The Design Process:

Over the years we have developed a wide range of lasts to suit different constructions, fittings and trends. Together with our last makers, we spend a lot of time developing and testing our last model before tooling up all the different sizes and beginning the range building, designing and pattern cutting.

All our designs are original and have a distinct Groundcover style.

Our technical expert tapes over the last to produce a two-dimensional form, which becomes the standard from which the patterns are dissected.  We make up samples for evaluation and wear testing before committing the new style to the range.

The patterns are then manually graded in waxed board, using an old machine called a pentagraph. This process is rapidly being replaced by computers.

Cedric then hand-cuts the size range, to be made up as a final check before we commit the patterns to knife.

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