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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"Just a quick note to thank you for ensuring our job was looked after and your communication with us throughout the stitching process. I hope that we can work together again soon."   - Don Hilliage ( Quantum Print & Packaging )

"I received the box samples and they look great, very pleased with the way they fold."   - Christopher Lawson

"We chose Stitched Boxes because we felt the natural, tactile feel of the kraft card was a good match with our handmade wooden products. The quality of the boxes is fantastic, the service is great and our customers love them."   - Mike Chamberlain ( Dust and Things )

"Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the boxes - they’re so great, especially the grey board one - We love it. Will be ordering again asap!

Thanks for all your help too and for doing them so quickly.
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   - Cath Brown ( Feldspar )

"The product is just lovely, and perfect for what I am looking to do with my brand. "   - Adam Proops ( Regiment London )

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