We had the good fortune of connecting with Brian Chung and Bryan Ye-Chung and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Brian Chung and Bryan Ye-Chung, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
At Alabaster, we have always been interested in the dialogue between faith and larger culture. In our case, that means engaging faith with culture’s movement towards visual experiences and beauty. We all have smart phones now with cameras. We consume more film, images, and graphics rather than words. We judge websites and books based on how well they’re designed. All these realities are part of culture’s movement towards the visual. It’s interesting that faith-traditions often get painted as this static, archaic thing that never changes. There’s some truth to that, but the reality is faith-traditions don’t exist in a vacuum—they are always informed by history and culture. That’s what we are ultimately interested in at Alabaster. Instead of shying away from culture’s movement towards the visual we asked: “how can faith engage in that reality?”. What kind of projects, brands, experience, products would come from that? Alabaster started from these questions.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Los Angeles is a beautiful, diverse city. Here’s some of our team’s favorite spots. COFFEE – Maru coffee – Kumquat coffee – Bar Nine – Lavetta ART & CREATIVE THINGS – Marciano Art Foundation – The Broad – Arcana: Books on the Arts – Arts District FOOD – Zinc – Loqui – Pine & Crane – Joy
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
This shoutout is dedicated to Daniel Fong, James Choung, and Erna Hackett.