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A potted history of Stitchedboxes™

 

Stitchedboxes™ is continuing a box making tradition which originated in Sheffield in the 1800’s as Joseph Pickering Ltd. The story started with a romance between the son of a silversmith and the niece of a polishing paste producer, who married in 1847. The legacy of this union includes the famous ‘Blanco’ polish, our own Stitchedboxes™ and Pickering Street, Sheffield, which was named after then councillor Joseph Pickering.    

Moving to its own factory in 1906, the wire stitched box making business became a great success. And by the 1980’s cardboard box production had become the company’s lifeline. Sadly after 185 years of trading, Joseph Pickering and Sons Ltd finally fell victim to the credit crunch and, during the early part of 2009, the opportunity arose for local family run business - Arkote Ltd - to acquire the wire stitched box division of the Joseph Pickering box making business.

Arkote Ltd is another company with a long history, dating back to the Sheffield of the 1880’s. And since 2009 traditional hand-made, wire stitched box production has become part of our core business.

The wire stitched box production capability is now located within a first class manufacturing facility in Sheffield, South Yorkshire. We serve mainly the business to business market, but our stitched box clients, big or small, can be assured of receiving cost effective, high quality products fully supported by a prompt and reliable delivery service. And our wire stitched box making crafts people use sustainable, recyclable materials sourced from UK suppliers.

Arkote is ISO9001 accredited; so whether it's garden tools or orthodontists, model trains or archival documents, research labs or fashion items, Stitchedboxes™ has the capability and resources to meet all of your storage box requirements.

Read the full story of Joseph Pickerings and Sons

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"The boxes are perfect! They are an integral part of our marketing campaign so timing and quality are essential - you gave us both, thanks a lot Rob, a really nice job."   - Dan Black ( The Art Director )

"I have been meaning to email to say thank you for the boxes - they are gorgeous!!
... LOVE your boxes. They look stunning!"
   - Anna Wright ( London )

"Thank you, we are very satisfied about the final result. Now I would like to make candles boxes with your adorable stitched boxes, which we are now preparing for a trade show in Paris. Good job made by your production service in short time.
I would like to thank you for this hurry production :)
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   - Amélie Noyer ( 1st Mood - Mougins, France )

"I put a friend of mine in touch with your company as she liked my boxes so much"   - Kathryn Fletcher, Velvet Olive ( Velvet Olive )

"OK, the standard boxes are fantastic, love them. The smaller box is really cute too, so that's a success.
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   - Dylan Phillips ( Bohzaar - Malvern, Worcestershire )