Back Roads & Backstage | Modern Rivals

Discover new music to love. Go Back Roads & Backstage with us as we accompany a few of our favorite musicians on tour as they navigate the back roads of America and provide a backstage glimpse of life on the road.

All this month crank up the tunes and hit the slopes with a behind-the-scenes look at The Wild Honey Pie’s On the Mountain featuring Modern Rivals, Magic Man, The Orwells, Wilsen and Tei Shi.

How did Modern Rivals form?
We’re friends that met in various ways – high school, college, working in a studio. Some of us had played in bands together before, so when we all ended up in Brooklyn we formed a band.

Which artists or bands inspire you?
This is a constantly changing thing for us. But I’d say we gravitate most towards artists who are masterful arrangers and use innovative palettes. And the songwriting has to be good too, of course!

What’s your favorite city to play?
New York! But we’ve had great experiences elsewhere too.

What’s been your most memorable performance so far?
Our record release show at Glasslands. There was such great energy in the room that night and it was also our last time playing the venue. RIP.

What are a few must-haves when you’re on the road?
Cassette adapter, spare tire (learned this the hard way), patience

Best roadside diner or local food joint you’ve enjoyed while on tour?
We had incredible, massive po’boys near Mobile, Alabama.

Favorite moment from On The Mountain?
Our gondola shoot! The first and most likely last time we’ll get to perform while flying up a mountain.

Featured Product: Classic Fringe Boot Softsole, Classic Moc, Casey Slipper, Street Moc

For more behind-the-scenes moments from On the Mountain check out our latest lookbook.

Global Lookbook | Baked the Blog

Aisha from Baked the Blog
Location: Devils Peak Mountain Reserve – Cape Town, South Africa

Minnetonka’s iconic footwear has been seen around the world since 1946. Recently we launched our first global lookbook featuring the #MyMinnetonka style of 10 bloggers. Today we spotlight the Minnetonka style of Aisha from Baked the Blog.

Do. I love hanging out in the V&A Waterfront shopping mall. All my favourite shops are there but the vibe is sort of high street shopping meets high end market meets shopping mall. It has so much to offer! It’s got the perfect view of our beautiful mountain landmark and it’s right on the water with great events happening outside every weekend.

See. It’s a tie between Table Mountain and Camps Bay beach. Table Mountain is one of our most famous landmarks in our city and is great for those who are active and outdoorsy. You can take a cable car to the top of the mountain or hike up and enjoy lunch while overlooking our incredibly beautiful city. Camps Bay beach front is really vibey with street performers and lots of seaside restaurants. The white beaches and great view doesn’t hurt either.

Eat. NV80 Bar and Grill has the best service and food! I always leave their restaurant feeling incredibly happy.

Go. I love Paarl and Stellenbosch. It’s really quaint and picturesque on a summers day!

Shop. I do most of my shopping at the V&A Waterfront since they stock most of the international brands but they have recently launched a section dedicated to local designers which is really cool.

Featured Product: 3 Layer Fringe Boots

Shop your favorite Minnetonka styles in South Africa here.

Photos by Tegan Smith Photography

Global Lookbook | Pale Division

Willabelle from Pale Division
Location: Fatto Cafe and Bar in Melbourne, Australia

Willabelle of Pale Division styled the Boat Moc for our Global Lookbook using the lovely backdrop of Fatto Cafe in Melbourne. Here she shares with us her favorite places to visit when in Australia!

Do. I always enjoy scenic drives and visiting picturesque locations!

See. A must-see is the beautiful boat shed along Mounts Bay road.

Eat. A favorite restaurant of mine is No. 4 for an evening of theatrical dining.

Go. Valley of the Giants is a great place to visit!

Shop. Claremont Quarter is always a fun place to shop.

Featured Product: Boat Moc

Shop your favorite Minnetonka styles in Australia here. 

Made By Hand | Bear Fox Chalk

In our latest lookbook, The Happiest Season of All, we are excited to feature the chalk designs (and Minnetonka style!) of the creative duo behind Bear Fox Chalk, Johnna and Max Holmgren.

In 2011, a paper goods and stationery store Johnna managed was in need of a large chalk menu for their cafe.  Max asked if he could take on the project for fun and together the two brainstormed and collaborated on the menu’s design.

From that first project the thought process leading to Bear Fox Chalk was born.  Opportunities lead to other chalk projects and Johnna and Max soon realized there was an audience for starting a business centered around chalk designs.

Since then Max and Johnna have had the chance to collaborate with a variety of clients, merging visions to create original designs for each.

With projects that allow for more creative freedom the process always begins in a sketchbook. To spark ideas for future designs their daily sketches serve as constant inspirations, as well as referencing books they’ve collected over the years ranging from medieval hunting scene illustrations to vintage lettering to wood engravings.

The process for each design differs depending on size and details involved.  For the whimsical pieces created for the Minnetonka lookbook Max and Johnna loved the idea of using chalk lettering and illustration to showcase actual Minnetonka product in a fun, new way.

Learn more about Bear Fox Chalk at www.bearfoxchalk.com and be sure to follow their adventures on Instagram @bearfoxchalk and @johnnaholmgren.

Global Lookbook: Maja Wyh

Maja from Maja Wyh
Location: Galopprennbahn Düsseldorf

Maja styled the Two Button Boot for our Global Lookbook using the striking back drop of  Galopprennbahn Düsseldorf.   Here she shares with us a few of her favorite places to visit and things to do in Düsseldorf!

Do. After a good lunch I love to take a stroll through many different museums to see great art.

See.  The small harbor where you can sit outside around the water.  It it definitely a must see in the summer.  Great restaurants, beautiful location where awesome people hang out with awesome people.

Eat. Cafe Rika. Maybe the best Japanese food in Düsseldorf.  You haven’t lived, if you haven’t eaten teriyaki salmon with rice and salad there.

Go. Do you remember the picture of Lady Diana in summer, leaned against a car, hanging out at a polo game.  Rennbhan Düsseldorf always reminds me of those chic events, where big hats were important like the cars of men.  It’s a peacemaking place, so close to history and perfect to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city.

Shop. The Düsseldorf City Center offers you everything you want, like vintage shops, high fashion brands and everything in between.  It is the perfect place to find serious fashion.

Featured Product: Two Button Boot

Shop your favorite Minnetonka styles in Germany here.