Caran d’Ache has a special link to the worlds of design, painting and writing: its name is a reference to the most important tool in drawing.
From its earliest days in 1915 and the official opening of the company in 1924 by Arnold Schweitzer, Caran d’Ache’s development has reflected its passion for the most beautiful materials.
Pilot pens are manufactured primarily in Japan under very strong quality control factories that are ISO certified and meet global standards for distribution across the world. Pilot has played a leading role in the industry for developing new technologies, introducing imaginative designs and creating new materials. They are also very committed to promoting sustainability in their manufacturing process and were one of the very first companies to offer an environmentally friendly BEGREEN series made from recycled materials.
Lamy is a producer of writing instruments in Europe. The company is German-owned and its presence is particularly strong there.
Our products touch the lives of artists in every step of their artistic journey, from early childhood drawings to abstract canvases to adorn walls.
We endeavour to inspire artists of all ages and open up new opportunities for their need to create.
Dr. Ph. Martin’s
Salis International Inc. is the manufacturer of Dr. Ph. Martin’s artist products since 1934. In 1936 Ben Salis at age 16 started work for the company. He was paid $1.00 a week. Ben became known as Dr. Martin as he invented many products and held several design patents. Ben became owner of the company. As it grew it developed a reputation as the best commercial art product company for liquid color worldwide. I joined my father in 1970 in partnership and become owner in 1980. My grandfather worked in the business for 20 years. My brother also worked in sales. This family business is now 78 years old.
The history of ink dates back to the 12th century B.C.E. and remains an enduring form of expression in writing, drawing, and painting. Higgins draws upon the techniques of the past and combines them with modern technology to give the artist a beautiful free-flowing ink which has an endurance to last the ages.
For over thirty years, Jacquard Products has been the leading manufacturer of artist materials for fabric. Family owned and operated, we are committed to offering top-quality materials at great value, all manufactured here in Northern California, to commercial studios, professional artists & craftspeople, home crafters, do-it-yourselfers, kids & hobbyists.
Chartpak prides itself on integrating brands that affect the way we work, the way we learn, and the way we create. The same inspiration that drives the artistic community to explore new and innovative methods of expression also drives the office place to engage in creative business solutions.
Since 1856, as a result of our association with D. Leonardt & Co we have been at the forefront of pen nib manufacture and design. Now over 150 years later we continue along that path combining the traditional elements of writing with new and exciting craft products.
A product range of the highest quality standards has grown constantly in over 125 years of German trademark tradition. A brand, always seeking to reach new challenges and setting new innovative standards time and again. That is what our customers around the globe appreciate about us.
Yasutomo and Company was established in June, 1954 by Mr. Ben Yasutomo. A man of vision, Mr. Yasutomo believed that “global marketing” was possible back in the 1950’s because he recognized that consumers in both the USA and Japan wanted products from the other’s country. He decided to set up an office in San Francisco, strategically located to develop commerce between the two countries.