Peal and Co. Shoes - Mystery Almost Solved
The Lasting Appeal of Peal & Co. Shoes
Remember when we mentioned that London shoemakers Peal & Co. had closed in 1965, but there being a connection with Foster and Son?
The name now lives on with Brooks Brothers, such as with the English-made Peal & Co. Lightweight Tie Loafer above.
How so? Liking the shoes very much, we were intrigued enough to do some thorough investigative journalism and 'get the skinny' (as the Anglo-Americans might say) on the current state of play with the brand and who makes the shoes.
Foster & Son Bring Peal and Co. into the Fold
First of all, we must mention the historic link between Peal & Co. and Foster & Son. Foster & Son's bespoke last maker Terry Moore was trained by Peal & Co., and the company adopted the Peal 'Boot & Fox' logo when the business closed in the mid-1960s.
Brooks Brothers Retain the Cherished Name
Although Peal & Co. no longer exists as a shoemaker in its own right, the brand name is actually owned by Brooks Brothers, who market a range of shoes and other goods under that name with a similar logo. Brooks Brothers acquired the company in the 1960s and has continued to make footwear under the label to this day.
The Northampton Connection - Crockett and Jones 1879
The Peal and Co. shoes are made in England exclusively for Brooks Brothers. But made by whom? Our new friends at Crockett and Jones, the renowned Northampton, England shoemakers, confirmed that make the "majority of the Peal & Co. collection".
The 'majority' of the collection, they say. So we still have a gap. Not quite the thorough piece of investigative journalism we suggested after all. We'll keep the case open.