Kristina Secinski of 5Plus | Handmade In Europe



Kristina Secinski of 5Plus | Handmade In Europe

Kristina Secinski lives and works in Bulgaria, where she makes high quality handbags and fashion accessories using leather, cotton, linen and wool, all by her own design, under the name 5PLUS. She was educated and worked for years in graphic design. But then something happened:

“A couple of years ago I was searching for a unique present for a dear friends’ wedding and I came up with the idea of making her a wedding quilt. Myself! “It couldn’t be so difficult” I thought, though I never made a single stitch in my life. That day was the first day I sat in front of the sewing machine. You can imagine I had hard times with such an ambitious first project but I did it. Now I wouldn’t be so proud with the final result, but back then I thought I could make everything.
And what’s more important: I loved the process!
That was the start. I used every minute for practicing. And one day I made my first bag and felt that that‘s what I want to do every day. I started making bags and sell them at a local store and little by little the thought that I could do this for living was not so absurd.”

5plus Beige and brown leather handbag

Elegant handbag in beige and brown leather | 5plus

This may seem strange, never having sewn anything, and then suddenly getting the urge to make something, but there is a bit of a history of sewing in the family, which stopped when Capitalism caught up, and western products started coming in:

“I was raised in a communist society where buying nice, fashionable goods was impossible. I remember my mother leaning over the sewing machine trying to make nice skirts, dresses and coats for us. At that time everything was home-made and we dreamed of birthday cakes from the store. Handmade things had no value at all.
When I was grown up, and the communism was over, for a long time nobody wanted to make something for themselves as we could find everything at the store, which we were missing for so long… My mother’s sewing machine stopped “singing”.. […]

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Handmade In Europe, unique platform for European artists

Welcome to Handmade in Europe! If you are a person loving unique and beautiful things, this is exactly the place where you should be.


  • in the first place HIE is a community of a lot of wonderful people: artists, designers and creative individuals, those who sell and those who buy;
  • HIE is a place where we do our best to support and promote the best of European artists and craftsmen;
  • HIE is a source of many creative ideas;
  • it also is a place where a lot of useful marketing tips can be found;
  • altogether, HIE is the place to be whether you want to buy or sell beautiful and unique handmade items, meet interesting people or learn some new creative skills.


  • HIE is not just another online marketplace for handmade things (because it is so much more!)
  • HiE is not an outlet for resellers
  • it is not a venue for selling cheap imitations of branded products nor copies of artwork

Our mission

The idea behind HiE is very simple. We want to create space for the artists and designers which they can use in the most creative ways using the tools we have prepared for them. We want artists to be heard and seen, and we want them to successfully sell their artwork. We want them to speak in their own voices and we are here to help.

Our other goal is to help the audience in finding the coolest and most unique handmade things that they can buy (or simply enjoy looking at).

What can we do for you

If you are an artist or a designer, we will provide you with your own space and all the tools an artist needs to make, market and manage a creative website. You will get a built-in store, image galleries, a blog and marketing tools, all ready for you to use. You can use an URL on HiE (like, or we can set up your custom URL if you prefer (like And HiE won’t take any cut on your sales, we work for a small flat fee that you can check out in our PRICING OFFER.

If you are a seller of art and craft supplies, you also can open a shop on HiE. You will get the same set of tools the artists and designers are getting.

If you are a person looking for unique handmade items to buy, we have a wide range of shops selling good quality handmade products for you to choose from. Take a look at the SHOPS ON HiE page and start browsing.