As a terrific vote of confidence in high end British manufacture, the Jermyn Street-based bespoke shoemaker and retailer Foster & Co has opened a new factory in Northampton.
The town has been renowned for its shoemaking heritage since the 15th Century but had faced pressure for years from cheaper overseas labour. Foster & Son’s new factory is the first to open there for more than 30 years and has been welcomed by the local community.
It was entirely appropriate that the factory was opened on 25th October which is St Crispin’s Day, the patron saint of shoemakers. The glittering opening ceremony was attended by local dignitaries, past and present staff, customers and contractors who had helped build the factory.
Best known for their handcrafted shoes, Foster & Co are planning to go global as they now start to make products for the ready-to-wear market.
Cutting the ribbon are (left) Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson, Chairman of Foster & Son, and David Laing, the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire.