The Hanger Project’s Youtube channel has released its most ambitious project to date, a one hour documentary about the legendary bespoke shoemaking house John Lobb Ltd. in London.
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I have ordered a pair of bespoke shoes from Japanese Main d’Or, the alias of Eiji Murata. He is famous for being meticulous and for a high level of craftsmanship, which also is apparent in his fitting shoes. The above are the second test pairs, and keep a level that many makers would wish they could accomplish on their final pair.
We are pleased to present this year’s edition of the Shoegazing Super Trunk Show in Stockholm Saturday September 2. This year we focus a bit more on Swedish online companies, the line-up will be Myrqvist (Herrstil), Yanko (Skolyx), The Sabot (also with Andrés Sendra, Antonio Meccariello and Yohei Fukuda), Jan Kielman and Hiro Yanagimachi. Plus Swedish Championships in Shoe Shining, shoe care workshop and an open Q&A with people from the shoe industry.
As competition for customers increases, and also the demands from these increases, the quality shoe market develops in several ways. One example is that more and more factories and retailers spend more time on the final finishing and polish the shoes by hand before they are sent out to the customer.
Finally it’s time for the webshop Herrstil to make their launch of its collection of Goodyear welted shoes under the brand Myrqvist. With a price tag of €200 it’s an interesting alternative in the lower price range of quality shoes.
Tomorrow, Saturday, the Spanish brand Carmina will launch a new online service for Made to Order, which in an easy way let’s you see what options are available and put together your own model variant. In addition the MTO premium of 30% is waived this weekend during the launch, so a good opportunity to strike if you’ve been eyeing something that’s not included in the standard range.
Tonight the Swedish shop Skoaktiebolaget launches its new brand in the lineup, which is Carlos Santos from Portugal. The shop starts with a choice of a number of basic models priced at 2 900 SEK (around €310), and also offers a number of models with a patina service.
Sites like Mr. Porter has laid the foundation for a new kind of online stores where editorial content is an important component to inform about their products in an inspiring way, get people back to the site more often, and ultimately get visitors to buy more. There are several online stores that have quite good editorial texts, and here I’m highlighting some who quite often writes about shoes.