The classic A-line construction espadrille has been going strong for a good few years, a staple in any fashion conscious individuals wardrobe or just an easy going item for the beach and house lounging. SS14 is no exception with the espadrille being seen in more variations than ever before in mens, womens and childrens footwear. It is not the most exciting bit of footwear but it is never the less a big trend for the season, following through no doubt to 2015. Make the most of its cheap price point and consider pushing it up a little with some additional features.
Updating it for Spring Summer 2014 with hybrid versions of the espadrille is an interesting way to ride the trend and push it forward. If you have a successfully selling lightweight (canvas or textile based upper), simple construction style (plimsoll or … Read More »
Hardly anyone knows about a long established, highly reputable and luxurious British company called Fleming & Howland, but everyone will know about the furniture company that incorporated them into their brand, Chesterfield. Chesterfield has the reputation of being the best classic furniture for a long time and rightly so. You may not love the Chesterfield furniture as a sofa to sit on in your front room, or even as a stool in your bedroom, but none the less, you will recognise the sheer quality and craftsmanship that this product is ingrained with. And just for the record, I would love a Chesterfield sofa/chair/stool and anything else available!
Fleming & Howland began in 1780. Using high-grade skins and golden rivets that have long been their recognizable trade mark. A shoemaker and attendee at Cordwainer’s, Solomon Howland left the footwear business behind and … Read More »
Yuketen is classic made in the USA, both footwear and luggage. Established in 1985, designer Yuki Matsuda uses American fine quality craftsmanship to create footwear inspired by the artisans he has met during his travels. Utilising these skills he crosses contemporary silhouettes and materials with traditional crafting. A proud and rich brand that produces beautiful shoes.
High grade leathers with a modern finish, this SS12 collection is looking great. In the range you can see snakeskin leathers with an almost sand camouflage effect, zig zag leather raw edges and brogue style punching, laced styles finished off with a square strip of leather to tie up your shoes.
The stunning contrasts in the classic styling – a welted outsole offset by the modern take on materials. It has a very unique and bold look that … Read More »
“The Wrap, a modern interpretation of a traditional CVO low top silhouette, has been redesigned”, that is from the official Supra website! They also describe the shoe as featuring the unique 2 piece canvas upper construction. The last’s profile has been slightly increased to accommodate the slightly larger foxing tape (which is in line with more traditional vulcanised styles, especially those from Supra, eg – Vaider). This “new” style is available from Supra in 12 colours at 40 quid a pair. The A-symmetric pattern really does freshen it up and justify this revamp. I am always sceptical when companies try to relaunch a design after giving it some tweaks, it almost feels like a money grabber, but this relaunch, in my opinion, (as stated before) is justified. Launching it mid AW12 is a great way to fill this sort of … Read More »
Due to my background in footwear design and heritage in English footwear, I am intrigued by the custom footwear market. I am not just talking about doodling on an upper to make it look a little bit whackier than its other kin – not that there is anything wrong with that and I fully recognise that is a skill of its own… when done properly… I am going to look at deconstructed custom sneakers.
First, let me explain a little bit about both, custom deconstructed sneaker and the drawn on shoe that I mentioned just now. A drawn on sneaker is exactly that, drawn on… what ever the application, for example paintbrush with waterproof paints, permanent pens that don’t smudge, coloured in stitch rows and sketched on outsoles and so on, more often than not the shoe is not taken apart. … Read More »
With the military boot having a strong presence last Winter, the military theme is doing equally as well, utilised last season and going forward to the next in various forms . This SS12 it is taking its shape as lightweight but durable materials and directly borrowing the trusty old military camouflage.
As with most things in fashion (if not all), it’s all about interpretation. Personally I prefer the more subtle take of a camo with a twist than the outright raw traditional blur of colours it used to offer. Take a look at my light hearted and not so literal version of a 21st century camouflage.
A good example of this is the Huf Choice & Hupper “Rain Camouflage” from AW11. Start stop lines criss crossing the upper pattern to create a modern fresh camouflage which represent “what is being called … Read More »