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All handmade, all good

The handmade's tale

It’s easier to cherish something when you know it’s been carefully crafted by hand. Here’s five brands you might not know who do just that

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Carry on

New brand Maik – whose exclusive geometric patterns caught our eye – has a commitment to supporting individual makers and their communities. Like this sustainably sourced birch wood tray, made by traditional methods in a small factory in Sweden. £28, Maik

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Hers or his

We know, sunglasses in summer – how original. But these Monokel Barstow frames actually are. The Stockholm-based brand’s specs are handcrafted, come in different colourways and are unisex, too. Handy when you’re in a pub garden and have forgotten yours. £80, Monokel at Cartocon

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’Jama time

Personally, we think the nightshirt is underrated. Especially on warmer nights, when there’s nothing worse than hot legs under the covers and arms getting chilly in the open. This hand block-printed, 100% organic cotton number from Eight Hour Studio ticks all the right boxes. £175, Eight Hour Studio

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Put it on paper

London-based illustrator Holly Rutter is a dab hand at drawing the cutest little animals we’ve ever seen. Her greeting cards are playful and touching, like this one, which we’re quite hoping will drop through the letterbox of our new flat (hint, hint). £2.99, Holly Rutter at Thortful

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Softly, softly

Every time you buy something from Okapi Home, who sources all its products from East and Southern Africa, you find out the story behind it. Like this Chitenge cushion cover, dyed by traditional batik and crafted by William, a tailor in Malawian Blantyre. £25, Okapi Home

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