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PCDS – Philip Clark celebrates twenty years in business, but the family heritage in the footwear business goes back hundreds of years. Following in his father’s footsteps he entered the Boot & Shoe industry.  Rushden, Northamptonshire like Cholet, France; Pirmasens, Germany and Vigevano, Italy, was once the very centre of shoe making in the UK and it was in his blood.

His father’s family and his own brothers and sister, all worked in the footwear industry. Forman, Charge-hands, Clickers, Closers, Pattern Cutters, Office Workers, Engineers, from design through to manufacture, the Clark family were instrumental in keeping British men well shod. Jacques & Clark Ltd was one of many shoe factories in his home town famed for making men’s shoes.

Footwear Design, Technology and Management studies preceded the start of his career. After working for a number of footwear manufacturers in the UK as a Designer/Pattern Engineer he returned to Rushden, where the post of Technical Administrator with G.H.Bull Ltd was taken up. Some years later he was appointed Technical Manager of the UK’s largest and most prestigious safety footwear manufacturer, Totectors. Totectors Ltd was the market leader making over one million pairs per year and it was situated directly opposite Jacques & Clark Ltd where as a school boy during holidays he could be found, gaining experience in every department.

Philip Clark
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Fifteen years later he joined SATRA (Shoe & Allied Trade Research Association) to report on emerging footwear fashion trends across Europe and the USA, his ‘Fashion News From’ reports covered trade shows in Italy, Germany, Spain, Portugal and the USA; Five years later he went solo with the launch of PCDS – the ‘Philip Clark Design Studio’.

Fifteen years designing Totectors safety boots and shoes – Five years reporting footwear trends in Fashion news from... for SATRA Nembers
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Philip Clark Design Studio

As a design consultant to SATRA and companies including ECCO (Receptor) and Pentland Brands Limited (Ellesse) PCDS provided footwear fashion trend information and a show report service.

PCDS Review show reports and trends 2001
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His footwear news platform www.pcdsreview.com was at the forefront of online publishing and the titles ‘Footwear Business News’, ‘Schuh Mode’ and ‘Scarpe Moda’, PCDS creations. Overnight he became the new ‘kid on the block’. The new era of websites, newsletters, social media, had arrived. PCDS Review injected new life into the communication business with the dissemination of footwear business news, brand marketing and trade exhibition promotion, which was a giant step forward. Twenty years on it’s the new normal and time to celebrate, ‘The First Twenty Years’.

PCDS Review Online Publications & Reports
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Client Listings

Footwear Brands

ECCO, Doctor Martens, Hush Puppies, Ricosta, Peter Kaiser, Salamander, Dockers by Gerli, Looky, New Rock, Rieker, Glamurano, Pepino, Stonefly, Scholl, BATA, Allen and Caswell Ltd...
Trade Shows
GDS, Micam, ILM, Mipel, Mido, Pitti Uomo, ISPO Munich, Outdoor by ISPO, Inhorgenta, Mocap, Modacalzado, Expo Riva Schuh, DaTE, TheOneMilano, ISPO Beijing, CPD, Global Shoes, Inspiramais...
Accessory Suppliers & Services
Pittards Leather, Shoe-String, Flash Feet, Pottertons, Algeous, Foothealth, Poron, Huntsman Polyurethane, TNT Fashion, Schuhimport...
Advertising, Public Relations, and Related Services Industry Providers

CROSSMEDIA GmbH, Totally Fox, Pattern Ltd, NUOVA EDITORIALE, Cepro GmbH, Assintecal, Foto Shoe, Messe Düsseldorf GmbH, Public Images, Idue SNC, Diomedea Milano srl...

In 2013 the PCDS Review focuses on the promotion of Trade Exhibitions.

In 2020 digital events/services were added responding to the impact of covid-19.

In 2021 PCDS Review starts the 21st year in business with the launch of new logos, design and news format.

PCDS Review Editors Philip & Bharti Clark
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When Philip Clark and Bharti Roberts were joined together in marriage in 2013 two families with a heritage in shoe making were brought together. Her father born into an Indian cast of shoe makers worked for East Africa Boot Company in Kenya. Bharti would regularly accompany Philip on his business trips to Milan, and together they enjoyed many happy times in Italy.  

August 2021
We now see light at the end of the tunnel as we poise to put the pandemic behind us and face the challenges ahead. A new normality is emerging, one that brings business opportunities to be grasped, explored, developed and capitalised on. PCDS Review looks forward with optimism making a significant contribution to bringing about further changes in the market place that will benefit humanity for many more years.

September 2021
Society is changing, the PCDS Review too, we're delighted to start our 21st year in business with new logos, design and news format.


PCDS - Philip Clark Design Studio publishes the pcdsreview online at www.pcdsreview.com
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pcds last updated 27.08.21