Retail: Silverlake, Regional 'Local + Global' Partnership

Retail: Silverlake, Regional 'Local + Global' Partnership

By Kevin Carney, Bo Carney, and Shea Parton

Photos by Kevin Carney, Daniel Curran

We are privileged to release the Apolis + Mohawk General Store Silverlake Market Bag, exclusively sold at Mohawk General Store in Silverlake, Los Angeles, California. This is our 23rd Local + Global project, connecting regional retailers with our global advocacy and helping to create consistent employment for artisans in rural Bangladesh.

Silverlake is located a stone’s throw from our downtown headquarters and is just east of Hollywood. Walt Disney Studios was at one time located in Silverlake and various actors still call it home, but it is a community that prides itself on much more than just its connection to the entertainment industry. The 30,000 residents that live in Silverlake are younger than the average LA resident and come from diverse backgrounds, with many working as artists, actors, designers, and musicians. In recent years, Silverlake has experienced gentrification resulting in higher property prices, but also an artistic, local, and alternative vibe.

Mohawk General Store founders, Kevin and Bo Carney, opened the store in neighboring Echo Park in 2008 on Mohawk Street, but the residential neighborhood made it only a “destination location.” They had always connected with the people and neighborhood in Silverlake, so when a space opened up in 2010 at the Sunset Junction on the corner of Sunset and Santa Monica, they jumped at the opportunity to move locations. Mohawk General carries mid-century furniture and lighting, clothing, accessories, and vinyl, appealing to locals who work in the industry, but don’t want to drive across town to Beverly Hills to find the goods they need. In fact, many of Mohawk General’s customers park their cars altogether and explore the streets of Silverlake on foot, a rarity in LA. Popular restaurants Blossom, Café Stella, and Intelligentsia Coffee, are all on the same block as Mohawk General, creating a tight-knit business community. It is this deep commitment to the Silverlake community that many of us at Apolis call home that makes us proud to announce Mohawk General Store as our 20th Local + Global Market Bag retail partner.

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