CY Holiday Gift Guide 2018

It’s back!! We had so much fun doing this last year, we decided to do it again. We took some time to sit down and catch up with everyone for a bit. We talked all things coffee, music, holiday plans and insights on everyone’s current favorites from the CY retail shop.

Sawyer

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

This is a new development for me to stray from drip coffee or a cortado, but I’ve been sipping straight Point Counter Point shots every morning. It’s balanced and complex. Sweet every time. Trademark it.

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

The holidays have been restored for me since I get to spend them with my significant other and our cats - it’s special selecting a tree, watching movies, making dinner, doing all the holiday things to kind of round out another year.

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

Honestly, nothing beats a 12oz bag of Point Counter Point. Brews wonderfully at home.

Any big items on your wishlist?

Let’s see, high/low: I could use some new Richer Poorer underwear and socks. Or a trip to Europe.

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

Listening to Andrew Bird’s new single Bloodless or Bob Dylan’s More Blood, More Tracks.

Kayli

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

I tend to be a purist in my drink choices. I go straight for black coffee, without a doubt.

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

Always excited for the holidays because it creates an opportunity for everyone to enjoy one another and foster merriment in any and all respects. Also hat cold weather is where it’s at.

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

Favorite item is the tiger coffee mug! Think about all the future conversations and discussions that are waiting to be had over that cup of coffee.

Any big items on your wish list?

No big items for me really. I aim to give and receive gifts that are made by hand. Either that, or I guess I am wishing for Santa to bring me a new car maybe? So maybe one big item.

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

Been loving me a couple different albums lately,

Hippo Campus - Bambi.

Small Black - Limits of Desire.

FKA Twigs - LP1.

Toro Y Moi - Causers of This.

Movements - Feel Something.

Nick Jenkins - The Water (S).

To name a few.

Andrew M.

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Sump Coffee- Roba, Ethiopia 

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

Tenth birthday party for my band Reptar @ terminal west on Dec. 23! 

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

Fellow kettle cuz I love when a product is as beautiful as it is functional.

Any big items on your wish list?

Donations from all who are able to the ACLU of Georgia cuz lawd we gone need em

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

I am physically jamming with my band Semicircle right now! 

Erin

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Right now I am all about the Colombia Las Brisas from Huckleberry Roasters. We were all amped when we saw they were going to be our featured rotating roaster! This coffee legitimately tastes like cherry pie and I’m in love. I will probably be drinking this on batch all day.

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

Of course I’m excited for the holidays! Everything always feels a little more magical at this time of year - I know that sounds super cliché, but it’s true and you know it.  I’m pretty introverted and tend to avoid parties, but I can honestly say I get so excited to go to large social gatherings at this time of year. Someone invite me to something festive, please! 

My Christmas is usually pretty low key, which is perfect. Every year I go home to spend time with my family who live in Cleveland, Ohio, meaning I can almost always count on snow.  We usually drink coffee, watch movies, and cuddle with our huskies. Yep. Magical, I’m telling you. 

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

We have so many great items in the shop right now, which makes it hard to choose! I would say I’m most excited and inspired by the Oxford Pennant x Chrome Yellow collaboration collection, especially this massive Liberty For All flag. I’m not from Atlanta, but this city feels like home to me in a lot of ways. I’m proud of Atlanta and I love that these are beautiful in their design and in how reflect the heritage, history, and hopes of Atlanta. 

Any big items on your wishlist?

I love theatre and am trying to plan a trip to New York in the spring, so if someone wanted to buy me a ticket to see Cillian Murphy in Grief is the Thing With Feathers at St. Ann’s Warehouse, that would be pretty cool. 

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and The Spiders From Mars by David Bowie. I listen to this all the time. Oh! Hey, the album on vinyl is also on my wishlist!

Abby

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Today I am drinking an iced oat milk latte with honey and cinnamon.

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

Yes! I’ve always loved the holidays, my family is renting a beach house in Florida and I’m definitely trying to go to Harry Potter world! 

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

I’m really in love with the new Oxford Pennant collaboration that we just released, my favorite piece is “The young are at the gates” flag, I think it really pushes the agenda that the youth of this country has for our current political climate in every way. We’re coming for ya!

Any big items on your wish list?

Honestly anything Adidas! 

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

My current favorite new album is Anderson .Paak’s new Album Oxnard, and my favorite song right now on it is 6 Summers, you’ll see why!

Andrew D.

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Small iced latte in a large cup with extra ice

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

I’m super excited. It’s my favorite time of year and it will be my first Christmas as a married man. We are going to go visit my family in Mississippi and then come back to visit some more family here. 

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

I’m super into the Uncrate magazines that we have in stock. I’m not much of a reader, so these magazines are perfect since they are mostly full page photos of dope things like shoes and knives and cars and other unnecessary life enhancers.

Any big items on your wish list?

I’m a married man now. I want Hanes socks and a new briefcase for my documents.

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

Ariana Grande: Christmas & Chill playlist on Spotify all damn day.

Vivian

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Dirty oat chai

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

Yes! I’ll be spending time with my family. My sister and I usually handle all the cooking for Thanksgiving to give my parents a chance to rest for once. We’re making prime rib!

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

The gold Izola flask because it’s small, but strong on the inside - like me.

Any big items on your wish list?

Hmm, maybe a custom made CY sweater because I can’t fit anything in stores.

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

BADBADNOTGOOD - Time Moves Slow + 6lack – Switch

Khalid

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Chances are you’ll catch me sipping on an oat milk cortado (or a Coors Banquet)

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

No huge plans, super excited for this Chrome get away weekend...that’s probably the biggest holiday plan on my radar right now 

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

My favorite retail item right now are probably these dope Izola flasks...no explanation needed, if you know you know 

Any big items on your wishlist?

Not really, this year...if my parents want to help me out with rent. That would be the best gift ever. 

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

Song: Only You - Theophilus London

Album: Key -777

Jeremiah

What are you drinking today (coffee)?

Point Counter Point espresso!

Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

Duh! I am going to Austin, Texas with some friends. We will probably eat our weight in barbecue!

What’s your favorite retail item and why?

Beauty & Love Flag, it’s simple in design but powerful when read. 

Any big items on your wishlist?

A drone! Would love a Mavic Pro 2.

What song/album are you currently jamming to?

Yes! The past few singles The 1975 has put out have been on repeat. Can’t wait for the new album!

CY Holiday Gift Guide

We had a chance to catch up with some of our team around the shop last week to see what they're up to for the holidays, as well as get their current favorites from the retail shop. Take a look below for a quick Q + A. 

  Andrew del Risco   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: I usually just drink whatever is on drip, but I do have a special place in my heart for Methodical’s Play Nice blend. Also, recently I have been craving Cafe Aut Laits. It's probably just a phase.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Yes, the holidays are one of the few times I actually get to be with my family so I’m extra excited. I’m going to spend some time with my girlfriend’s family and then with my parents who are traveling to Atlanta from Texas.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?  A: The Black and Red Always Atlanta Pennant. I’ve been a fan of this pennant design since before I started working at Chrome, but as soon as this color combination was released it jumped to the top of my list. Its so sick. I want three.   Q: Any big items on your wish list?   A: Honestly I want a Nintendo Switch (Mom I hope you are reading this).

Andrew del Risco

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: I usually just drink whatever is on drip, but I do have a special place in my heart for Methodical’s Play Nice blend. Also, recently I have been craving Cafe Aut Laits. It's probably just a phase.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Yes, the holidays are one of the few times I actually get to be with my family so I’m extra excited. I’m going to spend some time with my girlfriend’s family and then with my parents who are traveling to Atlanta from Texas. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?

A: The Black and Red Always Atlanta Pennant. I’ve been a fan of this pennant design since before I started working at Chrome, but as soon as this color combination was released it jumped to the top of my list. Its so sick. I want three. 

Q: Any big items on your wish list? 

A: Honestly I want a Nintendo Switch (Mom I hope you are reading this).


  Katie Ortego   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Almond Cortado on a good day, Bellocq's Lemongrass Tea when I'm feeling sneezy.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Heck yes! I love that there are days set in place to help us wind down and just enjoy being with the people we love. Plus it's my first married Christmas, so cue all the sappy traditions etc.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: Norden's Big Sur Candle! It smells incredible. Plus, Big Sur is one of my fav places and that candle just nails the nostalgia.  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: Does an oatmeal cream pie from Chrome count?

Katie Ortego

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Almond Cortado on a good day, Bellocq's Lemongrass Tea when I'm feeling sneezy.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Heck yes! I love that there are days set in place to help us wind down and just enjoy being with the people we love. Plus it's my first married Christmas, so cue all the sappy traditions etc.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: Norden's Big Sur Candle! It smells incredible. Plus, Big Sur is one of my fav places and that candle just nails the nostalgia.

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: Does an oatmeal cream pie from Chrome count?


  Sawyer Estes   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Today's my day off so I plan to throw back some beers in a few hours. Bring back Koko Buni already, Creature Comforts. Oh sure, coffee too - anything from Methodical. Their Play Nice blend has blown my mind these past few weeks - so sweet, so bright.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?  A: Of course. Visiting my girlfriend's family in Cleveland before heading to Vegas of all places with my mom and sister.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: Easy. Illustoria magazine. These issues do a fantastic job of inspiring creativity and intelligence in children. Plan to bring my nephews a couple of issues this holiday season. I'll read them first because they're kick*** for adults too.  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: New phone, new laptop, new camera, new socks, new shoes, new shirts, new coffee equipment... santa did I forget something?

Sawyer Estes

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Today's my day off so I plan to throw back some beers in a few hours. Bring back Koko Buni already, Creature Comforts. Oh sure, coffee too - anything from Methodical. Their Play Nice blend has blown my mind these past few weeks - so sweet, so bright.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

A: Of course. Visiting my girlfriend's family in Cleveland before heading to Vegas of all places with my mom and sister.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: Easy. Illustoria magazine. These issues do a fantastic job of inspiring creativity and intelligence in children. Plan to bring my nephews a couple of issues this holiday season. I'll read them first because they're kick*** for adults too.

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: New phone, new laptop, new camera, new socks, new shoes, new shirts, new coffee equipment... santa did I forget something?


  Riley Westbrook   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Single origin espresso. We have an awesome Guatemalan offering from Quills Coffee in Louisville right now – this is definitely my favorite coffee of the year.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?  A: I love the holidays. I don’t have any huge plans, just a few family events.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: My Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase is one of my favorite items that I own. It has three “settings” – it can be a backback, a messenger bag, or a briefcase. I use it as a messenger bag on the day-to-day, and I’ll switch it over to a backpack if I’m traveling or doing a lot of walking. I really like the big, industrial size zippers. They feel super smooth and I never have to worry about them breaking.   Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: Just some boring everyday items. I asked my wife for a computer mouse!

Riley Westbrook

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Single origin espresso. We have an awesome Guatemalan offering from Quills Coffee in Louisville right now – this is definitely my favorite coffee of the year.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

A: I love the holidays. I don’t have any huge plans, just a few family events. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: My Topo Designs Commuter Briefcase is one of my favorite items that I own. It has three “settings” – it can be a backback, a messenger bag, or a briefcase. I use it as a messenger bag on the day-to-day, and I’ll switch it over to a backpack if I’m traveling or doing a lot of walking. I really like the big, industrial size zippers. They feel super smooth and I never have to worry about them breaking. 

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: Just some boring everyday items. I asked my wife for a computer mouse!


  Kyle Taylor   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Stumptown’s Ethiopia Mordecofe on drip.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Yes, super excited to spend some quality time with Kelly and Owen. No big plans, just going to try and get as much time in with family as I can.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?  A: Between Kelly and I we do all the buying, so I honestly just love it all.   Q: Any big items on your wish list?   A: I’d love it if someone would buy me a La Marzocco Mini for the house, haha. But, I'd settle for a Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle.  

Kyle Taylor

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Stumptown’s Ethiopia Mordecofe on drip.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Yes, super excited to spend some quality time with Kelly and Owen. No big plans, just going to try and get as much time in with family as I can.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?

A: Between Kelly and I we do all the buying, so I honestly just love it all. 

Q: Any big items on your wish list? 

A: I’d love it if someone would buy me a La Marzocco Mini for the house, haha. But, I'd settle for a Fellow Stagg EKG Kettle.  


  Kelly Taylor   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Since I’m pregnant I’m not drinking a ton of caffeine right now, but when I do I’m quite partial to a cortado or an almond chai latte.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Heck yes, always! Our little boy, Owen, is almost two years old and he’s totally obsessed with snowmen and Santa Claus so I just love seeing Christmas in a refreshed new way thru his eyes. Plans? Lots of good food and time with family.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?  A: I’m so in love with the Shinola journals that we picked up earlier this year. I’m a huge journaler and scheduler so I’m carrying two of the large Shinolas around currently; one as a DIY bullet schedule and a second for sketches and everyday thoughts and rants. The quality of the cover, thickness of the pages, elastic band to keep my pen nestled safe are all details that have me over the moon with these journals. 

Kelly Taylor

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Since I’m pregnant I’m not drinking a ton of caffeine right now, but when I do I’m quite partial to a cortado or an almond chai latte.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Heck yes, always! Our little boy, Owen, is almost two years old and he’s totally obsessed with snowmen and Santa Claus so I just love seeing Christmas in a refreshed new way thru his eyes. Plans? Lots of good food and time with family. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now?

A: I’m so in love with the Shinola journals that we picked up earlier this year. I’m a huge journaler and scheduler so I’m carrying two of the large Shinolas around currently; one as a DIY bullet schedule and a second for sketches and everyday thoughts and rants. The quality of the cover, thickness of the pages, elastic band to keep my pen nestled safe are all details that have me over the moon with these journals. 


  Khalid Smith   Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Recently I have really been enjoying this single origin Guatemalan from Quills.  Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?   A: Yes, I'm very excited for the holidays. I don't have any huge plans this year, but I may take a day trip to Montgomery to see my grandparents.  Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: Right now I'm really feeling these Norden candles. They're really dope because they have some amazing scents and once the candle is melted all the way down, you can use the handmade vessel as a mug!  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: I am really hoping Santa comes through with some new speakers for my car.

Khalid Smith

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Recently I have really been enjoying this single origin Guatemalan from Quills.

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans? 

A: Yes, I'm very excited for the holidays. I don't have any huge plans this year, but I may take a day trip to Montgomery to see my grandparents.

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: Right now I'm really feeling these Norden candles. They're really dope because they have some amazing scents and once the candle is melted all the way down, you can use the handmade vessel as a mug!

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: I am really hoping Santa comes through with some new speakers for my car.


  Nick Gividen    Q: What are you drinking today?  A: Quills Guatemalan on single-origin espresso!   Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?  A: Always, winter is my favorite season and the holidays are the coziest time of the year. And probably just camping and drinking whiskey and cider.   Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?  A: I’m really digging these Drift magazines. I read a previous issue on Cuban coffee culture that blew my mind a little bit. They’ve developed their own incredibly detailed and involved coffee culture that is so different from what we think of as excellent coffee in America today. It was a great window into a world so similar to mine, but contrasting in so many ways.  Q: Any big items on your wish list?  A: Not really! Gifts are great and all, but I tend to have a much better time spending time and energy into getting together with friends and family and relaxing around a fire or a grill. 

Nick Gividen

Q: What are you drinking today?

A: Quills Guatemalan on single-origin espresso! 

Q: Are you excited for the holidays? Any big plans?

A: Always, winter is my favorite season and the holidays are the coziest time of the year. And probably just camping and drinking whiskey and cider. 

Q: What’s your favorite item that we are stocking at Chrome right now and why?

A: I’m really digging these Drift magazines. I read a previous issue on Cuban coffee culture that blew my mind a little bit. They’ve developed their own incredibly detailed and involved coffee culture that is so different from what we think of as excellent coffee in America today. It was a great window into a world so similar to mine, but contrasting in so many ways.

Q: Any big items on your wish list?

A: Not really! Gifts are great and all, but I tend to have a much better time spending time and energy into getting together with friends and family and relaxing around a fire or a grill. 


Stumptown Coffee + Chrome Yellow

One of the things we are most excited about is partnering Stumptown Coffee. We've been training hard, and drinking lots of coffee. Cant wait to share a cup with friends and neighbors real soon. 

new shop.

Excited to share some new shop progress with you all. Be on the lookout for our grand opening updates! 

F/W14 Men's Lookbook

We recently took a weekend trip up to Ellijay, GA. We stayed right on the river, enjoyed the cool mountain air, a campire, our favorite games, and most importantly, good friends. Oh, and we also took a few photos featuring our Fall collection as well!

Life After Denim / Raleigh Denim

Pendleton Portland Collection / Raleigh Denim

Deus Ex Machina / Rogue Territory

Raleigh Denim

Frausto & Co.

Rogue Territory / Raleigh Denim / Pendleton Portland Collection

Rogue Territory / Pendleton Portland Collection

Rogue Territory

Rogue Territory / Raleigh Denim / Pendleton Portland Collection

Photos by Jamie Hopper

Westside Pop-Up Shop: Let The Good Times Roll

We're excited to be a part of the community in Atlanta's Westside Provisions District for this holiday season! We have partnered with our good friend David Kowalski, from Brick + Mortar. We'll be in the neighborhood through December 24th, so make sure you stop by to shop, hang out, and as always, play some ping pong!

We are also excited to announce that we will be having our 1-year anniversary party in the space on Saturday, December 13th. We will be releasing more details soon, but go ahead and mark your calendars! We're so excited to see everyone!

Photos by Chad McCroskey

Rogue Territory

So, what is it that really makes a man? Is it the places he’s gone? The risks he’s taken? The adventures he’s carved out? Because, if we’re being honest, those sort of things cannot truly be measured. So how does one show such things? How does one wear them with pride? How does one mark their territory? Well, Rogue Territory has a bit of an answer for that. Believing that their denim has the ability to withhold a story, Rogue Territory strives to create beautiful handmade pieces that can journey along with their wearer wherever he is taken. The more the wear, the more unique the story.

Since its beginning in Los Angeles, CA in 2008, Rogue Territory has been committed to creating quality handcrafted goods to its customers, cherishing artisans and their ability to master detail in an individual item. Here at Chrome Yellow Trading Company, we are more than proud to offer such an amazing product for our customers.


So, go ahead. Throw on a pair for yourself! Take that hike! Have a drink! Ride that bike! Tackle that bear! Your Rogue Territory will be more than happy to document each moment of your journey along the way.