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About Us

 

 

We are an Oakland based Boutique featuring products and events by local makers and independent brands. Cultivating connections and creativity within our community. 

Maker’s Loft first opened in 2017 as a community event space and workshop hub. The boutique launched on Oakland’s First Friday of February in 2019. Located one block from the Tribune Tower, we provide a unique shopping experience that allows our customers to engage with locally made products and connect with the maker who made it. 

We help our partners sell their products and host workshops. If you are interested in learning more about the partnerships we have available, please visit our Partnerships page.

  

Meet the Owners 

makers loft oakland boutique workshops creative classes owners Xela Gaerlan Boyd Rachelle Blaisdell

Xela Gaerlan

is a wardrobe stylist, tailor and upcycle designer based in Oakland, CA. Her love for sewing and fashion drove her to study fashion, she received degrees in Product Development & Merchandising at F.I.D.M. and Fashion Design at The Art Institute of California.

After college she went right into the workforce, working for fashion manufacturing companies in San Francisco. Getting experience in various departments like: design, development, branding, marketing & styling. As a side hustle, she would do alterations for friends and upcycle clothes to resell them. She really loved recycling clothes and helping people reconnect with their wardrobe. Working in the fast-fashion industry she saw firsthand the carelessness and greed these companies exercised, and naturally her passion for her side hustle grew.

In 2017 she left the 9-to-5 life to pursue her side hustle full time! At the time, Rachelle just opened Maker's Loft and had a small workspace upstairs that was available for rent. Xela immediately jumped on the opportunity. There she grew her alteration business and would host monthly Pop-Up Shops for her designs. It was in 2019 she joined forces with Rachelle to open Maker’s Loft Boutique, where she continues to offer her alteration services and sell her upcycled designs and vintage finds.

Instagram: @alexbackwards

Rachelle Blaisdell

is Bay Area native, artist and entrepreneur. It all started with her maternal great grandfather. For four generations, Rachelle’s family has proudly been living and working in Oakland. Eighty years later, it is a dream come true for Rachelle to own a business on the same street as the Oakland Tribune Tower, where her father’s first job was—as a paperboy.

After investing eleven years of her life to her patience in the dental field, Rachelle left to pursue her art and began featuring her paintings at Oakland’s First Fridays, Art and Soul Festival, and many shows around the Bay Area. Those experiences ignited the desire to share the opportunity to create art with others by starting a mobile paint party company. Rachelle started her first company, Art Beat Events out of the trunk of her car and would pop-up at local bars, restaurants and corporate events.

In November 2016, four years after starting Art Beat Events she opened her own space in downtown Oakland, naming it Maker’s Loft. From 2016-2019 Maker’s Loft has been a gallery, workshop, pop-up shop, and event space dedicated to exhibiting local artists and inspiring creativity in our community. Through partnerships with Bay Area event companies, creative groups, and individual artist, she has dedicated her time to help illuminate the depths of expression within our neighborhoods, foster diversity, circulate the local dollar, and live out her goals. She partnered with Xela in 2019 and opened Maker’s Loft Boutique, where they partner with local makers/ brands to help sell their products, and host creative workshops. 

Instagram: @chelleluvmuse