Heavy weather

Glasgow based Trakke make bags designed with the Scottish winter in mind. “We design kit for Glaswegian winters, because up here, our bags are going to get some abuse” says Trakke founder,…

The bike built by adversity

Not so long ago, the idea of a push bike that is fun to ride but can be easily folded into a package smaller than an average suitcase was madness. But for…

Heat, hands and time

While technology has accelerated how quickly we can make things, there are some processes that resist this march of progress. To make porcelain by hand involves the same combination of heat, hands…

Opposites attract

How do two halves make a whole – especially when those two halves are pulling in different directions? In the case of British menswear brand, S.E.H Kelly it’s the space in between…

The wood cycle

“Christian, we are making you redundant,” isn’t how most businesses begin. But East London Furniture isn’t a typical business. After becoming unemployed from photography gallery Christian Dillon spent his days scribbling chair…

The philosophy of Tom

Thomas Bird is an unlikely fashion designer. “I can’t remember the last time I bought a pair of shoes. When I was setting up the business I bought 20 navy t-shirts, one…

Saddle up

John Boultbee Brooks was in dire need of a more comfortable way of getting to and from his leather trading business. After his horse died in 1878, he couldn’t afford to replace…

It’s in his hands

To make something by hand is a statement: that a machine can’t produce what a pair of hands and a set of tools can. Aside from his laptop, no tool in Jonatan…

Tinker, tailor, jewellery maker

There aren’t many professions that jewellery designer Stephen Einhorn hasn’t dabbled in at some point in his life. “I have always made stuff. I’ve done lots of things previously from model making…