With over 35 years’ experience of making and repairing footwear, Andy Twigg was the former owner of Twigg Shoe Services which unfortunately like so many other small companies paid the ultimate price in 2012 because of the recession.
Since then he has been making orthopaedic footwear for firms supplying the NHS. While this can be a very fulfilling job helping to improve the quality of life for some people, it lacks the appeal that making men’s bespoke shoes has.
While in lockdown spending another day kicking his heels, had a discussion with his son Stephen about potential ways to explore this ongoing passion.
Fiona Twigg is their very proud wife and mum, and the backbone of the company. She is the main organiser for special events, bookkeeper, and in charge of updating social media.
She is always upbeat, and brings her own flair as an artist to the company.
At a crossroads in his young life, 18-year-old Stephen Twigg wasn’t sure which direction he wanted to take that would give him the kind of life/work relationship that he wanted. He decided that learning to make handmade shoes could be the answer. A youngster with a keen eye for quality clothing, a fine dress sense, and a good understanding of shoes - it seemed the obvious way forward.
Following a conversation with his dad Stand of Salisbury was formed.