By Denney Pham and Raan Parton
Photos by Ryan Plett, StateofJoe, Masa Inoue
Join us THIS WEEKEND (Oct. 4-5) for GQ + Northern Grade in Los Angeles' Arts District. The following photostory is last year's Northern Grade in LA, April 2013:
ecently Apolis hosted Northern Grade—the longest running American Made Men's Pop-Up Shop. More than 2,500 visitors strolled, and discovered an amazing selection of brands and preferred food and drink vendors in a former upholstery warehouse space, located in the Arts District of Downtown LA. Premium goods could be found across the scope of apparel, footwear, accessories, grooming products, vintage home wares and more.
Some of the curated food vendors included Kumamoto Oysters from the Ceviche Project, Red Velvet Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches from Cool Haus, beer provided by Dogfish Head Brewery and espresso drinks from Handsome Roasters.
The backdrop of reggae records and warm lighting against the expansive brickwork created an invitiing atmosphere, and the lively sounds of conversations about American manufacturing and handcraftsmanship kept the volume at a dull roar. At the end of the day, people walked away from the event with some fare from some of our favorite brands and retailers such as Mohawk General Store, Baldwin Denim, District Millworks and District Skates, Almond Surfboards, Chippewa Boots, Rogue Territory, Windmill Club, Farm Tactics, BKLYN Dry Goods, 3Sixteen, Self Edge, and furniture from Stephen Kenn and Storefront LA.
As a passionate producer of high-quality goods made in the USA, it was a privilege to be a part of this amazing event. Just to be able associate Apolis with other companies who share a similar vision of products made domestically and with integrity was inspiring. It was a fantastic weekend full of new friendships made, wonderful discussions had, and of course, amazing products that represent the spirit and ingenuity of what “Made in America" really means.
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