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June 12, 2014

A hereditary knack for creating highly addictive games has kept Jaques of London in business for eight generations, and despite the growth of computer games the family firm insists there’s an increasing demand for old-fashioned fun. CampdenFB reports

January 30, 2014

From its beginnings supplying the theatres springing up in the early days of London’s West End to a £10-million-a-year business, the history of Angels the Costumiers is a glamorous mix of theatre, film and fashion. 

From its beginnings supplying the theatres springing up in the early days of London’s West End to a £10-million-a-year business, the history of Angels the Costumiers is a glamorous mix of theatre, film and fashion.

August 13, 2013

Merrythought is Britain’s last-remaining teddy bear manufacturer. CampdenFB speaks to its fourth-gen owner about its industrial heritage and hand-crafted soft toys.

During the Industrial Revolution, Ironbridge in Shropshire was a hotbed of metal-bashing. Now it’s a sleepy little place on the tourist trail and the manufacturing that takes place there is often of a far cuddlier variety. For Ironbridge is the home of Merrythought, the last teddy bear-maker in Britain.

 

May 6, 2013

The Bargetto Winery, one of California’s oldest vineyards, is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year. CampdenFB speaks to fourth-gen John Bargetto. 

It was over a century ago that 17-year-old Philip Bargetto first came to California from the village of Castelnuovo Don Bosco, in the northern Italian region of Piedmont. “My family has been in the wine business here in this country since 1890,” says John Bargetto (pictured, left), the fourth-generation of the family and director of winemaking at the eponymous business. In 1909 Philip’s brother John joined him in California and they set up a winery in San Francisco. “They operated that for about 10 years and then prohibition came in 1919.”

April 29, 2013

Royal Huisman has 129-years' experience in delivering some of the world's finest yachts. Fifth-generation chief executive Alice Husiman talkes to CampdenFB about its roots and its move into the superyacht market.

The Dutch know their yachts. They, after all, invented them more than 500 years ago to pursue smugglers around their coast. One hundred and a few years later the good burghers of the Netherlands started seeing the potential of these “jachts”, as they called them, as pleasure crafts. The rest is history.

Dutch shipyards are still famous among sailors for building some of the finest yachts on earth – and not least among these shipyards is the 129-year-old Royal Huisman, maker of a number of the world’s largest and most advanced superyachts.

April 11, 2013

The family-run firms of Savile Row are an object lesson in how to update a centuries-old brand. Campden looks at the family business keeping classic tailoring on-trend.

If you’d walked into the upstairs offices of Savile Row tailor Henry Poole & Co a few weeks ago you’d have been met by a plaster model of the seated figure of the late Emperor Hirohito of Japan, completely naked except for a pair of smartly polished black City brogues. 

February 8, 2013

New York’s "best cheesecake" maker is also a family business. CampdenFB looks at its recipe for success.

New York is hardly short of icons – look at all those yellow cabs and skyscrapers – but when it comes to dessert, it’s all about cheesecake. And when it comes to cheesecake, there’s nowhere quite like Brooklyn landmark Junior’s, a restaurant and bakery beloved of presidents, mayors, singers and film stars for the past 62 years.

February 6, 2013

A 100-year-old Australian boot business is looking to the future. CampdenFB talks to Rossi boots about keeping Australians well-shod for three generations. 

"When a block-splitter axe falls on your toe, you’ll forever appreciate the quality of a Rossi boot.” So says one of the advertising slogans of Rossi Boots, with that mix of bluntness and brio that can only be Australian. Rossi is a classic tale of Aussie entrepreneurship – the business was started in 1910 in a tin shed (where else?) in an Adelaide backyard by Arthur Rossiter. Over a century on, the third generation of the family is still ensuring that Australian feet are – as another slogan puts it – in good hands.

October 19, 2012

When Thomas Fentiman, an iron puddler from Cleckheaton in the north of England, loaned money to a fellow tradesman in 1905, he could never have dreamed what it would lead to. 

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