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This article was published in CWB Magazine on 9th July 2019. You can read the original article here.

Kraft Space is a new platform for UK handmade goods created by friends Shaloam, Rachel and Jasmine.

The new marketplace, which includes clothing, toys, accessories, books and gifts for baby and child, seeks to meet the demand from UK shoppers for high-quality, long lasting products; as opposed to mass produced goods that harm the planet.

In the last year, ethical spending grew by 3.2% to a total £81.3 billion industry.

Kraft Space Rocket

Picture credit: Michael Turner Studios

Alongside demand for ethical goods, the marketplace also reflects the continuing boom in the craft sector, an industry that has flourished into a £3 billion business interest.

As a marketplace of independent designers, makers and small boutique retailers, Kraft Space will support UK craftsmanship.

With 20 years’ experience running their own graphic design companies in their home city of Brighton, Hodge and Turton both share a passion for creating. All three founders also make and sell their own handmade products.

Kraft Space

Photo Credit: Kate Moby

Commenting on the inspiration behind Kraft Space is co-founder, Hodge. “We thought we’d found our place to sell on an online handmade marketplace, but quickly found that we jostled among other creatives for attention; among 54 million other sellers, no less.

“We also tried generic marketplaces such as eBay, but our products were placed side-by-side with imports and mass-produced goods. Everywhere, there were intricate fee structures and confusing seller terms.”

After 12 months of development, Kraft Space was born; a marketplace designed for carefully selected, high-end art and craft items.

Kraft Space

Photo credit: Oddly Wild

“Unlike other marketplaces, Kraft Space strictly selects and approves all of its vendors and products”, adds Turton. “We check the quality of craftsmanship, ethics and originality of every creative who applies.”

“We are champions of skilled craftsmanship, and truly passionate about nurturing UK talent”, comments Wren. “In today’s world, where machines are replacing people and the uncertainty of Brexit lies ahead, we feel that it’s never been more important to celebrate traditional skills, culture and craftsmanship over mass production.”

Photo credit: Ohh So Darling

About Kraft Space

Kraft Space is a curated handmade marketplace selling and showcasing “wonderfully made” creations by UK artists and crafters.

For creators, Kraft Space offers unlimited listings; simple fees; no minimum contract; dedicated support as well as marketing. Click here to view Kraft Space’s vendors and for further information on how to apply for a shop.