Foster & Son recently made some of the boldest changes in its long history. It brought all its ready- to-wear shoe and leather goods production in-house, creating two entirely new teams of craftsmen and women alongside its longstanding bespoke workshop on Jermyn Street.
By attracting the very finest craftspeople to this growing team and giving them the finest natural materials to work with – mostly sourced from Britain – Foster & Son has reached new standards of quality and design and is now able to create new products without compromise. Though a long established brand – and the oldest of its kind in London – Foster & Son always operates with a fresh perspective and continues to look towards the future.
It is now the sole London bespoke shoemaker to have its own ready-to-wear production and leather craft workshop. With all new products made in-house their challenge is ‘to create more awareness and communicate with our customers while staying true to our understated and discreet brand image’, according to Managing Director, Simon Bolzoni. ‘Our strategy is to use new techniques and innovate with traditional ones to interact with clients in an entirely personal way. This challenge is not only exciting but it is allowing us to use our creativity in new ways’.
This year sees Foster & Son celebrate its 180th year of making bespoke shoes in London’s St James’s, using the craft and skills passed down unchanged over the decades. ‘It is a great time to rejoice in being a British brand,’ says Bolzoni.
Foster & Son celebrates its 180th year of making bespoke shoes in London’s St James’s, using the craft and skills passed down unchanged over the decades