Natural raw materials surround us in our everyday lives; their important and practical uses are often taken for granted.
At this time, as a worldwide population we are being challenged to understand and appreciate the materials that we consume along with the longevity and sustainability of the product itself.
As a fifth-generation family owned business that started in England back in 1908, Crown Northampton prides itself on longevity, continuity and the high quality of natural materials we use. With all of our products specifically made to order; overstocking and therefore excess product is reduced to zero. Add to this our unique resoling service on all sneaker products that further maximises wear time and overall lifespan. For these reasons we only use world class materials.
Working with Horween Company leathers, we have produced a collection of winter ready Overstone Hi Derby and Abington Hi Toe Cap models. Known for their signature blends of oils and greases that create unique finishes and stunning patinas through wear. The Horween Company is also a fifth generation family owned business that started in 1905, USA. They are known as the best in the business when it comes to supremely hard wearing leathers, that only get better and softer with each wear. The Crown Northampton Horween Hi collection utilises leathers from Horween’s Chromexcel, Cavalier and Essex ranges.
Our lookbook explores the beauty of natural materials through ageing, patinas and colour palettes created through exposure to the elements. These naturally occurring processes develop and evolve in their own time and are affected by their constantly changing environment. Core characteristics that are also shared with the Horween company leathers, proving the best results are often achieved through patience and perseverance
Sometimes slower is better. Individually made to order product does take more time and requires added patience; but slower, considered craftsmanship has always made sense for Crown Northampton - naturally.
The Crown Northampton Horween Hi Collection is available to order in the Overstone Hi Derby and Abington Hi Toe Cap styles. All styles from the collection are made with a durable Horween leather upper, sat atop a custom made rubber sole. Finished with natural leather lining and soft, shock-absorbing footbed. Fully handmade in the Crown Northampton factory, UK
RAW NATURAL MATERIALS - HORWEEN COMPANY, USA
HANDCRAFTED PRODUCT - CROWN NORTHAMPTON, UK
Photography: Alex Natt - @adnatt
Location: Salcey Forest - Northampton, UK
Clickers Notes - Material
When wearing premium leather from the world-famous Horween leather company in Chicago, USA, you go on a journey. Due to their unique finishing processes, Horween leathers are quite firm on first wear, but then break in gradually, softening and moulding to the wearer's foot to create the perfect fit. Founded in 1905, Horween's secret blend of natural oils and family processes have been passed down through the generations. Known for their exclusive Chromexcel, Cavalier, Essex and Shell Cordovan leather collections, Horween leathers have a soft and smooth handle, restoring itself when marked. It also has extreme longevity and wears in over time, creating beautifully unique patinas. Crown Northampton is honored to work with leathers from the world class Horween Company tannery.