As a young fella - I have a number of defining memories that really stick in the memory. One or two involve an American exchange student called Megan from California - a delightful young women with long chestnut blond/brown hair, about 5 10" that ran the 400m meters for UC Berkley. Another is of a crisp Saturday morning when my uncle took me into the Burlington Arcade to buy my first pair of 'proper shoes'. He was and still is my mentor. A dresser of note - I look up to for a multitude of reasons. He was keen to see me invest my hard earned monies on products that would last - and I'm proud to say, that pair of double Monks I bought that day are still with me 8 years later (and looking better than ever!). You can imagine my excitement when I hear that Crocket & Jones the Northampton shoemaker founded in 1879 had been awarded the Royal warrant last week. The pinnacle of any craftsman's career and well deserved. Each pair takes up to eight weeks to manufacture in a labour-intensive process involving over 200 highly skilled operations - madness!
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