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To all the people who have helped us…

We owe a huge debt of gratitude to a lot of people who have helped us get started. Starting a company like this from scratch is a daunting task, and it has taken us over five years and countless prototypes to release our first product. It wouldn’t have been possible without the help of these people.

 

Roger Norling – for helping us set up the site. Bring him your business at www.paravoid.com

Kaarina Hannula – For helping us with prototype leather work

Emil Sivertsson – A tailor and true gentleman who helped us with several early prototypes.

Uno Landberg – Legendary master tailor.

Elin Kristell – For 3D modeling

Jonas Käpää – For 3D modeling

Joachim Harryson – For helping us with 3D scans and 3D printing

Karl Holmqvist – For logo and art work (see more of his work in this post: Karl Holmqvist – The man behind the logo). This man is exceptionally talented and skilled.

Pentti Kangasmää – For help with contacts and development issues

Vincent Wendén – Bookkeeping

Fredrik Andersson and Anton Bolin at Almi – Almi is a government funded business advising agency. Thank you, Fredrik and Anton, for advice, funding, and patience.

Stig Olsson – Inventor and general nice guy for helping us with contacts

Kaasper Aase at Purple Scout – One of GHFS’ students and owner of various companies, helped us with the webshop.

Pelle Röjfors – Art Director at DigitasLBi, founder of Kött FC, BJJ instructor, helped us with photography.

A very special, extra thank you to Andreas ben Salem for his long-term dedication to help us with financial advice, application for funding, market plan, getting through the red tape, and much, much more.

We also owe a huge debt of gratitude to our families for putting up with our late meetings, our tunnel vision, and incessant talk about every possible solution and detail. Thank you!

St Mark

 

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Karl Holmqvist – The artist behind the logo

Since we started planning and creating St Mark we’ve had the opportunity to work with many talented people. Without them we would never have been able to reach our vision for this company. One of these people is the man behind the logo, our good friend, Karl Holmqvist.

Karl Holmqvist

Karl is a freelance artist and illustrator and if you are in need of artwork he is the man to turn to. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Information Design (Illustration) from Mälardalen University, and also received a classical art education at Florence Academy – one of the few remaining schools of its kind.

At St Mark we can’t praise and recommend this man enough. Go to his website at http://karlholmqvist.se We’ll let our logo and some of Karl’s artwork speak for themselves.

Ae St Mark done

Karl Holmqvist

 

 

 

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It’s time to rediscover tradition

It has been a long road for all of us to get here, but we believe the time has come for premium fencing equipment.

Our journey with St Mark began with the realisation that historical fencers deserve products designed specifically for them. But there is more to it than that–our equipment and clothes should live up to the honourable fencing arts that we pursue. It’s not enough to reduce pain or bruising, the equipment must be beautiful, functional and safe. It’s time historical fencers are offered clothes, gear and weaponry of the highest quality and of the very best design, steeped in love for fencing. We are proud of our heritage, and it should show in how we present ourselves.

So, we decided to make them.

St Mark will never aim for anything but the highest quality, and we will only use the very best materials. Our designs will be traditional, and we will pick up on older fencing and equipment styles and adapt them to today’s needs.

We hope that you will join us in this journey to rediscover tradition, and to find a path into the future as we revive these wonderful lost arts.

Sincerely,

St Mark