Aarikka was founded in 1954 by Kaija Aarikka and her husband, Erkki Ruokonen. The company origninally developed because Kaija, a textile designer, had designed and made a dress and was unable to find any buttons that she liked. Kaija decided to carve her own. The humble button launched one of Finland's very sucessful design stories.
Today, Aarikka is still a family business and is operated by Kaija's three daughters.