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Gaziano & Girling Launches Patina Service – Officially!

Gaziano & Girling Patina

a work in progress and a show of what Thomas is capable of

 

The time has finally come that Gaziano & Girling opens the doors to their much anticipated patina service, the first that a British company has ever offered. I had hinted at this back in March (see here), when they were toying with the concept. While I knew that they were going to eventually do it, like any smart company, they took it slow so that they could first finalize their shop and then start working on other projects such as this. At last, with two patina artists under their employee belt, both trained at Corthay, they can now launch it in confidence and see what happens next. I personally think that it will become a great success as they revolutionize the British shoe industry. Let’s now sit back and watch as other British companies scramble to copy this service….the question is, who will be first?!

the dyes

the dyes

the workstation

the workstation

A boot in progress

A boot in progress

Camera shy Neus, one of the patina artists

Camera shy Neus, one of the patina artists

Camera un-shy Thomas

Camera un-shy Thomas

Away she goes!

Away she goes!

The daubing cloth

The daubing cloth

An example....

An example….

Getting down to the nitty gritty, the pricing for the service will commence at £120 (VAT included, so only for those of you outside of the EU) and go up from there depending on how intricate the requested patina becomes. There are some limitations however to what leathers can be work on and that is pretty everything but grained leather such as pin, scotch and hatch. They apparently don’t hold the patina very well and at the sake of having unhappy customers within 2 months after a patina, they would rather just not offer it all (smart in my opinion). But all else goes! The turnaround time is around a week but I am going to predict that it will be more around 1-2 weeks and just might grow from there depending on how popular this service becomes.

lizard skin patina

lizard skin patina

a beautiful blue patina on a bespoke shoe

a beautiful blue patina on a bespoke shoe

Gaziano & Girling Patina Gaziano & Girling Patina

an amazing patina on alligator

an amazing patina on alligator

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They wanted to emphasize that their version of patina will not be a replica or copy of that which the French do, but rather keep it in tune with English ideals and conservatism. I mean that in the sense that while the client can choose what they want, the idea of the patina will to be subtle, not ostentatious, i.e. something that you would necessarily noticed from 10 feet away but would be in awe over if up close. And I don’t doubt it, especially when you see what the two patina artists are capable of….

Have a nice weekend to all!

Sincerely,

Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

 

a personal favor that Thomas did for me on my Laurelhurst model giving me a blue Museum patina...

a personal favor that Thomas did for me on my Laurelhurst model giving me a blue Museum patina…

just to see what Thomas can do!

just to see what Thomas can do!

Gaziano & Girling Patina Gaziano & Girling Patina

  • Jeff

    What is the best way to polish a patina? Should I use a neutral creme or do I have to match the various colors to each creme?

    • Thomas Kalflo

      You should always use a polish that is a little darker than the color of the patina.

  • Pj

    “Alas with two patina artists under their employee belt” <– This made me chuckle, I presume you mean "at last". Sorry, I know that your on a tight schedule and probably don't have time to do a proof read before you post. No offence meant.

    Great blog as per usual.

    • TheShoeSnob

      no offense taken! thanks for spotting it

  • You mean to say our favourite shoemakers are now giving us even more options? This is crazy … and I love it 🙂

  • Rups

    How do you polish a shoe with a patina? Does it cover the patina up?

    Totally confused about what this process actually is ..forgive my ingnorance but would you be able to explain perhaps in another post Justin?

    • TheShoeSnob

      you polish them all the same…just need to be careful that you are not darkening too much by being to aggressive with the cream polish. Patina’s are dyed, which in theory means they should be permanent….with polish, you simply add to the patina and thus create a longer lasting natural one….

  • RogerP

    The blue museum patina is just outstanding!

  • Joshua_Rachman

    Dandy Shoe Care > All