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September 11, 2019

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Crockett & Jones Lauches A/W 2019 Collection – ‘Black is Back!’

Crockett & Jones has launched their new A/W ’19 collection and it is quite impressive, to say the least. For the 2nd year in a row now, they have had a collection called ‘The Black Editions’ in which they pay homage to the classic black models of the shoe industry’s history. This time they did so again but infusing their idea of Japanese ‘precision’ and style through the additions of Commando like Vibram soles on […]

August 30, 2019

Sartor Polishing – Your London Spruce Up on Crockett & Jones Shoes

One of Crockett & Jones’ employees, Bismark Walter, has taken it upon himself to become a master of the brushes and learn mirror polishing and patina in order to add an extra value service to the Jermyn St. shop of Crockett & Jones in London. He has apparently built quite the reputation and customer following as his Instagram account is filled with beautiful shoes and polish/patina jobs. You can see a couple of them here. […]

August 28, 2019

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Gaziano & Girling – 25% Off End of Line Models

It’s and of an era for many Gaziano & Girling classic models. G&G is going through their end of line Summer Sale and offering some models that I remember since day one, like the Wigmore and Hayes in the Rioja calf. But such is the life of a shoe line. A good model will give you years of sales and then one day you realize you have had it too long and need to refresh […]

Crockett & Jones – The Importance of Pattern Making

Pattern Cutting is one of the most important aspects of shoemaking and the one that probably the one that gets the least recognition but deserves the most respect. You see, the reason why you like a shoe is pretty much boiling down to two things: 1. The shape i.e. the last and it’s cut and 2. The design i.e. the pattern and how carefully it was made. But shoe design is complex. A brogue is […]

April 16, 2019

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The Two Tone Penny Loafer

People often think of conservatism when they think of British rules of dress. And truth be told, there are very strict rules and ideas of the way “one should be” and this ideology runs deep in British culture which dips into their sense of dress. But for a while now there has also been a strong opposition or rebellion to this ideology, especially in the way of dressing. The red dress sock, so often seen […]

April 11, 2019

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Gaziano & Girling – The New Classic Range

Gaziano & Girling have decided to shake things up in their brand by continuing to expand on the amount of collections they offer. First it was the Deco line, a very sharp and elegant semi handmade dress shoe that took the industry by storm with the tightest waist one has ever seen in RTW. Then it was the Fresco line, a Spring/Summer range filled with elegant loafers and whatnot. But now they make the boldest […]

April 9, 2019

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Crepe Soles – Yay or Nay?

When I first started the JF line, one blog reader used to tell me, ‘Justin when you add a black crepe sole to a pair of dress shoes, I will be the first to buy them and you can name them after me.’ I always thought it would be a cool idea but not really the easiest material to source and on top of that not the easiest to market to more than this customer […]

March 6, 2019

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Crockett & Jones – New Camden Tassel (less) Loafer for SS19

Crockett and Jones have broken the mold on their very classic and popular Cavendish loafers by taking away the tassels and the lining to create the new Camden model for Spring/Summer 2019. Coming in the 3 colorways as shown; Ocean, Snuff and Mushroom, your options for versatility in any of the colorways are pretty much endless. I actually love all three colors. The Mushroom is particularly interesting though. The Snuff is quite common and well […]

March 3, 2019

LONDON SUPER TRUNK SHOW 2019 – BRAND SHOWCASE #6 — Gaziano & Girling Odd’s & End’s

For the first time in the London Super Trunk Show event, we invite a British Maker easy to acquire in the UK. But what makes this different is the fact that Gaziano & Girling will be bringing things that you cannot simply acquire by going to their shop on Savile Row. They will be bringing an assortment of odd’s and end’s from 2nds, MTO’s/Bespoke made incorrectly, leftover stock etc. all stuff that is usually only shown at […]

February 21, 2019

HRH Prince of Wales Visit to Gaziano & Girling

It would appear that Gaziano & Girling had the honor and pleasure of hosting the Prince of Wales and Future King into their factory while at the same time honoring him with a very beautiful and unique pair of oxfords. I have to say that the medallion is absolutely gorgeous. It is apart of the emblem of the Royal Family for those that might not be familiar with it and I think that it suits […]