If Container Park was a family, Molotov Supply Co. would be the rebellious black sheep with a lit stoge and fuckall attitude.
The recently-opened boutique, which celebrates its official grand opening November 2, is filled with the kind of apparel and accessories that’d worry high school counselors.
Located on the second floor of Container Park, the store highlights local brands such as Depressed Monsters, graffiti-inspired Anilyz Something and Creators and Destroyers, which finds inspiration from the least inspirational sources: cults and serial killers. Many of its T-shirts and patches feature Heaven’s Gate leader Marshall Applewhite.
If it isn’t weird, it’s subversive like store owner David Duran’s own brand, Civilian, which features a bottled fire bomb on many of its products, similar to the boutique’s logo and namesake.
“I don’t try to be too hard politically, but it’s there in the name,” Duran says.
Molotov is the second brick-and-mortar storefront for Duran. He opened Civilian HQ in 2012 on Windy Street near Town Square, focusing solely on his own line. By that time, he’d already made a name for Civilian, having spent the previous decade putting posters up around the city and peddling shirts out of his trunk and online. The Civilian brand is now synonymous with Las Vegas’ streetwear scene.
Molotov doubles not only as a display for Civilian, but as an incubator for local designers on the come up. “I always want to help give people a platform to show their work. If I eat, other people are gonna eat,” Duran says.
In addition to clothing, Molotov features artwork, vinyl toys, notepads and even beard grooming products from local companies such as Alchemy and Outlaw. But there are a few items on display that aren’t for sale, such as limited-edition vinyl figures for rap group Run the Jewels and late beat maker J Dilla. He also has a rare toy from famed street artist Kaws, which he might be willing to part with “if the price is right,” he says.
Photos courtesy of Molotov Supply Co.
Though Molotov is Duran’s first Downtown retail residence, he’s been a fixture of the community for years. He heads the Las Vegas series of Secret Walls live art battles, which have been held at Gold Spike, Container Park and during Downtown Grand’s Third Thursdays on Third block parties.
Even if you haven’t attended his events or stepped foot in his stores, Downtown denizens should already be familiar with Duran’s work. His design agency, Kids in the Attic, handles the design and production for Evel Pie, among other local businesses. The pizza joint’s T-shirts earned Evel Pie a Best Merch nod in Vegas Seven’s Best of the City earlier this year.
In the short time that Molotov Supply has been open, Duran’s had to adjust to the shopping center foot traffic. Civilian HQ is tucked away in an industrial area, so anyone who walks through the doors is specifically there for his products. “[At Container Park] I’m still getting used to people coming in, looking around, saying ‘thank you’ and leaving,” Duran says.
The addition of Molotov adds to Duran’s growing list of enterprises, which also includes his Sunday Riots concert series at Civilian HQ and the Beat Maker Social showcases. He’s hoping to give Container Park a taste of those events, as well.
“I guess I like to put a lot on my plate,” he says.
Molotov Supply Co.
707 Fremont St., Suite 2100, inside Container Park, Mon.-Sun. 12-8 p.m., Instagram: molotovsupplyco