelming. The huge, floor to ceiling windows that open up to the busy streets of DTLA also presents itself as an opportunity for me to calmly reflect on what I plan on accomplishing that day or quietly savor the moment by absorbing all the sights and sounds.
When in the DTLA area, I tend to park or Uber around my intended destination and then just walk from there. These Clark's shoes with a light-EVA sole were definitely made for long stretches of pavement, while providing extreme comfort and support. They also slip on and off easily, allowing me to easily transition from one outfit to the next depending on the climate or occasion.
The next stop of that day was at Showroom Joplin, which is one of the premiere showrooms and a personal favorite of mine. I met up with Stella, owner of Haati Chai + co-founder of Showroom Joplin (along with Ali Heiss), to discuss some of the newer brands they've brought on for representation. This is one of the more important parts of my career, where I get to explore and get to know emerging brands on an organic, hands-on level.
Going from one showroom to another, one does quite a bit of standing and walking. These Clark's zip up boots really came in handy during those situations, when I had to stand up for long periods of time. All the talking and examining is worth it, however, because this is precisely what I love so much about the industry I am in - human interaction.
After all is said and done though, the part I look most forward to is mental and physical nourishment in the form of company and delicious food. A day's worth of meetings, visits and events certainly takes a toll on me. Dining out then becomes such a welcome refuge, when you need a private moment for yourself and loved ones. (I will even weather long lines for good food). Kinjiro in Little Tokyo is one of my go-to spots to de-stress from the distress of urban, city-life as a creative multi-hyphenate. Try the uni scallop appetizer and just watch your troubles melt away.