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If you love exploring flea markets and craft fairs but don't have the time to do it as much as you'd like to, Maker Los Angeles is your best bet. Launched this past January, the LA-based online store is run by husband-and-wife duo Andrea and Aidan Hawken, who are quick to note that they are "enthusiastically pro Maker Movement, and equally enthusiastically anti Throwaway Culture."
This ethos explains the shop quite nicely, as it's filled with thoughtfully-curated items that are made to become heirlooms. "It was a dream of ours to have a little store with all our favorite finds," Andrew tells us. "[My husband's] father was the founder of Smith and Hawken in the 1970s and thus he grew up learning about the importance of heirloom quality pieces and designs that stand the test of time. I grew up sitting in my grandfather's home surrounded by a plethora of mid-century gems and design became my way of remembering my beloved grandfather. We started Maker Los Angeles as a way to pay homage to those ideals learned in our childhood and as a way to carry on that same principle in our own family. It's the idea of non-disposable consumerism; buy stuff, just buy better so you can pass it on to generations that come after you."
If you find yourself overwhelmed by Maker's options, Andrea's current favorite picks are this Nico Nico Atlas jumper ($290; pictured above), this Arne Vodder sideboard #26 ($6,000), and all of the Emilie Halpern vases.
Take a spin around the shop and stay tuned for a possible brick and mortar, as the duo hopes to open one in the future: "We live in Baldwin Hills and with the metro line moving in, lots of exciting things are coming up in Culver City, so ideally, we'd love to be part of what is happening in our own community."