Notes on British Shoes

This year we have released the Buxton chukka boots, a repeat run of our popular Royals and our latest Derby (or Blucher) shoes - the Ashop. In the past we have done an Oxford-cap shoe named Winster and a loafer named Abney as well as the robust and utilitarian Yompin’ boots.

All of the names for our shoes are after places in the Peak District. All have been proudly made in England.

The use of high-quality leather is essential in British shoe manufacturing and all our shoes (apart from our Hibell cyclo-touring shoe) have been manufactured in the mecca of high quality British footwear, Northampton. All of the best known British shoes are made there, although unfortunately now, many ‘supposed’ British brands now outsource their manufacturing to Portugal and India. 

One of the factors that makes British footwear stand out is the tanning process which preserves the leather and due to the water sources that are available in Northampton many shoe-makers opened up close to these tanneries. 

The other detail that makes the construction of our shoes so solid is the Goodyear-welt, which is the dual-stitch reinforcing sole technique that provides resilience in British weather as well as ensuring the shoe will not come apart if and when they need servicing by your local cobbler. 

Another advantage of the Goodyear-welt is that when the sole is replaced, the form of the shoes stays the same so you only have to break your shoes in once.

A pair of Goodyear welted quality British shoes work well with a variety of different looks and styles and are a great investment that will last many years.

To view all of our shoes and boots click ~ here


All words by Thom Barnett

Photography by India Hobson

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A View of Spring

March 2018 was interesting.

Nice clear days plus some snow filled ones.  We made some developments on the Mamnick showroom extensions in Sheffield with Simon. I watched Rowan at Hunk Print melt frozen pipes with his heat gun (between printing t.shirts). I discussed pocket-square designs with Steve (Dry British) down the pub. We did a little Yomp with Fliss and Ian from Campbell-Cole (and their dog Fred) and in contrast, a little pub-Yomp with Ben through snowy parks, over frozen ponds to watch the footie on a Sunday afternoon. 

All these people play a part in Mamnick in one form or another. 

All images taken by Thom Barnett 


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On Handkerchiefs and Pocketsquares

Note the name: for it signifies something that is to be handled. This brings us to the principle that the arrangement of the hank/pocketsquare in the breast pocket must be done in such a way that that it gives the appearance of being there for use, and not decoration, although this latter function is fundamentally important if you are in favor of 'peacocking' (always an opinion at weddings, if one should need such an excuse). Any use of a second handkerchief other than that of display is a gesture inelegant in the extreme (although, I do not deter you from purchasing all designs available, please do not wear all at once). 

As decoration I would suggest the lighter tone of the pocketsquare to relieve the sobriety of the a darker jacket or suit. Examples of this 'styling' of the pocket can be see on the product pages of each hank and in the images below. The use of coloured pocketsquares has increased as colour and patterns of shirts have become more popular and commonplace.


Silk is not a fabric suitable for frequent washing, so it's important to look after this, I believe this adds an extra value to a pocket-square made from pure-silk (especially made to limited numbers, screen-printed by hand and here in the UK). There is unfortunately no way of making by machine any satisfactory hem reproduces the narrow rolled hem by hand. This is important, because a handkerchief placed casually, as it should be, in the breast pocket is bound to display some of it's hem. There is an excuse for extravagance here should you need one. 


All our pocketsquares have been made to limited numbers by hand in England with design and illustration coming from Hannah Waldron, Mick Marston and Sara Boccacini-Meadows. 

To view each product click on the links below. 

La Casquette by Mick Marston 

Kinder by Hannah Waldron 

Foliage by Sara Boccacini-Meadows


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MNK x BF - Design Process

After first identifying a synergy between Mamnick and Banton Frameworks, I approached them any proposed the idea of producing a limited pair of sunglasses manufactured in their workshop near Glasgow. After numerous conversations via email and phone, the dimensional drawings (seen below) outline their very first ‘full acetate frame’ which I am happy Mamnick can be a part of.

Produced from premium acetate, the cotton based bio-polymer is sourced from a globally renowned Italian supplier. The tones of the acetate are warm with hints of orange and red. During design development the acetate board produced an amber glow across the numerous dimensional drawings and wire frame elevations. Comparatively unusual beside their current range of acetates, the honey-like qualities of this acetate has lustre similar to that of marble or horn.

The Mamnick x Banton Frameworks icon; featured across all literature and branding relative to the project throughout. This icon will also feature on the packaging which will revealed later. Collectively we opted to implement both our minimal logos, positioned alongside each other, this layout yielded geometric contrast, joined by the collaborative diagonal line. A nod towards Modernism.

These frames will come fitted with polarised Polaroid lenses (non-prescription) at the  pre-order price of £190.00. Limited in number. More details specification can also be read here

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Mamnick x Banton Frameworks

Mamnick x Banton Frameworks

After long and overdue input on this journal, it gives me great pleasure to announce a collaboration with Scottish based brand Banton Frameworks. 

As part of our collaboration we have created a full acetate sunglasses frame. Produced completely in the BF workshop, just outside Glasgow. The combination of precision processes and handmade craftsmanship were used to create this bespoke design, created under Mamnick’s mantra of  doing ”One thing at a time, as beautiful as possible”.

These frames will come with sun lenses included within the pre-order price of £190.00. We are also able to offer prescription sun lenses or prescription spectacle lenses upon request too, please email me if this is something you would require ( 

The design is a bold frame sporting a lowered bridge and sharp rectangular styling - This is a carefully handmade frame for those who want a rectangular frame for their sunglasses or specs.

  • Handmade in Glasgow, UK.
  • Over 40 processes involved in making one frame.
  • Fine Italian acetate
  • Polished for 36 hours.
  • Stainless steel rivets.
  • Manually formed bridge (for comfort).
  • Aviation grade aluminium temples (lightweight and adjustable).
  • Acetate temple tips provide for smooth on/off comfort.

We will continue to post images of the development of this fine product as it happens via twitter and instagram (@mamnick). 

Thank you for your continued support and interest in Mamnick.




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