Cocktail Queen
Cocktail Queen

“People can have whatever they want” the artist insists with a laugh as she pours out the last strands of an herbal original cocktail—“Ro’s Merry Baby.” Rohini Moradi has stepped out from behind the bar after ten years serving among San Francisco’s most revered watering holes to give us an intimate taste of her philosophy. [...]

Raising Spirits
Raising Spirits

Distillation is the art of making spirits. Basically, you start with a grain or a fruit, let it ferment, then heat it up in a still to concentrate the alcohol and desired flavors. You can take this a step further by infusing botanicals and fresh juices—it then becomes a culinary art. If you want to [...]

Elena Slivnyak
Elena Slivnyak

“I want to make a statement, and not the next hot item that can be consulted on the fashion syllabus.” It’s the personal “Fashion Manifesto” of Elena Slivnyak, a San Franciscobased talented designer, with Ukrainian roots, who does not like the catwalks, sparkling dresses and mass consumption. “I believe that fashion is dead nowadays. There [...]

Simon Says
Simon Says

British designer Simon Ungless is the Director of the School of Fashion at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco. He’s a true fashion insider with highly creative vision and a wicked sense of humor. Ungless began his career after graduating from Central St. Martin’s Masters program in London, where he cemented very close [...]

Stumptown
Stumptown

According to legend, coffee as a beverage was developed thanks to a goat herder in the Ethiopian highlands who noticed that when his goats ate berries from a certain tree, they grew more spirited, and wouldn’t sleep at night. The goatherd reported this to the head of a local monastery, who brewed a beverage from [...]

Simone Prick
Simone Prick

“Growing up I was a dreamer, living in my own little fantasy world, surrounded by beauty.” So begins the biography of Simone Prick, one of the Netherlands’ most exciting young artists. While Simone’s opening gambit may be entrenched in the vernacular of the creative, she reveals in our conversation that her love of art is [...]

Wired Up
Wired Up

Photography by KENJI TOMA Created by NAOMI Conceived by ROOM1463

Chad Farmer
Chad Farmer

As one who believes advertising should always “tell a story” while simultaneously stirring desire for the focal selling point, Chad Farmer has become well known for his clean aesthetic and evocative imagery through his work as an Art Director. After attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, he worked his way to becoming Senior [...]

IPose
IPose

SOMA is proud of its tradition of creating stylistic imagery through iconic themes. In this issue, SOMA readers again posed in homage to their favorite icons. These creative individuals offered their own portrayals of inspiring legends. Model Lona Alia Duncan poses as Ann Margret. Lona Alia Duncan wears a Diane Von Furstenberg dress. Model Lydia [...]

Siba Sahabi
Siba Sahabi

The future is handmade. This is the real innovation. Today, as the perfection of technology is becoming more human, and men are becoming more robotic, Siba Sahabi (sibasahabi.com), a poetic designer with German and Iranian roots, invites us to contemplate imperfection as the mother of all arts. “Handmade items have an imperfection that gives them [...]

Acne Style
Acne Style

Stockholm’s smashing success of a brand, ACNE (or Ambition to Create Novel Expression) has cut the ribbon on its new Acne Studio location in downtown Los Angeles. The label has accumulated over 40 worldwide locations, just barely 18 years after its founding. The new store is relative to others, with space age lines and a [...]

Word Play: Book Reviews
Word Play: Book Reviews

ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing by Sass Brown (Laurence King) Sass Brown serves up her second book in the form of ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing from Upcycled Materials. This collection of reviews by Brown on dozens of global designers provides a window into the mind of the eco fashion expert, citing standouts such as Kondakis and Nudie Jeans. [...]


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