Just recently HRH Prince Charles embarked on a two day journey, visiting factories around England, on a quest to reinvigorate and celebrate the idea of British engineering and manufacturing. For me this represents an important subject as many of the things that we use and like, are made by skilled workers in factories around not only the UK, but all over the world. In the modern day world however, I feel that the idea of being a factory worker has such a low connotation to it that young individuals no longer aspire/take pride in being associated with factory working. Strange enough, it used to be something that many people took great pride in, as being apart of a factory not only meant being part of the creation of your country’s signature goods but also of the idea of promoting quality and your country being associated with that. It is without a doubt that many people in England have lost that feeling as the ability to find skilled workers is getting harder and harder, as I know second hand from factory owners who have expressed this concern to me.
|Picture Courtesy of Crockett & Jones
It is no doubt that the solution to this problem is to educate/inspire the youth to seek out jobs in the manufacturing/engineering industry, and this is what HRH Prince Charles was aspiring to do. On this 2 day journey, he happened to stop by none other than the honorable Crockett & Jones, a factory that for me sets the bar when it comes to great shoes for a great price, here in England. On his visit, he happened to get a private fitting where he went with the Belgrave model, pictured above, but on a special last that suited his needs. A safe yet elegant choice no doubt! As I love shoes and the idea of people wearing good ones, I can only hope that more young people can aspire to join the ranks of the skilled factory workers that make up the shoes that many of us wear and most likely take for granted. What if they were to all close down due to the inability to find new, good workers? We would all freak out!!!! At least I know that I would! Nevertheless, I am happy to see HRH Prince Charles on conquests such as these and can understand without a doubt why he chose to visit C&J above all….
|Photo Courtesy of: Rugged Old Salt