Channel 4 recently decided that it would be interesting to feature a shoemaker on its popular Sunday Brunch programme. They invited us to take part so we sent one of our experienced shoemakers, Amanda Borowiak, to demonstrate some of the skilled work involved.
James Taylor & Son are launching a unique mobile foot scanning service for podiatry clinics around the UK. Patients will be able to have their feet scanned in 3D, select a shoe model from our extensive catalogue and have a pair of high quality, well-fitting orthopaedic shoes made to measure within 6-8 weeks.
When a team of explorers decided to re-create Shackleton's epic 800 nautical mile journey from Elephant island to South Georgia using traditional equipment, it was James Taylor & Son that they asked to reproduce the original style of boots for the trip.
The Marylebone Journal has just published a fascinating profile of our firm.
It has been written by a leading journalist and it describes the background and history of one of the last West End bespoke shoemakers. It also explains the changes we are making within the company to combine our traditional values and craftsmanship with the latest scanning and CAD technology.
It is well worth a read, and should re-assure you that James Taylor & Son is moving confidently into the 21st century, without sacrificing any of the skills and values that have made us such a success over the last 150 years.
You can read the complete article as a PDF file here.
Clients ranging from Saudi princes to NHS patients have trodden a path to shoemaker Peter Schweiger's door. But feet are nothing if not great levellers, he tells Chris Arnot.
The call came from a member of Crown Prince Abdullah's procurement agency. "We found you in the Yellow Pages," he told bespoke shoemaker Peter Schweiger. "Could you be in Saudi Arabia by Friday?"
One of the real delights of having a pair of bespoke shoes made is the possibility of having exactly what one wants. Gone are all thoughts of having to 'make do'. Compromise can be banished. Sartorial perfection can be pursued with vigour. Style and workmanship must be considered carefully in these circumstances, of course. But there is another factor which can now also assume its proper importance: colour.
For years I have had in my mind a particular colour combination. I first saw it in the footwear of an artist friend – a gentleman of exquisite sensibility, now, sadly, gone to his reward.
We have now installed the world's leading 3D foot scanning system in our shop at 4 Paddington Street, together with the most advanced CAD/CAM software for shoe last design.
The FotoScan 3D foot scanner is a fantastic piece of British technology that allows us to capture a full colour 3D image of your feet.
1957 marked the centenary of the founding of James Taylor & Son makers of hand sewn shoes of the highest class and experts at semi-surgical and orthopaedic footwear. Until 1952 at 82 Great Portland Street, W1 and now at 4 Paddington Street, Baker Street, London, W1.
In about 1842 James Taylor of Garboldisham, Norfolk having served his apprenticeship to his father George Taylor, the village shoe maker, walked to London, and engaged himself to a firm in the City of London as journeyman and living in Dean Street in the city.