From The Editor: Inside The April Issue

By Jennifer Dulin Wiley
In Culture

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The Maker Movement that has taken hold across the country is undeniable—and it’s alive and well right here in St. Louis too. The movement has thrived on our return as consumers to an attention to craft and to knowing what we buy is both made well and responsibly. We’ve also embraced being confident about where the object came from and the maker who created it. It’s the “shop local” mentality in its purist sense—and it’s something that we at ALIVE are all personally passionate about supporting.

The amount of talented local makers and artisans creating in St. Louis is growing by the day. We were excited to meet and showcase many of them at our very first “Saint Louis Made: A Maker’s Pop-Up” last month, and Craft Alliance—one of the city’s original proponents of makers and the art of craft—is hosting its Makers Ball on April 18. To complement our Saint Louis Made pop-ups—an event series we hope to continue throughout the rest of the year—we’ve also launched a new editorial page in the magazine in an effort to consistently highlight inspiring local makers and their unique goods. Click here for a look inside the handcrafted leather goods of maker Greg Lewis and his buzzing local brand, Made Supply Co. From bags and satchels to snap wallets and valet trays, Lewis’ leather creations are the definition of classic craftsmanship—and St. Louisans can’t get enough.

Perhaps it’s the innate artistic nature of those who create that drew us to the homes of several artists and makers for our “Offbeat Abodes” story. From a local fashion designer’s unbelievable cave home to the incredible transformation of a historic church into a living, breathing artist’s residence, there’s definitely no shortage of wildly creative St. Louisans dwelling in unique spaces.

Speaking of creative spaces, ALIVE has launched a place online for bloggers, creatives and brands to join together as a collective of passionate storytellers and community builders. The mission of the Midwest Influencer Network is to help build an inclusive community of storytellers both on- and offline through brand campaigns and events, content workshops, networking opportunities and more. The 3,000-and-growing members of MWIN are passionate about raising the bar of content and storytelling in St. Louis, the Midwest and beyond. Follow #MWINetwork to see what all the buzz is about, or log on to midwestinfluencernetwork.com and join us in our mission to create content that matters.

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