An Interview with Antonio Llobera, CEO of Yanko

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An Interview with Antonio Llobera Having posted an article on the history of Spanish shoemaking brand Yanko yesterday I wanted to present you with an interview with a man behind the brand, the CEO of Yanko Mr Antonio Llobera. Hope you like the read. Mikolaj Pawelczak (Blue Loafers): Antonio, can you tell us a little bit more about your story before …

Yanko shoes – quality from Mallorca

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Yanko shoes – quality from Mallorca More and more of you know all the quality shoe brands that exist nowadays, Yanko being one of them. Not as well-known as its Spanish “sisters” Carmina and Meermin yet but definitely producing shoes of top quality too. Today I would like to tell you a story of Yanko and what its relationship with …

Jan Kielman bespoke – new website

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Jan Kielman Bespoke – new website Last year, during my trip to Warsaw in June I have interviewed owner of Jan Kielman Bespoke Shoemakers – Mr Maciej Kielman – and published it here on the blog. Kielman is a renewed Polish shoemaker, said to be the best one, with years of experience. They have very recently launched a long awaited …

New Joseph Cheaney store London

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New J. Cheaney store in London Jospeph Cheaney is a well known shoemaking brand founded in 1886 in Northampton. Last Autumn they opened their new flagship store on London famous Jermyn Street. It has been a home to shoe and shirt and menswear accessories for years (since 17th century) and is now of the London’s best places to buy high quality …

Laszlo Vass shoes – Blue loafers in suede

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Laszlo Vass shoes – Blue loafers in suede Long holidays break, sadly, is finished and it is time to go back to you readers and my usual work. Few months ago, when it was still warm, I ordered a long awaited pair Laszlo Vass shoes – blue loafers in suede (previous post). They are inspired by a pair I saw once …

Shoepassion shoes review

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Shoepassion shoes review Sometime ago I was contacted by Shoepassion and asked if I would be interested in reviewing a model of their shoes. It was the time when this German (Berlin based) brand has already been know to menswear industry so I was curious to see how do they perform in real life. Jakis czas temu skontaktowala sie ze mna …

Meermin shoes – MTO and new website

Meermin shoes – MTO and new website Marka Meermin – nowa strona interenetowa i program butow na zamowienie New Website Well-known Spanish shoe brand Meermin from Mallorca has recently launched its new website. Oh boy the old one was really bad. Anyway, everyone who discovered Meermin a few years ago remember the tan coloured background and very simple mechanics of …

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Foster and Son bespoke shoes #5 – finished shoe

Foster and Son bespoke shoes #5 – finished shoe Worry not! It turns out not to be the last post of the Foster and Son bespoke shoes series. Couldn’t resist and visited Andrew Murphy and Foster’s store today again. It was very nice to see Andrew again but also to note that the sale is up and running. This year …

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Foster and Son bespoke shoes #4 – finished shoe

Foster and Son bespoke shoes #4 – finished shoe This unfortunately is the last post from the Foster and Son series. The previous three posts can be found here #1, here #2 and here #3. They cover almost the entire process of hand made bespoke shoemaking. Finally, please find below some of the bespoke shoes that I managed to take …

Foster and Son bespoke shoes #3 – pattern making, clicking and brogueing.

Foster and son bespoke shoes #3 – pattern making, clicking and broguing 1. Pattern making The next step, after taking measurements and preparing the last (see my previous post), is the pattern making. Emma, Fosters specialist, starts with placing the last on a piece of paper and drawing the center line of the last. Everytime similar operation takes place, Emma always …