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Our Cobbler-In-Chief only works with the very best artisans in their field. He travels the globe to discover the best factories and craftsman.
A selection of the team who work on our collections are profiled below.
Each shoe starts its life as a piece of leather and a pattern. Our Italian made shoes are skill fully cut out by hand by Gianni who has over 25 years experience. His knife cuts out the shape of the upper of the shoe, as well as defining any patterning or decoration (for example, broguing). In English, he would be called a clicker, after the sound of the knife exiting the leather. Every knife is unique to the Clicker.
THE DENIM CRAFTSMAN
Bill Mitchell was originally a mere denim enthusiast with an ambition to challenge himself to make a pair of jeans. From teaching himself how to make his first pair in his mum's garage, he founded Billiam Denim in 2010. His self-taught skill and passion has escalated and Billiam Jeans are now made up of a six strong team. His workshop is based in South Carolina, Greenville, near the famed Coln Mills factory. This close proximity means Bill can get his hands on limited edition experimental denim.
THE REPAIR COBBLER
At Oliver Sweeney, we believe in reincarnation. All our shoes are built to last so when there is some wear and tear, our world champion repair service will make them as good as new. Based in Somerset, our repair factory is headed up by Al who was crowned the World's Best Cobbler in 2015. Since then he has been restoring our customers favourite shoes back to their original condition so they can be enjoyed for many more years to come.
Our Tattooist-in-Chief spent years developing this technique. Using a traditional tattoo machine and tattoo ink, she applies her illustrations to any tan leather product. If you want to meet her to discuss the tattoo service, she is residence every Thursday at our flagship store in Covent Garden.
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OUR FACTORYOur shoes have been made in the same family-run factory in Italy for more than 20 years.Find Out More
SHOE LAST GUIDEAt Oliver Sweeney the last always comes first. Discover our range of last styles.Find Out More
SWEENEY TATTOOIf you want to leave your lasting legacy, sometimes you have to leave your mark. Find Out More
Calf Leather Oxford Brogue
Classic British Brogue