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September 19, 2017

Mario Bemer’s New Model

Last June I was in Florence visiting a factory for my upcoming trainer line and managed to stop by to say hello to my friend Mario Bemer as I try to always do when in June. I was unfortunately just missing Pitti Uomo which is what he was preparing for. A part of that preparation was the launch of his new model, as seen here. I took a picture of it (as was immediately in […]

June 30, 2016

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The World of Shoes – Dimitri Gomez

A new shoe website has recently been born, naturally looking to encompass everything shoes: from selling, to educating, to listing out every brand ever invented (worth mentioning that is) and all the rest that a good blog/website comes with. While it is still in its infant stages (building a proper website takes A LOT OF TIME!!!), ‘The World of Shoes‘ looks to become something of a cross between Mr. Porter and and encyclopedia of shoes. […]

May 9, 2016

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The Beauty of a Good Background

Ever since starting my shoe line I have become more and more interested in photography as a form of art. It is quite amazing how the smallest details can really enhance a photo and vice versa, how the smallest details can also ruin a photo. I saw this photo on Instagram of a bespoke sample by Stefano Bemer and was blown away not only by the shoe but mainly by the photography itself (as the […]

January 27, 2016

Paolo Scafora at Pitti Uomo 89

Every Pitti Uomo I have my ritual of visiting the same shoemakers that present season after season. One of those makers is Paolo Scafora who in my mind is one of the most underrated shoemakers in the world, a great deal of which I believe is due to his wesbite that does not represent just how nice his shoes are. For those that don’t know, he has his own factory in Naples, specializes in hand […]

September 17, 2015

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The Hulk of Dress Shoes

There are not many makers whose hand coloring skills compares to the likes of the team at Saint Crispins. And because of those skills, their shoes always come out looking so incredibly vivid. So vivid in fact, it makes you not want to wear them and thus ruin the perfect polish that they come with. That’s exactly how I felt when I saw this green u-cap adelaide oxford by SC for Skoaktiebolaget. I love the […]

August 3, 2015

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Green = Next Year’s Color

  I have some gut feeling that Green is the color of 2016. I see more and more companies using it for their shoes and more and more people buying it (at least from what I see online, not so much in the streets!). I do intend to have at least one green shoe in my collection as I once had and know that for sure one will be in this new, beautiful green suede […]

July 23, 2015

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Crockett & Jones A/W Collection Now Shown – Coming Soon

  Summer has only been a month going but for me it feels like it is almost over and I can’t say why but it does. And possibly because you are already seeing A/W stock in the stores. Soon enough S/S will launch in Nov. and A/W will come in April. What is the world coming to? It has become like a race to ‘who launches first’ and thus makes all of the sales. Not […]

July 3, 2015

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Green Museum Calf – VASS

  Green is good! Or was that “Greed is Good”? I don’t know, but same thing!! Hahaha! I am in a cheerful mood thanks to the sun finally showing itself across the planet (of Europe) and the endorphin’s are kicking in making me unusually optimistic despite not having reasons to be. Currently I am in Stockholm, Sweden having my trunk show at Skoaktiebolaget and was discussing with the boys here the prevalence of museum calf […]

May 22, 2015

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Huang Niu – The Last Bespoke Maker out of China

Great and well made shoes can come from anywhere and even though China gets a bad rap for making things that are cheap and of poor quality, that is not to say that everything that comes out of there is of the same caliber. For example, Huang Niu, better known on Instagram as @wanmenxiedao is among a dying breed of the true, handmade bespoke shoemakers that are left in China (of Chinese origin, Masaura Okuyama […]

May 18, 2015

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New Bespoke On The Block – Nicholas Templeman

It is always interesting to see how a shoemaker will branch out from where they came and how their making will be different to that of the parent company (the one that taught them). The best example is Japanese shoemakers that come to Europe, learn in England or Italy and then go back to Japan and take what they learned, building upon it to make it even better. This is precisely what Nicholas Templeman seems to […]