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August 31, 2016

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Misconceptions in Footwear – Shining Different Leathers

I always get people asking me how you shine this leather or that leather, i.e. cordovan, crocodile (and all exotics) or chromexcel leather etc. The thing is, you shine them exactly as you would calf leather. I find that anyone attempting to tell you that you need some special product for them is just trying to sell you something that is not truly necessary. I have always used the exact same products and got brilliant […]

April 22, 2015

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J.FitzPatrick Spring/Summer 2015 Stock Now In!

  Dear Readers, After much delay, our Spring/Summer stock is finally in. Part of the delay was due to the people that hand-stitched our aprons on our new Madison penny loafers and the other was of course a delay in leather, specifically the Antique Brown from Annonay. But fret not, the shoes are finally in and ready to be purchased (with the exception of about 10 pairs which are still 2 weeks in delay – […]

November 27, 2014

October 6, 2014

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A Check-In from Romania

Dear Readers, I am off on a small adventure to Romania and Vienna, spending some time with my good friend, Phillip Car of Saint Crispins.  Today, I am at their workshop in Brasov, Romania seeing how it all goes down. Needless to say it is quite impressive. Of course this is a simply a sneak peak of more greatness to come. Just you wait! Tomorrow we will head back to Vienna and while there, I […]

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. […]