Who are Jeffery-West?
Born and bred in Northampton, the historical centre of British shoemaking and leather industries, childhood friends Mark Jeffery and Guy West were surrounded by tradition and history from the word go, even more so for Jeffery as his father ran a family-owned shoe factory in the town. Perhaps not a surprise therefore that they would go on to become shoe designers. They began their first business at the age of 16, designing and selling their own shoes at markets in Northamptonshire as well as at Kensington Market, London, showing remarkable prescience and motivation. At first, Guy West explains, “Mark and I would buy rejects and ends of lines from his dad’s factory and other factories, customise them and sell them on.”