US dress shoe lovers have the NYC super trunk on October 14, but all workwear boot enthusiasts will get their fix the week before, with the first Stitchdown Boot Camp taking place in Brooklyn on October 6-7. A large amount of domestic and a bunch of international boot brands will exhibit, sample sales, panel talks and more.
If you’ve missed it, Stitchdown is a workwear boot focused website and podcast (read more about the site in this article, and hear an episode of the podcast with me as guest here) based out of Brooklyn, New York, which has meant a lot for the growing interest of workwear boots and rugged footwear, not least in USA. After organising some smaller meet-ups and trips – one of them to the UK where the London super trunk was part of the itinerary – it’s time for a bigger event.
So, on Friday October 6 and Saturday October 7, at the Industry City in Brooklyn, it’s time for the first Stitchdown’s Boot Camp. It’s a nice mix of large brands like Viberg, Grant Stone, Meermin and Nick’s, to small ones like Caswell Bootmakers, Perera and Francis Waplinger. Also other exhibitors like tanneries are part. Most are North American, but also a bunch of international ones participate.
Some of the larger brands will host sample sales which are open first to VIP paying visitors, there will be live shoemaking showing the craft, and towards the end of the days there will be panel talks on a stage area. Both days also ends with beers in nearby bars. Tickets cost from $35 for a one day pass. All info about the event can be found here. I’m a bit sad I’ll miss this event myself, arriving in NYC a few days after, it should be great.