Northampton shoe maker Crockett & Jones will supply four styles of shoes for the latest James Bond film SKYFALL.
The styles include the Alex in black calf, Highbury in black calf, Tetbury in black nubuck and Islay in dark brown Scotch Grain.
Crockett & Jones was founded in 1879, in Northampton, by Charles Jones and his brother-in-law, James Crockett. They established the business with a grant of £100 each from the Thomas White Trust ‘to encourage young men of good character in the towns of Northampton and Coventry to set up business on their own’.
The first Crockett & Jones factory was a small building in Carey Street, Northampton with 20 employees. Here they concentrated on making men’s boots. The leathers were cut at the factory before being distributed to out-workers who would take the parts home. They would then return the finished components to the factory, so that the boots could be completed.
During the 2nd World War Crockett & Jones manufactured over a million pairs for the armed forces. They were under instructions from the government to switch the majority of the production to military footwear; making officers’ shoes and boots for the army, navy and air force.