The English shoe company Barker was founded in the village of Earls Barton by Arthur Barker in 1880. The brand hit paydirt by specializing in the “Good Year Welted” construction of shoes, which soon became a staple in English men’s wardrobes. In 2005, creative director Derrick Miller launched Barker Black, a subversive subset of Barker, which remains just as dedicated to quality-made shoes as its parent line, while turning it all on its head with signature details like skull and crossbone detailing on the classic silhouettes.
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Barker Black is the epitome of English refinement. Established in the village of Earls Barton in 1880 by Arthur Barker, the factory quickly became renowned for their craftsmen and fine workmanship. Specializing in the “Good Year Welted” construction, the shoes became a staple in the wardrobe of every self-respecting Englishman. After 125 years of producing quality bench made shoes in a factory christened by the Queen herself, Barker Black has been developed to embrace the storied past while forging ahead in design, details, and elegant sophistication. Until now, these distinguished shoes, so revered in England, have primarily been available in the UK, with the launch of Barker Black, Barker is ready to prove itself in the worldwide luxury market. Barker Black shoes are created by a team of specialized craftsmen, many of whom have been working with the company over twenty years. This expertise, quality and attention to detail, along with its contemporary design, is what makes Barker Black so special and a luxurious addition to Gilt Groupe. </p> <a href="http://www.gilt.com/blog/2008/10/20/92-buyers-picks-barker-black-shoes">View our Buyer's Picks from the Barker Black Sale >></a>
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