Gold! Gold! Hold the gold! The California Gold Rush created frantic discovery. Families scurried across states, searching Western mines.
A calmer one derives from a Surfing Cowboys visit.
It’s 1998 when fashion photographers Donna and Wayne Gunther decide to transform their Venice photo studio into a shop.
Inspired by Californian lifestyles, the Gunthers introduce a tangible history consisting of surf, skate, and the Old West. Dedication to this store’s maturity is displayed in its upbringing, such as a period when the store back was used as a sleeping area. Yes, Donna and Wayne have held this shop close to heart, figuratively and literally.
Traveling dry land to watered sand, their emblematic moments to cultivate a collection. Sincere spontaneity sustains surprising items. This means a first visit may completely alter the second, or fourth time around. One frequent fetch is the Santa Cruz sling chair series made of a simple metal frame and leather slick. This signature sit introduces four earthy hues to sink into.
Fun props are inserted in this store stage. A 1940s Swimsuit and Advertising Card is an impeccable wall piece. Go ahead, try one on.
Observing Wayne transport furniture to store sidewalk arises Saturday morning nostalgia: garage sales. But this mesmerizing merchandise is beyond any casual front yard sale, unless you have explorer neighbors, and it is all within grasp.
Surfing Cowboys remains in its West Nest, even as it relocates to Mar Vista in May.