British shoe brand Tricker's opens Tokyo store
England’s longest established shoemaker Tricker’s has opened its first store outside the UK in Tokyo, Japan.
The brand has held a Royal Warrant with Prince Charles since 1989 and was recently visited by the Prince of Wales to celebrate its 190th anniversary with a commemorative plaque.
It manufactures its leather shoes and boots in a factory in Northampton, a town renowned for its shoe industry. A total of 260 individual processes are involved in the creation of each pair of shoes.
Martin Mason, brand managing director, told BBC News that footwear made in Northampton was “revered” in Japan, and that the brand’s products are seen as luxury.
"If you head into Tokyo, Northampton footwear has a really important place,” he said.
Japan seems to be a big market for English footwear, with Northamptonshire shoemakers said to be exporting £20m worth of shoes to Japan each year.
For Tricker’s, Japan helps boost international sales, which account for about 80% of the firm’s revenues. The brand is considering opening further stores in countries including South Korea and the United States.
In a social media post the brand said its new store located in the wealthy Aoyama neighbourhood is an absolute replica of its Jermyn Street shop, which opened in the high-class destination noted for men’s tailoring in 1938.
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