The story of the brand started in 1983 in Northampton, the historical centre of the British Shoemaking, by childhood friends Mark Jeffery and Guy West. Mark and his father ran the family owned shoe factory in the town. Friends started their first business as sixteen year olds selling shoes on various markets.
They had to approach a friend who worked as leather buyer in a local shoe factory to source and purchase the leather for them. They would then take the patterns to a closing room in Northampton before taking the uppers to a factory to be made up into finished shoes, which they would then take back to West’s parents' hotel to pack into boxes and cartons.
The brand itself was founded in 1987.
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