Made in Los Angeles: Artisan Goods from the City of Angels

Hedley & Bennett Apron HQ in Vernon

Hedley & Bennett Apron HQ in Vernon | Photo: Hedley & Bennett, Facebook


Cinematic entertainment is only one of the many wonderful gifts that Los Angeles shares with the world. Clean living, chocolate-as-art, and environmentally sound products are some of the other goods made in LA and globally adored. We’ve curated a list of ten of the finest establishments proudly representing one of the many choices of the things we love, made in Los Angeles.

Black Crane

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Black Crane



Launched in the fall of 2008, Black Crane, the high-end (with an affordable price point) fashion label is produced in Los Angeles by the husband-and-wife team, Alexander Yamaguchi and Momoko Suzuki. Very invested in their Japanese roots and culture, the design duo focuses on "a silhouette that complements supple lines and comfort." With its heavenly jumpsuits and dresses, Black Crane is reflective of its home city, dressing L.A.'s casual-chic-with-an-edge crowd. Available at lifestyle stores like Lost & Found in Hollywood, General Store in Venice, and many more. For a full list, visit the Black Crane website.

Compartés Chocolatier in Brentwood

Compartés Chocolatier in Brentwood | Photo: @amoctopus

Compartés



The perfect gift for every occasion, it’s nearly impossible to eat just one of these mini works of chocolate art. Handcrafting chocolate in Los Angeles since 1950, using locally sourced and all natural ingredients, Compartés is produced daily from scratch by a small team of chocolatiers. Pick up a box of love disguised as luxurious chocolate confections at the Chocolate Factory in Brentwood.

Hedley Bennett

Apron HQ | Photo: Hedley & Bennett, Facebook

Hedley & Bennett



Constructing garments specifically for the culinary industry, Hedley & Bennett was established by founder and designer Ellen Bennett in 2012 to turn drab kitchen work clothes to inspired uniforms for the kitchen set. Aiming to design "the world’s best workwear & build a community in the kitchen and beyond", Hedley & Bennett lovingly creates each product in their LA factory. Each unique piece is constructed to last the rigors of a professional kitchen, "handcrafted from start to finish using top grade American canvas, raw Japanese selvage denim, and European linens". This premium apron brand is quickly becoming the first choice in aprons for the culinary industry and master chefs at home.

Homeboy Bakery

Homeboy Bakery | Photo: @carolmcgovn

Homeboy Bakery



Sweet treats and an opportunity for a better life. That’s what Homeboy Bakery provides to the greater Los Angeles community. A subsidiary of Homeboy Industries, “the world's largest and most successful gang-intervention, re-entry, and rehab program,” this nonprofit helps former gang members develop skills to find jobs in the culinary industry. Made with heart and soul, these award-winning baked goods can be picked up at the Hollywood Farmers’ Market or online and help finance life-changing services, including “employment, legal aid, substance abuse counseling, tattoo removal, health care, parenting classes, psychiatric care, domestic violence intervention, and whatever else develops out of necessity.” Caring for one’s community never tasted so good.

Jennifer "Puffy" Girlfriend Hoodie

"Puffy" Girlfriend Hoodie | Photo: Jennifer

The Hundreds Los Angeles



Designed in Los Angeles, Jennifer is streetwear clothing for women by Bobby Kim, co-founder of famed lifestyle brand, The Hundreds. Kim wanted to open up the conversation about streetwear and women’s clothing, “Piece by piece, I built The Hundreds from graphic T-shirts to denim to a global streetwear brand. I’m looking to tell a similar story here – one that unfolds and evolves with time.” With the creation of the Girlfriend Hoodie, Kim wanted to create a response to boyfriend jeans. He wanted men to feel comfortable coveting their partner’s clothes. Jennifer is currently only available online.

Industry of All Nations

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Industry of All Nations Venice



Started by three Argentine brothers, Fernando, Juan, and Patricio Gerscovich in 2010, Industry of All Nations is an international consumer goods brand. A new kind of company, they search the world over for “iconic everyday goods”. IOAN does not wish to create more basic everyday products but to “restore the culture to the products and give power to the people.” Determined to promote fair trade, collaborate with local communities, and develop more sustainable industries, IOAN hopes to change the way we consume and purchase, declaring: “Shopping is the equivalent of voting.” Purchase clean basics, pullovers, denim (cut and sewn locally), and bottoms at their beautifully appointed store on Abbot Kinney in Venice.

Made Solid store in East Hollywood

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Made Solid



Made Solid is a collection of leather products inspired by “Western living” infusing the Californian lifestyle heavily influenced by music, skateboarding, and travel. Pick up one-of-a-kind and limited edition products including bags, jewelry, or homeware at their flagship retail showroom in East Hollywood. To ensure individuality and honor uniqueness, Made Solid does not use heavy machinery or sewing machines. Instead, the husband-and-wife duo, Peter and Mia Maxwell “design, cut, sew, color, burnish, pack and ship every piece” themselves.

Poketo Store at LINE Hotel in Koreatown

Poketo Store at LINE Hotel | Photo: Poketo

Poketo



Having started their company by collaborating with visual artists to create visually stunning products, Ted Vadakan and Angie Myung have become beloved ambassadors of all things design-related. Carefully curating accessories, objects for living, and stationery, Poketo also hosts workshops ranging from watercolor painting to lighting design to business and branding workshops. Poketo is a trusted destination for the creative community also hosting art exhibitions and other creative-related events. With LA locations at The ROW DTLA, Little Tokyo, LINE Hotel in Koreatown, and Platform in Culver City, finding a unique gift for yourself or someone you love is easy and fun.

Rewilder Hollywood Bowl Tote Bags

Hollywood Bowl Street Banner Tote Bags by Rewilder | Photo: Rewilder

Rewilder - LA Phil Store



Sick of the waste they were seeing in their respective industries, sustainable designers Lisa Siedlecki and Jennifer Silbert set a goal to make a product that balanced environmental integrity with great design. Rewilder was born to recycle salvaged materials to create modern bags. Handcrafted under one roof in their Hollywood studio, Rewilder brainstorms, designs, sews, and paints their wares in their small workspace giving them complete creative control over the process and ensuring they are creating the best product possible. Collaborating with the Los Angeles Philharmonic and Hollywood Bowl, Rewilder transformed street-pole banners into promotional items and unique products. This program rescues miles and miles of banners from our city’s landfills. Purchasing a Rewilder bag will re-introduce materials back into the streets without taking more from our planet. In addition to its online store, Rewilder can be purchased at the LA Phil Store at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Bowl Store, open seasonally.

victoria morris pottery

Mini Robin's Blue Egg Lamps by Victoria Morris Pottery at Lawson-Fenning Melrose | Instagram by @lawsonfenning

Victoria Morris Pottery



California ceramist and native Angeleno, Victoria Morris has been making inspired mid-century designed pottery for more than 20 years. Her functional wares, lamps, and fixtures can be found in hotels and restaurants all over Los Angeles. Shop at brick-and-mortar stores like Lawson-Fenning and Jenni Kayne, or online at victoriamorrispottery.com to bring Morris' functional and beautiful look home.