Crockett & Jones
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Crockett & Jones

Truly British and celebrating 140 years of fine shoe making

Northampton has long been the shoe manufacturing capital of England. Although the industry is a shadow of its former self (in 1950, the town boasted 50 shoemaking firms, whereas now there are five) its reputation for quality and for upholding the proud traditions of English footwear are undiminished. Nowhere are these traditions of timeless style and enduring substance more lovingly nurtured than at Crockett & Jones, whose Victorian factory looms over the town’s redbrick terraces.

 

Crockett & Jones is a family-owned and run company. Managing director, Jonathan Jones, has been in the saddle since 1980 and seven members of the family now help to run the business, dealing with everything from keeping the factory lifts working, to creating new patterns and lasts, to opening new retail stores. Family ownership and management encourages long-term thinking, releasing the company from the demands of short-term profit. Crockett & Jones is in the fortunate position of being completely in charge of its own destiny.

The label ‘Made in Northampton, England’ continues to give consumers across the world confidence in traditional methods and a guarantee of superb quality

Despite the political turmoil that faces the country, the challenges confronting Crockett & Jones in 2020 remain unchanged: the availability and rising cost of materials as well as skilled labour. The company will continue to focus on what makes it the respected manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer that it is today by providing high-quality footwear that represents value for money.

 

This is largely dictated by the size and output of the factory, and also by the modest marketing and advertising budgets. The label ‘Made in Northampton, England’ continues to give consumers across the world confidence in traditional methods and a guarantee of superb quality and integrity. This is especially true of Japan, which remains the company’s top export market.

 

To celebrate the impressive milestone of its 140th anniversary, this season (A/W’19) the company is launching the 140th Collection, inspired by the firm’s extensive archive of historic designs. Using a specially-developed last, the design is characterised by a hollowed- out neck, narrow waist, soft outside wall and an elegantly English round toe profile. Each style features British racing green linings, black sole finishing, hand polished uppers, and a gold-embossed 140th Collection logo – a nod to the early days of branded production.

In October 2019 Crockett & Jones opened a second retail store in New York City. The existing shop, which is on 55th Street opposite the famous St Regis Hotel, has been trading well for many years. The new shop is to be found in Manhattan’s trendy Soho, where it will attract new disciples to the Crockett & Jones brand.

2020 may also herald the start of Crockett & Jones’s venture into e-commerce. Surprising as it may seem in 2019, the company has not hitherto embraced online sales, as the factory has been at maximum capacity for ten years. With the factory in Northampton working more efficiently, offering a steady increase in output, Crockett & Jones is looking forward to offering a high quality e-commerce service for its growing and loyal customer base who might not be able to visit a Crockett & Jones retail store.

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