About Us

Dufort Associates was formed in 1997 by Francis Dufort. 

Francis founded Kinneir Dufort Design in 1976 with Ross Kinneir. Kinneir Dufort is a leading Industrial Design company in Bristol. Francis left Kinneir Dufort to found Dufort and Sons which operated from 1986 to 1997 manufacturing licensed character badges and keyrings. Dufort & Sons was acquired by Gemma International and became Characteristix Ltd which still operates successfully. The pin badges became integral to the Gemma greeting card range for many years. 

Our years of experience in design and manufacturing coupled with a clever young design and production team enables us to succeed with the many and varied projects that we have undertaken.