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At west elm, we believe feeling truly at home means connecting with your community—that's why we carry locally made + designed products in our stores. To help grow small businesses from the ground up, we asked our customers to vote on their favorite makers. The first place winner received a $25,000 grant and we included each runner-up in our assortment, helping their brand reach new markets.

Meet the winners of the 2014 WE LOVE LOCAL MAKERS small business grant! Watch The Video
A Question Of Eagles

A Question Of Eagles

Los Angeles, CA

Husband-and-wife team Melissa Tolar and Jonathan Ballak are committed to making heirloom-quality goods by hand—including their collections of planters, quilts and bowls. We love their ceramic planters, which they throw, carve and then paint with lead-free glazes by hand.

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“We’re inspired by nature + the American landscape.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Bubo Handmade

Bubo Handmade

Dallas, TX

Kristen Faircloth got her start by sewing small bags and wallets for her friends and family during college. She cuts and sews leather bags by hand, with styles inspired by the clean lines of vintage designs. An avid fan of antique shops, she loves to bring home her finds to dissect their construction.

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“I love creating beautiful, sustainable leather pieces.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Fort Makers

Fort Makers

Brooklyn, NY

A collective of artists based in Brooklyn, Fort Makers makes functional and interactive art. Creating large-scale public art installations, they also work on a wide variety of fashion and home products. Each of their pieces reflects the unique hand of the artist and the energy and inspiration of the group. We especially love their hand-dyed and block-printed tea towels.

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“We believe design should be useful + inspiring.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Fleabags

Fleabags

Brooklyn, NY

Fashion designer Shira Entis and lawyer Alex Bell have been flea market addicts ever since they met at Brown University. Frustrated by the inconvenience and unsustainability of accumulating plastic bags while shopping, they began creating dapper, large, lightweight and sturdy carry-alls that are also eco-minded and made in the USA.

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“We’re inspired by an Americana aesthetic.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Noble Goods

Noble Goods

Brooklyn, NY

Christopher Moore is a sculptor and Molly FitzSimons is a tabletop and interiors stylist with a knack for bringing beauty to everyday life. Together they create Americana-style cheeseboards carved from U.S.-sourced hardwoods and finished with food-safe resins.

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“People see our products + reach out to touch them.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Monroe Trades

Monroe Trades

New York, NY

After moving to New York in 2011, Patrick Glynn became inspired by the energy, unique culture and personality of each neighborhood in the city. Channeling that passion into a line of furniture and accessories, he uses industrial pipes and rustic, natural wood designs.

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“My designs reflect a love of New York + vintage goods.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Flaneur's Pocket

Flâneur's Pocket

Brooklyn, NY

Friends Lauren Manning and Veronica Acosta merged their experience in architecture and design to make something fun together. We love their one-of-a-kind colorblock planters. Veronica shapes the wood into a unique geometric form, then Lauren adds the paint, linework and gold.

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“We believe design should be happy + colorful.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

M.F.E.O. (Made For Each Other)

M.F.E.O.

Los Angeles, CA

Aaron and Claire Van Holland dreamt of designing a collection that reflected their love of mid-century and sustainable living. When Aaron’s grandfather offered them his antique barn as a material resource, M.F.E.O. (short for ”Made For Each Other’’) was born. Their new home collection features the barn in many of their designs.

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“We sustainably source materials for quality pieces.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Jikits

Jikits

Los Angeles, CA

Printmaker and sculptor Kim Baise is inspired by everything from bright colors and bold shapes to Picasso. She creates modern mobiles made from papier mache that really brighten a room. We love her succulent strands, which are an easy way to bring the outdoors in (no watering necessary!).

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“My designs result from me playing in my own world.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Native Maps

Native Maps

Dallas, TX

Texas native David Harman makes hand-pulled, screen-printed maps on archival paper. His first design took him six months of research to create. Now he creates maps of places like Brooklyn, Dallas, Boston, Chicago and Manhattan that call attention to the unique neighborhoods that make up each.

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“We make maps for both the local + the native.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Haley Ann Robinson

Haley Ann Robinson

Portland, OR

Graphic designer, artist & illustrator Haley Ann Robinson splits her time between Portland and Los Angeles, gathering inspiration from Oregon’s forests, while immersing herself in California’s diverse culture. Color, nature, and geometry (including all the possibilities of a 3-dimensional shape) influence Haley's work.

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“I always challenge myself to use new materials.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Eric Trine

Eric Trine

Long Beach, CA

Oregon College of Art and Craft graduate Eric Trine is known for his steel geometric side tables in powder-coated finishes. He likes to describe his California-cool aesthetic through this imaginative question: What if Charles Eames, Buckminster Fuller, and Sam Maloof were surfing buddies?

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“My designs are casual and playful.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Hemlock & Heather

Hemlock & Heather

Austin, TX

After remodeling their home in 2009, Kristopher and Kelley Denby started building furniture and wood headboards featuring one-of-a-kind designs. They're known for their reclaimed Texas wall hangings, which are made from 100% recycled and castaway wood, found in and around their city.

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“We love to find under-appreciated pieces to revive.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Dusen Dusen

Dusen Dusen

Brooklyn, NY

Born in Washington, DC, Ellen Van Dusen was raised by architect parents in a vibrant, creative home. Through a self-directed major at Tufts University, she studied the psychology of design and the brain's reaction to visual stimuli. Made in the US, her line is driven by the prints she creates from scratch.

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“I'm inspired by far-flung places.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Lamon Luther

Lamon Luther

Douglasville, GA

Brian Preston started his carpentry company Lamon Luther as a tribute to the dwindling art of American craftsmanship. After realizing how many homeless carpenters were living in the woods of his town, he gave some of them jobs building fine handcrafted furniture. "Each piece carries a story of hope and opportunity," says Brian.

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“We create opportunities for the broken + forgotten.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Vitrified Studio

Vitrified Studio

Portland, OR

After spending ten years in architecture, ceramicist Shelley Martin started her design studio as a way of creating and sharing pieces she loves. She creates her minimalist utilitarian pieces all by hand—without a template—on a pottery wheel in her backyard studio.

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“Each of my ceramics is a true one of a kind.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.

Another Feather

Another Feather

Portland, OR

Maker and designer Hannah Ferrara began creating minimalist jewelry after being unable to find pieces she wanted to wear. With a background in conceptual art and a love for well-made heirlooms, she uses traditional metal-smithing techniques to make stylish solid brass keychains.

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“My pieces are designed to be used day in + day out.”

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To learn more about our local makers, visit our blog.