Alfred Sargent, 100 years of Shoemaking Excellence.

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A Family Business

In 1899, Alfred Sargent, together with his sons, Frank and Harry, set up his company, Alfred Sargent and Sons, in the town of Rushden Northamptonshire. England.

Sixteen years later, in 1915, Alfred moved to the present site of Portland Road, Rushden.  It was the first single storey factory built in Rushden aynd also the first to have electricity, a vast improvement from the old gas lighting of the era.

During the 1940’s, the next generation of the Sargent family entered the business. Frank’s son Derrick joined the company at a time of tremendous growth in the footwear industry in the county of Northamptonshire, the home of quality English shoemaking, with the Alfred Sargent brand at the centre of this popularity.

By the 1960’s the fourth generation of Sargents, Paul and Andrew joined the business, and the traditional manufacture of footwear was gradually infused with the changing trends and styles of fashion. In 1999 under Paul Sargents’ stewardship Alfred Sargent and Sons had now passed its hundredth year of production, joining an elite group of manufacturers that have achieved such a milestone.

Today, shoe enthusiasts from all over the world have expressed a desire for English shoes made in a traditional manner.  Many of the old traditions of finishing that Alfred first used in the early 1900’s have been rediscovered with a modern twist to reflect  today’s style and the quality demands of today’s customer.

In their pursuit of delivering outstanding British handmade products Alfred Sargent have also fused one off, limited product number(s) partnerships with other classic British designers one most notable being the creation of a limited number of suede and calf leather Chelsea boots in partnership with Fred Perry, in this hugely exciting collaboration, two pairs of classic Alfred Sargent Chelsea boots were created in either suede or leather resulting in traditionally handmade Alfred Sargent Chelsea boots,  fully leather lined and finished with the Fred Perry trademark twin tipping on the side elastic. Made in England to the highest standards, these Chelsea boots have been created using the Goodyear welting method associated with the finest quality British handmade shoes. The insole features Fred Perry/Alfred Sargent branding in gold, in addition to the signature Laurel Wreath sits on the leather heel tab, these shoes sold out almost instantly and received huge adulation from both customers and also design critics, they remain highly sought after iconic creations and collectors items to this very day.

Alfred Sargents typically offer two ranges of product being the AS Exclusive Range (prices start from £295 upwards) and the AS Hand-grade Range which creates the exclusive opportunity for customers to create a bespoke product based on a number of classic AS lasts (Prices start at £795 upwards).

To this day, under that same roof at Portland Road, small groups of master craftsmen take time to select the best calf leathers and suedes, then cut, stitch, last and finish them as generations of Sargents have done for over a century.  I would certainly recommend that you take the time to review Alfred Sargents website to learn more about this exclusive British shoemaker that has been pushing the limits of British, Handmade shoemaking excellence for over 100 years.

If you have taken the time to read this, thank-you.

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