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Cool 'L.A. kid' Scott Caan's collection pops up at The Hundreds

February 28, 2011 | 11:19 am

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On the eve of the Academy Awards, a select group of hipsters and fashionistas was invited to celebrate the launch of the newest collaboration for streetwear store The Hundreds with actor/director/photographer Scott Caan, star of CBS' "Hawaii Five-O."  The Hundreds by Scott Caan collection is a series of T-shirts with prints of Scott Caan’s photography from his 2009 book “Scott Caan: Photographs Vol. 1.”  In honor of this collection, The Hundreds has opened a pop-up gallery/store for one week where original prints from the book, T-shirts from the new collection and signed copies of Caan’s book will be available for purchase.

Scott’s father, actor James Caan, was proud to see his son’s collection of photographs on display at the event Saturday. “I gave him his first camera,” he said. “It was given to me by Francis Coppola in 1970. It was a brand new Nikon. I love what he’s done with it. It’s amazing,” the elder Caan said.

Scott fell in love with photography in 2001 while directing “Dallas 362” with cinematographer Phil Parmet. “Phil taught me about lenses, shooting, f/stops and film speeds and from then on I was just obsessed with it,” he said. “I carried a camera everywhere I went for almost nine years.”

The book contains photographs from Caan’s film sets, his cross-country drives and of women. Women were definitely last on his list of what he likes to shoot. “I had too many friends that were kind of pervy and shot women to get them in bed. I didn’t want to be in that category,” he said. “Then later I was hanging out with this girlfriend of mine, and I was living in a hotel and she said how come you never shoot photos of me? And I said it’s not really my thing and she said, well, do it.”

Thehundreds That was the beginning of what has become a chapter in the book called Ladies in Color and a series of provocative photographs that adorn T-shirts in The Hundreds by Scott Caan collection.

Caan’s book also contains black and white stills of actors he has worked with including Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Don Cheadle as well as places he’s visited. “His access is very unique,” said Bobby Kim, co-founder with Ben Shenassafar of The Hundreds. “He could be with a hot chick in a hotel or be standing on top of the stairs at the Cannes festival. Not many people have that perspective. But what we really like about Scott is that he’s first and foremost an L.A. kid. You’ll see him skateboarding up and down Fairfax, and you’ll go to the beach in Malibu and see him surfing too.

 “He embodies cool art, design and subculture,” said Kim. “And that is our demographic, the everyday kid who loves what we stand for.”

T-shirts, prints and signed copies of the book will be available at the pop-up store next door to The Hundreds until Sunday.

T-shirts: $36
Signed copies of the book: $100
Prints from the collection: starting at $500 for a Polaroid and up to $15,000 for the prints.

The Hundreds pop-up shop, 7907 Rosewood Ave., Los Angeles. Open 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday through Sunday.

--Raha Lewis

Photos: Top, from left, Ben Shenassafar, James Caan, Scott Caan, Bobby Kim. Credit: Willy Toledo, for The Hundreds.

Left: Some of the T-shirts in The Hundreds by Scott Caan Collection. Credit: Raha Lewis. 

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