Highland Park Holiday Popup Nov 9-Dec 24
LA Original, a pilot program spotlighting and supporting L.A.’s creative economy and local manufacturers, announces a holiday pop-up with Los Angeles County Store in in Highland Park. A selection of LA Original products will be available for purchase at the pop-up shop beginning on November 9, 2019 (also the NELA Art Walk) through December 24, 2019. Customers are invited to support local creativity by purchasing holiday gifts for good.
An initiative of the Mayor's Fund for Los Angeles (MFLA) in collaboration with the Mayor's Office of Economic Development, LA Original celebrates Los Angeles as the creative capital of the world and supports local entrepreneur programs. The initiative provides a platform to highlight and promote locally designed, assembled, or manufactured goods through a line of L.A.-branded products, and gives back to creative entrepreneur programs across the City.
“The creativity in Los Angeles is unrivaled anywhere else, and our artists and manufacturers feed the spirits and better the lives of people all over the world,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “LA Original brings new meaning to the idea of shopping locally, showcases a new generation of entrepreneurs, and raises awareness of the extraordinary makers who fuel the city’s creative spirit.”
The LA Original collection represented at Los Angeles County Store will include accessories, housewares, and apparel by L.A.-based designers and makers including LA Original Core Collection items such as tees, hats, and baby onesies; glass art by artist Janel Foo; trays and coasters by Wolfum; postcards from Cha Cha Covers; apparel designs produced by Everybody.World; and tea from Teadrops.
“Since opening in 2014 LA County Store has exclusively featured the work of Los Angeles artists and makers,” said MaryAnne LoVerme, owner of LA County Store. “Los Angeles has long attracted creatives from around the world, and it’s an honor to provide a platform to support their amazing work!”
LA Original program proceeds from the LA Original pilot support MADE by DWC, a social enterprise operated by the Downtown Women’s Center to provide job training and employment in product and retail environments for women transitioning out of homelessness.
“For women who are transitioning out of homelessness, there are a multitude of barriers to employment, ranging from bouts of unemployment to experiencing stigma against homelessness,” said Chief Executive Officer of Downtown Women’s Center, Lisa Watson. “Our MADE by DWC job training program offers women the opportunity to regain confidence, exercise their creativity, and gain valuable job skills on their path to personal stability. By purchasing the handMADE products women transitioning out of homelessness make, including our three LA Original candles, you directly contribute to ending women’s homelessness in LA. ”
The Los Angeles County Store features products from over 200 LA-based local small businesses. The Highland Park location will be open beginning November 9, Thursday-Saturday 11am-6pm and Sunday 11-5; hours will expand in December. The LA Original+LA County Store pop-up will be open through December 24, 2019.