Originally Posted by whoopee
Barker and Barker Black are operating separately. I would be surprised if the latter are made to the former's standards. In fact, IMMSMC, spokespersons for the brand have said otherwise in interviews and pub blurbs.
Might be true but:
- Barker Black claims a history going back to Arthur Barker in 1880 (same as Barker Shoes)
- Barker Black says on its website : "After 125 years of producing quality bench made shoes in a factory christened by the Queen mum herself, Barker Black has been developed to embrace the storied past while forging ahead in design, details, and elegant sophistication."
, which definitely links them strongly to Barker and introduces them as a new line created in 2005 out of the Barker factory
- Barker Black says on its website : "Until now, these distinguished shoes, so revered in England, have primarily been available in the UK, with the launch of Barker Black, Barker is ready to prove itself in the worldwide luxury market"
, which to makes it sound like expanding market reach rather than having a whole separate manufacture
- Barker Black says on its website : "Raising the standards of excellence in design, materials and construction the Barker Black range will be on par with Northampton neighbors, however through its updated sensibility and modern aesthetic, Barker Black will stand on its own."
, which also happen to be where Barker is
I don't know Derrick Miller personally, but it really looks to me like the brand is his creation and the company might very well be operated separately, but that he is using the manufacturing capabilities of Barker to make them, and their history to add credibility to his brand. All of this may very well be wrong and jumping to conclusions...