Marvling Bros

The creation of Marvling Bros is a story that began in 2010 with two mums at the school gates of a sleepy suburban primary school in Essex…

In 2010 the head mistress of the school held a competition for the pupils. The task seemed straightforward and simple enough: How much can you fit in a matchbox? Hayley’s seven-year-old son was not enthused by idea, but Hayley entered for him and came up with all sorts of objects that not only fitted in the matchbox but fulfilled a concept too. For example, a grain of rice and a coriander seed which she labelled ‘curry takeaway’, and a picture of the Mona Lisa and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers became a miniature art gallery.

She did not win the competition, and most people thought it was mad, but one other person at the school totally got it - Emma. Two years later, Emma, inspired by the matchboxes, (and having just offloaded her youngest child at school) thought the concept could be the basis for a business and for nine months she and Hayley beavered away researching products, developing ideas and learning how to run an ecommerce company.

They launched in July 2013 with an ecommerce website and 12 different product designs. In the first week they sold exactly ten matchboxes, half of those to people they knew. Not the big hit they were hoping for. However, by their first Christmas, they were flying out of the door. In the last eight years the business has gone from strength to strength, while keeping the company ethos - to provide inspiration.

Kawaii Christmas Pudding Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Christmas Pudding Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift with a merry Christmas pudding pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick fun and festive proj...

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Kawaii Rainbow Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Rainbow Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift with a rainbow pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything you need to make...

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Space Invaders Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Space Invaders Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super fun cross stitch kit gift, with a Space Alien Invaders-style pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everythi...

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Kawaii Lemon Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Lemon Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift, with a lemon pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything you need to make ...

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Kawaii Broccoli Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Broccoli Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift, with a broccoli pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything you need to ma...

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Kawaii Strawberry Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Strawberry Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift, with a berry cute strawberry pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything y...

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Kawaii Cupcake Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Cupcake Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift, with a cupcake pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything you need to mak...

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Kawaii Ice Cream Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Ice Cream Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift, with a jolly ice cream pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything you nee...

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Kawaii Ice Lolly Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Ice Lolly Mini Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift, with a jolly ice lolly pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick project. Everything you nee...

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Kawaii Christmas Tree Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Christmas Tree Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift with a merry Christmas tree pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick fun and festive project...

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Kawaii Christmas Star Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros - The Village Haberdashery

Kawaii Christmas Star Cross Stitch Kit In A Matchbox by Marvling Bros

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A super cute cross stitch kit gift with a merry Christmas star pattern perfect for beginners or enthusiasts wanting a quick fun and festive project...

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