Crabtree & Evelyn is an international retailer of body, fragrance and home care products with stores globally. Founded in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1968, the brand was acquired in January 2016, by Nan Kai Corporation of Hong Kong.
The company was founded in 1968 in Cambridge, Massachusetts, by Janus Films businessman Cyrus Harvey, English entrepreneur Sue Townsend and designer Peter Windett. It opened in a small Cambridge shop under the name The Soap Box.
In 1971, the name changed to Crabtree and Evelyn. In 1977, the company opened a stall in the new Faneuil Hall Marketplace in Boston, and its first stand alone shop was opened by Stephen Miller in the Montgomery Mall outside of Philadelphia Pennsylvania. Harvey and Townsend invented the products while Windett did the design for them. American tourists looked for the store in England prompting the founders to open their first store on Church Street in Kensington in 1980.
The Company's name, conceived by Harvey and Windett was inspired by the 17th Century renaissance Englishman John Evelyn, who...read more