It has been a busy week at Gieves & Hawkes and unusually for us, we have been somewhat in the spotlight!
We are always thrilled for our shoes and the craft to get attention and praise – from press and customers alike…but James and I have both been shy about too much personal attention. We knew that things might change when we moved into the ‘goldfish bowl’ – (until then, we had only ever made shoes in our workshop here at Cockpit Arts or at trunk shows – remember James in the window at Leffot in New York?) – so making shoes here is helping us to overcome our shyness.
It’s to be expected and is certainly welcome. I’ve always believed that choosing someone involved in creating your style – whether it is your tailor, hairdresser or shoemaker – is as much about a meeting of minds as about the product. So we are quite unusual I guess, in that we are both the business partners and the actual shoe makers – yes, James and I actually do the making. So for customers, the ‘goldfish bowl’ really is a special opportunity to not only meet the people who actually make your shoes, but to to see them at work and to talk to them about what you are looking for.
Anyway, back to all this attention…as you know from James’ distracted blogging last week his photo now graces the entrance on Vigo street… but this week, as well as enjoying showing our craft to the owners of Gieves & Hawkes… (and evading the ‘paps’ hanging around looking for – related shots) we both had our portraits taken (yes you may actually get to see what The Other One looks like), we have our fabulous Snob Loafers in GQ and we celebrated the launch of Crafted YR2 generously hosted by Gieves & Hawkes.
The shoes on show in GQ (see above) is one of the series that we are producing especially with Gieves & Hawkes and is the ultimate luxury – a tasseled loafer in sumptuous matte crocodile with a Tyrian (royal) purple lining. It sits proudly in the G&H window on Savile Row alongside our Campaign Boot (in soft English grain and Gieves’ military twill). The Snobs truly have arrived on the Row!
Watch for regular posts from our fantastic duo, our own ”Two Snobs on the Row.” Please contact our No 1 Savile Row Flagship store to book an appointment with carréducker. Prices start at £2,670 for a work of art that will indeed last a lifetime.