J. Holden Designs: Furniture Collection

Truly “manly yet refined,” these furnishing pieces from J. Holden Design would make a perfect addition to any bachelor’s pad– whether you’re a beer drinker or not! So join us in checking out more from this accessories and furniture design company by visiting their website, jholdendesigns.com.


J. Holden Designs: Pendant Collection

One of a kind pure metal pendants from J. Holden Design, inspired by the vibrant backdrop of the industrial areas of Los Angeles. Get your very own unique piece by visiting their website at jholdendesigns.com or directly through their online etsy shop.

Refined Design

A true renaissance man to the core, owner and creative mind behind J.Holden Designs, Johnathan Holden, introduces his industrial line of male accessories and furniture pieces to The Squirrel Co. readers.


Inspired by the vibrant yet modest characteristics of the city of Los Angeles, J. Holden Designs brings elegance as well as texture to its collection of shadow box pendants. With pieces such as the screw or switch blade necklace, it is easy to see the impact that the city and its surroundings had on the creation of each individual piece. “I feel like my pieces reflect the combination of the raw beauty in the industrial parts of LA with the materials I use (copper, resin, brass) and the different ways I form my pieces,” says Holden.

If that isn’t impressive enough, J. Holden Designs also produces original and unique furniture pieces– from beer caddies to beer coasters– proving to be a great addition to any gentleman’s home! In exposing the true raw beauty of the materials used, Holden’s collection of handmade furniture demonstrate his dedication to genuine craftsmanship and quality handwork. And for those looking to make more of a statement with larger furniture pieces, no worries! J. Holden Designs is working on producing, “larger scale pieces and pieces that are more one of a kind.”

Bringing industrial qualities of the city to life and executing it in refined design, Holden’s collection of accessories and furniture serves as a tribute to the raw yet elegant beauty of Los Angeles– a quality we, here at The Squirrel Co., definitely appreciate!

To experience and see more from J. Holden Designs, visit their website at jholdendesigns.com or contact them directly to order your very own piece at jholdendesigns@gmail.com.

A Grand Opening

So you thought summer in Los Angeles couldn’t get any better…

This Saturday, July 28th, Los Angeles County alongside the City of Los Angeles come together in a joint effort to welcome the community to the newly revitalized Grand Park in Downtown LA! The 12-acre park will stretch from Spring Street adjacent to City Hall to Grand Avenue at the Music Center. Developers have transformed this 4 block community park into an outdoor heaven, including in the ground plans the restored Arthur Will Memorial Fountain plaza, a performance lawn, community terrace and an event lawn.

However, this two-year project comes to a halt this weekend with the park’s inaugural opening ceremonies, first with the National Dance Day Celebration on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and continuing on Sunday with Sunday Music at the Park program from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The National Dance Day Celebration is sponsored by the Dizzy Feet Foundation and will include appearances by “So You Think You Can Dance’s,” Nigel Lythgoe along with a special performance from IRIS by Cirque de Suleil. The celebration will continue on Sunday with unique musical performances brought to you by The Music Center.

Come join The Squirrel Co. in welcoming the newest addition to our downtown community this weekend at Grand Park! For more information on the park and its inaugural weekend celebrations, visit www.grandpark.lacounty.gov.

Objects Mfg. Co., Metal & Leather Work



Featured above is Object Mfg. Co.‘s collection of metal and leather, handcrafted pieces: Stainless steel band ($20), hand stitched wallet ($25), leather belt with brass buckle ($60) and large tobacco pipe ($50). Order your very own simple piece of gentleman gear at www.etsy.com/shop/objectmfgco or visit the company’s booth at the Port of LA: CRAFTED warehouse in San Pedro, City of Los Angeles.

Fine, Handcrafted Objects

Inspired by “natural material, simplicity and high quality,” creator and founder Andrew Smith transforms each and every one of his pieces into sheer metal and leather works of art. His company, Object Mfg. Co., is a Los Angeles based company that specializes in a number of products, including wallets, belts, pipes, tables, and furniture, just to name a few. Smith’s passion and devotion to his craft is evident in the fine, high quality character of each of his pieces, making him an obvious hit with us here at The Squirrel Co.

Catching our eye, the stainless steel band ($20) and hand stitched wallet ($25), each demonstrate Smith’s particular attention to detail and to geniune craftmanship.The simplicity of each product illustrates the power of what is pure and sincere in Object Mfg. Co. goods, making for a unique addition to any gentleman’s style. Our favorite part of it all, Smith admits that although he doesn’t try to create objects that are obviously influenced by LA culture, ” the city works its way into my pieces in subtle ways.” A big thumbs up for that one!

We encourage you to check out more of Smith’s quality collection on www.etsy.com/shop/objectmfgco or pay Object Mfg. Co. a visit at the Port of Los Angeles CRAFTED events, fridays thru sundays.

LA Golden Days

With so much going on in the City of Los Angeles this weekend, we’re here to highlight just a few of our favorites- BloomfestLA and the Los Feliz Village Street Fair!


BloomfestLA, located between 3rd Street and Traction Avenue in the Downtown Arts District, runs Saturday July 21st from 2pm to 10pm with live music, local arts, food and crafts for the entire neighborhood. Bringing the arts community together for an experience of pure summer fun, you can rest assure that BloomfestLA is not something you’re going to want to miss. Experience from local breweries, restaurants, businesses, artists, bands and much more!

For easy access to BloomfestLA, hop on the Metro Gold Line and take it to the Little Tokyo stop which is just 3 blocks away from the festivities. With parking and traffic out of the way, you will be sure to enjoy from the numerous options for food and drink. So come on by and enjoy a true summer experience with us at BloomfestLA, in our very own Downtown Arts District here in Los Angeles.

Be sure to continue the fun on Sunday July 22nd at the Los Feliz Village Street Fair just across town. With activities geared more towards families and local residents, the festival will include live music acts, LA’s best food trucks and booths from local companies and businesses alike. Making what we already consider a fascinating part of town, the Los Feliz Village Street Fair is sure to bring fun and excitement for crowds of the Los Feliz and Griffith Park neighborhood this weekend.

For more information on either events, check out each individual website: www.bloomfestla.com and http://www.losfelizvillagestreetfair.com