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Italy Archive

June 5, 2017

My Trip to Florence

In my life I have been extremely fortunate to have traveled the world and even lived in some very beautiful places, one of them being Florence, Italy, from 2008-2009. And even though I left many years ago, a piece of my heart remains there in memory and nostalgia. Luckily in recent years I have been able to make an excuse to go back at least once a year by attending the ever growing menswear show, […]

May 26, 2017

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My Trip to Rome

***This post will not be about shoes*** I am a bit shoe-d out at the moment so thought instead of trying to come up with some fast and most likely inconsequential post to quickly write about, I would do a series of meaningful posts about my small European tour before my official landing in NYC this coming June. So my first pit stop was Rome and this trip was entirely about seeing my son, who […]

September 9, 2014

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Designs Done Differently

I always admire when I see a shoemaker create a pattern that is classic yet definitely twisted (in a good way!). And what most people may not appreciate is the fact that it is really hard to do. Interesting ideas in your head don’t always look great in the flesh or sometimes can’t be executed properly due to the rules of pattern making or the complexities of lasting and fitting that leather over the last. […]

December 27, 2011

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A Return To Italy (and Stefano Bemer)

Over my quick holiday visit to the in-laws in Perugia, Italy, I managed to pop over to my old town of Firenze (where I once lived for circa 1 year). I had the intention of going back to Stefano Bemer’s shop (where I learned to make bespoke shoes) and saying hi to all of my old colleagues, as well as hopefully snapping some pictures of any new models made. Being that plans don’t always happen […]