These Three Creatives Are Changing Up the Game in Their Industries
Written By: Aubrey Freitas
Photographed By: Tae Kwon Men of LA
Los Angeles is one of the most bustling cities in the world, filled with millions of people, places to go, and things to do. There is never a dull weekend or evening in the City of Angels. What makes Los Angeles this amazing place, with so many diverse components? The creators, designers, trailblazers, entrepreneurs, fun-seekers and dream-chasers. These three individuals have been making waves with their influences on LA, and they have created something special that is adding a fresh spark to the city. With diverse interests, they are our current favorite movers and shakers!
Men of LA
Eli Wehbe | Credentials: Partner at Warwick
Eli Wehbe is a well-versed nightlife entrepreneur, and has now taken on the role of partner for Warwick. A special and sincere sense of hospitality and unique club atmosphere is what Eli and his partners have created at Warwick, and clearly his passions have paid off. He’s the perfect example of taking your natural gifts and using them to pursue a career path that you love.
Q: What has been your greatest strength in creative and business endeavors?
Eli Wehbe: I think my biggest strength is being a people person; it’s a natural-born gift. I stick to my own personal vision and take so much pride in that. I can’t say it enough, focus on your vision—that speaks for itself.
Q: Where did you draw your inspiration from for the design of Warwick, the idea in general as well as the interior decor and setup?
EW: Sylvain, David, JT and myself wanted to create a meticulously designed and curated space that is refined and exclusive, yet also comfortable and unpretentious. The space was designed to be easily reconfigured for a wide variety of events ranging from charity galas to concerts and movie premiere after parties. Warwick’s design aesthetic blends old and new materials and design styles in order to create a sense of timelessness and unpredictability.
Q: What did you want to be when you were younger?
EW: Initially, I wanted to be a firefighter, but quickly realized I wanted to work with people in a different way. Ultimately, I ended up working for a nightclub close to my hometown and realized that I was born with a gift to be a generally accommodating person. Naturally, I had a sense of hospitality and I ended up having a vision to do something in the nightlife space, which is what brought everything full-circle.
Q: What drink do you order to relieve some stress?
EW: I don’t really drink on the job; however, if I were to come in as a guest, my definite recommendation would be the Moscow Mule. The mixology program at Warwick is super refined and is sure to impress. You will never be disappointed!
What’s Next? Wehbe is working on a new venture in the restaurant industry for his first time. “Unfortunately, I can’t talk much more than that right now, but stay tuned for more details,” he said.
Word of Advice: “Be passionate about what you do and what you’re committed to and that will always shine through,” said Wehbe.
6507 Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Devin Lucien | Credentials: DJ and Producer
Devin Lucien is an extremely talented LA producer and DJ known for playing some of the most exclusive and exciting locales. He has had a passion for music since he was young, and found his soul instrument the first time he touched a turntable. His individual style and talent have only grown since then, and he has grown into one of the most sought-after DJs in the business.
Q: What inspired you to become a DJ? Did your love for music start at a young age?
Devin Lucien: I was always a huge music fan. I grew up during the beginning of the MTV music video era, so my parents would just make VHS tapes of the music videos and put them on to keep me busy for hours. They also had a vast record collection. I loved Michael Jackson, Prince, and Madonna when I was very young. Then, of course, I was a huge 2pac, Dre and Snoop fan as I got a little older. Being exposed to all that really shaped the way I listen to music even to this day.
Q: What has been the biggest challenge you have faced when pursuing your passions?
DL: Finding a balance between playing what people want and expect to hear at a club and what I think they should be listening to. I grew up truly loving music and nothing makes me feel the way I do when I hear a new song that moves me. The challenge is finding a way to expose them to new music while giving them the hits they want to keep them interested.
Q: How has your career of DJing changed throughout the years?
DL: My career has changed a lot throughout the years. The gigs have gotten bigger. The clients and brands I work for have gotten bigger. I’ve had the opportunity to work for artists, musicians, athletes and politicians that I really respect. That is the biggest trip of it all. You see these people that have shaped your creative energy through the years, and here they are requesting that you entertain them.
Q: What advice would you give to someone in terms of following their passions?
DL: My advice to anyone following their passion in music is never stop working and take any gig you can at first. Never think that any gig is below you until you’ve reached a place that you consider success. The key is to put in those 10,000 hours and you can do anything you want.
Into the Future: Lucien is currently working on a project called “Bored Taurus” with his cousin Michael McGinnis and singer/songwriter Mick Coogan, so be on the lookout!
Guilty Pleasures: Lucien’s guilty pleasure is every Oasis song. “I guess that’s not a ‘guilty’ pleasure because they really were the best band in the world for a short time,” said Lucien.
The Highlight Room
6417 Selma Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90028
Colin T. McCarthy | Credentials: Creative Director and VP, Rogue Collective
Colin T. McCarthy is the Creative Director and Vice President of Rogue Collective, a brick and mortar experience with premium products and well-made lifestyle goods, now with a flagship store in LA. He might not be an LA native, but he brings his bold and original New York style with him to the West Coast through his clothing and design. Colin grew up with a passion for the arts, but was unsure of his true medium—that all changed when he discovered his interest in fashion and channeled that passion into creating designs of his own at The Rogue Collective.
Q: How did you get started as a creative director?
Colin T. McCarthy: I’ve always wanted to create because I grew up in a very artistic house. It wasn’t until I moved to [New York City] right out of college that really identified the fashion world as where I wanted to be. I had always really, really loved it, but didn’t yet fully understand that passion. Spending many years opening and running restaurants, as well as boutique shopping locations, I picked up skills that serve me well on a daily basis.
Q: What did you want to be when you were younger? Do you think your previous interests influenced your career path?
CM: I would say yes, but indirectly. I’m still searching for ‘what I want to do,’ to be honest. That said, I consider myself incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity like this to do something I truly love. When you have that kind of love for what you do, it never really feels like work and it makes the long hours much, much easier. I throw myself at a project and don’t come up for air until I absolutely have to.
Q: What is your favorite thing about what you do?
CM: Having the opportunity to talk about clothes and business models all day is a dream come true. Two of my favorite subjects on earth. In the ‘discovery’ phase of concept creation, ideas are very lucid and evolved tremendously over a very short period of time. Having a hand in these conversations is priceless.
Q: If you hadn’t gone into business and weren’t a creative director, what would you be doing?
CM: Honestly, I have no idea. In both [New York City] and LA I’ve been in and out of the fashion and restaurant worlds. The restaurant industry is another that I respect immensely, but Rogue
Collective is my heart and soul. This is where my passions [lie] and that drives me [to] push harder each and every day to help this concept take flight. If I had to choose though, commercial real estate and the restaurant business are both fields I’ve considered in the past.
Can’t Live Without You: One thing he can’t live without is Chapstick. “Everyone in my family is the same, without chapstick, we’re lost,” said McCarthy.
What a Wonderful World: McCarthy believes that the world needs more “acceptance, support and originality. Imagine a world where we didn’t constantly cut each other down and belittle each other,” he said.
305 S Hewitt St
Los Angeles, CA 90013