Fred Kimel Founder, Handkrafted
Australia has an amazingly rich and vibrant community of talented craftspeople who produce world-class goods. These makers have got their heads down in their workshops designing, innovating, and creating. Handkrafted unites all of these skilled artisans in one space, making it possible to access their services in ways that weren't obtainable before.
Handkrafted encourages you to connect with some of the best craftspeople in the country. Look through their work, listen to their stories, discuss your ideas, and let your vision take shape.
Read more about how Handkrafted works or check out our blog for some of our favourite client stories.How it Works Client Stories
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.
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.
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.
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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