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February 20, 2017

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London Super Trunk 2017 – Brand Showcase #1 – Barbanera

The Barbanera brand was launched around 4 years ago by two Italian pairs of brothers coming from a very diverse background, from Rock ‘n Roll singer, to marketing extraordinaire, to business owner who has created products we use in everyday life. The brand was created to make classic shoes with a twist but that is only a fraction of the sentiment behind the brands essence which you might be able to see in the pictures […]

February 15, 2017

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Crockett & Jones ‘New Website’ – An Inspiration!

Making a good website is hard and it takes a lot of work. There are a million and one ways to do this too, so picking the right one for your company can also be complex. The idea of a good website (being e-commerce) should have two things in mind: 1. allowing for a seamless transaction for the client (i.e. buy shoes easily) and represent well your product/service through good description/photography. And you wouldn’t believe […]

January 23, 2017

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The Idea of Great Photography

I have beat it into the head so many times but the more I am in this industry and the more that I use social media and modern ways to market and understand potential customer’s liking I see just how important good photography assists in marketing any product. When I look at these pictures in this post, I see just how much a good piece of photography can make a real difference in communicating the […]

January 19, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Winter Sale 2nd Markdown – Up to 40% Off!!

We have just started our 2nd markdown for our Winter Sale, marking down prices of up to 40% off full retail, where certain oxfords are as low as £198 (ex VAT £165) and button boots as low as £275 (ex VAT £229.17). Now is your chance before it’s too late, to pick up many of the models that we intend to get rid of and that won’t be coming back. Also, as we understand that […]

January 17, 2017

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Loake New 1880 Export Grade

I have never been the biggest supporter of Loake, not because they can’t make a good shoe, but mainly because of their prevalent use of bookbinder leather on their lower end lines as well as a general lack of anything but classic models. There was never anything that jumped out at me and made me think, ‘wow’. Their 1880 line I always found was a good value for money and a great entry point for […]

January 3, 2017

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The Shine – Polish Patina Service

The world of patina is growing day by day and it would not surprise me if it soon becomes as popular as mirror shine shoe polishing (what I mean by that is that people at home will start giving it a try) as curiosity is ever expanding in the world of shoes and people are no longer content with just watching things on the internet. Now they want to try it too!! But until that […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]