We were recently privileged enough to work with one of the icons of the British shoe industry, Loake Shoes.
Worn by everyone from Bill Nighy and Martin Freeman to Kevin Spacey and Madness, Loakes are famous for being hand crafted using many of the same traditional techniques as when their Kettering factory opened in 1880.
We were commissioned to produce a film that, whilst showing some of the many processes involved in making a pair of shoes, also highlighted the craftsmanship and artistry of the shoemaker. This was achieved by allowing the craftsmen to tell their stories in their own words, before weaving this in to a meaningful narrative to accompany the stunning imagery of the Loake factory and it’s work force.
It was a pleasure to speak to the skilled workers – many of whom have worked for Loake for most of their working lives. It was also great to be able to produce a film which documents one of our few remaining hand crafted industries.
We hope you enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.