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April 25, 2017

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Things To Know About Shoes, Part 3: 21-30

Here is yet another post about Things to Know About Shoes. If you missed 1-20, you can find them HERE and HERE. I hope that you all enjoy! 21. Grained leather takes the rain best of all i.e. does not show the wear and tear as bad as calf. Suede is next (darker suede that is). Calfskin is actually the most sensitive out of the (main) leathers. So when it rains, wear suede or grained […]

April 20, 2017

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Gaziano & Girling Launches RTW Outlet in NYC

  Gaziano & Girling is launching a RTW stock presence in NYC early next week which is a huge step for them to gaining more traction in the US and probably one step closer to one day having their own shop in the Big Apple. But baby steps on that idea which is precisely why they have started with a showroom in the heart of the city whereby a constant presence of RTW can be […]

March 30, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #7 — Vass Shoes

Hungarian Shoemaker, Vass Shoes was founded in 1978 by Mr. László Vass. Even though the brand still keeps the old Austro/Hungarian shoemaking tradition close at heart they have managed to attract a wider customer base with more modern lasts and designs and quite a vast Made to Order program. This makes the range of shoes that Vass offers very impressive, and almost everyone can find models that they like (and I believe can even make […]

March 15, 2017

London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #5 – Norman Vilalta

  Mr. Norman Vilalta has an interesting history. He hails from Argentina originally with the background and profession of a lawyer. Growing tired of that life, he decided to follow his passion and moved to Florence, Italy to be trained in bespoke shomaking by the legendary Stefano Bemer. After several years with Stefano he felt he was then ready to take on his own workshop and start making shoes wth his own name in them. After years […]

March 14, 2017

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How to Restore Your Suede Shoes – Video

Sometimes your suede shoes can get a bit rough looking, especially after one too many outings to the pub/restaurant/events etc. Without letting them get too far gone all you have to do to spruce them up is sacrifce about 5-10 mins of your spare time using household products to get them in top notch. This is not a major refurbishment video though but rather a quick sprucing up video, which if we all did after […]

March 8, 2017

London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #4 – Hiro Yanagimachi

For many regular readers Hiro Yanagimachi will not need much of an introduction after taking the high end shoe industry by storm in the last few years, particularly with one of the best Instagram accounts out there constantly serving up things of beauty in image form. The beauty about his visit to our London Super Trunk is that very rare that Japanese bespoke shoemakers actually visit Europe for trunk shows, which makes it extra special […]

February 23, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show – Brand Showcase #2 – Carlos Santos for Skoaktiebolaget

Carlos Santos from Portugal has been around for several decades and are quite big in some parts of Europe and in Japan. But it wasn’t until the famous Swedish shoe store Skoaktiebolaget started carrying the brand that the menswear & shoe aficionados of the world got their eyes open to the very price-worthy shoes made in the large and effective factory hailing from Portugal’s shoe region São João da Madeira, just north of Porto. With a year of […]