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December 6, 2012

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Bright Socks, Wholecut Loafers & DB Overcoats….My Kind of Outfit!

It’s been awhile since I have showed you one of my daily outfits to allow you all a chance to critique me, mainly because lately I simply can’t be asked to take photos of myself, especially since my time at Gieves & Hawkes these days is completely accounted for, down to the last second! But every now and then when I manage to put something together that I personally find appealing, I figure, ‘what the […]

May 3, 2012

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What I Am Wearing – My First Bespoke Suit!

I have finally received my first bespoke suit and I absolutely love it!! There is quite a long story behind getting it, however I really can’t divulge too much on that but let’s just say that it was a collaboration of artisans that put it together. This means, that it was cut by Chittleborough & Morgan (hence the wide lapel influence from Tommy Nutter), and then put together by a trouser maker at Huntsman and […]

March 14, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Bespoke Austerity Brogues

I have a friend who like me, once ventured outside of the US to go and study shoemaking (among other things, such as be with his wife…also like me). That adventure landed him in Germany, where he is currently residing and continuing to perfect his craft and skills, in the hopes (of which will occur) of becoming a bespoke shoemaker who offers lovely shoes to people around the world. On occasion, he gets a chance […]

January 11, 2012

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Another Go At A Personal Patina

A little while ago, I had found myself at pub after work, as is a very common thing to do here in England. While I had a good time and can’t complain, I noticed that the next morning, it appeared that I had spilled a bit of alcoholic substance on my shoe and it had unfortunately left a lovely stain for me. Now this pair, the ‘Dryden’ by Allen Edmonds, is my oldest dress shoe, […]

October 27, 2011

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What I Am Wearing

One of the funniest things about growing up, is doing things that you always said that you wouldn’t. Obviously, what I am referring to is not something that dire, but it is still hypocritical of me nonetheless and that is the fact that I continuously find myself wearing black shoes with navy trousers. Granted, this was not something that I was so against, but rather preached that navy was always better complimented with brown. Yet, […]

July 12, 2011

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Customer Finds – Old Cleverley Bespoke

One of my colleagues recently brought me two pairs of shoes that his grandfather had passed down to him. Now when this happens, it may be a really old pair of Church’s, Allen Edmonds or an older label like Poulsen & Skone or Nunn Bush, but these puppies just happen to be George Cleverley bespoke shoes, from the early 1960’s, and while that may not seem that old, 50 years is still a good amount […]

April 14, 2011

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Gaziano & Girling Deco Range

While this is not really ‘first to bring you news,’ I figured that since you can’t find the entire Deco range in colored pictures, I would put that up for all of you that might have yet to see them. And for those that might not be familiar, the Deco range is a new array of shoes produced by Gaziano & Girling that are meant to offer that happy medium between RTW and bespoke. You […]

March 24, 2011

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My Shoes #18 – My 2nd Bespoke Pair

These were the second pair of shoes that I ever made for myself and are by far my absolute favorite pair out of every single shoe I own. What I love about them (apart from being saddles) is that they pretty much sum up 1000% my individual style: classic with a modern twist. If you were to get a preview of how the shoes of my future shoe line were going to be, this would […]

February 9, 2011

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Today’s Favorites – Black Shoes

Two Above: Gaziano & Girling Two Above: Corthay (Pictures Courtesy Of: Leffot) Boot Above: Carreducker Shoe Above: Dimitri Bottier Today, one of my readers told me that he was under the impression that I was anti black shoes and disagreed with me on that regard. While I assured him that it was not the case, I understood why he may have been under that impression due to my recent writing as well as some in […]

December 13, 2010

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Holiday Parties – What To Wear??

I guess as we grow up, we stop thinking about what Christmas presents we are going to get or what’s going to be under the next flap on the advent calendar and we start planning out which holiday parties we are going to grace our presence with. More importantly, we think about what we are going to wear in order to look better than everyone else at the party. Well, if your idea already involves […]