Reiko Neece

Reiko Neece

How long have you worked at Tricker’s?

13 years.

Tell us about yourself?

I was born in Japan and moved to the UK fifteen years ago.

I attended Wellingborough College so I could take the footwear making course. After gaining my qualification, I began working for Tricker’s as an apprentice pattern cutter. Unfortunately, after a few years, I had issues with my visa and had to return to Japan.

I was able to return to the UK quite quickly and was able to rejoin Tricker’s, where I am now the Team Leader in the Closing Room.

Do you have any hobbies?

I love gardening and antiques.

Do you have a secret talent nobody knows about?

I play the saxophone.

What makes you proud about working for England’s oldest shoemaker?

Working for a traditional and well-respected company. My family in Japan is extremely proud that I work for Tricker’s and make me appreciate this every day.

Which is your favourite Tricker’s shoe or boot and why?

The Stow country boot is lovely. I always wear the ladies version named Stephy in acorn antique.

What has been your biggest highlight working at Tricker’s?

Definitely meeting HRH The Prince of Wales when he visited our factory in January this year.

Also, the film Kinky Boots was filmed in the factory. I was one of the members of staff who were used in the film as an extra. The filming took place over four weeks and this was such a fun experience.