Good news from the UK at last: despite the closing of many shoe factories, Foster & Son invests in Northampton

Good news from the United Kingdom. Even though many businesses are closing and leaving, or reducing their production capacity, some companies invest in footwear. After several decades, they are due to open a new manufacturing plant by the end of October. Foster & Son, a long-tradition brand (on the market since 1840), are going to start a domestic production in a new 600 square meters factory, located in Northampton. In the new working space “20 employees, at most, will manufacture prêt-à-porter shoes for the wholesale marketing channel, to be subsequently sold at about 1,000 pounds per pair”. So far, the brand used to work in partnership with the major local manufacturers, such as Crockett, Jones and Cheaney; their activity was based in a small lab-store in London, which will be still working for tailor-made services. Richard Edgecliffe-Johnson, president of Foster & Son, announced at Drapers: “We strove hard to obtain the quality we were demanding for: the only way to have it is getting the best machinery and the best staff to produce the best shoes”. The company’s annual turnover amounts to 2 million British pounds. “We aim to expand our business and achieve a successful performance worldwide. Our brand relies on a sound tradition, and we want to take advantage of that”, carried on the president of Foster & Son. Pictures are taken from


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