Welcome to our Makers Wanted page, created to support local makers, artists, artisans and small businesses dedicated to producing products with passion and purpose right here at home. Please feel free to reach out to these incredible creators directly, to discuss their current inventory, products, process and other details related to custom or commissioned work.
Also, if you are or know of a maker, an artist, or an artisan of any kind we’d LOVE to consider listing you on our site! There is no charge to be listed, as we’re just trying to do are part to raise awareness during this time, and hopefully for years to come, that from now on…it’s going to matter where and how it’s made.
-Philip Sassano, The Design Coach
Love life backyard – Los Angles, CA
Making functional and beautiful face coverings/masks, that are fully reversible, washable, including a pocket to add a filter and have an adjustable wired nose bridge. As a former fashion designer, it was impossible not to design a better face mask in these crazy times. They are made with beautiful cottons, and have 3 layer construction. Oh, and they come in 4 sizes because one size does not fit all! Function meets form- useful things should still be beautiful! And where are they made? In Los Angeles!
– Felice Pappas
Coach’s Comments: Um, yeah Felice. I’m going need a few of these amazing masks for my team!! Such great work and inspired design!
Connect today: https://www.etsy.com/shop/lovelifebackyard/
Chicago Sign Systems – Chicago, IL (773) 342-2112
Headquartered in Chicago, IL for over 20 years, Chicago Sign Systems has been creating custom commissions for a wide variety of needs. Phil Schultz began his career sign making in 1998 and has gone on to open his own workshop. After opening his first store front in 2005, Phil’s portfolio expanded to thousands of individualized pieces of art and graphics. He currently operates a small and intricate workshop in the artist community located in the former Hammond Organ factory at 4200 W. Diversey Avenue.
Coach’s Comments: Phil is a true artist in every sense of the word. Design and signage that is truly inspired. His hand painted signs are not only crafted with great care, but his ability to dial in on the right look is something I really appreciate. He’s a special talent.
Connect today: https://www.chicagosignsystems.com/
Division & Company – Rockford, IL (262) 724-0312
Division and Company specializes in producing custom apparel using old school and traditional decoration techniques inspired by mid-century club jackets, sportswear, and souvenirs. We are a small team that takes great pride in our process and our choice of American Made or ethically sourced materials.We strive to be a resource for both established brands and those just getting off the ground by offering unique custom apparel and accessory options with low minimum orders.
Coach’s Comments: I own several pieces from this very special place! Throwback, classic products that are made with just the right combination of quality and attitude. Beautiful & brash can be tough to pull off…and they do it in style.
Julie Michelle Cakes – Harvard, IL (312) 800-3101
We are a custom cake shop located in Harvard, Illinois, available by appointment only! We service the Chicago Suburbs of Chicago from Rockford to Algonquin and Lake Forest. We also service Southern Wisconsin from Lake Geneva and Fontana to Delavan and Milwaukee.
Coach’s Comments: Absolutely amazing cake…even better people. Love, care and attention to detail you can literally taste.
Connect today: https://juliemichellecakes.com/
Rush Creek Distilling – Harvard, IL (815) 943-RUSH
Everything that made Harvard the dairy capital makes it the craft distilling capital. Drop by drop, batch by small batch, we create authentic craft spirits. And a nowhere-else-like-it visitor experience. We’re not in it to make it rich. We’re in it to make it right.
Coach’s Comments: An absolute MUST follow on social media, and the ever-evolving drink menu is simply incredible. I just cannot say enough good things about this place and their people.
Connect today: https://rushcreekdistilling.com/
Sangamon Reclaimed – Springfield, IL (217) 720-3019
Our mission is to handcraft beautiful, heirloom-quality furniture from 100+ year-old American barns and buildings. Our projects span from residential to commercial use in our purpose-built workshop in, Springfield, Illinois to preserve history for future generations to cherish across this great country. Our vision is for as many families and businesses as possible to continue to enjoy the craftsmanship of these pieces of handmade furniture that are shroud in American history, built by veterans, and preserved for generations across the nation.
Coach’s Comments: Crafted by Veterans. Awesome mission. What else can you say!? Check them out!
Connect today: https://www.sangamonreclaimed.com/
Linnea’s Lights Candles – Carmel, IN (317) 324-4002
Coach’s Comments: If you’ve ever listened to my radio show, you know how much I LOVE this company! Candle alchemy doesn’t even begin to describe how special their products truly are. Two words…SHOP. NOW.
Connect today: https://shop.linneaslights.com/
Endgrain Workshop – Storm Lake, IA (712) 221-9761
“I started this woodworking journey in 2017. I moved in to a new home and was in need of dining room table. I had always been intrigued by woodworking and decided to give it a go with building my own farmhouse table. With limited tools, and a table saw borrowed from a friend, I built my first table. After that project, I was immediately addicted. I purchased a few more tools and began building more projects around the house. I turned to YouTube for my education and watched hundreds of videos on different techniques and builds. The projects I was building started to become more and more elaborate. I was getting better with each build. People even started to reach out to me for hire. In 2019 I decided to take the plunge and began working full-time and I haven’t looked back since.” – Levi Boyd
Connect today: https://www.endgrainworkshop.com/
Brave American – Hartland, MI
Our Wooden flags are handcrafted of wood and built by veterans right in the state of Michigan. All flags are unique as each is handmade and no flag is the same. When purchasing your flag from us, your supporting the veterans here at Brave American as well as veteran charities that we donate a portion of each sale to.
Coach’s Comments: Cannot think of a better way to celebrate the land that we love, than with a flag from this very special company! Oh! And check out their watch boxes too!
Connect today: https://braveamerican.com/
Faribault Woolen Mills – Faribault, MN
Founded on the banks of the Cannon River in Faribault, MN, the Faribault Woolen Mill is a living testament to American craftsmanship. Founded in 1865, the year Lincoln died and the Civil War ended, Faribault woolens are renowned for their comfort and quality. From providing woolen blankets for pioneers heading west to comforting our troops through two world wars, our woolens are woven into American history.
Coach’s Comments: These classic and quality-made blankets adorn many of the interiors I design. I love their new take on everything from striping to plaids…and nobody celebrates the true American spirit in their products quite like Faribault. Leave it to an iconic company from up north to perfectly blend warmth and style. Oh! And don’t forget to check out their line of cotton blankets too!
Connect today: https://www.faribaultmill.com/
Goorin Brothers Hats – Newark, NJ
From their website: After 120 years, we like to think that we know a thing or two about building a quality product with quality people. We continue to open doors of innovation and reinvention. It is these current approaches that we like to blend with time tested ideas and values, while boldly bringing hat making into the future.
Coach’s Comments: I own several hats from this iconic company. I must say, the as for the quality and style…always on point. I’m partial to the in-store experience, especially the shop on Magazine St. in New Orleans…just something about a hat and the Big Easy. Oh, don’t be so sure you’re not a hat person.
Connect today: https://www.goorin.com/
Jones of Boerum – Brooklyn, NYC
Jones of Boerum Hill began in 2012, in Brooklyn NY by partners Iestyn and Deirdra Jones. Deirdra spent a decade doing design and production for some of the biggest fashion houses in NYC. Iestyn comes from 15 years experience in sales in the UK. They spent a year doing research and development, and were approached by a friend to collaborate on uniforms for downtown Manhattan restaurant Bubby’s. Once they saw the end product, and realized how much they loved designing workwear, the company was born.
Coach’s Comments: When I went searching for the ultimate work wear for my studio, the level of authenticity in the descriptions of their products had me sold. Upon the arrival of my new shop aprons, the quality, style and timeless look blew me away. Gotta love it when the maker and the marketing are all in sync. Simply, one of the best at what they do.
Connect today: https://www.jonesofboerumhill.com/
Grown & Sewn – New York, NY (917) 686-2964
Dedicated to create, influence and inspire; resulting in great product and an authentic lifestyle®. Robert Wesley Magness was already a 10-year veteran of Ralph Lauren when he launched Grown & Sewn, his own collection of men’s casual pants rooted in American tradition and made in the U.S. Now his flagship store in Tribeca has become one of New York City’s best spots for denim and khakis, and spawned two additional stores in Japan.
Coach’s Comments: Clothing meant for those who work hard and play harder. Social media and easy to use website are as familiar and comfortable as their clothing. Check them out…and keep watching.
Connect today: https://www.grownandsewn.com/
Burly Boards – Wilmington, NC
Our mission is to provide the highest quality product at an affordable price. We want you to not only enjoy using our products, but to enjoy showing them off in your kitchen as well. We want you to have a beautiful piece of functional kitchen art that will inspire as well as impress. At Burly Boards, we believe that kitchen tools should stand out and stand the test of time. That’s our mission and that’s what we believe.
Coach’s Comments: Dan, loving your work and your story! You can absolutely tell your products are made with such great pride. These are like nothing I’ve seen before!
Connect today: https://burlyboardshop.com/
The Candle Mercantile – Lake Geneva, WI (262) 203-5557
Design a signature scent from our hand-selected collection of oils. Create a candle or craft a room spray, body spray, diffuser, or a set of wax tarts. They also private label products for wholesale, fundraisers, special events and other occasions.
Coach’s Comments: The type of business you wish more would strive to be. Creative, careful, customer-focused and connected to the community. Whether it’s an in-store or online experience, the passion of proprietors Leigh Ann and Liz, is poured into every product.
Connect today: https://www.thecandlemercantile.com/
Heritage Beam & Board – Elkhorn, WI (262) 757-8199
Specializing in reclaimed/salvage materials, custom furniture and one-of-a-kind installation. Particularly love their blog post where you get to meet the team: http://www.heritagebeamandboard.com/blog
Coach’s Comments: What can we say? A personal and professional favorite at The Design Coach. Seth, Emily & the team are one of the best in the business. The only thing better than their story…are the beautiful things they craft with care.
Connect today: http://www.heritagebeamandboard.com/