Tuesday, May 28, 2024

100 Years Celebration for Talbots Group

Julie Fowler-Drake

Birmingham based jewellery, gift and retail packaging specialists, Talbots Group, is celebrating 100 years of packaging heritage as the oldest subsidiary of the company, Pickering and Mayell, celebrates its centenary.

Based in Birmingham’s Jewellery Quarter, Pickering and Mayell has been producing and supplying packaging for jewellers since 1913 and is now proudly part of Talbots Group, strengthening Talbots reputation as one of the top jewellery packaging specialists in the country.

As well as still having a strong presence within the jewellery trade, Talbots has now built a strong clientele within the fashion and retail industry, taking the company from what was essentially a packaging wholesaler, to a pro-active packaging partner.

As Pickering and Mayell turns 100, Talbots continues to grow which is spearheaded by new managing director, and granddaughter of founder, Julie Fowler-Drake. Julie’s fresh approach and design background has helped strengthen Talbots bespoke capabilities which means a creative vision can be easily shared and replicated to ensure packaging solutions are tailored specifically to each client.

Julie comments: “Talbots has been in my family for over 70 years and has always been very well established within the jewellery packaging industry.

I wanted to build on this and take Talbots from being just a supplier, to an innovative and contemporary packaging partner who can look after an entire project from start to finish.

“Talbots now has a strong in-house team ranging in project management, manufacturing, design and distribution; meaning we have the capabilities and resources to manage a project from design to delivery.”

Talbots Group Heritage
Pickering and Mayell

Talbots Group merged with packaging supplier Pickering and Mayell over 20 years ago which was founded by Fredrick Charles Pickering in 1913.

Talbots Group was founded by Fredrick Fowler in 1941 and passed to his son, Graham Fowler, in 1962. Keeping the company within the family, Graham’s daughter, Julie Fowler-Drake, took over the company in 2010.

Talbots Group currently provides over 1000 clients with jewellery, gift and retail packaging, including; Argos, Signet, Bid Up TV, Shop Direct and NowSeen.


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