Our Story

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Emma and James Emmerson, both born in 1973, formed the company in 2003 whilst sat at their kitchen table. Inspired by a shared love of cool design and typography, their brand has gone from strength to strength, guided by an uncompromising stance on originality and quality. 
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Based by the seaside near Brighton, the company has organically grown through the years, being at the forefront of dynamic design and the use of original print techniques and materials. With over twenty years design experience, James has an irrepressible passion for print and typography. James regularly pushes the boundaries and has pioneered many new printing techniques for the brand. In 2013 he rekindled his love of letterpress printing with the purchase of a vintage 1959 Heidelberg Platen printer. Three more have since joined the family!
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Emma is the creative force behind Nineteen Seventy Three and spends much of her time trawling through visual multimedia platforms, exhibitions and travel, fashion & lifestyle magazines, finding inspiration and spotting new talent. Her keen eye for predicting new trends keeps Nineteen Seventy Three ahead of the curve in design and innovation in an often-crowded marketplace.  
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Emma and James have achieved great success over the years by creating a number of eye-catching collections including Paper Nature, I Love Being Recycled, The Good Life, The Letterpress Collection, Grafika, The Animals, WOW, Just Your Type and Emma Cooter Draws.
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Alongside their own brand, they also print and distribute five incredible and unique American brands - Egg Press, Rifle Paper, Ashkahn, Carolyn Suzuki and People I’ve Loved - with more in the pipeline. These brand collaborations mean that 1973 now has a stronger market presence offering extensive choice for buyers with great diversity within the portfolio.
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Nineteen Seventy Three also continually invest in developing strong ties with talented illustrators and designers within the field. Following their first fruitful collaboration with eBoy, they have sought out and worked with artists such as Pantone, Sanna Annukka, Belle & Boo, Catalina Estrada, Jon Burgerman, Sukie, Marc Boutavant, Eley Kishimoto, Paul Thurlby, Mibo, Darling Clementine, Susie, Anna Kövecses, Cachetejack, Taisiia Kordiukova, Laura Slater and many more.
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Their extensive offer can be found on the shelves of UK stores as diverse as Selfridges, The British Library, Waterstones, Anthropologie and Liberty alongside a global network of distributors and international lifestyle stores.
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Sustainability is at the heart of the company’s ethos and they use recycled or part recycled paper, offer all products cello-free, use zero plastic for their shipping packaging and work with accredited local businesses on production to support the economy and minimise their carbon footprint. 
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The brand is constantly evolving and, not content to rest on its laurels, continues to drive forward creating new links worldwide with a focus on quality through innovation and research.