Today, Hammargruppen has a workshop and showroom in Helsingborg, Sweden with over 3000 local customers. At the same time we are wholesalers for Crockett & Jones, Saphir, Pantherella, Bowhill & Elliott and Kanaljen. With one of the world's largest stocks of Crockett & Jones, Hammagumpen has over 60 dealers in the nordic region. We work closely with our suppliers, and often make custom-made products, such as purple collection together with Crockett & Jones.
Shop, showroom, workshop
This year, Hammargruppen relocated their entire organisation from Drottninggatan to Väpnaregatan 2016. Here you will find our complete shop, showroom and cobbler workshop. In our official workshop repairs and renovations are carried out by the master shoemaker, whilst you will find Crockett & Jones, Bowhill & Elliott, Saphir medal d'or, the Canal and Pantherella's complete product range in store.
Saphir Medaille d'or
With Michael and Thomas's vision of high quality shoes that should be worth repairing and taking care of, they would wanted to sell products of the same, high standard. After trying a number of different brands, Mikael discovered Saphir Medaille D'or at a shoe fair in Wiesbaden 2011.
Saphir directly stood out from the crowd with their use of plant, animal and mineral raw materials as ingredients in their products. Especially their use of both beeswax and carnauba wax makes them unique as they give their shoe cream two desirable properties. The beeswax nourishes the skin and softens it while the carnauba wax gives it a shine as well as a protective surface.
2008 Mikael and Thomas started working with Pantherella after requests from customers for suitable socks for Hammargruppens shoes. Once again, they discovered an exclusive product with a rich history of value quality.
With their tailored fit and handlinked toe design, the socks provide the comfort the brothers were after. Pantherella's low use of synthetic in their socks also allows the shoes to breathe and absorb moisture, as they are intended to do. These properties together with Pantherella's firm belief in quality and sustainable production in England made it perfect for Hammargruppen.
On the 22 October, a report was published in today's industry about Hammargruppens business. This report meant that we got national publicity, which changed the customer group radically.
Gaardhagen & Kanaljen
In the year 2002 Mikael and Thomas receive a call from Lars Gaardhagen in Stockholm. He calls with a request to buy shoes that he can sell in his menswear shop as a complement to his suits and hats. Mikael traveled to Lars shop in Stockholm to meet him and display the shoes. He quickly noticed Lars's products, whose quality and style matched well with Crockett & Jones shoes.
This meeting led Lars to start selling Crockett & Jones and Hammargruppen started selling clothes from Kanaljen. Even today, Lars, Mikael and Thomas have a profitable collaboration and also a strong friendship that has grown over the years.
Bowhill & Elliott
Hammargruppen started working with Bowhill & Elliott about 27 years ago and today sells a large selection of their slippers and shoes. Mikael and Roger Jury met for the first time through joint business partners and quickly became friends through their interest and passion for quality shoes. This friendship led to a partnership and collaboration on a number of shoe designs and embroidery designs, which is Bowhill & Elliott's specialty.
Crockett & Jones
Mikael's first contact with Crockett & Jones was through Robin Guinness, their former export manager, when he was in the process of finding a new shoe manufacturer. After talking to Robin and learning more about the brand, Mikael thought Crockett & Jones would be perfect for his business idea.
He explained to Robin how he wanted to sell high quality shoes that would be worth repairing to those who can repair them, the shoemakers. This led to Michael's, at the age of 24, becoming the distributor for Crockett & Jones in Sweden. Today has Hammargruppen a close relationship with Crockett & Jones and has occasionally produced specially made products, such as purple collection.
When Mikael finished his cobbler education, Thomas, his younger brother, starts as an apprentice at Mikael. The knowledge is then passed on and also with two stages of new experiences. To this day, Thomas performs repairs with over 25 years of professional knowledge.
One of the ideas I liked was about the Battle of the Plains of Abraham. I wanted to show a young and modern crowd running onto the plains to make it the front of the stage with French and British soldiers peppered in amongst them. Louis liked the concept but the board didn't. By then, there were three weeks left before the start of the festival and I still hadn't gotten a green light to start drawing. That's when I gave them an ultimatum: I had to begin my final illustrations if we wanted to print the thousands of posters neces-sary in time for opening day.
Gaardhagen & Kanaljen
Gaardhagen & Kanljen is owned and founded by Lars Gaardhagen 1990. After running a linen textile import in Stockholm, Lars came to a point in his life where he wanted to do something different. Driven by his interest in turn-of-the-century clothing, he designed shirts, pants and suits in linen inspired by early 1900's design and cut. With his connections in the linen garment industry he had access to high quality linen from some of Europe's finest remaining linen weavers.
After several requests from customers for matching hats for his clothes, Lars started looking for the best manufacturers for Panama hats. His searcher took him through many villages in Ecuador, and gave him many contacts he still has today. Finally, in a small village on the coast, he found the family that made the best hats, and it became his main suppliers.
Mikael Petersson found his passion for quality early, and decided to start educating himself to be a shoemaker. Mikael started as an apprentice to his father-in-law in the year 1986, and gained a great deal of knowledge from the experienced shoemaker.
Pantherella started as Midlands Hoisery Mills, an established factory for women's socks. 1937. It was 1945 whose name and focus changed to Pantherella Fine English Socks.
Louis Goldschmidt was the man behind Pantherella with a belief that lightweight, seamless and stylish socks would become experience an increase in popularity. As Goldschmidt started very early, he ensured that competitors began to try to find their innovative designs, Pantherella had already set the standard for the industry and was known for creating the world's finest socks. Today, with a large global market, Pantherella maintains their production in Leicester, England and holds the maintains high standards as Louis did.
Saphir started 1920 when they first developed their unique shoe cream formula in Faverges, Haute-Savoie. Thanks to their collaboration with the best leather craftsmen, they were able to produce a product that was quickly recognized for its incredible ability to beautify and preserve the finest leather skin.
With continuous effort and focus on quality and innovation, their products became a must for school lovers in France. With a desire to modernize its range of products and factories, Saphir has managed to keep the brand at the top of its market and achieve global expansion.
Crockett & Jones
Crockett & Jones was founded in Northhampton by Charles Jones and James Crockett. Together, they decided to establish a high quality shoe production as they both had experience regarding shoemaking. The leather was cut out in their factory, but the shoes were often brought home by the employees to be finished before delivery to the customer. Today, the company is run by the Jones's family's fourth generation, Jonathan Jones. The company is one of the most reputable, contemporary British shoe manufacturers with an international export.
Bowhill & Elliott
Bowhill & Elliott started with Obadiah Bowhill 1874, when he bought the company from Wright & Co. He later handed it over to his son and son-in-law, Thomas Baines Elliott. This was the beginning of the family business led today by Roger Jury, a descendant of Mr. Elliott.
Since being founded, Bowhill & Elliott has been manufacturing high-quality handmade slippers and shoes. They specialize in producing hand embroidered velvet shoes as well as using different types of fabric to make both casual and formal shoes. In addition to their won production, they also sell a wider variety of other footwear brands such as Crockett & Jones.