Maker Walk LA is a celebration of local manufacturing, offering a behind-the-scenes look at how local brands and new products are being produced in Los Angeles. Since the first one in the fall of 2017, Maker Walk has partnered with great organizations like Artisanal LA, LA Food Fest, and dozens of businesses. Stay tuned: thanks to a grant from LA2050, the next MakerWalk will be in May. Sign up to stay connected: makeitinla.org/connect.
Maker Walk raises consumer awareness of locally-made brands, cultivates champions for manufacturing, and encourages creators to partner with local factories. Our first Maker Walk attracted 500+ attendees to over a dozen open-houses in the Arts District. Our after-party featured maker stations, custom-crafted local cocktails and beer tastings, and great food and conversation. See additional photos here.
Due to popular demand, we want to replicate the Maker Walk experience in maker hotspots around the region. (We are looking at you, El Segundo, Long Beach, Vernon, and more!)
Maker Walk is hosted by MAKE IT IN LA, a community of diverse creators who turn their passions into products in L.A. We’re committed to supporting the local economy through manufacturing with all of its related social, cultural, and economic benefits. By partnering creative entrepreneurs with L.A. manufacturers and helping businesses locate their production here, we are able to support long-term, inclusive economic growth, locally.
Our mission is to fully unleash the creative potential of our city. And while we love to help with the nuts and bolts, we like to have fun too! Enter Maker Walk.
More about the last event:
Tours: detailed list below
After-party: Maker Walk LA concluded with an evening V.I.P. celebration from 4-7pm at local manufacturer COMUNITY co-hosted in part by the Los Angeles Mayor’s Office. The party featured local food, beer tastings from Angel City Brewery, signature craft cocktails by Greenbar Distillery and Califia Farms. The reception also featured maker mini-workshops with our local friends of MAKE IT IN LA:
Leather shoe and bag making: La La Land Production and COMUNITY
Cut and sew stitching techniques: IndieSource and Fabdesigns
Brewing discussion: Angel City Brewery
AR for manufacturing demo: DAQRI Smart Helmet
Other sponsors of Maker Walk LA include SmartyPants Vitamins, Durolabs, CMTC, Happily, Sheppard Mullin, K&L Gates, Priority Pak, LADWP, LA Sanitation, and the Opportunity Fund.
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Location: Tours were within walking distance around the DTLA Arts District. Check-in started at 12:30pm at the La Kretz Innovation Campus: 525 S. Hewitt St, LA, CA 90013.
Check-in for the V.I.P. Celebration: COMUNITY: 584 Mateo St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 around the back from Palmetto Street.
Parking: available at the La Kretz Innovation campus for $6, payable with credit card at the gate. There is also limited free street parking.
Learn more about the tours:
Tours marked with * have very limited space and first-come, first-served. Please plan accordingly.
Advanced Prototyping Center at LACI: See what we’ve designed and created in the region’s highest caliber prototyping facility (CENTRAL)
Hear from representatives in the design, prototyping, manufacturing industries. Connect with local entrepreneurs who’ve developed products right here in the Advanced Prototyping Center and meet one-on-one with our community advisors to learn how to overcome common manufacturing challenges. Also, we’ll give 15-minute tours of the APC Training Center rooms so visitors can explore “The Story of Design to Manufacturing” firsthand and we’ll offer giveaways and special discounts on membership. Website: prototype.la
525 S. Hewitt Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tours and demos: 2:00pm-4:00pm ongoing (15-20 minutes)
Angel City Brewery: Beer tasting of beer made on site (NORTH)
Visit our LA-based craft brewery located in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles. We’ll be leading tasting of our flagship beers and giving you insight into the brewing process. For safety reasons, depending on activity level in the brewery, our touring might occur from a distance. But you’ll learn about the brewing process and how it impacts the taste of our various products.
216 S. Alameda Ave | Los Angeles, CA 90012
Tours: 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm (20-30 minutes)
Arts District Co-op: an eclectic mix of lifestyle products from local artists and artisans (CENTRAL)
The Arts District Co-op was established in 2014 to bring various local artists and artisans together to showcase their creations under one roof. It was a pioneer project in the Arts District. During the last 3 years, we’ve helped small business owners making their first step in having a retail store of their own and many transitioned to bigger and more permanent spaces of their own. Currently we have over 2 dozen vendors selling apparels, jewelry and accessories, candles, body products, industrial upcycled lamps, furniture and many more. Website: artsdistrictcoopla.com
453 Colyton Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013
Blue Bottle Coffee: Learn about the coffee-making process from seed to cup (CENTRAL)
Blue Bottle Coffee works directly with farmers around the world to source the finest, most sustainable coffees we can find. Then, we roast them here in the Arts District to our exacting flavor standards and serve them to you at peak deliciousness. It’s our privilege to deliver the coffees we love into your hands or onto your doorstep. Join us to learn more about coffee’s journey from seed to cup, and the process we take to hand-pour each coffee to order. Website: bluebottlecoffee.com
582 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tours: 1:30pm, 2:30pm, 3:30pm (20 minutes)
COMUNITY: Handcrafting one-of-a kind shoes on site. Relax and learn about local shoe making (CENTRAL)
Premium COMUNITY shoes are handcrafted right here DTLA. But these are more than just shoes. They help build a community. COMUNITY shoes fuel our mission to inspire action, participation, and empowerment of the people of our community. Learn how at comunitymade.com
(For a more in-depth overview of leather shoes and bags, with a workshop and factory tour, visit our manufacturing partner La La Land Production. See below for more details.)
584 Mateo Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013
Demos: 1:00-4:00pm ongoing (10-15 minutes)
Greenbar Distillery: Tour & tasting at the largest organic distillery in the world (SOUTH)
Come for a tour and a taste! At Greenbar Distillery, you can get up close and personal with the beautiful copper stills, pose with giant whiskey barrels and learn why taste and flavor is critical in all we do. Sample from our range of organic spirits and bitters in this mini tour of LA’s original Distillery. Website: greenbardistillery.com
2459 E.8th Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tours: 1:00pm, 1:30pm, 2:00pm, 2:30pm, 3:00pm, 3:30pm, 4:00pm (20 minutes)
HIVE: Stage Lighting Equipment Supplier (CENTRAL)
Come see what the buzz is about! Using plasma light technology, HIVE is the cult favorite of Hollywood gaffers and photographers alike. We’ll answer questions you might have about plasma lighting and our latest product, the WASP 10-C. Come visit us and see how we assemble our lighting kits and learn how a bulb the size of a grain of wheat can put out the equivalent of a 1.2Kw HMI par light and only with only uses 540 watts of power. Website: hivelighting.com
527 Colyton Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tours: ongoing (10-15 minutes)
Hyperloop One: Go behind the scenes at the startup changing the future of transportation (SOUTH)
Hyperloop One is the only company in the world that has built a full-scale Hyperloop system, and it was designed right here in DTLA. Hyperloop is a new mode of transportation that moves freight and people quickly, safely, on-demand and direct from origin to destination. Passengers or cargo are loaded into the Hyperloop vehicle and accelerate gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube. The vehicle floats above the track using magnetic levitation and glides at airline speeds for long distances due to ultra-low aerodynamic drag. It’s fully autonomous and enclosed, eliminating pilot error and weather hazards. It’s safe and clean, with no direct carbon emissions. On your site visit to Hyperloop One’s Innovation Campus in LA, you’ll learn how the technology works and get to see where we design, test and prototype most of the components that will go into the final production system. Website: hyperloop-one.com
2159 Bay Street | Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tours: 1:00pm (20 minutes)
*very limited space, sign up at check-in. NDA required.
La La Land Production and Gruppo Mastrotto USA: Introductions to leather, how to make a luxury bag and shoes (SOUTH)
If you are serious about leather, visit us for this special behind-the-scenes tour and workshop, including how to make a luxury bag and shoes. We have an introductions to leather tanning, hand bags pattern and development, with information about the difference of luxury versus mass-production. Website: lalaland-design.com
2155 E. 7th Street, Unit 300 Third floor | Los Angeles, CA 90023
Plentiful free parking around back.
Tour and workshops: 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 3:00pm (40 minutes)
LADWP Substation: Overview of a LADWP Distributing Station (CENTRAL)
Manufacturing depends on reliable water and power. Come learn how that power is produced and distributed! The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) provides water and power to the residents and businesses of the City of Los Angeles. The tour will provide an overview of the LADWP Power Generation and Distribution systems and a specific view of an active Distributing Station adjacent to its office and warehouse Facility in the Arts District. The Station distributes power to the residents and businesses in the Downtown area. Website: ladwp.com
1212 Palmetto Street | Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tours: flexible (15-20 minutes)
Oblong Industries: Experience spatial computing at architectural scale in our warehouse lab (CENTRAL)
Come see what spatial computing is all about with our 40-foot interactive display wall and collaboration tools. We’re most known for our flagship product, Mezzanine, which brings content-rich visual collaboration capabilities to conference rooms around the world. It’s built on our core technology, g-speak. We’ll be swimming in it at the warehouse: Imagine abstract concepts taking shape in real-world space, controlled by simple gestures—all in service to solving complex business challenges. It’s not sci-fi. It’s what we build with our biggest customers who are creating disruptive products, navigating big unstructured data sets, or launching initiatives to better the world. Website: oblong.com
1375 E. 6th Street, #5 | Los Angeles, CA 90013
Tours: 1:30-2:30pm (20 minutes)
Closed-toed shoes required.
Sew FYI: Learn about apparel making at the one and only 24/7 coworking sewing space (CENTRAL)
Sew FYI is a fully functional sewing and design co-working studio. It is a space where creative minds bring their special ideas to reality. The concept for Sew FYI is similar to a gym – we provide the equipment, you bring the creativity. We serve seamstresses, designers, creative people who would like to use the open studio create their own personal unique collection. Our members have full access to tools and guidance to help them create their line, look, or project.
Our studio is designed for the open sharing of ideas in a welcoming environment and coworking space. No experience necessary; we invite everyone from novice sewers to professional designers to join our community. Wesbite: sewfyi.com
1340 E. 6th Street, unit #505 | Los Angeles, CA 90021
Tours: ongoing (10 minutes)
Thank you to our sponsors and co-hosts, who make this event possible!
…and thank you to our marketing partners and other important collaborators: