On Thursday, October 21, 2021, the book launch and VIP gallery preview of Brian Bowen Smith’s ‘DRIVEBYS’ was held in an exclusive space in Los Angeles, California. The celebration honoring Bowen Smith’s new book was presented by Casa Del Sol Tequila, treating guests to some delightful sips from a fresh line of luxury tequila. A portion of proceeds from the ‘DRIVEBYS’ event were donated to Feeding America, a charity to which Bowen Smith has a personal connection.
Bowen Smith’s ‘DRIVEBYS’ features a compilation of striking images captured while trekking more than 11,000 miles in his classic 1958 Ford F100 (named “Pearl”) across the United States, documenting the emptiness brought about due to the Covid-19 pandemic. An accidental project of sorts, Bowen Smith explained how ‘DRIVEBYS’ began as a few casual photos and “grew into a multi-faceted cross-country project of a lifetime.”
A renowned photographer for his celebrity portraits, Bowen Smith has snapped stunning photos for Eva Longoria, Gabrielle Union, Anne Hathaway, Will Smith, Tracee Ellis Ross, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Aniston, Kevin Hart, and Samuel L. Jackson — to name a few.
During the event, guests were given the chance to experience Casa Del Sol’s three spectacular offerings — Blanco, sipped with sun, evoking pleasant hints of fresh agave, mint, spice, and caramel green apple; Reposado, best sipped at golden hour, with notes of wild honey, raisin, and butterscotch; and Añejo, best sipped at sunset, with offerings of toffee, apricot, oak, and chestnut.
Casa Del Sol, the latest in the celebrity tequila landscape, was inspired by the magic of golden hour and the legend of the Aztec goddess of agave, Mayahuel. Co-founder Eva Longoria attended the VIP event, mingling with other stars in attendance including Demi Moore, her daughter Scout Willis, and Milla Jovovich. As the daughter of Mexican-American parents, Longoria and the brand have put heritage at the forefront, expressing the importance of both legacy and authenticity when crafting the liquor.
“It is always my mission to uplift the voices of women and celebrate my Mexican heritage so that others may be inspired by the limitless genius and artistry that is rich in our communities.” — Eva Longoria
Photo Credit: Photographer/Getty Images for Casa Del Sol Tequila