My first visit in New York was, naturally, to the shoe store Leffot. When I was in New York four years ago, I stumbled across Steven Taffel’s new shop the month it opened. At that point you couldn’t get half the brands that he stocked – Corthay, Aubercy and some US producers – in London. I scraped together my pennies (or rather my credit cards) and bought a pair of Corthay Wilfrids – the same ones seen here in a recent post on the new Corthay shop in London.
I also popped in during the semi-annual Edward Green trunk show (above and below). There were some styles on display that I had never seen in London. A lot of them were samples or destined for guys who had ordered particular models. During the trunk show they often sell 30 to 40 pairs.
This is a model that many other stores should emulate. Particularly in London, which has a real dearth of menswear boutiques, stocking a range of sartorial brands. Trunk shows are a way to make these stores into destinations: more personal than a department store and far more satisfying than buying online. And there are plenty of visiting tailors and shoemakers that would gladly be there rather than in a hotel room.