Worthy of the Name: The Mellor

Part of our Punching collection, the Mellor is named after and inspired by designer and craftsman David Mellor. Designed with Mellor’s commitment to minimalism and focus on practicality in mind, The Mellor is a stripped back smart sneaker with a subtle punching side detail. 


Mellor was born in Ecclesall in 1930 to a toolmaker and his wife and by the age of eleven had joined the Junior Art Department at Sheffield College of Art (now Sheffield Hallam University) and designed and produced his first piece of metalwork, a sweet dish. He underwent training in craft skills during his time on the course which allowed him to study at London’s Royal College of Art in his twenties, it was here where he created his first cutlery set, named ‘Pride’, which is still manufactured to this day.


Following his time at RCA and a period in which he studied at the British School at Rome Mellor returned to Sheffield and opened a silversmithing workshop and studio in which he made specially commissioned silverware, most notably a collection of modern silver tableware commissioned by the government. He also began working with the relatively new material stainless steel, becoming one of the first cutlers to mass-produce sets made from the metal. 

 

 

Mellor’s function lead design principles allowed him to apply himself to a variety of mediums with great results. He also applied his creative thinking and understanding of metalwork to the design of street furniture such as bustops, litter bins and street lighting including the design of the traffic lights still seen in the UK to this day. 


A man who understood the importance of his own involvement in every step of the design, manufacture and retail process of his products. His preference of pared back design and hands on creativity struck a chord with us here a the Goral factory and the resulting sneakers are understated and infinitely versatile, qualities we feel he would have appreciated.