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February 7, 2018

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My Story — The 5 Year Plan…..The First Two

  My father was an entrepreneur and a complete salesman. He could talk to anyone at any time about anything. But he didn’t believe in school, not the brick and mortar ones but rather the school of life and the ideology of ‘Just go out and do it’…….“Just go make it happen Justin, don’t make excuses,” he would often tell me. He dropped out of high school at 17, waited tables and bartended for 15 […]

June 22, 2017

Crockett & Jones Archive Shoes

I once asked Tony Gaziano, of Gaziano & Girling, who he thought made the best shoes of all time and he told me Crockett & Jones circa the beginning of the 1900’s. Not to cut them down today, but shoemaking around that time was phenomenally different than what we see now days. I could go on all day on theories why that is, but I will save that debate for another post. More to the […]

December 4, 2014

Saint Crispins Factory Visit

It’s amazing how a brand can come onto the scene and explode within a matter of months, going from virtually being unknown (in the grand scheme of things) to becoming the talk of the industry. In a sense this happened to Saint Crispins a few years back. It’s not that they were “unknown” per se, but that the people that did know them were only a small fraction compared those that know them now. I […]

June 16, 2011

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My Next Pair

Sorry for the delay in writing these last days but I have seized the opportunity to get some shoemaking in, which left me up until the late hours doing so and then needing to immediately go to bed once done. Many of you might have been under the impression that the next shoe that I made was going to be of my own design, but as the pattern won’t be completely done, and thus […]