House Band Wines Rocks Photo Shoot at Redbury with a Little Help from Our Friends
The first time I caught a glimpse of the Redbury Hotel in Hollywood, California, with it’s deep red façade and one side painted with faux drawn back curtains and windows, I dropped my immediate plans and made haste across Hollywood and Vine to get a closer look. Located just across the street from the iconic Capitol Records building, I had high hopes for what I might find. I wasn’t disappointed.
Immediately inside the front entrance was the stand-alone Mediterranean/Moroccan restaurant Cleo, which has garnered excellent reviews from some of LA’s toughest food critics. I grabbed a quick appetizer of artichoke and nicoise olives prepped in the wood burning oven and a glass of wine at the front bar — good spot to people watch, take in the vibe, and ask the bartender a few questions.
What I discovered was that the Redbury is the brainchild of sbe and its CEO Sam Nazarian, a top player in LA hospitality, and curated by the visionary and renowned photographer, Matthew Rolston. The building was originally an apartment complex, so each flat offers a kitchenette, living room space, and is designed to capture “1960s London Rock ‘n’ Roll.” Each room is equipped with a turntable and LPs. Yep.
Sated by my time at the bar, both visually and viscerally, I headed up to the second floor where the hotel lobby is located and asked to tour the property. The staff was very accommodating, and as we made our way through “The Library, a private lounge, and The Glade, an outdoor courtyard with teak decking and lush landscaping,” I had visions of producing wine events in these stunning spaces. And when we toured the flats, I instantly knew that this was where we would host our House Band Wines’ photo shoot.
Consequently, during a follow up visit to LA to coordinate our launch event for October 14th, we scheduled our shoot in one of the Redbury’s two bedroom suites. With rock ‘n’ roll as our theme, we turned to our friends at A&R Worldwide to provide creative direction through VP Monte Malone and in-house photographer, KC Morse. Long time friends and rockers Paul Laliberte, Jeff Laliberte and Shelby Archer of LA-based Capra agreed to sit in, along with Fashion Business Inc. models Jheri Cavitt and Natasha Vo. It was go time! We busted out the cameras, instruments, flipped on the turntable, dished up Katsuya sushi, and poured House Band Wines.
The following are some of our favorite photos from a very memorable shoot!
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