|Industry||Luxury goods, jewellery|
Boodles is a privately held British jewellery company founded in 1798. A family company from North West England, it also has stores in London and Dublin. Their flagship store is found on New Bond Street, London.
Founded as Boodle and Dunthorne, Boodles dates from 1798 when its first shop opened in Liverpool. In 1910 it amalgamated with the Wainwright family, owners of another Liverpool jewellers. The business has remained with them ever since.
Boodles opened stores in Chester in 1965 and Manchester in 1982. In 1992 Nicholas and Michael Wainwright took over from their father. Under their stewardship, Boodles has opened several stores in London before expanding internationally in the 21st century.
Boodles has nine stores including five in London: Savoy Hotel, New Bond Street, Sloane Street, The Royal Exchange and Harrods, three in North West England; (Manchester, Liverpool and Chester) and one in Dublin, Ireland.
Boodles started selling jewellery from its website in summer 2012.
In its early years Boodles, as well as making jewellery, was a silversmith and watchmaker. During the 20th century the company provided chronographs and watches to air and naval officers. It also designed and crafted cups for sporting and non-sporting competitions including the solid gold trophy for the winner of the Grand National and awards for the Chelsea Flower Show.
The Boodles Challenge is a five-day tennis exhibition at Stoke Park in Buckinghamshire, held in the run up to Wimbledon. The event has attracted players such as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
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