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February 25, 2016

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Tassels Done Differently – Laszlo Vass

  There aren’t too many ways you can change a tassel loafer. It’s a straight forward design that does not leave room for much else. The exception, as shown here by Laszlo Vass, is to do everything that a tassel loafer would normally have but removing the tassels themselves and just allowing the string to follow through end to end. And I think that it is great! I like tassels too but this is the […]

December 1, 2015

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David Balazic

So I have just gotten back from what has been a very fun, successful and tiring trip to Singapore. I always have a great time while there, as Kevin Seah and team a great hosts, but man is it full on, especially as it was 4 day trunk show. But now I am back and in full swing of things here in London, not only sorting out what happened in Singapore but also from the […]

October 7, 2014

The Apron Derby Boot

The handstitch apron toe seems to be coming back in trend and I must say that I am quite pleased by it. When I was younger (not that I am old!), I had a love/hate relationship with apron toed shoes. I mean, the Italians have always done them well, and when they are done well, they look amazing. But the opposite also rings true. When an apron stitch doesn’t suit the last or follow the […]

February 26, 2014

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Tan Double Monks by Laszlo Vass

I have a strange relationship with tan shoes, kind of like my relationship with glasses (eyewear). I like them on others and in theory as a product, but then I never really fancy them when they are on myself. But of all the shoes that a tan can come in, I find it most attractive on a double monk strap. Yet you rarely see it on a double monk strap. I guess not rarely, but […]

January 20, 2014

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Laszlo Vass Saddle Derbys

I was having a chat with my good friend Thomas Kalflo (patina artist for G&G) yesterday about how crocodile/alligator leather allows for an infinitely better patina due to the scales of the skin and the depth of shading that it thus allows. The problem though is that it is also infinitely harder and takes a very long time, 10 hours for a full pair. The reason being that you have to do it scale by […]

January 16, 2014

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The Simple Boot by VASS

I have been really really getting into boots as of late. I mean, far worse than I already was if you can believe that. The more that I see them the more that I want them, all styles included too; from balmoral boots, to spat boots, to derby Boots and all the lovely chukka boots. Doing a count in my head, I just realized that I now own 8 boots (after literally just giving one […]

September 5, 2013

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Norwegian Stitch & Koronya Bespoke Shoes

    I have always had conflicting feelings towards the Norwegian stitch construction. On the one hand it looks very sturdy and makes me feel that put on a shoe, would make that shoe last forever. It is becomes almost a necessity to have it be on a double sole, which makes it that much more heavier and that is the precise reason for me being steered away from the idea for this long. But […]

January 23, 2013

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Doing Black Differently

I used to go on a bit of a rant about black shoes in my early Snob times, but having moved to London, matured a bit (just only) and been subjected to a lot of wet days, my fondness for black shoes has began to flourish. I also think that part of it was all my shining of black shoes. Something about a black shoe being shined just on the caps is simply amazing….that being […]

November 21, 2012

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The Perfect Brown Full-Brogue?

Photo Courtesy of Zimmermann & Kim I have always loved and admired the last shapes of Laszlo Vass (the more elongated ones). I might even be so bold to say that one of his lasts just might be my favorite of all time (pictured below just to kill your curiosity, which I think just might be the same as the one above?…..). And one of my big regrets is that I never managed to get […]

October 19, 2011

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Off To Budapest

Just wanted to let you all know that I am off to Budapest tomorrow on a short 4 day holiday. I cannot guarantee anything but I will do my best to get a post or two out. You can be sure that I will be visiting the legendary Laszlo Vass store, with the hopes to snap some pictures and put up a post for all of you. I hope that everyone enjoys their weekend!! -Justin, […]