You’ll hear ‘sofas for life’ a lot here at Arlo & Jacob, it’s something we live by and pride ourselves on. We know the quality of our sofas and that they’ll last as long as you need them to. Each sofa is handmade and made to order in our factory in Long Eaton, so you can be sure you’re getting only the best. Long Eaton is the home of British upholstery. The history of our factory dates back to 1921 and our craftsmen and women have a combined experience of over 90 years, using time-honoured methods to make each piece of furniture.
It’s the little things that matter when it comes to upholstery - where the stitching is placed, how something is buttoned but most importantly, how the frame is made. After all, a couple of staples isn’t going to withstand your sofa being used as a bouncy castle. We know sofas get put through a lot in their lifetime which is why our frames are all made from ethically sourced hardwood that has been glued, screwed and doweled, to ensure that your sofa can withstand anything life throws at it.
The one thing our best-selling sofa and chair have in common is buttoning. Both the Darcy sofas and Grantley chair are perfect examples of the skills of our craftsmen and women. Buttoning is something that our factory is renowned for and it’s a skill that is hard to come by. You’ll never see fabric that has just been stitched down on any of our buttoned sofas and chairs; we beautifully draped the fabric, just as they did way back when.
As much as we love working with established designers within the design/ interior design industry, it’s always fun and exciting to discover new talent, which is why we launched ‘The Future of Textile Design’ Competition with Nottingham Trent University. The talent was immense but it was Victoria Knew’s ‘Echo Velvet’ Fabric that stole the show. ‘Echo Velvet’ was inspired by photographer ‘Bing Wright’ and is Victoria’s take on his ‘Broken Mirror/ Evening Sky’ collection.
The team who brought Victoria’s fabric to life and created our limited edition Emilia chair from it is none other than our Product Manager, Laura and our fabulous fabric finding duo, Sarah and Alex. Laura studied history and politics at University, but has her mum to thank for her love of interiors. Sarah and Alex work together to source the best fabrics for Arlo & Jacob. Sarah has worked in the industry for over 15 years and with an art foundation course and a furniture and design degree, she’s the perfect woman for the job. Alex is the newest member of our showroom team, and not only is she fabulous at selecting the best fabrics for us, she’s also a freelance print designer, working with some of the world’s most famous labels like DKNY and Pink Tartan. Together they sourced the over 120 fabrics that make up our house fabric range.
What makes an Arlo & Jacob sofa doesn’t end at the hardwood, coiled springs and craftsmanship, it carries on all the way through to our fabric range. Something that was made apparent very early on in the making of Arlo & Jacob is that we wanted to make great and beautiful fabrics accessible to everyone, so we set our team the mammoth task of selecting our house fabrics. The majority of the fabrics chosen by our team are from mills based at home right here in the UK. Our wool is from the renowned Moon & Son’s, a mill that prides itself on being one of the last of its kind in the UK. Our buttery soft leathers come from a British family business that has been running for just over 3 generations where as our luxurious Italian velvets come from only the best that Italy has to offer.
No matter which sofa or chair you choose or the fabric that you fall in love with, you can put your feet up and snooze soundly knowing that you’re drifting off on the best that the UK has to offer.