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Monday, 24th Sep 2012
Fred Perry are pleased to announce the release of two new exclusive George Cox footwear styles, as part of our on-going Friends of Fred project. Established in 1906 in Northamptonshire, the home of British shoemaking, George Cox has built a reputation for their uncompromising craftsmanship and traditional values on quality. Keen to see the process involved in making each shoe; we took a visit to the factory to see British manufacturing at its best.
The company, famed for its creeper styles, utilises a production process known as Goodyear Welting. The hands-on nature of this construction means that the shoes take much longer to produce than those made using wholly mechanised techniques. Whilst many modern manufactured shoes have their soles simply glued on, the Goodyear welting process involves several stages of sealing with each shoe individually finished by a skilled craftsman. Whilst at the George Cox factory, we witnessed the production of the new women's Friends of Fred Gibson shoe from beginning to end.
Firstly, the suede or leather hide is selected and the upper shoe pattern cut out by hand. In footwear production this initial stage is known as 'clicking' and calls for great skill and precision. Once the suede has been cut to shape, the pieces - including the lining - are stitched together and then stretched and shaped over the last. Each shoe style has a different last, created with individual characteristics, and it's this shaping tool that replicates the anatomical information of the foot and gives the shoe its sturdy, recognisable finish.
A welt (a strip of material) is then stitched to the upper and inner sole holding all the pieces firmly together. Next, the bottom of the shoe is compacted with a special filler to create a flat surface, whilst also adding insulation. Now the whole upper part of the shoe is complete, the soles are carefully trimmed and stitched to the welt. The final stages of making the shoe involves the stitching, fixing and attachment of the heel; overall polishing and one last examination, ensuring everything is as it should be before carefully boxing.
Monday, 17th Sep 2012
Fred Perry are pleased to welcome Porte Monnaie to our Friends of Fred selection for Autumn; an on-going project that looks to British labels and craftsmen that share our appreciation of the design and making processes, along with a particular attention to detail. Port Monnaie specialise in the creation of handcrafted wallets, combining both innovative and traditional materials and a minimalist approach to design, that results in a unique and considered product. Three exclusive designs have been produced especially for Fred Perry, including the Tipped Wallet, offering a playful take on our traditional tipped shirts.
Founder and lead craftsman Nick Bond studied menswear design at London's Central St Martins, before taking an interest in the construction of lightweight, functional accessories. 'Porte Monnaie' literally translates to 'purse' or 'wallet'; with Nick's designs taking an almost architectural blueprint that is reminiscent of traditional origami shapes. The clean lines and precision applied to each wallet reflects Nick's own personal taste, with his live-work studio nestled in East London a perfect example of this aesthetic. The sky-lit space is neatly dressed with artfully stacked shelves and a wooden work bench, set against a back drop of carefully compiled mood boards, paints, pots and brushes.
What makes Porte Monnaie wallets so special is the truly manual process of their production. The backbone of the wallet is produced using flash spun high density polyethylene fibres; a cutting-edge material that has a paper like tactility and is fully recyclable. Each design is hand printed or painted and takes a week to dry before being finished using locally sourced russet leather. Though the construction of each wallet is a delicate process, the unique fabrication is surprisingly strong, making these handmade wallets ideal as gifts or investment pieces.
Once complete, every wallet is carefully wrapped in Porte Monnaie tissue paper and presented in a black card box with a gold embossed lid.
Wednesday, 7th Mar 2012
Our Friends of Fred project returns this week, with a new selection of iconic brands invited to join the fold. For SS12 Aquascutum, George Cox and Ally Capellino came aboard, as well as new seasonal contributions from Sunspel and Levi's.
This season's outfit includes two pairs of limited edition George Cox x Fred Perry creeper shoes; created with dual branding on the inner sock and a traditional stacked crepe sole. Known for making the very first creepers, British shoemakers George Cox became the brand of choice for subcultures ranging from the drainpipe clad Teddy Boys of the 1950s to Ska and Psychobilly. For Friends of Fred, George Cox have created a versatile brushed black suede creeper as well as an exclusive navy and ecru colour option.
George Cox x Fred Perry Creepers
British born and trained designer Ally Capellino has contributed two of her signature heavy waxed canvas bags, created in an exclusive colour option that's only available through the project. The spacious 'Dean' rucksack and stylish 'Dougie' side bag feature rich bridle leather buckles, coated canvas bases and embossed branding.
Ally Capellino 'Dean' rucksack and 'Dougie' side bag
British brand Aquascutum have contributed their iconic Sheerwater raincoat, worn by everyone from Humphrey Bogart to Michael Caine. Favoured by the mod movement due to its streamlined styling and slim, tailored fit; the Sheerwater raincoat continues to be made in England, lined with the brand's signature club check cloth.
Past friends Sunspel return to the project, contributing a classic striped long sleeve top as well as a seasonal striped t-shirt made from the finest cotton. Levi’s also return for a third season with the Bedford cord; a key trouser style based on an original 1966 fit, with a slim cut, ‘Big E’ red tab branding and traditional five pocket construction.
Please note, our Manchester shop will not be carrying Levi's styles.