‘Ronnie Northampton’, the self titled footwear range is the culmination of a years Masters research project where she received an exhibition grant from The Leather Sellers company, and a travel grant from Cordwainers to help with her studies.
This support and direction from both the University and footwear industry, has resulted in a contemporary collection, which uses inspiration from the craftsmanship of the local area.’
‘The main driver behind the collection of female goodyear welted shoes was people. People provided the stories that inspired the design, and also the craft that inspired the making. The stories of the footwear industry and the craft of shoemaking told to the designer while growing up in Northamptonshire. It appeared that everyone was connected to somebody who had a role within the abundance of shoe factories that were once scattered around Northamptonshire. Kirsty loves shoes and she loves stories.
“I witnessed a space in the footwear market for a solely women’s contemporary fine crafted, heritage embodied collection manufactured in Northamptonshire, UK. Continuing the support of the ethos, ‘Made in Britain’ wholeheartedly, that many of the heritage mens shoe companies in Northamptonshire cite, sourcing locally and producing locally.” Kirsty Ronnie
“We are delighted that students are seeking out Northampton as a place to study footwear. We currently have students from the UK, Europe and Internationally, all studying innovative directions for today’s market. Making sure Northampton continues to hold the crown of the ‘Home of Footwear’ in the UK.” Emmeline Child Programme Leader for MA Design.
‘Using factories, and craftsmen and women from the area to produce the collection, Kirsty has received help from many local crafts companies such as Cheaney, Trickers and Churchs. While supported and sponsored by John Lobb.
Making women’s shoes the way men’s shoes have been made for centuries, its the ultimate girl power!’