Aarikka, 2" A family run company, Aarikka was founded in 1954 by Kaija Aarikka and her husband, Erkki Ruokonen. The idea for the company came out of an innovative solution to a simple problem. Kaija, a textile designer, was unable to find any buttons that were sufficiently stylish for a dress she had woven. She decided that the best way to solve the problem was to carve her own. Needless to say, the buttons were a massive success and helped launch Kaija’s career in the design world.