Welcome to the Foster and Son/Henry Maxwell affiliate thread.
We’ve been watching Styleforum for a while now and, it is with great pleasure that we have decided that it is the right time to become part of this fantastic forum.
We are the oldest bespoke shoemaker in London; WS Foster & Son was founded in 1840, Henry Maxwell in 1750, and we are often known as “the shoemaker’s shoemaker” because of our low profile approach and the high quality of our work. All our bespoke shoes are made in our workshop at 83 Jermyn Street by our team of highly skilled craftspeople. Our ready to wear shoes are made to our specifications in Northampton, the home of English shoemaking.
The firm is still in private English ownership and continues to maintain the highest standards of craftsmanship and personal service, remaining true to the combined traditions of several centuries of bespoke shoe and bootmakers who have handed down our unique inheritance.
Our shop is a gem, a lovely place to visit. You will see lasts made for, amongst others, Charlie Chaplin, Clark Gable and Paul Newman. Going back a little further we made hunting boots for Siegfried Sassoon, the First World War poet. He memorably described his visit to Henry Maxwell in his books the ‘Complete Memoirs of George Sherston’. We will write more about that soon.
As we emerge from being London’s “best kept secret” to attracting wider recognition, we believe that the superb bespoke work coming from our Workshop, and our new range of more accessible ready to wear shoes and boots, deserve the widest audience. We also have a wonderful archive, a long history and tradition of bespoke shoemaking and amazing leather goods. We are looking forward with great excitement to participating in the world’s biggest and most influential style community.
Amongst the things that we will be bringing to Styleforum are:
· New shoes made on our first Terry Moore-inspired ready to wear lasts;
· Pictures of our latest bespoke creations;
· A series of essays about shoe-making in the West End;
· Exclusive access to the WS Foster and Son/Henry Maxwell archive;
· Special offers for Styleforum members
We start with a few photographs of our shop and bespoke workshop at 83 Jermyn Street.
Our shop at 83 Jermyn Street
Some of our ready-to-wear collection
A small part of our bespoke archive collection
Some famous customers
Our bespoke team
Jon working on a last
Emma making a pattern
Lucy with a finished upper
Emiko checking an upper against a last
Terry Moore at work
We would also like to have a dialogue with you. Is there anything you’d like to ask about Foster & Son or Henry Maxwell? Anything about our bespoke or ready to wear shoes? Any suggestions for designs that we could make up on our new last?
We have started a blog at www.fosterandson.wordpress.com. Please be patient with us as we develop content.
WS Foster & Son/Henry Maxwell www.foster.co.uk
Edited by FosterandSon - 10/17/13 at 5:27am