Adele Williamson - Apprentice Bespoke Shoemaker
How long have you worked at Tricker’s?
Two and a half years.
Tell us about yourself?
I am 29 years old and from Leicestershire. My mother is a leatherworker who inspired me to be creative. I have always been extremely focused, and enrolled at De Montford University with a vision to become a designer.
After graduating in 2016, I knew I wanted to work at Tricker’s, so I approached the MD looking for an internship. I was delighted when he offered me a summer position. My first task was to help collate historical documents and artefacts to create a cohesive archive. Tricker’s was going to be celebrating their 190th anniversary in 2019 and the MD wanted all the materials to be ready for their planning meetings.
After two months, I was offered a three-year QEST scholarship as apprentice in the bespoke shoemaking team under the tutelage of Scott McKee.
My world is shoemaking. In my spare time I try to advance my own knowledge and interest by visiting exhibitions, tanneries and other shoe makers. This is my absolute vocation. My dream is to have my own shoe design collection.
Have you worked in other departments?
Not yet. However, next year I will be learning new skills in the Clicking and Closing Rooms. I will also be working with Michael James from Spring Line learning how to measure for bespoke footwear.
What makes you proud to work for England’s oldest shoemaker?
Tricker’s fine heritage, authenticity and craftsmanship are some of the reasons why I came here. Tricker’s is also the only Northampton-based shoemaker to have a fully functioning in-house bespoke shoemaking department. Every part of the process is made here under one roof.
Which is your favourite Tricker’s shoe or boot and why?
Which pair do you wear the most?
Along with the Anne country shoe, I really like the men’s Ethan monkey boot.
What has been your biggest highlight working at Tricker’s?
Without a shadow of a doubt, meeting HRH The Prince of Wales earlier this year when he visited our factory for Tricker’s 190th anniversary. For the last thirty years, Tricker’s has held the Royal Warrant for Prince Charles, so it was an absolute honour to talk to him at length about the process of making a bespoke pair of shoes.
I was also thrilled to be taken to Florence this year to demonstrate our bespoke skills at the bi-annual men’s wear trade show Pitti.