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Here at Aldea, we love our local Californian designers. The abundance of talent aside, being loyal and buying local does many things to improve the community around you. First and foremost, regionally-crafted goods involve consumers in the education of the manufacturing process—with a good local product, you'll always know it was ethically sourced and humanely made. The other important reason that drives our advocacy for Californian designers is that it directly supports the community we call home. These locally-designed and made products are stimulating the neighborhoods and families in which we're surrounded, and at Aldea, that's what we're all about: community.

Check out some of our favorite mindfully-made products from California:

Baby Necessities
Lion Roar Plate: Whimsical, hand-drawn illustrations on earth-friendly, recycled materials; based in San Francisco
Orbit Baby Strollers & Accessories*: Designed by Stanford Product Design graduates turned dads

Petit Collage Mobiles & Art Cards: Laser-cut from sustainably harvested bamboo, an earth-friendly renewable resource in San Francisco

Barware
San Francisco Rocks Glasses: Designed and made in Los Angeles, printed with organic inks
Vintage Stadium Bottle Opener: Incorporates actual, authentic tokens, coins, icons and artifacts from Bay Area stadiums and sports teams; based in Berkeley

Bedding
Back-to-School Jersey Bedding Sets: 100% organic cotton bedding produced using fair–labor practices designed by studio founded in Point Reyes
Labyrinth Duvet Cover
: 100% organic cotton bedding produced using fair–labor practices designed by studio founded in Point Reyes
Lace Percale Duvet Cover: 100% organic cotton bedding produced using fair–labor practices designed by studio founded in Point Reyes

Books & Stationery
The Conductor*: Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco
Edible Schoolyard
*: about Alice Waters' Edible Schoolyard Project in Berkeley; Chronicle Books, based in San Francisco
The End Card*: Hand-drawn and letterpressed on 100% cotton rag in Los Angeles
You're Cute Cards*: Hand-drawn and letterpressed on 100% cotton rag in Los Angeles

Furniture
Storm Trooper Stool: Collaboration between San Francisco designers Labexperiment and Justin Godar; handcrafted

Fun
Handprinted Tribal Teepee*: Handprinted and handmade with organic cotton/recycled poly twill in Los Angeles
Backgammon Set*: FSC-certified Baltic birch, handmade in LA

*Pictured

September 29, 2013 by Aldea Home

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