Evolution over revolution. For true masters of elegance, that is an unwavering style mantra that transcends time, reflecting a way of life and self-assured disposition. A mindset where timeliness goes a long way yet always with a foot in the future. And where the perfection of a cut, the deep patina of a hand-sponged texture or a new silhouette express an exclusive point of view based on the highest form of artisanship. One especially appreciated by the most sophisticated of palates.
An emblem of discreet luxury, the Rossmore half Oxford brogue, in chestnut or espresso brown, is made on a new and elongated last. It is cobbled using meticulously selected leathers. Only the flawless parts of the hide stand the test of quality. During the finishing steps, the house’s exclusive waxes are applied by hand, gradually building up unique shades that enhance the natural beauty of the leather. The sole features the heat-embossed Church’s logo and the company's provenance, 'Northampton England’.
Set in an exclusive Oxford college, temple of the oldest and most authentic British tradition, the new Church’s ad campaign features a crop of students shot in black and white by Lachlan Bailey.
The moody, contemporary and vaguely sacrilegious images depict every day moments of this international elite that plays a key role in preserving a centuries-old, quintessentially British heritage. On their feet, the shoes are displayed effortlessly and informally with a relaxed attitude that seamlessly captures the elegance that Church’s has been passing down from generation to generation for over 140 years.
Art direction: Marco Braga and Giuliano Federico
Photographer: Lachlan Bailey
Styling: Margherita Moro
Models: Hedvig Palm and Kit Butler
It is in fashion’s nature to constantly reinvent and experiment in a quest to deliver buzz and newness, ultimately igniting the flame of indulgence and temptation. From Milan to New York to Paris, designers blanket their runways with countless reiterations on staples, classic themes or past fads, often with an over-the-top hand. Yet, for all the hype, there is much to be said about whispered luxury that speaks softly through the highest forms of craftsmanship, leaving the bells-and-whistles to others.
Just like the Shannon, the feminine and faithful derby replica of the eponymous men’s lace-up. One of our most popular women’s styles, its less-is-more design is smooth and sleek with just one single seam on the back that exalts its minimalist silhouette.
Striking the right balance between wearable and exciting is no easy task. Yet, with some small accoutrements and the right details, even a classic gains a dose of fresh novelty for instant gratification. Sneakers are one of those items that spawn endless variations on evergreen, ones that often veer into high-tech or maximalism territory. If minimalism is more up your alley, then the excitement becomes a question of personality, flair and interpretation.
The Padfield sneaker is a cross between our iconic Shannon Derby shoe and a contemporary trainer that seamlessly balances elegance with a casual spirit. Made from Polished Binder leather, it features hand-stitched details along the upper, a leather insole and circular indents on the rubber sole for a completely unique style that subtly stands out.
In a delicate historic moment that has led to the resurgence of feminist movements and on the need to raise awareness on sensitive issues, it helps to keep abreast the conquests that women have gained over the centuries and decades, carving out important roles, both socially and professionally. With the same confidence, they choose their closet staples, whether it’s bringing out their girly side or more masculine disposition, depending on the occasion of their high-commitment schedules.
Both the Lana monk strap and the Burwood classic Oxford reflect that self-reliance and versatility. The Lana seamlessly incorporates exquisite brogueing onto a double monk strap that features the same classic perforations and style details as its male counterpart though with a slimmer, more feminine silhouette.
The Burwood is a feminine interpretation of the eponymous men’s classic Oxford, characterized by the same elegant brogueing and delicate gimping throughout. Each pair is crafted to perfection, hence any variation on the leather is a testament to our handcrafting heritage that makes each pair so unique.
Solid, contrasting or tonal, a range of different chromatic options and combinations offer variations on the theme, further defining an aesthetic and mood, from safe to bold. From black to high-impact bi-color effects, not only is a handsome pair of brogues the ultimate essential but also a game-changing option for women with a finely-honed matching sense. All the better if characterized by a sleek glossed-leather treatment that immediately conveys a rich and luxurious feel in any moment of the day.
In black, polished cherry and burgundy or smoky tobacco and brown, any slight variation on the leather and color of the Burwood lace-up is a further testament of the hand-made expertise that painstakingly brings to life each pair. A feminine re-interpretation of the classic Oxford for men, this leather-lined style features the same elegant brogueing and delicate gimping as its male counterpart.
With 58 days of detailed hand-craftsmanship dedicated to each single pair, the Crown Collection embodies Church's renowned hand-crafted virtuosity like no other.
Each style celebrates a master of British literature and poetry: true artisan wordsmiths such as Dickens, Joyce, Wilde and Defoe. Likewise, these creations are an example of the art of shoe-making expressed through impeccable, contemporary shapes and finishes.
Made with great care, the styles in this limited edition collection are the most authentic result of artisan workmanship, with brogue motifs, burnished trim, and color meticulously applied by hand.
Other distinguishing features include a 1930s-era crest and the name of the model transcribed in calligraphy on the upper of each shoe -- just a few features that render each pair a timeless keepsake.
Experience this enduring elegance and unique comfort. Schedule your private fitting at our selected boutiques.
AMSTERDAM - P.C. Hooftstraat 112
BRUXELLES - Place Stéphanie 2
CHICAGO - 75 East Walton Street
EDINBURGH - 59a George Street
GENEVA - Rue du Rhône 59
HONG KONG - Store No 36, Pacific Place
LONDON - 133 New Bond Street
LONDON - 143 Brompton Road, Knightsbridge
LONDON - 201 Regent Street
LONDON - 28 Royal Exchange
LONDON - 110 Jermyn Street
LONDON - Cabot Place East, Canary Wharf
MADRID - Calle Jorge Juan 11
MILAN - Via Sant’ Andrea 11
PARIS - 229 rue Saint Honore
PARIS - 24 Rue de Sèvres, Au Bon Marché
PARIS - Printemps 64, Boulevard Haussmann
ROME - Via dei Condotti 57
SINGAPORE - 2 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands
TOKYO - 5-8-1 Jingumae, Shibuya-ku
TURIN - Via Lagrange 7A
WIEN - Seitzergasse 1-3
With its profusion of colors, perfumes and balmy temperatures, the season of renewal and reawakening becomes an olfactory feast that spurs a desire for vacations, open-air activities and last-minute escapades. In that vein, a touch of preppy chic is ideal for idler moments, not only on the week-ends. Casual layers, breezy fabrics and two-tone combinations in traditional hues channel an effortless elegance to wear with studied ease during a stroll or on casual Fridays.
A prep-school staple, the Sally is inspired by the traditional men’s British penny loafer. For this feminine version with delicate gimping, the vamp is cut lower. The top seam, which mirrors the stitching on the men’s version, completely envelops the instep, adding an invaluable element of comfort.
As the days get longer and the temperatures rise, rekindling the senses, the desire for new-season closet staples and refreshing palettes is as tempting as a lush garden in all its full-bloom glory. Pops of colors, especially shades of red and crisp white, are a can’t-go-wrong choice that works worn under classic favorites on more trend-driven alternatives for some strong street-style credentials.
To wit, the minimalist and clean-cut Rebecca lace-ups up in red or white are the quintessential blend of tradition and innovation. An edgier version of the iconic Shannon, one of our most popular styles for women, its most distinctive feature is the elegant and exclusive half-moon stitching on the side. The single seam in the back, instead, enhances its smooth, sleek and minimal design. The studded details on the sole make the shoe even more unique and attractive.
A closet switch-up to ease into the balmier spring weather calls for whiffs of lightness and a breezier elegance. Cooler fabrics, gauzier knits, brighter palettes and lighter shoes reflect an idler disposition, adapting to the season and desire for open air activities. Yet formal commitments, from business meetings to special events, remain a must-do on a gent’s agenda. With their clean-cut silhouette, a pair of Derby boots adds a British mod air to both vacation wardrobes and city style. The lighter the better.
Part of our exclusive Featherweight collection, the Ryehill is a handsome and minimalist Chelsea boot at once versatile and elegant. It features an exclusive feather design on the insole which further underscores the lightness of the shoe.
For the latter-day gentleman, the underlying common denominator between formality and informality remains the highest form of hand-crafted savoir-faire that stands out from the rest of the crowd in any moment of the day and on after-dark outings. Just like the centuries-old tradition that soaks the factories of Northampton in England, where seasoned artisans have been passing down the baton of their experience for generations, painstakingly adapting to the changing times. Where classics and house specialties are tweaked to contemporary effect, from sporty to business perfect.
For a totally unique finish, the leather of the classic Keats loafers is hand-treated while the handmade tassel is a design element that gained popularity in the 1950s amongst businessmen and lawyers. It also features the world-renowned Goodyear method, ensuring unparalleled durability and the possibility of refurbishment in the future. The leather sole has been heat-embossed with the Church’s logo and the company's provenance, 'Northampton England'.
A double monk strap shoe, the Monkton features an elegant brogueing and punching while the leather sole and a polished binder finish add a sophisticated and stylish sheen.
Finished and polished with the utmost care, the Ongar is the modern-day evolution of the iconic Lancaster Oxford lace-up, embellished with prominent leather piping on the cap toe and quarters for a truly distinctive look. Made over the popular 173 Last, this shoe features hand-written details and a chunky leather triple sole and storm welt.
From ultra-classic to on-trend bold, elegance comes in many forms. While the bread-and-butter codes of style are universal, adapting a great accessory to one’s personality is what makes creating a standout look an exciting, challenging and inventive exercise. A case in point is the monk-strap shoe, which continues to enjoy a moment of glory thanks to a number of exclusive details and finishes that add a feminine twist to man’s evergreen favorite.
Whether in a rich smoky tobacco brown or artfully studded, the Lana monk-strap will add a strong touch to any look, representing both tradition at its best or a mix of classic originality peppered by a subtle tougher edge.
Just like their male counterpart, both styles feature an exquisite brogueing and perforations but a slimmer silhouette immediately adds a more feminine feel. The details of each shoe are hand-written on the upper in a special calligraphy, making each pair completely identifiable and unique.
As the adage goes, a penny saved is a penny earned. In fashion, one could say that a handsome pair of penny loafers earns important style points. Of Norwegian origins, the penny loafer was first called “Weejun.” In 1936, a shoemaker named John Bass introduced it to the U.S where its success was immediate. The characteristic cut-out front strap was often used to hold a penny, especially useful with the rise of pay phones, hence its name. Arguably the preppiest shoe of all times, it also gained major celebrity status, shodding high-profile personalities of yore and of today.
Elegant and timeless, the Wesley penny loafer is a casual evergreen that is part of our historic collection. It is constructed using the Goodyear method for unrivalled durability while the leather sole features a heat-embossed Church’s logo and the company's provenance, 'Northampton England.'
Versatility in fashion is one of those pluses that style-savvy women with a strong personality appreciate as they conduct high-speed lifestyles divided between business and pleasure. At its best when matched to authentic exclusiveness, a high-end cobbling tradition and modern elegance, this enduring characteristic lends itself to multiple styling tricks, from insouciant to mainstream, depending on feel and flair.
An ode to flexibility, the Constance classic Oxford lace-up is characterized by an oversized, removable front flap that adds a unique finishing touch to this everyday style, reimagined for modern-day women seeking a compromise between style and sensibility. A hallmark of tradition, it also features exquisite brogueing, a rich two-tone palette and exclusive hand-written details.
Undeniably cool yet reassuringly traditional, the Chelsea boot immediately conjures images of the Swingin' London scene and its glorious mod-era past while maintaining a contemporary appeal among today’s trendiest style influencers. Indeed, this everyday essential continues to rock, especially when worn under pencil slim trousers in anything from wool to denim to leather.
Just like the Ketsby, which combines two iconic styles into one versatile shoe. This high-polish Chelsea boot becomes a statement piece thanks to traditional brogueing along the upper and around the heel that adds an unexpected decorative touch to this contemporary staple.
If an old famous song is dedicated to blue suede shoes, this season’s color choices include a hint of deep bottle green alongside more traditional earth tones such as brown and cocoa. Supple and textured, suede continues to be an all-time favorite thanks to its dress-up-or-down versatility and seasonless appeal, which makes it ideal to ease into the warmer months with a relaxed attitude
Part of our historic collection, the Pembrey is a lightweight and casual suede loafer with a small, gimped tongue and double-stitched apron. Made with the storied Goodyear method, this unlined style of great resistance features a leather sole bearing the heat-embossed Church’s logo and the company's Northampton, England provenance. And depending on your fashion impulse, wear it with or without socks.
The Prada Group, of which Church’s is part of, reveals a new perspective of itself on csr.pradagroup.com, the website dedicated to Corporate Social Responsibility.
Stories of passion and commitment, of creativity, of respect for the places, of open dialogue with local communities, of restoration and enhancement of the artistic legacy.
A perspective heretofore unseen, whose protagonists are the skilled hands of artisans, the multifaceted expressions of culture, the reshaping of landscapes, the partners along the production chain and the people all over the world who, with us, dedicate their daily efforts to achieving excellence.