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Monthly Archive: September 2014

September 30, 2014

Mario Bemer Bespoke & New Site

I wrote about Mario Bemer not too long ago, having come back from Pitti Uomo in the hopes to shed some light on his new company. (If you missed it, you can find the post HERE) For those that don’t know, Mario is the brother of the late Stefano Bemer and has just recently branched off to start his own collection of shoes focusing on the idea of made 100% in Italy. Keeping in tune with […]

September 29, 2014

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Odds & Ends That Need To Go – J.FitzPatrick

Dear Readers, I hope that you all had a nice weekend! To those that have larger feet, you are in luck as I am trying to get rid of a few perfectly good leftover pairs and am putting it here to do so at a discounted price.The models in question:1. The Wedgwood in Snuff Suede for £250 (ex VAT £208.33) plus regular shipping costs.  Down from £350. Comes on city rubber sole.— Sizes available: UK10 […]

September 26, 2014

A Trip To Ilcea Leather Tannery

For those that may not have realized I was recently in Milan for a trip to Lineapelle, one of world’s biggest leather fairs, in the hopes to find some new suppliers. As someone who owns a shoe brand, I can say for everyone in the industry that leather, it’s consistency and availability is definitely among the biggest problems that we all face when it comes to running the business. There are probably more high end […]

September 25, 2014

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Carmina for Unipair

  The fringe trend was not a very long lived one in the grand industry but I still find myself quite attracted to them. For example, in this Carmina model for Unipair, I would not really like the shoe without the fringe as I find this style of single monk to be quite boring. That fringe, for me, seems to provide what it needs to give it a little ‘umpf’, you know, a little something. […]

September 23, 2014

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The Two Toned Vamp by Foster & Son

I passed by Foster and Son this morning to say hello to my compadres there and to see what was shaking and I happened to stumble upon a few of their archived bespoke shoes that I had not previously seen before. They grabbed my attention as they reminded me that while many people may think that modern day is the the adventurous period in footwear, I must say that I am not sure if it […]

September 22, 2014

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Some Edward Green MTO’s….jaw dropping!

Another rushed day here so just going to leave you with some Edward Green goodness that I happened to stumble upon on Instagram (which has a lot of great things on it – shoe wise!). These are mostly MTO’s with exception being the last picture I believe. Some cool things here and good to see EG, a very classic British company, doing some nice, crazy things! Love the blue ghillie monks at the top, would […]

September 19, 2014

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The Barbanera Brothers (and their shoes!)

I have always admired the style and direction of the young Italian shoe brand called Barbanera. For me, anyone out there trying to do something different with their own sense of style embedded in their product is alright in my book. It’s all too easy to copy but to create a ‘look and feel’ of your own is another ball game, one that is definitely challenging, particularly in this day and age. So when Barbanera […]

September 18, 2014

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Something Classic (kind of!)

  I was looking at the front page of my blog and realized that everything was either some mega crazy color or was two tone, so I thought to myself, ‘okay let me tone it down a bit and put a nice classic black shoe on my front page.’ Then I went to look at my pictures and realized that I had none!! So, we will just have to compromise and put this beautiful Galway […]

September 17, 2014

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A Preview of My Time Spent in Milan! (Feat. Bestetti)

During my time in Milan, I basically did 4 things: 1. Went to Lineapelle to look at and source new leather/fabrics/cloth etc. for making shoes; 2. Went to the Ilcea tannery for a tour and to talk about using them in the near future; 3. A visit with the brothers behind Barbarnera and 4. Last but certainly not least, a long overdue visit to one of my favorite shoemakers, Mr. Riccardo Bestetti. It was a […]

September 16, 2014

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New Stuff in the Industry!

It can be hard keeping on top of all of the new things that are coming out and events that are going on. At first this post was going to be about trunk shows but then I tried scouring the web for them and found that there are just way too many to list out. I would be copying and pasting like 10 pages of text. Just look at G&G’s trunk show schedule!! Way too much! […]