Andy Ricker. Chef. Rad dude. Vermonter. Portland.

my beloved papaya salad-served at all locations-true Thai staple.

Ping interior.

(sorry for the brutality of the Today Show-but love the recipe)

Andy Ricker visited Thailand the first time as a backpacker in 1987 and has since spent several months each year traveling, eating, cooking and studying food culture in Thailand and neighboring countries. Andy worked in restaurants all over the world before settling in Portland in 1990. He is now the owner and executive cook of the award-winning Pok Pok Restaurant (1995), Whiskey Soda Lounge-a bar lounge featuring authentic Thai 'drinking food', Ping restaurant located in Portland's Chinatown, and most recently Pok Pok Noi (little PokPok). Most of the food at Pok Pok comes direct from Thailand, and the dishes served are the same ones found in the restaurants, homes and streets of SE Asia. Andy is a member of the collaborative Chef Stable Group. Established in 2008, ChefStable offers established chefs the opportunity to build and open their concept in partnership with the group of resto pro's. Ricker won the 2011 James Beard Foundation Award for Best Chef in the Northwest, shining international spotlight on him as a champion of true Thai food.
Check out his wicked website HERE.

Trusst Club. Creative agency + Online Shop. Montreal.

TRUSST is a multifaceted creative firm, and online shop. Their shop carries current, archived and collectible works by established + emerging progressive designers including: Aarielle de Pinto, Blaak Homme, Bless, Christian l'enfant Foi, Cerek Lawlor, Hartmann Nordenholz, Jeremy Laing, Jordan Askill, Nibelungen for trusst, leasure Principle, Post Vernissage, By Thomas, Tillmann Lauterbach, Ute Ploier, and Vilsbol de Arce.
Founded by Melissa Matos and Andrew Ly, TRUSST has a unique approach to creative advertising, production, consulting, directing, branding, curatorial and collaborative projects. They have worked with the likes of Sid Lee, Art + Commerce, Microsoft, Vogue Hommes Japan, Aritzia, ELLE, Nokia, L'Oreal, Astral Media, Aveda and more.
TRUSST also have their own 'in house' line including a series of limited edition printed T'shirts seen above.
Here are some beautiful examples of their creative direction, production, and styling work:


La Cité.

Vogue UK. Cover June 2011.

Model Raquel Zimmermann + photographer Josh Olin + stylist Kate Phelan = Fierceness.


Deus Ex Machina. Bike / Surf Design + Cafe. Australia.

Surfboard Bike.

Deus Bali.

custom boards.

Deus cafes.

Deus New Zealand.

Deus gear.

Deus ex Machina. Monkey Riding.
Fixies + Balinese kecak dancers = whole lotta radness

Deus is an epic powerhouse brand producing all kinds of goodness when it comes to custom bicycles of all kinds, and surfboards. While headquarters are in Sydney, they've got outposts in New Zealand, Bali Indo, and Venice California... where it matters. They also do proper coffee and food service at their 'bike-museum like' shops. Aussies Dare Jennings, founder/past owner of Mambo clothing, and Action Motorcycles’ Rod Hunwick are the creators of Deus ex Machina. They ditched corporate cloning and decided to celebrate individuality, while paying homage to ‘the god in the machine’ (translation of the greek-inspired co. name). The dudes were always bike-enthusiasts who decided to set up shop after visiting Japan and being inspired by Japanese bike culture.