BFA launches its 120th anniversary celebrations

Show cases shoes from ‘Northamptonshire’s Finest’ at stunning Delapre Abbey

The BFA has launched its 120th Birthday celebrations in some serious shoe style by revealing a stunning show-case of some of Northampton’s most respected and revered manufacturers

Northamptonshire has long been regarded as the heart of the industry – the ‘Savile Row’ of shoes – and to help celebrate the BFA’s special birthday, 11 of the county’s most renowned manufacturers displayed examples of their exquisite work at a unique show case.

Master shoe-makers Church, Cheaney, Sanders & Sanders, Trickers, Loake, NPS, Crockett & Jones, Dr Marten, Barkers, Loake and Grenson all submitted shoes for the event which was described by BFA Chairman Robert Perkins as a ‘visual feast of the highest quality of craftmanship.’

Mr Perkins added: “The BFA’s 120th anniversary comes at a time when there is a resurgence across the UK shoe manufacturing sector with recent investments by Dr Martens, new Balance, Goral, fosters and Gina shoes – it marks a really exciting period in shoe retailing across the UK.”

The ‘shoe-case’ was open to press and BFA members and was held at Northampton’s beautiful and recently restored Delapre  Abbey,  The 900-year-old abbey provided the perfect backdrop for the historical display, steeped in shoe heritage.

William Church, Joint MD of Cheaney Shoes and a BFA board member submitted footwear for the BFA’s ‘shoe case’. He said: ‘Northamptonshire made footwear is held in high regard the world over and this showcase press event of exquisite footwear is a great start to the BFA’s 120th Anniversary celebrations’

Martin Mason, managing director of Trickers shoes, worn by Prince Charles also featured footwear at the event, he added: “Trickers holds a unique position as the oldest footwear manufacturer in Northampton and we are delighted to have participated in the BFA showcase at Delapre Abbey.”