Joey Newell crafts the finest custom hats I've ever seen. I visited his home studio here in Las Vegas and photographed him as he was finishing a hat for me. His process was beautiful to watch.
Joey apprenticed under a master hatter for two years before going out on his own. All his materials are sourced and made in the United States. His raw hat bodies are made in my home state of Tennessee and leather sweatbands in New Mexico.
When he isn't making hats he is a photographer for Zappos.com.
He has clients all over the world, you can commission him to make one for you. IG @joeynewell.
This summer I got to go and photograph the Malle Mile in London. I was there with the incredibly awesome motorbike and apparel brand, Rebel's Alliance. We camped out in the grassy fields of Kevington Hall. It rained half the time but it never dampened any spirits. There was mud, motors revving, great coffee and a cooler full of beers.
There were people from all over the world represented on custom "built not bought" bikes. Learning to ride wasn't on my to-do list before this, but it sure is now.
In early March before the pandemic defined 2020 and countries closed their borders, my family and I relocated to Belgrade, Serbia for husband's job.
During the two months of curfews and lockdowns, we could walk during the day and grocery shop during certain hours. During this time is when I first visited the window at King's Shop.
Over the past couple weeks as the restrictions and locked down here in Belgrade loosened, I was feeling more comfortable talking to people in my neighborhood. The first place that I wanted to go with my camera and curiosity was a pasta and pastry shop called Kings Shop. The pasta is incredible. They’ve always greeted me with a smile, and patient as I stumble through my Serbian vocabulary.
It turns out the shop as a 4th generation business and as the name indicates they used to make pasta and pastry for the King. When the owner found out I had never had a traditional Balkan pastry called Gibanica he left the shop, bought some fresh sheep cheese and had his father make me one and they insisted I stay for lunch.
Good friends, Michael and Jennifer Cornthwaite opened La Playa and Al Campo in Marfa, Texas. I had always heard about what an amazing destination Marfa is. I went out there during the TransPecos Art and Music Festival. The town, the people and the great vibes, it lived up to all the hype!