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June 26, 2020

Greg Park Patina – New York City

Greg Park – The History Stationed inside our new shop (J.FitzPatrick Footwear) at 101 Thompson St (Soho, NYC) is a full patina service provided by our friend Greg Park aka Hancore. For those that do not know, Greg Park has a long history in the arts, starting off like many patina artists as a painter (not walls, but art 🙂 later became one of the world’s respected patina masters. He was one of the first […]

June 22, 2020

J.FitzPatrick – NYC Shop Now Open!

After months of building out our shop, we are finally ready and able to open our doors to the public. It is a great feeling too as this is technically the first street-level shop the J.FitzPatrick brand has had since the brand’s launch back in 2013. We have gone through several concessions inside other tailor’s premises and two basement level showrooms but this is the first shop we can call our own and no less […]

June 16, 2020

New Patina Service – In NYC

Big things are in the works at my brand, J.FitzPatrick Footwear and they are all about to come to light once we are able to start resuming regular trade, which will hopefully be in the next week or two. In the background of the pandemic, we have been building our new shop in NYC, Soho to be exact. And within that new shop is a new service. A patina and shoe shine service. But this […]

June 2, 2020

Take Your Allen Edmonds to the Next Level

I have not been a fan of Allen Edmonds for about 15 years now. Since the day their new stock came in at Nordstrom (while I was selling there) and I could see that they had cheapened the outsole and insole of their new collections, at the same time while raising the price. For me, that day marked the demise of the brand, and in my opinion, it has only gotten worse since then. Prior […]

May 6, 2020

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Unique Chelsea Boots by Antonio Meccariello

Prior to being a chelsea boot lover, admittedly I was a chelsea boot hater. There were two issues that were blocking my train of thought in that time (about 6-8 years ago). I found that most chelsea boots in the industry at the time used more robust, overly rounded lasts (in my opinion). Being someone of short to average stature, I never found that this look suited my way of dress or body frame. On […]

March 17, 2020

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Cool Museum Patina by CNES Shoemaker

I found a really cool photo on Facebook of the rough patina process (when I say rough, I mean minimal steps shown) courtesy of one of the workers of CNES Shoemaker. Vietnamese shoemaker, CNES shoemaker, has been coming out with some exciting stuff lately and this just adds to the excitement. I only wished they took this one step further and showed a picture with the patinating of this same shoe in as many colors […]

February 26, 2020

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London Super Trunk Show 2020 – Brand Showcase #1: Altan Bottier

The 1st shoe brand that I am showcasing for our London Super Trunk Show 2020 is one that I have been most thoroughly impressed with as of late. Although they have been around for a long time, I feel that in 2019 they really started to show their true potential as shoemakers. And this is none other than, Altan Bottier, of Paris. They were supposed to come to the show last year but unfortunately due to strikes in the […]

January 6, 2020

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Wine Pigment Patina by Meccariello

Italian shoemaker Antonio Meccariello, of Napoli, has recently created a very cool museum effect of his own with his “wine-pigment” patinas as shown on some of his latest creations on Instagram. You find the majority if this work done of the waists of his shoe’s soles but it would also appear that he sometimes does it on the upper as well. I can imagine this being a very popular request by his customers as it […]

December 18, 2019

American Patina x J.FitzPatrick Offering

In light of the success of our first run of the Patina Project shoes at J.FitzPatrick Footwear, in association with American Patina ( at IG @american__patina), we are running the offering again. This time we are only offering just the Tony II and Whittier models to be given a patina to. Each model has 4 set patinas to choose from, as you can see. However, as this is a Pre-Order, we have decided to up […]

December 13, 2019

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Hancore – Your NYC Patina Artist

There are plenty of people in the US that want patina shoes. I am sure that Dandy Shoe Care’s largest client base is the USA. Yet there not have been so many patina artists stepping to plate and really becoming the US version of Dandy Shoe Care. And maybe because it is hard to beat DSC’s skills as one of the masters of the industry so people are willing to spend a ton of money […]