During the week, life and business partners Paul Firmin and Niko Dafkos work in roles in advertising and media.
Every weekend in a shipping container at Hackney’s Netil Market they focus on their lifestyle brand Earl of East London , selling their own handmade scented candles as well as products from independent craftspeople.
Paul said the area’s feel-good factor inspired the weekend extravaganzas at East Village.
Craft workshops, gift shopping and independent traders will bring a festive sparkle for the first three weekends of December, starting on Saturday, December 5.
“We’ve lived in East Village for a year and a half and in that time we’ve seen the neighbourhood change quite significantly, in a positive way,” he said.
“Before that, we lived around the Hackney area for a long time and there’s a sense of community there.
“As part of the market, we are part of that, working with independent brand and shops and it’s key to our business and what we do.
“Seeing all the change here, we wanted to be a part of it and bring the community feel here.
“We didn’t just want to attend Makers’ Market - we wanted to be a part of it and help shape how it evolves.
“Hopefully it’s the start of a long term relationship.”
Makers Market is a partnership with Get Living London.
Shoppers will be able to browse and buy from around 15 artisan brands including leather craftsmen, Briggs & Shears, hand-crafted jewellery from Inger Studio and hand-drawn designs from London’s finest calligraphers, Lamplighter London.
Ceramics from Blue Guy Pottery and indoor planters and terrariums with Ro Co will also be showcased.
Traders will alternate during the weekend events, which begin on Saturday, December 5.
Meanwhile, a series of workshops will reveal the craft needed to create the products.
The Earl of East London will be hosting two candle-making sessions to reveal an insight into the methods used to create their bespoke, perfumed products.
Talking of their market with a twist Paul, 32, said: “A lot of markets tend to be quite expensive and full of similar things.
“Generally the makers who will be at Makers’ Market are people who see themselves as brands.
“It’s great the event is in the run-up to Christmas but I hope we are creating an environment which is a bit different - it’s more to show this is what we as makers do, the product and how we make the product, so it will be different to the Christmas craft markets out there.”
Location: 15-19 Penny Brookes Street, East Village, E20 1DA