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Posts written during 'June 2013'

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Wimbledon 2013

Wimbledon begins today, with the world's finest tennis players battling to take home a Grand Slam title. The last British player to win the men's championship was Fred Perry in 1936 - his third consecutive win at the tournament.

Fred Perry Wimbledon

Find out more about our sporting heritage here. Our men's and women's tennis collections are available to buy online and in selected Authentic shops now.

60 Years Auction - Douglas Coupland

As we continue with our 60 Years Auction in aid of the Amy Winehouse Foundation, several new special customisations are now available to buy. Novelist Douglas Coupland, author of 'Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture' has contributed this one of a kind shirt to the project.

Since the release of 'Generation X' in 1991, the Canadian writer and visual artist has gone on to create thirteen novels, as well as several short stories and screenplays for film and television. Coupland has also experimented with sculpture, creating a huge orca whale design that stands at the harbourside of his hometown of Vancouver.

Fp Douglas Coupland Canada 02

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Fp Douglas Coupland Canada 03

Other styles now available to buy include a signed shirt by The Specials, as well as individual contributions from frontman Terry Hall and bassist and artist Horace Panter. You can see all the customisations currently available at auction here.

The Amy Winehouse Foundation has been set up in Amy’s memory to prevent the effects of drug and alcohol misuse on young people. Their aim is to support, inform and inspire vulnerable and disadvantaged young people to help them reach their full potential.

Behind the Scenes - The Walsh Factory

Introducing the Walsh Lostock Shoe to our ongoing Friends of Fred project.

Fred Perry took a visit to the Walsh Bolton workshop to meet the small team, Pete, Jon, Lynne, Michelle and Harry and to watch the Lostock manufacturing process from start to finish.

Walsh trainers are considered the original specialised running shoe. Founder, Norman Walsh began his training as a shoemaker in 1945, just three years later he was asked to make sprinting shoes for the 1948 Olympic Games in London. Following the creation of Walsh footwear brand in 1961, Norman collaborated with numerous athletes to create world leading performance styles.

Walsh Gb Multi

This season’s casual style Lostock shoe draws influence from Walsh’s performance roots. Crafted from durable nylon and suede, the classic three colour sports upper features a lightweight EVA sole unit and a Walsh label on the tongue and side wall.

Walsh Footwear Leather Tabs

At the very beginning of the process Pete creates paper patterns for the uppers, once he is happy with the design and sizes, he goes on to make a set of templates, known as knives. The knives, made from metal, do not look too dissimilar to a giant biscuit cutter. There can be 8 knives for every upper and every size requires its' own set. The knives fix to a special machine which presses them into sheets of material to create the individual parts.

Lynne stitches the pieces of nylon and suede together to create a flat shoe. A mould is then used and heat applied, to stiffen the heel (officially called 'closing'). At this point the shoe starts to take form.

 Walsh Footwear Closing

The upper is slipped around an anatomical mould of the foot known as a last. A lightweight insole is inserted; the shoe is then mechanically bound to the last and into its' final recognisable shape.

Walsh Footwear Lasts

Walsh Footwear Last

The final part of the process is known as 'soling'. The sole is glued to the upper and the complete shoe is fed onto a conveyor belt, which leads into a big oven. The shoe comes out, cools down and gets given the final treatment - a tag, laces, a tissue paper wrapping and a box.

Walsh Footwear Swingtickets

For this seasons' Friends of Fred, the handcrafted Lostock shoe is available in two colour options, Regal and Rosso (show below).

Walsh_Lostock  

See the full Friends of Fred selection online and in our Laurel Wreath Collection shops now.