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Bespoke Books

Your Stories. Their Printed Heirloom.

We artfully interweave your words, history, and memorabilia, creating tangible legacies to be passed on for generations.


Bespoke Books

Your Stories. Their Printed Heirloom.

We artfully interweave your words, history, and memorabilia, creating tangible legacies to be passed on for generations.


Harts: A Collection of Short Stories

(Charming short-stories capturing the personalities of an extended family)

The Harts, a family of Portuguese, Amerindian and African roots, is expansive both in size and personality.

When Glenn approached us, the challenge lay in condensing the sheer number of wonderful stories he had into one beautiful, coherent book. This keepsake was to be handed out to the rest of the family, especially keeping in mind the younger generations so that they could continue to understand and access their heritage.

In the end, we helped him transform the colourful stories of his ancestors into this unique package that combines family art with hilarious stories, and fascinating historical context.

Do Right & Prosper:
The Emile Elias Group of Companies

(A multidimensional business memoir celebrating an incredible legacy)

Charlotte Elias confided in us to help her father, Emile Elias, honour the 50th anniversary of a group of companies that today includes the number one indigenous construction company in the Caribbean (NH).

This story starts with Emile's parents who, like many other migrants searching for some place better, left their home in Lebanon in the 1920s, with little more than their stuffed cardboard suitcases and a will to re-create their life an ocean away. 

This book captures the intertwined narrative of key players and the historical events that shaped Emile and, by extension, the company. It also looks to the future and sets out the unique culture and values that will help the company strategize for the next 5 decades. 

Our work inspired a corporate film, web content, the corporate celebrations and speeches.

Plantain’s passion fuels their ability to listen deeply to the many facets of a story, and their sheer determination and unwavering integrity bring these stories to life in a way that they can be accessed by all. This is done with immense humility and they use creative insight to make these unique interpretations in many mediums. It has been an honour to have known and collaborated with them over the last three years, and our family applauds their work.
— Charlotte Elias - Director, NH International

Tobias Kinsale

(A family legacy book commissioned to celebrate a grand family reunion)

Mrs Kinsale-Manning entrusted us with piecing together a story than spun all the way back to the early 1800s. Our hunt for her ancestry led us to archives in London and Canada, and an exploration of the family’s roots using DNA testing. 

This book is a chronicle of how we managed to connect two branches of the Kinsale Family, who always knew they were family but did not fully understand how.

Have you ever wished that you could get a clear understanding and explanation of the past and assess its impact on the present? And then attempt to predict the future? The Kinsale family did, and Plantain helped us to answer a lot of questions just in time for our family reunion attended by people from all over the world. The deep history the team helped us to uncover has led us to not only honour the past, but more importantly to spread the news to the next generation.
— Hazel Manning - Former Minister of Education, Trinidad & Tobago


(Bespoke memoir commissioned for one individual)

Sandra Perkins approached us in 2013 to document her mother-in-law's story, a brave woman who came into herself when many countries were gaining their independence from the UK. 

This book takes us through the eyes of Edrisse Perkins, a young woman who decided, back in the 1950s, that she wanted to forge a career in the medical field. She travelled by ship to England and overcame personal and social obstacles that allowed her to achieve a level of success atypical of a woman at the time.

I engaged the folks at Plantain to document a family tree for my husband’s side of the family as a Christmas gift to my children. With their expert advice, guidance, research methods and attention to detail the simple concept of a family tree became a well illustrated and thoroughly researched book filled with interviews and photos of eras past.
— Sandra Perkins


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