My London: Phil Cody – Founder of Cody & Co

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Phil Cody is the founder of British made men’s footwear brand, Cody & Co. Cody & Co was born from 26 years’ worth of experience in the fashion and footwear industries. Phil wanted to take his ideas and inspiration and pour them into his own brand. The collection combines British craftsmanship with Italian design, the debut footwear line serves as a regeneration of the great British shoe. Covering every essential for the modern man from Chelsea boots to sneakers and loafers, Cody & Co harnesses it’s Sheffield-heritage. The attention to detail on brand application and every aspect of the shoe has been thought through in meticulous detail, from the utilisation of high-grade materials to the sustainably-sourced, recycled packaging each pair is delivered in. All Cody & Co shoes are handcrafted in Sheffield, a former industrial powerhouse famed for steel now shaping suede. Cody & Co celebrate Sheffield’s steelmaking heritage with the chains, flames, and anvil of their branding mark and bespoke Yorkshire rose print, heat-embossed onto every lining.

We caught up with Phil for the latest in our ‘My London’ interview series.

 

Favourite neighbourhood:

St Margaret’s – I love the village feel right on the doorstep of the City.

 

Favourite place for brunch:

Eggs Florentine at Hoxton grill.

 

Best coffee in London:

The four shot latte I bring with me in the morning… I’m yet to find its equal!

 

Favourite Cody & Co style and why:

The Handley Chelsea boot; I set out to create a Chelsea boot that would feel ‘worn-in’ on first try. By using the best quality suede available we were able to remove the unforgiving reinforcement that most British made boots use to create an incredibly soft product in a material that gets better with wear.

 

Favourite gallery or museum:

The Guggenheim in Venice was an unforgettable experience, but closer to home would have to be the Tate Modern. Ideally followed by lunch in the Oxo Tower.

 

Tell us a secret:

I ate three cookies after lunch today (the big ones).

 

Favourite place to shop:

Selfridges.

 

Favourite place to find inspiration:

My car whilst driving as it is the place I have time to think.

 

Best London destination for a date:

Having been married for fifteen years that is a tough one…but we had one of our first memorable dates in the summer in Green Park.

 

Favourite park:

Green Park!

 

Favourite food market:

Southbank centre.

 

Your sanctuary in the city:

Waterloo station. Sunset.

 

What inspires you?

People who show strength in the face of adversity.

 

This season I’m loving:

Eclecticism and the idea that anything goes.

 

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