Black suede shoes, and cream knitwear

May 20th 2016

Yesterday's post raised a few questions about other aspects of the outfit - specifically the black suede shoes and cream-coloured cardigan. I think it's interested to discuss both together, for stylistically they have ...

Black suede shoes, and cream knitwear

Yesterday's post raised a few questions about other aspects of the outfit - specifically the black suede shoes and cream-coloured cardigan. I think it's interested to discuss both together, for stylistically they have ...

Casual wear - DerbyMay 20th 2016

Philippe Atienza, bespoke shoemaker, Paris

May 2nd 2016

When I visited shoemaker Philippe Atienza (above) in his new Parisian atelier, back in March, his furniture had just arrived. Some nice chairs, rugs, tables, and a lot of old machinery. He’d been in the space fo...

Philippe Atienza, bespoke shoemaker, Paris

When I visited shoemaker Philippe Atienza (above) in his new Parisian atelier, back in March, his furniture had just arrived. Some nice chairs, rugs, tables, and a lot of old machinery. He’d been in the space fo...

Boot - DerbyMay 2nd 2016

The benefits of building a shoe wardrobe – ne...

November 6th 2015

The new Edward Green website launched last week, and it’s very impressive. Unusually for the fashion industry, the site is both attractive and highly functional. The photography and colour palette are lovely, bu...

The benefits of building a shoe wardrobe – ne...

The new Edward Green website launched last week, and it’s very impressive. Unusually for the fashion industry, the site is both attractive and highly functional. The photography and colour palette are lovely, bu...

Derby - OxfordNovember 6th 2015

My go-to pieces: overcoats, navy cashmere, and brow...

August 14th 2015

As readers never fail to point out, I have had a lot of bespoke items made over the past 10 years. But while I love pretty much all of them, some get a lot more use than others. These pieces become staples – the...

My go-to pieces: overcoats, navy cashmere, and brow...

As readers never fail to point out, I have had a lot of bespoke items made over the past 10 years. But while I love pretty much all of them, some get a lot more use than others. These pieces become staples – the...

Derby - OxfordAugust 14th 2015

Do I need black shoes (and if so, which?) – R...

August 6th 2015

As with many reader questions, this one evolved over several email messages back and forth. I know Joel won’t mind if I restructure that exchange into a conversation, in order to put the inquiries in the right o...

Do I need black shoes (and if so, which?) – R...

As with many reader questions, this one evolved over several email messages back and forth. I know Joel won’t mind if I restructure that exchange into a conversation, in order to put the inquiries in the right o...

Derby - How toAugust 6th 2015

Grey cashmere and brown flannel: Caraceni and Abbarchi

July 1st 2015

Last week’s explanation of how I put an outfit together seemed to be popular, so let’s try that again. This outfit is simpler than last week’s. There are fewer colours, there’s no tie to worry ...

Grey cashmere and brown flannel: Caraceni and Abbarchi

Last week’s explanation of how I put an outfit together seemed to be popular, so let’s try that again. This outfit is simpler than last week’s. There are fewer colours, there’s no tie to worry ...

Derby - OxfordJuly 1st 2015

Change your laces

May 25th 2015

Laces are to a shoe what buttons are to a jacket. Often ignored, but with a disproportionate important effect on the overall look. The most attractive buttons, for me, are always matte horn with a touch of contrast i...

Change your laces

Laces are to a shoe what buttons are to a jacket. Often ignored, but with a disproportionate important effect on the overall look. The most attractive buttons, for me, are always matte horn with a touch of contrast i...

Derby - OxfordMay 25th 2015

Bespoke Santoni shoes – Fatto a Mano Su Misura

March 11th 2015

Yes, Santoni does bespoke. Or close enough that I’m happy to give it that label. Italian colour-meisters Santoni will do a bespoke version of most shoes in their collection (which of course changes more and is w...

Bespoke Santoni shoes – Fatto a Mano Su Misura

Yes, Santoni does bespoke. Or close enough that I’m happy to give it that label. Italian colour-meisters Santoni will do a bespoke version of most shoes in their collection (which of course changes more and is w...

Derby - ShoesMarch 11th 2015

BeShoes: The shoe symposium at Pitti Uomo

January 16th 2015

At one point in the evening, I introduced John Carnera to Pierre Corthay. These two titans of bespoke shoemaking – and gentlemen both – yet of course they had never met. Later, at the Villa Cora party, it w...

BeShoes: The shoe symposium at Pitti Uomo

At one point in the evening, I introduced John Carnera to Pierre Corthay. These two titans of bespoke shoemaking – and gentlemen both – yet of course they had never met. Later, at the Villa Cora party, it w...

Derby - ShoesJanuary 16th 2015

Aubercy shoes, Paris – made-to-order enthusiasm

March 31st 2014

One of the loveliest things about the bespoke industry is the preponderance of open, generous people – in sharp contrast to the pretension of fashion. But while I have got to know many of our industry’s ent...

Aubercy shoes, Paris – made-to-order enthusiasm

One of the loveliest things about the bespoke industry is the preponderance of open, generous people – in sharp contrast to the pretension of fashion. But while I have got to know many of our industry’s ent...

Derby - ShoesMarch 31st 2014

Two pairs of Anthony Cleverleys

February 19th 2014

While meeting the impossibly nice Xavier Aubercy last week, we got talking about the archive of shoes owned by Arturo Lopez, a friend and customer of Xavier’s grandfather Andre Aubercy. Lopez was a customer of man...

Two pairs of Anthony Cleverleys

While meeting the impossibly nice Xavier Aubercy last week, we got talking about the archive of shoes owned by Arturo Lopez, a friend and customer of Xavier’s grandfather Andre Aubercy. Lopez was a customer of man...

Derby - ShoesFebruary 19th 2014

Tariq Mahmoud: Royal College of Art show

June 11th 2012

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 273 1559 Euromoney PLC 12 3 1914 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false A couple of weeks ago I had the eye-opening experience of attending the fashion degree show at the Royal College of Art in...

Tariq Mahmoud: Royal College of Art show

Normal.dotm 0 0 1 273 1559 Euromoney PLC 12 3 1914 12.0 0 false 18 pt 18 pt 0 0 false false false A couple of weeks ago I had the eye-opening experience of attending the fashion degree show at the Royal College of Art in...

Derby - ShoesJune 11th 2012

Reader questions: Snow, shoes, soles

December 3rd 2010

Ed, London: I just bought a pair of boots and was considering putting rubber soles on top of the leather ones, to make them harder wearing and more suited to the rain and the snow. Is this a good idea? Pearse, London: Wi...

Reader questions: Snow, shoes, soles

Ed, London: I just bought a pair of boots and was considering putting rubber soles on top of the leather ones, to make them harder wearing and more suited to the rain and the snow. Is this a good idea? Pearse, London: Wi...

Derby - OxfordDecember 3rd 2010

Ducker & Son: The shoemaker I missed

May 31st 2010

Apparently I used to walk past Ducker & Son almost every day for three years. But I never noticed. I wasn’t exactly into clothes at Oxford – baggy Gap jeans and an untucked shirt were the best I rustle u...

Ducker & Son: The shoemaker I missed

Apparently I used to walk past Ducker & Son almost every day for three years. But I never noticed. I wasn’t exactly into clothes at Oxford – baggy Gap jeans and an untucked shirt were the best I rustle u...

Derby - OxfordMay 31st 2010

Building a shoe collection – the pleasures!

December 30th 2009

A friend of mine started investing in good shoes around six months ago. I find it reassuring that I get such vicarious pleasure out of it: perhaps I’m not as self-centred as all that. His first pair was a lovely se...

Building a shoe collection – the pleasures!

A friend of mine started investing in good shoes around six months ago. I find it reassuring that I get such vicarious pleasure out of it: perhaps I’m not as self-centred as all that. His first pair was a lovely se...

Derby - How toDecember 30th 2009

The Allure of Corthay Shoes

July 23rd 2008

Pierre Corthay is one of the best shoemakers around, but is not well-known outside France. Trained at both John Lobb and Berluti, he has a pedigree from possibly the two most respected shoemakers in the world, for qualit...

The Allure of Corthay Shoes

Pierre Corthay is one of the best shoemakers around, but is not well-known outside France. Trained at both John Lobb and Berluti, he has a pedigree from possibly the two most respected shoemakers in the world, for qualit...

Derby - ShoesJuly 23rd 2008

The shape of your feet

June 19th 2008

Different types of shoe will fit you better than others. This has nothing to do with the material or the design. It is the last. You will occasionally hear people, deep in sartorial conversation, say something along the ...

The shape of your feet

Different types of shoe will fit you better than others. This has nothing to do with the material or the design. It is the last. You will occasionally hear people, deep in sartorial conversation, say something along the ...

Derby - OxfordJune 19th 2008

A hidden gem in London

January 23rd 2008

John Rushton shoes is an oasis of personal and professional service. At the very least, it seemed like an oasis to me last Saturday. I had spent a hellish three hours in the shoe department of Selfridge’s, in the m...

A hidden gem in London

John Rushton shoes is an oasis of personal and professional service. At the very least, it seemed like an oasis to me last Saturday. I had spent a hellish three hours in the shoe department of Selfridge’s, in the m...

Derby - How toJanuary 23rd 2008