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I’m looking for the correct way to say “made by” or “created by” for a custom garment tag. I have heard of "fecit" coming after a name but I’m thinking about bookplates and the “ex Libris” header as the inspiration. Is there an equivalent for this phrase?

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In early modern Europe, the common phrase was ex officina (from the workshop), followed by the establishment's name, either in the genitive or as an adjective.

I think a practical way of implementing this in a modern, non-Latin-literate context is to put ex officina but keep your name or the name of your company in its normal form.

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As you mention, probably the oldest phrase for this would be [name] mē fēcit: literally, "[name] made me". (In each of the examples below, the first line is a direct transcription of the original, the second line is a translation/adaptation into standard Classical Latin, and the third is an English translation.)

The oldest attestation for this phrase is on the Praenestine Fibula, from the early seventh century BCE:

Image of the Fibula

MANIOS MED FHEFHAKED NVMASIOI
Manius mē fēcit Numasiō
Manius made me, for Numasius

This remained popular all the way through the High Middle Ages:

Image of an inscription

This is from the south portal of the Church of Santa María la Real, in Sangüesa.

MARIA MATER ΧΡΙ[ΣΤΟΥ] / LEODEGARIVS ME FECIT
Marīa, Mater Christī / Leodegarius mē fēcit
Maria, Mother of Christ / Leodegarius made me

Sometimes the inscription was varied or elaborated further, with forms like [name] artifex mē fēcit, or [name] fēcit hoc. But fēcit seems to be the verb form of choice. This page lists some more examples.

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