In this nostalgic Diamond Jubilee year, sentiments are running deep for all things British-made. One Scottish (Glasgow-based) footwear company which has for nearly 90 years provided high-quality tailored shoes to men, have taken on new apprentices to teach them the craft of luxury footwear production. To get them off to a good start, the apprentices recently met their football hero, Sir Alex Ferguson, manager of Manchester United.
|Three Govan trainee shoemakers deliver size nine brogues to the Manchester United manager.|
L-r - Andrew Harvey, Sir Alex, Scott Rennie and William Magee.
Diana Currie, managing director of Buchanan Bespoke Footwear, said: “We have been providing high quality footwear since 1925. It is important that we keep the traditional hand crafting shoemaking skills alive and by taking on new apprentices we can create a new generation of experts who can keep the business going as other staff retire.As part of their apprenticeship the young men will learn first-hand about the shoemaking process from beginning to end. Initially Buchanan Bespoke Footwear’s last-maker will make a last from the detailed measurement of the foot. Then the pattern cutter will design the patterns for the chosen style and cut the uppers from the leather. The leather and lining are then pieced together carefully for quality and comfort, and the footwear is then hand made on the last using traditional skills and expertise.
“I wrote to Sir Alex to tell him about our commitment to training and the three new apprentices. He was only too happy to show his support and get involved with us as we are based in his hometown. Our apprentices were thrilled to meet him and I am sure it will inspire them to continue learning new skills and the business as a whole.”
Talking about footwear, I recently read with intrique of an interview The Telegraph had published a few days ago, with Galahad Clark, a member of the famous Clarks shoe dynasty. Under the headline 'Barefoot’ Clark stays one step ahead - the 36-year-old footwear entrepreneur Galahad Clark claimed that “shoes are bad for you”.