Agenda Festival: Our Favorite Finds and Moments
07.17 / Lifestyle
MISSBISH spent the weekend at the Agenda Show in Long Beach, California. It was a whirlwind weekend of meeting with brands, checking out upcoming releases, and learning more from some of the industry’s most influential players.
In addition to the Show, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center played host to the first-ever Agenda Festival, which featured more than 500 skate, surf, and lifestyle brand pop-up shops and about 10,000 shoppers. The “mall” was dropped in the center of a one-day music festival where artists like Beat Junkies, Lil Dicky, Cam’ron, Ludacris, and Tyler, The Creator took to the Main Stage presented by Hurley throughout the day.
Among all of the hype -- of which there was lots -- we collected some of our favorite finds, outfits, and moments from the Agenda Show and Festival.
Let us tell you about these vases. Ceramics artist Meegan Barnes first started making handmade, hand-glazed booty vases back in 2005. It was more of a hobby until a couple of years ago when she finally quit her job to make this a full-time career. Complementary to the vases, she also creates fine art booty prints, booty bookends, and even catch-all dishes with booty designs. Barnes mentioned to me that Usher already has one and several other hip-hop stars are very interested, so cop yours now before she becomes major. Prices for the vases vary and start at $125 USD.
We’re all about one-of-kind pieces, and brands that offered exclusive custom-designed items were serious crowd pleasers. Herschel Supply Co. personalized daypacks and coaches jackets with monograms. Stance Socks airbrushed their signature white tube socks. Champion added patches to tote bags, and Nixon offered custom watch styles and bands for mixing and matching.
Year of Ours was holding down the Agenda WMNS section with a throwback to 90s aerobics. Their booth was fitted with white-and-pink exercise equipment, which made for silly Instagram pics, and a braid bar. Exclusive to the show, the #teamyos ladies were slinging specially designed tees with either “Sex,” “Woman,” “Year,” or “Body” printed across the front. Can you guess which one we went for? Their summer line is now available and starts at $38 USD.
Since summer is in full swing, we were stoked to find a brand giving new meaning to the beach towel. SLOWTIDE isn’t just any old towel; they’re beach canvases. The brand takes care to collaborate with artists, designers, and photographers to craft styles for both form and function. Their latest collaboration is with pro surfer and artist Kassia Meador and is inspired by her cave explorations of the Four Corners region in the U.S. Her collection starts at $40 USD and you can learn more about Kassia here.
This one doesn’t need much explanation. Tyler, The Creator and special guest A$AP Rocky got the crowd jumping during “Who Dat Boy.”
Cause-based Denik wants to give back to artists and support schools in impoverished areas. So they created a line of modern notebooks featuring artfully designed covers, inspirational messages, and hipster-iffic images. The brand offers two styles: lay flat and spiral, plus lined or unlined sketchbooks. Prices start at $12 USD and proceeds from each purchase benefit the artist that made the cover design and a school in need.
Basics brand Richer Poorer was on a mission to keep the good vibes going. They set up a pit filled with pearl-colored plastic balls for people to (carefully) dive into. We went for the backward “trust” fall, which made for a really fun Boomerang video.
New to Agenda was the Vinyl & Vintage section replete with unique vintage clothing finds, rare records, and really expensive memorabilia. In keeping up with today’s resurgence of 90s/00s apparel, many of the racks were stocked with nostalgic styles.