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September 5, 2013

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Norwegian Stitch & Koronya Bespoke Shoes

    I have always had conflicting feelings towards the Norwegian stitch construction. On the one hand it looks very sturdy and makes me feel that put on a shoe, would make that shoe last forever. It is becomes almost a necessity to have it be on a double sole, which makes it that much more heavier and that is the precise reason for me being steered away from the idea for this long. But […]

June 26, 2013

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Ed Et Al – Suede Galore!

I really love what Ed Et Al is doing these days. I feel that in sort of a way, me and the owner have a somewhat of a similar vision of offering classic-ish models/shapes but putting on a more young and contemporary edge, with slight detail changes as well as the injection of color. The only difference is that with Ed Et Al, owning their own factory, they are able to be a bit more […]

March 25, 2013

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The J.FitzPatrick Launch Party Night

As many of you may know, I have finally launched my very own shoe line after many years of hard work and build up. To celebrate the occasion, Gieves & Hawkes at No. 1 Savile Row was kind enough to host my launch party, as my shoes will be selling at this location exclusively for the time being. For those of you who came to the event, I truly thank you for the support, and […]

February 22, 2013

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From London to Melbourne – The Making of Christian Kimber

I remember when I first started working on Savile Row. I was fresh & naive and I did not really know anyone in the industry outside of Carreducker. They had told me about the owner of then Lodger, being American (from the NW like me) and friendly, and offered an introduction so that I could start making contacts and just getting to know people really. So I emailed the owner, told him that I would […]

September 26, 2012

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Carmina Greatness!!!!!!

The idea of the tassel on a loafer being in a contrast color is probably one of my favorite details in shoe design. The tassel, for me, is one of those things that creates a lovely complement to a plain shoe. It makes me wonder who the heck thought of it and how they came about designing it…..They were a genius, that’s for sure! Nevertheless, while a tassel is an easy thing to attach to […]

September 17, 2012

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John Lobb x Paul Smith = Absolute Greatness!

I know that I have been on a roll with my ‘How To Become A Shoe Designer’ thread, but as many people may not want to become one, nor really care to read about it, I figured I would give it a week’s rest and instead touch on another subject that I find to be quite an appealing project within the shoe industry. So, that being, for those of you whom may not know, September […]

September 4, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Monks To Die For by Aubercy

Being that Envy is one of the great 7 Sins, I must be one of the biggest sinners of all, as when I see shoes like this, I am completely envious of whoever owns them! That being, I must say again that great shoes are created by the great shoemakers, such as Aubercy, that understand how to match a pattern to a last. For example, have you ever seen a good looking full brogue on […]

August 15, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Caulaincourt Adelaides

Photo Courtesy of: Les Belles Chaussures I always love seeing something that I have never really seen before, and this model here by Caulaincourt represents just that for me. While the pattern is not really that unfamiliar, as I have seen something similar by Berluti, the combination between leathers (suede & calf) and colors (brown and what looks like gray) is simply amazing. I really have been loving suede more and more these days and […]

July 11, 2012

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Today’s Favorites – Tassel Loafers

Premise: “Let’s get as many colors as we can into this shot!” Outcome: Successful! To me, this is quite a cool picture. While I certainly wouldn’t execute most of these combinations, I find them to be quite intriguing nonetheless. I particularly love the striped socks, the graphite colored jeans on the left and the Lobb looking loafers accompanying those jeans! The attraction to this photo makes me think about how truly intriguing is is, in […]

June 8, 2012

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Shoes Of The Week – Caulaincourt Bucks’

Dear Readers, I am finally back in town, after about a 24 hour (including 8 hours lost) day of traveling, and to be honest I feel good to be back. For all of those that have written to me, but have yet to hear a response, I promise that I will get on top of the emails and respond to all of you. I thank you for your patience. And another thing, please do send […]