This one is not unique to Los Angeles, FedEx is a global business, but their FedEx office is firmly rooted in Southern California. FedEx
FedEx bought Kinko’s in 2004 (for $2.4 billion). This is what I find interesting, Firstly, it is still referred to as Kinko’s, but mostly what is interesting is that FedEx is – of course – known as a shipper and logistics company, with the advent of electronic communications, their overnight document delivery business, which they once dominated started to decline, which is around the time they decided to compete with UPS’sbrick and mortar stores.
While FedEx may feel like a place to make the odd copy – a consumer-level business, but due to its reach, as a business with national and international clients and events, you can visit your local FedEx, but print ‘in-market’, so they are used by design houses.
Homeboy Silkscreen & Embroidery
The Los Angeles Fashion District, formerly the garment district is still the largest hub on the west coast for apparel manufacturing. The name is somewhat misleading as it lacks the haute-couture feel one might expect from it. It is a bustling busy, grimy wholesale and retail district, but apart from American Apparel (which no longer exists) and Guess? close by, one would be hard-pressed to find any well-known fashion brands. However, due to the concentration of manufacturing of discount, sportswear garments, a cluster of
Homeboy Industries is a gang-intervention non-profit started by Jesuit priest Greg Boyle in 1992 as a bakery. The formula is simple, job-training and jobs give them a chance to escape gangs and their culture. Gradually other enterprises were added such as a
A1 bookbinding has been around since 1960, which for Los Angeles is basically part of the Cretaceous Period. I used them once about 10 years ago for a personal project, so I do not know much. They do great work, they are not cheap, and I think Marianna is the sole owner and operator.
The name A1 smacks of a time when the Yellow Pages was a source of business and still considered when thinking of a name.
I do remember her mentioning how much business had changed, or that she had lost. that she/they used to do annual reports and more business related/commercial work, replaced by more