Inspiration

Creativity needs fuel. One solution? Looking at what other people are making, and hearing their stories. Here, we’ve rounded up some of the most inspiring collections of makers, as well as shared some of their best advice.

Inspiration
Anatomy of a Product: Songbird Yarn & Fibres

Anatomy of a Product: Songbird Yarn & Fibres

Making a product that stands out in the marketplace isn’t always easy — but it helps if the idea itself is a selling point. Here’s one yarn brand that had its customer base in mind from day one.

Anatomy of a Product: Uasau Soap

Anatomy of a Product: Uasau Soap

This Iqaluit-based skincare business has built a brand that features local ingredients and is grounded in Inuit culture, heritage and community. Here’s how they did it.

Inspiration: 6 Canadian Hat Makers We Love

Inspiration: 6 Canadian Hat Makers We Love

We the North require a little warmth for our noggins for a good chunk of the year, so it’s no wonder that the toque is essentially a national icon. But there are more styles to protect our heads from the cold. Here, six makers who’ve crafted their own chapeaux — including a requisite toque designer.

Inspiration: 6 Bag Makers We Love

Inspiration: 6 Bag Makers We Love

Leather or canvas, upcycled or fresh off the fabric printing press, these bag makers in Canada design and sell totes, zipper pouches, purses and more to an audience eager to upgrade their collections.

Inspiration: 7 Toy Makers We Love

Inspiration: 7 Toy Makers We Love

The toy market can be tough. For every product you sell, you have to make two customers happy: the adult who buys it, and the kid who’s going to play with it. Here are seven makers who’ve managed to create delightful toys that bring a smile to everybody’s face.

Inspiration: 6 Jewellery Makers We Love

Inspiration: 6 Jewellery Makers We Love

The challenge with accessories isn’t so much the market — no jewellery fan ever said they had too many earrings — but defining your own unique style. Here are six makers who’ve achieved that goal.

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