Merican Made for the Holidays, a New Pop-Up is Open on Abbot Kinney

Los Angeles, California (December 16, 2015) – Merican Made, a traveling pop-up showcasing American-made brands, is now open on famed Abbot Kinney Boulevard in Venice Beach, California, this holiday season.

The Merican Made Pop-Up is showcasing quality, craftsmanship and style all while giving back to the planet, people and animals.  The goal of the Merican Made collective is to highlight and expose customers to a few of the wonderful American brands that often are overlooked in the crowded fashion space.

From an array of men and women’s lifestyles brands from around the United States, Merican Made has your holiday gift needs covered, wether your shopping list includes leather bags, apparel, handmade signs or bottle openers. As it is Merican Made's inaugural pop-up in Los Angeles, there are several California brands, from Long Beach to Sacramento, that are represented: AndrogynyChocolate and SteelDean AccessoriesGraphic AnthologyKahoy KollectionKelso Doesnt Dance, and Taxi CDC.  Not to be forgotten, brands from Detroit and Chicago round out the collective with Detroit Hustles HarderMr + Muse and Woodward Throwbacks

“I am thrilled to have curated an amazing collective of very talented individuals whose products exemplify what I feel American manufacturing stands for - quality, craftsmanship and style,” said Tara Gardiner, creator of Merican Made.  “It is important to be an option of 'conscious shopping' in this world.  These hand-selected brands all have humane working conditions and wages, coupled with outstanding products.  I am grateful to showcase and celebrate them, and also to donate a percentage of the sales to some wonderful charities.”

The temporary retail store, which runs through Sunday, December 27th, is housed within the existing Milkmade store (1413 Abbot Kinney, Venice).  The retail space is open 11 am-7 pm, Monday through Saturday, and 12-6 pm on Sunday. Shop the Merican Made Pop Up before it travels internationally in 2016.

Giving Back

A percentage of the sales will be donated to these fine charities: Wags and Walks, TreePeople, Born and Raised Detroit and Playworks.


Wags and Walks

Wags and Walks is a 501C3 non-profit organization located in West Los Angeles dedicated to rescuing family-friendly dogs from shelters and finding them safe and suitable permanent homes through adoption, advocacy and education. By working with committed volunteers, foster homes, veterinarians, and trainers, we are able to rescue hundreds of dogs every year and provide them with loving temporary care while finding them well-matched, carefully screened forever homes. Similarly, Wags and Walks do not select their adopters based on how many hours they work or whether they live on a multi-acre property over a condo.  They know that, like amazing dogs, loving families come in all shapes and sizes.  Their goal is to find an adopter whose home, family and lifestyle are a perfect fit for a particular dog.    


TreePeople, a 42-year-old nonprofit organization, thrives in its mission to inspire, engage, and support the people of Los Angeles to take responsibility and participate in the vision of a safe, healthy, fun and sustainable city. For more information, visit


Playworks believes in the power of play to bring out the best in each kid. The national non-profit organization creates a place for every kid on the playground - a place where every child belongs, has fun and is part of the game.  Founded in 1996, Playworks serves more than 220,000 children in 430 elementary schools in 23 regions throughout the country every school day. For more information, visit

The Born & Raised Detroit Foundation supports initiatives that contribute to building a stronger community and positive way of life. They are local residents and Detroit area expats in cities across the United States who are interested in fostering philanthropic and financial goals that support programs taking place on the ground in Detroit.  Visit