Artbox was founded in South Korea in the 1980's. Since then it has grown its presence and now have some 200 retail outlets around the world.
How did it start in the UK?
We have always had an interest in kawaii and kitsch products. in 2004 the founder visited Seoul, Korea and, everthing from thereon is history. In 2005 we started our first concession in Topshop (closed in 2009). In 2005 our first own retail shop opened in Thomas Neals Centre. Since then we have had a few more or less temporary popup shops around London in Camden and Chelsea. At the moment our shops are based in Selfridges and in our original location in Covent Garden, Seven Dials, Thomas Neals Centre, just off Neals Yard.
Artbox UK now stock more than 50 cute brands from all over the world, including well known products from Hello Kitty, Artbox, and San-X among others.