Our business was founded in 1786 which was a good year for a number of writers.
The 1700s was when the first European translation of One Thousand and One Nights was published, along with my favourite desert island tale, Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe.
Still on a travel theme, Jonathan Swift published Gulliver’s Travels and the famous French writer, Voltaire, moved to England and in the late 1750s he published his work of optimist fortune, Candide.
Our forefathers were building our business in Birmingham and William Blake was penning Songs of Innocence and Experience. Clearly knowing more than we did at that time. Samuel Taylor Coleridge was scribing his epic poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner whilst Mary Wollstonecraft adopted a more practical approach and focused on matters closer to home with A Vindication of the Rights of Woman which has been called one of the most original texts of the time.
For the last 225 years we have focused on originality and today boast what is probably the finest and widest cufflink collection in the World.
Not bad after two centuries.