With miles of sandy beaches, an island-dappled coastline, millions of acres of thick forests, high mountains and rolling hills, it should come as no surprise that Maine's astounding beauty is inspiration to many local artisans and craftspeople, and has been for centuries. Maine is known throughout the world for hard work and diligence, and this is demonstrated by our long lasting creations. From L.L. Bean's first pair of hand-stitched boots to today's handmade furniture, Maine is synonymous with unparalleled quality.
Maine’s rich history of excellent craftsmanship stretches back to the 17th Century with the construction of the Virginia, the first ship built and launched in the Western Hemisphere. With this foundation in boatbuilding, Maine's craftspeople soon branched out to textiles, furniture and shoes, and today our heritage of creating top quality, handcrafted goods has deep roots in the state's culture. Our craftspeople are part of a vibrant center for creativity, motivated by their surroundings and abundant natural resources. As our reputation for excellence grows, many Maine designers' work is now recognized around the world. Jill McGowan's famous white shirt, Angela Adams's bold textiles, and Thos. Moser's Shaker inspired chairs are now household names.
These and many other Maine designers' creations are sold throughout the state, from craft centers to historic downtown boutiques. Whether you are buying a gift for a loved one or purchasing something for yourself, you always know that your new acquisition is made with integrity, care and is built to last for generations. Maine designers construct items ranging from the whimsical to the practical – from Angela Adams' charmingly eclectic rugs and Sea Bags' totes made of recycled sails to Grain Surfboards' elegant wooden boards and the beautifully simple ceramics by Lunaform – Maine designers’ products are unique and of the world's finest quality. Bring home more than just memories; bring home something you will cherish for a lifetime.