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Monthly Archive: April 2017

April 13, 2017

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Bookbinder Leather — Don’t Be Fooled

While living in America and working at Nordstrom (way back when), I remember many of the Italian brands making shoes in what looked like a cross between calfskin and patent. Prada, Gucci and Dolce & Gabbana loved the stuff! And to be honest, as I was young and a bit naive, I remember being quite attracted to these shiny things. They had all of the glitz & the glam and thus looked the part of […]

April 12, 2017

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London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #9 — Yanko/Skolyx Shoes

Yanko is a Mallorca-based (Spanish) company which the founders of both Carmina and Meermin used worked for back in the days (all three coming from the original Albaladejo family/shoe brand). The three companies have nothing to do with each other nowadays, although many of them share the same last name. The Yanko brand was actually a giant in the shoe industry up until the 80’s, and made over a million pairs of shoes a year (which […]

April 11, 2017

Yohei Fukuda Perfection

There are handmade bespoke shoes and then there are Handmade Bespoke Shoes. Guess which one Yohei Fukuda makes? You see, anyone can learn to make shoes, but few can learn to make them to the level that this master shoemaker does. When you see his shoes in person you see complete, flawless perfection. They are literally jaw-dropping and it makes me wonder how much time he puts into one pair. Nevertheless these have to be […]

April 10, 2017

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Contrasting Socks – Adding Flare to Your Outfit

There is an art to wearing the right socks for ones outfit. And within that art are several schools of thought on how to go about perfecting that art. For this post I thought that we could take a look at those 3 ideas and go over the pro’s and con’s of each and ultimately give one the thumbs up (as I am sure from the title we all know which one it will be!). […]

April 7, 2017

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J.FitzPatrick S/S’17 Last Round of New Models

We have finally received the rest of our new models for S/S’17 and these are the ones that really give the feeling of Spring in the Air! The Roosevelt – This is our new two tone model (with new medallion introduced), partially replacing our previous two tone Wallingford as well as the Rainier that we always offered in a two tone combination. With the sweeping back facing that extends to the heel we felt it […]

April 5, 2017

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Shoes I Am Selling

I finally had a good look at my shoe collection and realized that I have a lot of pairs that I do not need nor hardly ever wear. And as I keep getting new ones and space is not increasing, it inevitably meant that I now need to start getting rid of some and stop hoarding. That being, I have amassed a good amount of them, polished them up and took nice photographs in the […]

London Super Trunk Show — Brand Showcase #8 — Stefano Bemer

Stefano Bemer was one of the most famous bespoke shoemakers in Italy before he tragically passed away in 2012. Luckily his name was not lost though as Tommaso Melani (who owned a leather company at the time, and still does I believe) took over the Stefano Bemer company and has since developed it into a very successful brand in the shoe industry. While Stefano had developed the bespoke business into a successful name, Melani has helped […]

April 3, 2017

Ramon Cuberta New Made to Measure Models

Ramon Cuberta has just released two new and very attractive models for his ‘Made to Measure’ program to give customers more options in choosing their favorite model. His MTM program is much like the bespoke in which you can get a fully handmade shoe, but what is different (much like MTM in suiting) is that instead of getting a custom made made and measurements, you get approximate measurements based off another last and fitting it […]