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January 25, 2017

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Leffot – New Products for NYC

I always look forward to seeing what retailers are stocking in their shops as new pieces and makers they bring on board. Now of course, I never care about the boring black oxford that they will stock, but do more so like seeing the choice daring pieces that I know that they are taking a risk on, like these Brighton loafers by Corthay. I had someone ask me recently, ‘Justin, don’t you ever get afraid […]

January 23, 2017

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The Idea of Great Photography

I have beat it into the head so many times but the more I am in this industry and the more that I use social media and modern ways to market and understand potential customer’s liking I see just how important good photography assists in marketing any product. When I look at these pictures in this post, I see just how much a good piece of photography can make a real difference in communicating the […]

December 28, 2016

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Skoaktiebolaget Launches 2nd, Larger Shop in Stockholm

With the success that Swedish shoe shop Skoaktiebolaget has had in the short amount of time since they launched their flagship store in Stockholm, they have managed to set aside some finance and acquire a 2nd, larger shop to coincide with their flagship right there in the heart of their hometown. And on top of that, they have added a new brand to their line-up of high flying shoes. That new brand is none other […]

December 20, 2016

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Leather Is Not What You Think

The shoe industry is ever evolving. What was fact last year, is not this year and won’t be next year. What I mean by that (and this is something that I have mentioned before) is that one can no longer say, ‘the best this is from here and the best that is from there.’ These concepts no longer hold true. Sure, some of the best shoes come from England, but that no longer means that […]

November 17, 2016

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The Elongated Norwegian Split Toe

In the split toe world, there are 3 types of constructions. There is the basic machine stitch split toe where you just see a small seam down the town (stitch on the inside), then there is the inverted hand stitch split toe (think Edward Green Dover), which is quite very popular among Italian brands and then you have the Norwegian split toe which is generally a hand stitched apron and split. Now within that realm […]

September 26, 2016

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Saint Crispin’s Launches The Americas

With the vision of better serving the US market, Viennese brand Saint Crispin, has most recently launched a new branch of their company, titled ‘The Americas.’ As a truly customizable product that is quite unique in its abilities to get bespoke like features at non-bespoke prices, it is sometimes difficult to properly service a clients needs without face-to-face interaction. With the new Americas service, they hope to do just that by offering more private trunk […]

August 31, 2016

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Misconceptions in Footwear – Shining Different Leathers

I always get people asking me how you shine this leather or that leather, i.e. cordovan, crocodile (and all exotics) or chromexcel leather etc. The thing is, you shine them exactly as you would calf leather. I find that anyone attempting to tell you that you need some special product for them is just trying to sell you something that is not truly necessary. I have always used the exact same products and got brilliant […]