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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 …

Jan Kielman bespoke shoemakers – Conversation with Maciej Kielman

Jan Kielman – bespoke shoe and boot maker from Warsaw The workshop is run today by third and fourth generation of descendants of the founder Jan Kielman. Established in 1883 it’s heyday was in the ’20s and ’30s when the movers from across the Europe (including young Charles de Gaulle) were clients. many Poles supplied themselves with beautiful shoes as …

Graham Browne Bespoke Tailor – trousers fitting (PL)

Graham Browne bespoke suit – 2nd fitting – trousers Quite some time has passed since my last visit to Graham Browne Bespoke Tailor workshop in City of London. The second fitting finally came and my trousers were supposed to be almost ready. Even for the first fitting, they were basically finished. Lucky me, no alterations in the seat or waist …

Foster and Son bespoke shoes #2 – measurements and last making

Foster and Son bespoke shoes #2 – measurements and last making 1. Measurements Taking measurements is said to be one of the most essential parts of the bespoke process. There is only one fitting at maximum so the shoemaker must be very careful and gather as much information as possible about customer’s feet. Yes, it is important to accurately measure both …

Passaggio Cravatte Trunk Show in London

(02/08/2014) UPDATE and new facts on PC ties can be found in the note to this post. Not all information provided in the text below is relevant now. I do not want to delete the old post, simply have a look at the update note in the linked post. Later this month bespoke tiemaker Passaggio Cravatte will be holding a …

Gaziano & Girling store opening party (PL)

Gaziano & Girling store opening Savile Row with all its history probably have not seen a store opening in a while. There was one however last Friday. At the number 39 Gaziano & Girling opened its new flagship store. Stara jak swiat Savile Row dawno juz nie widziala otwarcia zadnego nowego sklepu. Bylo jedno za to w zeszly piatek. Pod …

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Passaggio Cravatte bespoke seven fold tie (PL)

(02/08/2014) UPDATE on Passaggio Cravatte: Not so long ago I posted the following post on Passaggio Cravatte ties. Eventhough I had no problems with the tie myself there are several other customers who experienced serious problems. I have read the Styleforum thread on PC (which is now closed as GC ended his cooperation with Styleforum) and many other topics on that. …

Cad & The Dandy Jacket #2 (PL)

Here is the outfit from my latest photo shooting with Matthew from topgrain.co.uk. I finally got myself a matching trousers to the jacket that Cad & The Dandy  Savile Row tailors made for me. It is made of the same Dugdale Bros cloth – grey hopsack check with light blue over-check which weights 12-13oz (370-390g). In my opinion very solid …

Interview with Saman Amel (PL)

BlueLoafers: What is your story Saman? You are quite young as for a person that owns a menswear accessories brand, aren’t you? What made you start your own brand? Saman Amel: I suppose I am quite young… Things have been taking off for us during the last year, however, I have been doing this quite a bit longer than that. I …