I have written about Allan Baudoin and his MTO and semi-bespoke-venture earlier here on the blog. Now comes the next step when he launches RTW shoes under the name Baudoin & Lange. To begin with, it will be a so-called Belgian loafer in several different shades, made in a delicate lamb suede leather.
The model is called Sagan and has previously been available as MTO, but now they will be sold as RTW. It is still Allan Baudoin and his colleague Kasim Yldir who makes shoes. I suspect that Lange which is added to the new name is a financier or something similar, but don’t know for sure.
For those who do not know the background so is the brands founder Allan Baudoin schooled in computer science and economics and a former Apple employee, he caught the eye of traditional shoemaking when he got to know the shoemaker and cobbler Kasim Yldir in 2013. Kasim had a small cobblery, but had since before worked a lot with bespoke shoemaking, which was what he really was passionate about. Allan began to spend more and more time with Kasim to learn about shoemaking, and then they together started working with producing shos, and started Allan Baudoin Bootmaker. Initially, therefore, with a focus on semi-bespoke orders where a few models can be ordered with different leather options, and where the last is adjusted to the customer’s measurements (measuring can be made by yourself, with help from Allan over Skype). Later they introduced the loafer Sagan as an MTO model, and now it becomes the RTW.
The model is made the same way as before, by Allan and Kasim in London (except the closing which is made in Northampton), where Belgian loafer is a cemented model, sort of a mic between an indoor slipper and a regular loafer. The shoes are made in a rather unusual suede lambskin from Cyprus, a very soft material which is unlined, making the shoes very soft. It works great to wear outside, but the thin flexible leather sole is perhaps not ideal for the longest walks in the rain. The price of the shoe is at £ 245. Right now, they can only be pre-ordered, but on Saturday they launch the finished site so you can buy directly, and the first shoes will be delivered in late June. Four colors are available to start with, three more will be added later this summer.