The maker of sleek, modern pipes chats with us about highdeas, her love of pre-rolls, and dismantling ageism one wacky outfit at a time.
Alice Boher’s slight Southern twang snakes around her new home of Los Angeles like elegant smoke tendrils. Although the stage is what first beckoned her to the coastal hub, Boher banded with her partner, Sebastian, to start hawking his beautiful, functional ceramic wares. And so Miwak Junior was born. The company touts a slew of sleek, modern pipes, all of which are inconspicuous in their intended use. Miwak helped usher in the first wave of aesthetically on-point smokewear just as recreational cannabis use became legal in California. The iconic design even landed a cameo on the stoner staple series High Maintenance.
Luckily, the days of cartoonish glassware being your only option are over and that’s in large part thanks to Boher’s hard work. I caught up with Alice to chat about regional understandings about the herb, indoor/outdoor glasses, and how weed dissolves the ugly, made-up standards of ageism. This is her story as told to Proper.
LIFE & CAREER
I grew up in Columbus, Georgia, but came to LA as an actor, like so many of us weirdos. Also, I went to film school and I do screenwriting. My partner Sebastian had made these little pipes and even though he wasn't much of a smoker, I've always been a stoner. Then I noticed that something was up with these pipes. People really wanted them.
It all started to dawn on me how he was doing something unique with cannabis design. I've always believed in him as an artist—big time—but this was the first time he designed something functional. I started learning about making a brand and starting your own thing and what that all entails. It excited me.
I started taking Miwak more seriously in 2014. I was becoming more and more a part of it. I quit my job teaching performance art at a college and decided to sell weed pipes. I was tired of teaching, I was tired of ungrateful students, and I was tired of putting in my heart and soul with so little payoff. Instead, I put my heart and soul into these weed pipes, thinking, “This is a funny thing to sell. This is great.”