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Welcome to the Instagram for Business blog! Explore how businesses are using Instagram through tips, brand spotlights, API examples and news from Instagram HQ.

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Bringing @newenglandouterwear’s Shoemaking to Life with Instagram Video

The Making Of… To see more photos and videos from New England Outerwear’s workshop, follow @newenglandouterwear on Instagram. Know any other Instagrammers doing something unique with their hands? Send us a note through Tumblr.

"We started @newenglandouterwear when the brand was just an idea in our heads,” says Dan Heselton, who co-founded New England Outerwear Co. in 2012. “We didn’t know if this thing would work, or if people even cared, but we wanted to record the process of us learning the craft of shoe making, the people we were forming relationships with and who were teaching us this art and the progression and growth of not just the product itself, but the brand and us as people.”

Today, New England Outerwear employs a team or craftspeople assembling shoes and boots from a small workshop in Maine. Through photos and videos shared to Instagram, the company’s followers get an intimate glimpse at the people and machinery behind their products. “A main goal of ours is to convey our process,” says Dan, “and the fact that our shoes are handcrafted in our own factory using timeless methods.”

The addition of video on Instagram, in particular, has given life to the time-tested fabrication process. Says Dan, “It’s perfect, especially for a company like ours. I can’t think of a better way to portray the craftsmanship and skill that goes into a handmade product with tradesmen or women using processes that have been around for over a hundred years.”

Aside from building a sustainable business, Dan has another hope: “Maybe we will inspire someone watching to want to learn and take up the trade themselves.”

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The Making Of: British Garments with @sehkelly

To see how clothes go from the factory to the shop window, follow @sehkelly on Instagram.

When it comes to homegrown threads, you can’t get closer to Britain than SEH Kelly's (@sehkelly) hand-woven clothes.

Based in their East London workshop, designers Paul Vincent and Sara Kelly started the menswear company in 2009. They source cloth and makers from 15-20 British locations—from a Mohair mill in West Yorkshire to a one-man mill in North London and a family-son tweed mill in Country Donegal, Ireland.

"What is most important to us is transparency," says cofounder Paul. "The places we visit—be they fabric mills, brass foundries, glove-makers or garment factories—are often so interesting, and the work they do so wonderful that it seems a waste not to show it to the world. We hope, in some small way, to inspire an interest in the making process, not necessarily craft or handmade work, but the simple nuts and bolts of industry around the British Isles doing its very excellent thing."

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The Making Of: @Mastersons Selvedge Denim Shirts

The Making Of… Local businesses are using Instagram to give followers a peak behind the scenes and to showcase their handiwork. Check out more examples on the Instagram Blog.

Michael Masterson, who has spent the past 3 years making clothes by hand, is embarking on his latest venture—Masterson’s, a limited-run batch of US and Japanese selvedge denim and chambray shirts—and bringing his Instagram followers along for the ride at @mastersons.

"I have a collection of over 25 machines, most more than 50 to 70 years old. It takes a lot of finesse and dexterity to keep the machine and stitch working properly," he says. "Instagram is a quick and easy way to share the production process with people during a busy day. And I think it also helps give people an idea of the time that goes in to producing these shirts."

To get a peek at the process, visit @mastersons. Because of Masterson’s limited production capacity, they will only be available through Trove General Store.