About Us


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    “There are such talented makers in our community - it's just a matter of finding them.”

    Fred Kimel Founder, Handkrafted


Handkrafted is a community marketplace connecting people with passionate makers to commission quality bespoke goods.

With an initial focus on woodworkers and custom furniture makers, we are currently expanding to metalworkers, lighting makers, upholsterers and concrete artisans. We will continue expanding available crafts over time.

Read more about how Handkrafted works or check out our blog for some of our favourite client stories.

How it Works Client Stories

Our Manifesto

Custom made has a new name, carved from values of the past in order to reconstruct our future.

Because time-honoured skills deserve recognition. Because throwaway culture deserves disposal. Because quality has no substitute. Because we believe in bespoke products crafted in passion’s name, rich in story and sentiment. Our community thrives on connection. We listen. We care about your narrative. About the tales of great-great grandparents who bestowed on us their greats, their talents, their talented. We want to create more stories. To help transform wild ideas into masterpieces to bequeath to future generations.

Let’s build a better way. Together.


Our Story

Handkrafted was born out of a passion for quality and authenticity. Frustrated by the poor quality of mass-produced goods, and not being able to easily find someone to make the items he had in mind, Fred Kimel came up with the idea of creating a marketplace that would make it simple for anyone to be able to connect with the right craftspeople and artisans to produce unique, high-quality and sustainably made goods.

We believe in uncovering the stories behind the products we buy - connecting customers with the people who made them, providing insight into how the pieces were made and letting them have a voice in shaping their own designs. There’s a sentimentality and meaning behind handmade goods that is unparalleled by anything mass-produced.

We want everyone to feel that working with a maker to produce a unique, sustainably made item is a viable alternative to the mass-produced goods typically available.


Our Purpose

To build a world where connection, collaboration, and creation leads to more conscious consumption.


Meet the Team

Fred Kimel

Fred Kimel


Founder

Passionate about vintage cars, timber boats and a bygone era when things were designed and made to last, Fred believes society can benefit from a revival in traditional skills and the adoption of the philosophy to buy less, buy well.

In creating Handkrafted, Fred’s hope is that we can help to ensure these time-honoured skills continue to be passed down from generation to generation.

Eric Wee

Eric Wee


Tech Lead

From an early age Eric was taught by his father that it’s better to be patient and save up in order to buy the best quality, rather than spend hastily and get an inferior product.

It's this philosophy that brought Eric to Handkrafted where he spends his time creating and building out our technology platform to ensure Handkrafted’s community marketplace makes it as easy as possible for anyone to have their own high quality, custom made piece.


Go ahead and post a brief to start your own custom project. Alternatively, explore our makers and their amazing product portfolios for inspiration.

Image Credits: Thanks to Shantanu Starick (from The Pixel Trade) and Saskia Wilson for the banner images we have used across our site.

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