A bit about us....
When we met, Wayne, from Manchester England, was working as a fashion photographer, traveling the globe, Donna, from Chicago, as art director of an international modeling agency. Joining forces we traveled and worked together merging strengths and sensibilities. Living dreams.
Surfing Cowboys grew out of our times on the road, experiencing great adventures and picking up items for the California home we would soon share; Wayne had long been a collector and called Venice CA home for some years prior.
By 1993 we were both working as photographers and moved into a live-work photo studio on Venice's Abbot Kinney Blvd, then a road-less-traveled. Donna styled the reception to reflect the spirit of who we were and what we loved, mixing vintage surfboards with Navajo rugs, artisan designs with midcentury furniture and the occasional vintage Vespa.
Without really trying the Surfing Cowboys Brand was born. Glimpses through the window and knocks on the door allowed entry to what was inside. Due to popular demand and because we needed the floor space for merchandise the photo studio soon gave way to retail space and in 1995 the "shop" was officially born.
Our design style and aesthetic flourished, thanks to positive feedback. The press, a steady flow of entertainment and design industry clients and regular folk kept coming back for more. The edit, celebrating our experience of California and romancing the dreams we shared, influenced hotels, larger brands and even television shows.... making it's way into environments across the globe.
After 15 years open on AK, the street was touted as the "hippest street in America" by GQ Mag, there was a massive rise in rents, the atmosphere changed and so we moved. Pioneering once again, this time we expanded to even larger premises on Venice Blvd in Mar Vista.
Our new location provides a platform to share and to grow: high ceilings, big windows and free parking 'round back makes for a great visual and practical experience.
The day to day journey under big skies is going great, the future is bright and the horizon beautiful. We welcome you all to visit our shop and are open to collaborations and new adventures... because after all, for us, that's what it's all about.
We hope to see you soon.
Wayne & Donna
GOT QUESTIONS? Call Us: 310-915-6611
Visit Us: 12553 Venice Blvd, Mar Vista CA 90066
E-mail us: email@example.com
Hours: Mon-Sun 11-7, and by appointment.
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