Hobby & Creativity

Guitar amplifier

Founded in 1962 by drummer Jim Marshall as a shop selling drums, Marshall Amplification is the world’s leading manufacturer of music amplifiers, and speaker cabinets.

Felt-tipped pen

Founded in 1949 as the Japan Stationery Co., Pentel is a privately held Japanese manufacturer of stationery products, credited for inventing the world’s first felt-tipped pen.


Founded in 1895 by Gustav Wittner, Wittner manufactures musical accessories such as tuning forks, string accessories and stands, but is mostly known for its metronomes.


Founded in 1857 by Matthias Hohner, Hohner is a German manufacturer of musical instruments, mostly know for their harmonicas and accordions.

Paint (acrylic)

Founded in 1963 by Alois K. Diethelm, Lascaux has become one of the world’s leading manufacturers of water-based artists’ colours and products used for restoration.


Founded in 1917 by Arsène Gitzhoven, Gitzo S.A. is a manufacturer of photographic accessories, specialized in tripods and supports.

Camera bag

Founded in 1973 in the West Midlands, Billingham originally manufactured fishing bags and only moved into camera bags after the company noticed that many photographers were using its fishing bags to carry their cameras around.


Founded in 1885 by Edwin Binney and C. Harold Smith as ‘Binney & Smith’, Crayola is a brand of artists’ supplies and best known for its crayons.

Book series

Created in 1931 by Jacques Schiffrin, the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade is a French series of books with reference editions of the complete works of classic authors in a pocket format.

Music stand

Founded in 1883 by the Krauth and Benninghofen families, Hamilton Stands Inc. is a musical instrument accessories manufacturing company based in Middletown, Ohio.


A capo is a device used on the neck of guitars, mandolins, and banjos to shorten the playable length of the strings, hence raising the pitch.