Makers Monday

Makers Monday

Why don't we make things here any more?

Industrial restructuring and cheap overseas labour and imports have, in recent years, led to the loss of a huge number of skilled jobs in craft and manufacturing here in the UK. The recent cuts announced in the steel industry are just the latest in a succession of closures that will affect our capacity to make things in this country for many years to come.

The effect of all this is that communities are changed irreparably and that valuable specialist skills, often handed down over the generations, are sometimes lost forever, so I believe it's vital we support those who are designing, making and manufacturing things locally.

It's a passion that's shared by Shinola, who recently launched the Makers Monday website to encourage us to support local makers and businesses in the towns and communities in which we live.

Makers Monday | Design Hunter

Makers Monday is encouraging people to support local crafts and 'buy maker' on Monday 30 November. The site also provides a place for makers whose businesses manufacture over 50% of their high-quality goods locally to sign up for inclusion.

Makers Monday | Design Hunter

It's a campaign Design Hunter is proud to support, and I'll be sharing some of my own favourites on Monday 30 November. If you run a small design, craft or artisan business and would like to be featured on Design Hunter, or would like to recommend someone who you feel deserves a mention, you can submit the details here. Thank you!

Learn more about the Makers Monday project and pledge your support for local makers and craft at


Photography by Design Hunter.

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