Grenson owner closes footwear subsidiary

In a statement on footwear brand’s website, owner Little said: “24 years ago, I walked into a shop on Jermyn Street and the young, debonair, good looking shop manager who served me was the best I’d ever come across in a Menswear store. He wasn’t available so I hired Howard [unknown surname] instead. Joking aside, I hired him on the spot and he opened the shop with me on the 19th April 1997.

“Last week Howard and I sat down and decided that now was the time to call it a day. It’s a bit of Covid, a bit of Howard feeling he was over his daily commute from Luton and a bit of me getting overwhelmed by Grenson. Somehow it just seemed like the right time. Funnily enough it doesn’t feel that sad as we have so many lovely memories.”

He added: “As for you, our customers, we are so very grateful. We genuinely talk about how lovely our customers are and we can’t believe that we haven’t had more grief from you over the years. You have been incredibly loyal, and you will be the thing we miss the most.”

The businesss, which Little launched in April 1997, sold men’s and women’s brogues, oxfords, derbys and slip-ons, in addition to footwear accessories and socks.

It had a store on the King’s Road in London and sold direct-to-consumer through its website.

Little will continue to run footwear brand Grenson, which he acquired in 2010.



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