Lauren Sinclair and Shokai Sinclair

Our team

Lauren Kay Sinclair (she/her)

Co-Founder / CEO |

Lauren is a lifelong admirer of handmade crafts, as well as being a graphic designer and a knitter. From her HQ in Boone, she is building a thriving online marketplace for North Carolina artisans where craft-lovers will be inspired by their stories, the places they live, and the traditions they carry on.

Shokai Carter Sinclair (they/he)

Co-Founder / CXO |
Shokai Carter Sinclair

Shokai is a user experience (UX) designer and marketing strategist, with a passion for climate activism and family history research. They believe in the power of culture (art, design, and storytelling) to shape a better future. They live in Denver now, but they are happy to have NC Handmade as a way to stay connected to their Carolina roots.

Read our founding story.

Lauren Sinclair and Shokai Sinclair

Our founding story (an interview between a mother and a son)

Shokai Sinclair: What’s your history with craft traditions? What drew you to craft? Lauren Sinclair: I am a knitter and sewist. I have had an affinity for handmade craft as long as I can remember, learning much in the beginning from my mother and grandmother. I love the intimate sense of history and the appreciation for other cultures you acquire through the experience of craft.

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