It was a lot of hard work from quite a few dedicated people who do this because they are passionate about European makers and the unique products they make. Please do get in touch if you have suggestions or want to flag up a maker. Enjoy the discovery!
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Caran D'Ache is quite a special company. Based in Switzerland it is approaching pen design differently. I find them quite inspiring and brave, but how do they write and feel?
Product Guides help you to discover more about specific type of products.
There are several companies in Europe, making interesting kettles. Like like Ritter from Germany, some go for a contemporary look and additional functionalities, while others go for a more traditional and unique look.
Custom knives from a Scotish blacksmith.
"I feel really grateful to my customers. It is nice to see that my work is appreciated worldwide. Almost daily I get messages from second or third generation Scottish living in Australia, New Zealand or the USA with admiration for my unique blades or handles made from unique materials like deer antler, or oak whiskey casks."
Colourful clothes with art inspired prints.
"We print and sew our clothes in Poland – Piotrków Trybunalski and Łódź – both cities are well known for amazing sewing rooms. The working conditions there are great and I like to share the customers' feedback with the sewing ladies, so they know that their work is appreciated".
Playful and safety certified baby swings.
"We have the best textiles – I am surprised that it is not more widely known. Most of the weaving factories are based in the north of Portugal, and that’s where the fabric, that my customers like so much, comes from.”
Custom designed handmade guitars.
" It takes about a week to make one guitar. From the models I designed, one of the most popular would be the guitar I made for Billy Childish. He has quite a following, and some of his fans want to have a similar electric guitar. "
Wooly Rocking Toy For Kids.
" I decided to design a present for my niece myself. My inspiration came from our family’s sheep growing farm. I had so much fun there as a kid, but my niece was missing-out by living in the city. So I decided to build her a rocking sheep to bring countryside experience to her."
Handmade and customised leatherwork.
"We started to create our first models of wallets at home after our basic jobs, and then after a half of year we opened the workshop and it became the main part of our life. My husband, Vitaliy is the main designer of all items."
Why did we start this website and what drives us forward.
We are constantly surrounded by things. And they tend to serve different purposes: to relax, do our job, or look after ourselves. Here we would like to concentrate on things that make you happy, that give you meaning and the ones that help you create moments of appreciation.
Knowing a little about where your things came from, who made them and how it relates to the local community will make a difference in how you look at your surroundings. Made in Europe is about passionate makers, rich history and heritage that is appreciated by many.
It is easy for artisans, small family-run businesses to drown in the noise of today’s digital world. This project started to give you an oasis where you can discover those unique things at your pace – by learning and getting inspired about European heritage and innovation.