|Coat of Arms of the Pattenmakers|
Today the company supports the footwear trade through education and support of young managers and also sponsors orthopaedic activity. For more details go to www.pattenmakers.co.uk/
|Theresa May MP|
|Photographed at Conservative Party Conference. Theresa May's signature leopard print shoes interestingly juxtaposed with Ken Clarke's scuffed Hush Puppies|
But back to the Mansion House. It was a great evening much enlivened by some excellent speakers. The guest of honour was the Home Secretary, Theresa May. There were some nice symmetries about her speaking. The first is that in the current Cabinet she is the one almost certainly most focused on footwear, she made reference to her well known interest in designer shoes. The second is that her husband, Philip May, is a Liveryman of the Company. The last piece of the pattern is that one of the Wardens, John Timpson - Chairman of Timpson shoe repair chain, who has extremely sensible ideas about good management and leadership that appear in the Daily Telegraph and on the company's website http://www.timpson.co.uk/ , has a son Edward He is MP for Crewe and Nantwich and is also Theresa May's parliamentary private secretary.
The Master, Stuart Lamb and Warden John Timpson also spoke giving a good account of the Company and the guests of the evening respectively.
An interesting and stimulating evening and yet another indication of the diversity of the Livery movement.
The illustration of the pattens worried me a bit as they do not look modern. I now know they are one of the many enigmatic objects scattered round the fringes of Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding. Quite what they mean is anyone's guess. What is certain is that they would, in real life, not have got so far in to the house. As a consequence art historians can have a field day postulating any sort of meaning.
|Van Eyck's Arnolfini Wedding the pattens illustrated further up the blog are at the bottom left of the picture.|