Selectism Visit the Cheaney Factory to See the Barbour Footwear Collection in Production

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We recently found ourselves in England’s shoemaking heartland, Northamptonshire, to take a look around the Cheaney factory. A building with a fair bit of history, father and son Arthur and Joseph Cheaney set up on this exact site in Desborough in 1896. Every stage, and there’s a lot of them, completed on site, Cheaney are proud to be one of the few makers who “cut out and close” under one roof. Longtime fans of the brand, their range spanning from elegant to more rugged country footwear, some of our favourite grain leather styles have made their way across the Desborough factory floor. With William Church as our tour guide, director and part of the Church’s footwear family, our visit was centered around the Barbour collection for Fall Winter 2013. A selection of outdoors inspired classics given a bit of added wax goodness, the collaboration features styles for both men and women including the Althorp and Ashton brogue, as well as the Boughton derby and Rushton and Rockingham Ghillie boot, all with tartan or plain wax fabric panels and tough Commando soles. Head to our gallery as we see them all come together and find the line here.

Images:Ross Trevail/Selectism.com

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