While Church’s latest collection is anything but dated, the Church family can be traced back as far as 1675, when Stone Church – the company founder’s great grandfather – was born in Northampton, a town renowned for its superlative shoemaking.
Inheriting the skills and craftsmanship of master cordwainers from generations before him, Stone’s great grandson, Thomas, established the company almost two centuries later, but it wasn’t until 1921 that it opened its first boutique in London.
Celebrating the quintessential ‘Englishness’ and effortlessly cool London look that Church’s has become known for, the iconic London district of Notting Hill provides the backdrop for Church’s new autumn/winter 2019 campaign, which is playfully captured by photographer Laura Coulson and videographer Eoin McLoughlin.
Depicting the heart of west London, the campaign follows friends as they take a stroll down roads and streets that witnessed the dramatic transformation of the 1960s. It symbolises the feeling of being young and carefree and showcases the new Church’s collection at various moments of the day.
Key styles for autumn/winter include classics such as the Monk Strap and Oxford models – which have been updated in the brand’s exclusive St James leather to add an edge to office attire – and casual loafers, lace-up Derbys and boots – which feature chunky yet lightweight rubber soles, a selection of which are available to buy at The Royal Exchange Church’s boutique on Threadneedle street.