We had the good fortune of connecting with Alexander Miguel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Alexander, can you talk to us a bit about the social impact of your business?
I feel my business helps the community by sharing my culture from Oaxaca to those here in LA.. At the same time as providing a little culture to the LA community , I help the families in my home state of Oaxaca by selling their handmade goods here in LA. This process helps the people in the small villages continue to make and export their cultural goods so that they aren’t forced to migrate to bigger cities, (where some lose their culture or identity), and are able to stay comfortably in their villages while preserving their traditions.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My personal art/ creative style is up-cycling. I like to give new meaning to reused and recycled material in order to bring it alive again.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Must see places to visit: Pasadena, Venice Beach, Arts District, Zuma Beach, Griffith Observatory, Highland Park

Must visit restaurants:
Union Restaurant, Bestia, Dama, Kapoor’s Akbar, Mercado, Maestro Restaurant

Coffee and Dessert:
Urth Cafe, California Donuts, Pie Hole, Cafe Santo

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I dedicate all my work to all artisans who have had to abandon their talents in order to be able to support their families.

Instagram: Alebrijefolkart

Facebook: Alebrijefolkart

Image Credits
Carlo Barrera

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