I'm an industrial designer from the Netherlands. I worked as a product manager for big brands where Made in China was the norm. However, I support 'Produce where you use'. I took a few months off to visit factories in Europe. That was an amazing episode. I wanted to show the world the benefits of local production, but as it turns out, I'm pretty bad at blogging.
My girlfriend said: "Why don't you just practice what you preach and start financially supporting European production?" As I already had a network of Portuguese producers, and a tonne of product ideas, I figured, why not?
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flatlands is a small brand of outdoor products. Tools and goods that make you want to go outside. Outdoor cooking is fun. As is drinking coffee outdoor.
The products are made in Portugal. Luis Filipe is the only guy in the whole Iberian peninsula who still does manual enamelling. In his small factory behind his house, the most undistructable enamel plates and mugs are made. Good for camping.
Martins is the Portuguese version of Opinel. This family makes the best pocket knives and uses mainly local wood. The Flatlands pocket knife goes well with chorizo and cheese.