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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 19, 2016

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42 Royal Highland – Doing Things Different

  Japanese brand, 42nd Royal Highland, has really been impressing me as of lately. Firstly they appear to really love the saddle style, as I do, so I am quite biased for that reason. But most importantly, you can see that they are all about being different, going against the grain and mixing it up between classic and fun. And any brand that does it, is on my radar for greatness. The only problem, for […]

December 15, 2016

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Dandy Shoe Care Sells Patina’d Ed Et Al Loafer

  For one of you lucky people who wears a UK10/US11, you will be pleased to know that this brand new pair of Ed Et Al Amoy Quee II loafers is up for sale with a very beautiful and original patina to it, given by none other than Alexander Nurulaeff of Dandy Shoe Care. The price of it is €380 plus shipping and if you are interested you will need to directly contact Alexander himself […]

November 2, 2016

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Fugashin – The Vietnamese Takeover!

I have long known about the capabilities of goodyear welted shoe factories in SE Asia, but never had I seen workmanship quite like that of the shoes of Fugashin-Saigon who own a factory in Vietnam. The waist work, shape of lasts, Norwegian stitching and pattern design is that of the level of handgrade shoes valued at +£700 and while I do not yet know their European price, I am quite sure they cost a fraction […]

October 13, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Three

Most of the pictures in this post are of Berluti’s bespoke samples (with the exception of the two black pairs below). Berluti was very smart to hire two of the best bespoke makers in France, if not the world: Anthony Delos and Patrice Rock. Their appointment ensured that the legacy of Berluti’s integrity, from the switch of ownership from private company to LVMH acquired, stayed intact. The beauty of their bespoke department is that you […]

October 11, 2016

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A Trip To Berluti – London: Part Two

Further to my post yesterday on Berluti here are some more pictures to see a glimpse of what they do on the leather goods side of things. Their patina’s, for me, are most certainly not among the best in the world but the vividness of their coloring and the range of colors that they can achieve are impressive for sure. For example that deep teal green is sublime and is not an easy color to […]

October 10, 2016

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A Trip to Berluti – London: Part One

As you get older you learn a lot about yourself, your thoughts and how you perceive the world. I used to have this love/hate relationship with Berluti. I would always say that they were too expensive although I always loved the design of them. Maybe that was a sort of small guy (me) versus the big guy (i.e. LVMH). But as I get older, run my business for longer and start to think more about […]