I always love to hear about new shoe brands, particularly ones that manufacture in the UK. Ronnie Northampton is the brainchild of Kirsty Ronnie who is based (unsurprisingly) in Northampton: the shoe capital of Britain. And her designs are GORGEOUS.
Kirsty was born in Northampton and spent some time in London before returning to her home turf to study a masters in footwear design. “I’m really really passionate about keeping the industry alive in the area” she told me “there is no better place in my eyes than Northampton with its rich hertiage in the footwear industry and ‘money can’t buy’ knowledge and skill that the workers within the footwear factories have”.
The first Ronnie Northampton collection isn’t available until January but I wanted to draw your attention to it now because Kirsty has set up a Kickstarter page to raise the funds to develop the brand (here). If you don’t know about it already, Kickstarter is a way of enabling people with brilliant ideas to get the financial backing they need to get their business off the ground. In return, you get a gift from the brand, and in this instance these range from a leather key fob to a bespoke pair of shoes, depending on how much you pledge.
It’s INCREDIBLY difficult to start a new fashion brand if you don’t have tons of money, particularly if you are passionate about producing in the UK as it’s so much cheaper to get everything made in China. I’m becoming more and more interested in where my shoes and clothes are produced and would ALWAYS rather buy British if I can, so I’m really keen to support this brand! And for as little as £2, you can support it too. But hurry, the Kickstarter page is only live until December 1st!