Thriving for over 130 years
How does a third-generation family business thrive for 130 years?
We think it is down to product knowledge, recognising trends, the ability to adapt and navigate conditions in the market and most importantly our great people. These are the threads that run throughout our history and keep us at the top of our game today.
Our founder, William Lamb, had the knack of spotting market demands and acting on them. In the Yorkshire town of Wakefield in 1887, William Lamb used his first-hand knowledge of mining to craft specialised clogs with a durable finish that could be worn by miners. As his product gained popularity, the William Lamb business grew to become the largest clog maker in Europe. From the very beginning he focused on creating the right product to suit his customer’s needs.
As the world has developed, changed and adapted, so have we, with our customers as our driving force. From producing boots and gas mask cases to support Britain in WW1, to pioneering the modern football boot in the 1950s. We were amongst the first to recognise the potential of the ‘trainer’, expanded our supply chain globally to keep our competitive edge and developed ethical practices before they were fashionable.
We look for opportunities. Our deep-rooted product knowledge, attention to quality and ability to adapt and innovate means we are perfectly placed to meet the needs of tomorrow.
Innovation & the end of an era
Our mission is to deliver a seamless end to end service creating high quality products that delight your customers.
BRING YOUR BRAND TO LIFE
It’s our unique ability to bring product to life that makes us the first choice supplier for world renowned brands.
We are experts at translating brands to retail and the market leader in licensed children’s footwear and accessories.
Quality is at the heart of everything we do.
From our commercial, innovative designs, to our high production standards and ethics, our reputation is based on the quality of how we work with our partners and what we produce.
END TO END SERVICE
Our end to end service takes care of all elements of production, from the design of product through to delivery. We navigate the complex world of footwear and accessory manufacture, so you don’t have to.
With on-the-ground teams in India, China and Vietnam, we have a global production network that guarantees we can create and deliver the right product for your brand.
DRIVEN BY PEOPLE
We develop strong partnerships by getting to know you and your brand and truly understanding how you work and what you require. We work hard to establish lasting and trusted partnerships with our suppliers all over the world.
We’ve been in business for over 130 years and a huge factor of our longevity is down to our collaborative approach. We do what we say we will, with integrity and respect. We’re a family business, and we see our customers and suppliers as an extension of that family.
GROW YOUR BUSINESS
We produce products that bring you results.
We understand that every brand has its own unique identity, and we match designers from our in house team to perfectly capture your brand DNA. Our designers use their natural skills and expertise to create products that delight your customers and ultimately grow your brand and business.
Our spirit of innovation and adventure continues as we embrace the present and invest and evolve for the future.
‘"You don’t know what is going to happen or what is around the corner but that’s what makes it fun"
–Stuart Lamb, Drapers Life Time Achievement Awards, 2018