Founded in 1932 by Charles Danner, The Danner Shoe Mfg. Company started out as a manufacturer of handcrafted work boots.
Founded in 1932 by Phil Young, Titleist is an American brand name golf equipment and apparel products, mostly known for its iconic golfballs.
Founded in 1955 by Anthony Maglica, Mag Instrument, Inc. is the manufacturer and the inventor of the Maglite flashlight.
Bypass pruners use a scissors action to pass next to the lower surface, sometimes called the hook, designed to catch and hold the branch while the cutting blade comes down.
Two wooden runners joined by a pull-bar for stability, and the word ‘DAVOS’ branded on the central wooden slat: this simple design makes the Davos the most iconic sledge in the world.
Founded in 1959 as Nakayama Kiko Shokai, Trusco is a wholesaler of machine tools for building sites. Trusco carries hundreds of thousands of products, but their most iconic product is by far the blue enamel toolbox.
Founded in 1902 by Hermann Nier as ‘Hermann Nier Feuerhandwerk’ Feurehand is the manufacturer of the most iconic hurricane lantern.
Founded in 1830 by John Spear and Sam Jackson, Spear & Jackson Group is a leading manufacturer and distributor of garden tools, metrology equipment, woodworking tools and magnetic equipment under several brand names.
First produced in 1935 by Frank Hornby as the Frank Hornby Firm, Dinky Toys was a manufacturer of die-cast miniature vehicles.
Founded in 1697 by James Reenstierna as a manufacturer of nails and tool used for ship building, Hults Bruk now is the largest axe manufacturer in Sweden.
Founded in 1976 by Andrew Ritchie, Brompton Bicycle is a manufacturer of folding bicycles. Ritchie named the company after the Brompton Oratory.
Founded in 1992 by Ben Bulsink, DGT Projects manufactures the official FIDE chess clock. When studying at the Technical University Twente in Enschede, Bulsink built his first clock in 1985.
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 1897 by C.C. Filson, Filson is a manufacturer of goods for outdoor enthusiasts.
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.
Founded in 1983 by Timothy S. Leatherman and Steve Berliner, Leatherman is a brand of multitools and knives.
Founded in 1904 in Marseille by Félix Rofritsch, La Boule Bleue makes the most iconic pétanque boules. It all started when Rofritsch opened a shop on the rue des Fabres, and sold goods that he called ‘articles from Paris’.
Designed in 1923 by the Ateliers de la Ville de Paris, under the SENAT brand name, the Fermob Luxembourg chair is an icon of French style.
Founded in 1976 by rowing brothers Dick and Pete Dreissigacker, Concept2 is a manufacturer of rowing equipment based in Vermont, USA.
Founded in Sheffield in 1730, Burgon & Ball is a manufacturer of shears, scissors and knives. In the 19th century the company patented a design for the iconic shearing shears (as pictured above), which are still in production today.
Founded in 1890 by Joseph Opinel, Opinel manufacturers and markets a line of wooden-handled knives. The family-run company also operates a museum dedicated to its knives.
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.
Originally founded in 1887 as Rawlings Brothers, Rawlplug Ltd. is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of specialist anchoring and fixing systems.
A resonator guitar is an acoustic guitar that carries string vibration through the bridge to one or more spun metal cones (resonators), instead of to the sound board.
The wellington boot, also known as rubber boot or welly, is a type of boot based upon leather Hessian boots, worn and popularized by Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington.
Founded in 1985 by Jim Gentes, Giro is a US manufacturer of helmets, apparel and shoes for cycling, and goggles for skiing and snowboarding.
Founded in 1883 by the Krauth and Benninghofen families, Hamilton Stands Inc. is a musical instrument accessories manufacturing company based in Middletown, Ohio.
Playing cards date back as early as the 9th century during the Tang dynasty (618–907) in China. A standard deck of cards as we know it today is based on French playing cards.
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.
Founded in 1880 by Margarete Steiff, Steiff is a German-based plush toy company known for its high quality toys.
Founded in 1942 by Joseph-Armand Bombardier, who obtained a patent for the ‘B7 snowmobile’ in 1937, Bombardier started a manufacturer of tracked vehicles designed for traveling over snow.
Founded in 1881 by Ralph and Albert Slazenger, Slazenger is a British sporting goods manufacturer which concentrates on racket sports, and is today one of the oldest surviving sporting brand names.
The iconic Uncle Goose ABC blocks teach preschool children how to read, write, sort, and just have fun.
Founded in 1960 by Oreste Zanatta, who first ran a small workshop, Calzaturificio Tecnica S.P.A. focused primarily on the production of work-boots.
Founded in 1916 by Laben Fisher Deardorff, Deardorff manufactures view cameras that have produced the image standard by which all other cameras are judged.
Founded in 1876 by Albert Spalding in Chicago, Illinois, Spalding is an American sporting goods company specialized in the production of balls for many sports, but is most-known for its basketballs.
Founded in 1886 by Swedish inventor and industrialist Johan Petter Johansson (1853–1943) as Enköpings Mekaniska Verkstad, Bahco is a premium hand tool manufacturer.
Founded in 1927, Bonzini has always been active in the leisure industry, with a specialization in precision engineering and furniture manufacturing.
Founded in 1946 by Enrico Nardi and Renato Danese, and initially named ‘ND’, Nardi designed some of the most recognizable steering wheels for the worlds top car manufacturers.
Founded in 1791, Bergeon & Cie. has distinguished itself as a leading innovator and precision manufacturer of tools for the watch making and jewelry industry.
John Brunswick built his first billiards table in 1845 at his woodworking shop in Cincinnati, Ohio, for a successful Chicago meatpacker.
The Riva company was founded by Pietro Riva in 1842, and run by Carlo Riva through its 1969 sale to the American Whittaker Corporation.
Founded in 1886 by John Haws of Clapton, Haws manufactures professional watering cans that set the standard.
Mitutoyo was founded in 1934 by Yehan Numata with one product, the micrometer. Mitutoyo’s philosophy at that time was to make high-quality micrometers, but also to produce them in quantities that made them affordable and available to all of manufacturing.
Founded in 1999 by Max Barenburg, Bugaboo International B.V. is a Dutch design company that makes pushchairs for infants and toddlers.
Founded in 1866 in Hockley, Birmingham, Brooks England is a bicycle saddle manufacturer.
Founded in 1932 as the International Latex Company, which later became known as International Playtex Inc., the company pioneered the development of latex, specifically for the production of ladies girdles.
Founded in 1923 in Beaune, in the Burgundy region of France, Bourgogne et Grasset make the benchmark casino chips.
Designed in 1972 by Norwegian designer Peter Opsvik for Stokke, the Tripp Trapp is an ingenious highchair that revolutionized the children’s chair category.
Estwing Manufacturing Company was founded in Rockford, Illinois, in 1923 by Swedish immigrant Ernest O. Estwing…