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THE LAST WORD

Source: Jonathan Jones, the fourth generation owner of Crockett & Jones.

In the world of traditional British luxury, Crockett & Jones stands head and shoulders above its compatriots as a shoemaker of nigh-on titanic proportions. Founded in 1879 in Northampton, Britain’s fine-shoemaking hub, the company has remained family owned throughout its history, occupying an expansive factory with long-serving, loyal and talented staff. This was not always the case, though. When Mr. Jonathan Jones, Esq. started at Crockett & Jones in 1977 (he was appointed Managing Director in the early nineties), he joined a highly respected manufacturer that was, to put it mildly, not in great shape. Indeed, it was losing ground to its competitors and very close to closure. Forty years later, Crockett & Jones is one of the largest producers of high-quality Goodyear-welted shoes in the world, with 12 retail stores across three continents. With all this in mind, the brand’s solid and steady transformation from struggling producer to shoemaking

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