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May 19, 2018

Suede with Patina by Altan Bottier

Altan Bottier is not the first to give suede a patina but I do particularly like their style of giving patina to a suede wholecut oxford. This kind of staining the trim of the shoe really gives it a unique look and makes them quite enticing for purchase. I particularly like the blue one, although that could be because blue is my favorite color. And it may sound silly but the lacing system that they choose […]

May 16, 2018

Discover the Kent Double Monk- J.FitzPatrick Footwear

For my own shoe company, I have decided to explain why I create/offer new models etc and thought that I would also write this on the blog for those of you that are curious about why I decide to offer something or what process went through my head for a particular design. And even if you are not interested in my shoe brand, it will be an educational and entertaining read for those of you curious […]

May 15, 2018

Black Suede Shoes – Where Are They?

I love black suede. It is probably one of my favorite materials to make footwear with. But I never do because I can’t just make samples for myself without the possibility of trying to potentially put them into production. And the shame is that no one buys black suede, at least hardly anyone does. And I have always wondered why? Why is that that people love black calf shoes but are so afraid of black […]

April 16, 2018

Tōramally Shoes – Handwelted out of India!

The world is fast changing and it is quite impressive and scary at the same time to be honest. Thanks and to much demise to the industry (i.e. the brands), we now as consumers have the world at our fingertips in just a few clicks. This is great for the consumer. Now more than ever have the choices to get what you want never been more accessible. Even the little mom’s and pop’s shoemakers that […]

March 30, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – PARTNER: EXQUISITE TRIMMINGS

Founded by Shaya Green, Exquisite Trimmings is a London-based online store offers an impressive range of accessories and clothing, from many of the most acclaimed brands in the world. Here you find ties from among others E.G. Cappelli, Calabrese and Drake’s, bags from Frank Clegg and Simpson London, umbrellas from Francesco Maglia and Mario Talarico, and much, much more. In some cases, like ties and pocket squares, Exquisite Trimmings has also developed a number of […]

March 28, 2018

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LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 — BRAND HIGHLIGHT #9 — SKOLYX/TLB

The Swedish retailer Skolyx has made a name for itself through excellent customer service and a wide range of shoes from Spanish brand Yanko which you can find at their website. At the super trunk, they will kick-off a new venture which is a close collaboration with a brand new Mallorcan-based manufacturer called TLB. The new brand will be introduced closer to the event, but according to what Jesper, of Shoegzaing, has seen the new […]

March 23, 2018

J.FitzPatrick Footwear S/S18 Collection — Pre-Sale

It just became Spring and while in some places it is still snowing, in many others the beautiful sun has started to finally show itself after what felt like a long Winter. And of course with the beautiful weather we hope to feel in the Spring, comes beautiful shoes to accompany such sunshine, shoes that tend to be a bit more fun, less serious, full of color and just outright cool. And with our new […]

March 16, 2018

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J.FitzPatrick Footwear Online SAMPLE SALE

Greetings! This year we had a lot of stock for our annual in-store sample sale, enough to finally put the leftovers (which we normally don’t have) online for the world to get a chance at purchasing our shoes at bargain prices. Our sample sale stock is a collection of seconds, actual samples, MTOs and production shoes made with errors (not necessarily a quality issue but a detail made wrong etc), and some old stock. There […]

March 2, 2018

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London Super Trunk Show 2018 – Partner: Mes Chaussettes Rouges

A new partner to this years London Super Trunk Show 2018 is the extraordinary sock retailers, Mes Chaussettes Rouges from Paris. About 8 years ago two young French men, Jacques Tiberghien and Vincent Metzger started Mes Chaussettes Rouges, with the aim to develop the world’s finest socks’ shop. They now have an extremely impressive range of socks, every sock type and every color you can imagine, from brands like Mazarin, Bresciani, Gammarelli, Gallo, and others. […]

February 22, 2018

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2018 – BRAND HIGHLIGHT #3 — MYRQVIST

To read about the London Super Trunk Show 2018, CLICK HERE Myrqvist is a Private Label brand of the Swedish online store Herrstil, who started their shoe initiative in spring 2016 with a campaign on Kickstarter. It was extremely successful, a total of over €70,000 was gained in the campaign and over 400 pairs of shoes were pre-ordered. They have a close cooperation with the Indian factory that makes their shoes and regularly visit it, the […]