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A Local Tourist Sets Up Shop on Main Street

By Pamela Rouse
Published: Friday, July 02, 2010, at 03:13PM
Delaszae Hutchinson works on a mural designed by Eric Fobair Pamela Rouse [Flickr]

Delaszae Hutchinson works on a mural designed by Eric Fobair for the wall of The Local Tourist Spot.

While the retail spaces inside Main street's Regent Theatre have failed to secure permanent tenants over the last year, they've proved fertile ground for short-lived pop-ups. Eric Fobair's The Local Tourist Spot is the latest entry, offering Fobair's line of urban street wear.

"We put raw elements of urban culture into our clothing without the mis-interpretation," store manager Manuel Guzman explains. "It's nothing negative.. just raw and urban."

Hours before Thursday night's grand opening, the clothing shop was indeed still a bit raw. It bustled with activity as friends and associates chipped in time to get the space ready. DJ Scarlett Casanova was already in place entertaining Guzman, associate/stylist Delaszae Hutchinson and others as they painted a mural on the wall. "We've been working the last week from nine in the morning to midnight," Guzman said.

What, or who, is The Local Tourist? "I am the local tourist," says Fobair. He notes the letters on the seal in the shop's window. "MNTXOKCA.. that's where I've lived.. Minnesota, Texas, Oklahoma, California.. I'm a local tourist!"

Eric has been designing and selling his fashions on and off for the last five years, starting in women's fashion.

That continued when he moved to Los Angeles two years ago. "I was really into the nightlife culture," he says. "I would set up clothing booths at the hottest nightclubs and warehouse parties and underground (stuff). The kids would come, they would buy and come back the next week wearing my clothes and buy more. It just took off from there."

He's been working on his latest collection since the beginning of the year. For the pop-up, he's brought in other designers as well, including Miss Wax, Robert Anthony Designs, Sand, The $tatus Faction, Tickle The Bear, and HOWL. "I know all the brands personally," he says.

The Main street location came about via some well-known Downtown figures. Edgar Varela, whose gallery shares space at the corner of 5th and Main, told Fobair that he needed to find something connected to Downtown Art Walk, and it was Brady Westwater who connected Fobair to the property owner at the Regent.

The plan is to be open for at least the next two months. "We're here seven days from 11-7," Fobair says.

Along with Fobair's designs, the space will be host events and other designers will rotate in after the first month. Events will be posted on the Local Tourist website, and fans of social media can find Fobair on Facebook and Twiitter (@HisNameIsEric).

The Local Tourist Spot / 450 S. Main / No phone


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