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

Hi Shannon, what are you most proud of in terms of your business?
We are really proud of the community we have been able to build who is supportive of each other and our world in general. We work with a variety of local makers, charity organizations, fellow small business owners and dreamers who inspire us to do more – every day.

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The foundation for COMUNITYmade was laid over a period of 30 years while Sean and I worked at larger companies – Nike, ASICS, Vans and some scrappy startups – Two Fish and TOMS. Each of those companies taught us valuable lessons that empowered us to build a brand that stands for more than just a product. COMUNITYmade is a catalyst for change; inspiring action, participation and empowerment of others in the community. For us, that community encompasses the local manufacturing community as well as the community at large. We believe in putting people before profits and know that business can operate at the intersection of purpose and profit with a strong foundation. To fuel our mission, we handcraft shoes locally in Los Angeles and for every purchase, we donate to the charity of our customers choice. We sell our shoes online (www.comunitymade.com) and out of our showroom in the Arts District of DTLA. Yeah – we could choose to make them “there”, but we choose to make them “here”. COMUNITYmade is unique in the footwear business because of our choice to manufacture our shoes locally, closer to our customers, versus overseas where 99% of all footwear is produced. We recognize that on the surface, overseas production seems cheaper, but that initial low cost comes at a very high price. The price we end up ultimately paying is at the expense of human rights, sustainability and our planet. We are all now painfully aware of how fast fashion and cheap goods are ruining our planet. Carbon footprints, landfills and an oppressed labor force add to the problem and it’s time to re-evaluate. Sustainability has been a hot topic lately in all industries and it is clear to us that by producing goods closer to where the demand is will end up being the best path forward. We believe that consumers are going to be taking more time to select products based off of where and how they are produced vs just how much they cost. We are big proponents of choosing well and making products that will last! We host a variety of community events in our showroom to include shoe making classes, local music showcases, charity fundraisers, art shows – anything to get amazing people together to do great things and build community. Due to CV19, our showroom has been closed for almost 2 months now which has given us some time to reflect on the past 3 years since COMUNITYmade was launched. We dug out our original Brand House that we created to check each of the pillars we had originally established. What we found was that we are absolutely on the right track and we are taking the challenges that are in front of us as opportunities. The mechanics behind the vision of our business model have allowed us to showcase our local manufacturing model which can apply to any product as well as providing help to those in need. We have been able to bridge the gap between the need for PPE and LA’s manufacturing community to make PPE gowns that are desperately needed to save lives. This has enabled our manufacturing partners to continue to provide essential jobs for their workers and we are able to contribute to a positive outcome during a time of crisis. We look forward to the day when we are able to see everyone back together again – wherever that may be to keep moving our mission forward!

Any great local spots you’d like to shoutout?
Well – pre-CV19 this would have been a dream week so let’s pretend we are there!

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES:
Beaches – Southbay / Hermosa, Manhattan and Redondo Beaches. Wide white sand beaches with the strand that runs from Redondo Beach to Santa Monica where you can bike, run, walk or skate
Griffith Park – Hiking and star gazing at the Griffith Park Observatory Hollywood
Forever Cemetery – Catch a movie or concert at a world famous cemetery to the stars

CULTURE:
Museums – The Getty, The Broad, MOCA, Art Share LA, Art at the Rendon
Hollywood Bowl – Amazing outdoor concerts in an iconic setting. Enjoy a picnic and a glass of wine with your friends while taking in some legendary tunes
Wine LA – Educational wine tasting in an intimate environment with wine expert Ian Blackburn

EATING / DRINKING:
Redbird – Dine in an old cathedral while chef Neal Fraser whips up extraordinary food and drinks
Bavel – Try the hummus and eggplant dips – out of this world!
Bestia – Never disappoints with seasonal Italian fare
Bonaventure Hotel BonaVista Lounge – 360 views in a revolving restaurant and lounge plus movie rich history throughout
Nomad Hotel – A former bank, the decor is lux with velvet couches and curtains and the food is delish!
Broken Spanish – Creative foodie fare
Steep Tea – Out of this world authentic Chinese Tea and Snacks in a sleek setting – a Chinatown Gem

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?
There are SO many people that have played a role in our success it’s hard to just single them out by name. It is safe to say that our families, friends, fellow business owners and customers have been the fuel we rely on each day to help us stay the course. Our community is so strong and we all rely on each other to make great things happen!

Website: www.comunitymade.com
Instagram: @comunitymade https://www.instagram.com/comunitymade/
Linkedin: @COMUNITYmade INC
Twitter: @comunitymade
Facebook: @comunitymade
Yelp: @comunitymade
Youtube: @comunitymade https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCJcrQGSP-QJhUCHkb5GIU2w?view_as=subscriber