Bill shares his decades of experience in the English shoe making industry from last maker for John Lobb, St. James in the ’70s to founding his own specialist, orthopaedic bespoke business, Bill Bird Shoes in the Gloucestershire countryside in 1987.
Alison Hastie got into shoemaking in 1978. Keen to earn a living using her hands, she saw shoemaking as the way to do just that. After University she joined the Conker Shoe Company in Devon where she gained practical knowledge and experience before founding Green Shoes in Totnes.
Bespoke shoemaker, Jim McCormack, one of the most well respected shoemakers in England, entered the trade at 16 and hasn’t look back since.
Retired John Lobb last and tree maker, Perry Bruce-Mitford shares stories of his time as an apprentice training with Lobb and most recently, re-training as a gilding conservator.
Tim & Fiona Slack
The Slacks have worked in the shoe trade since the swinging ’60s, as designers, makers, consultants and trainers from Somerset to London and now Yorkshire. They’ve worked all over the world and now live in Yorkshire manufacturing under their own label and training up a new generation of shoemaker.