Today was one of the most fulfilling days I’ve had in Years. I spent all day at one of the amazing Factories that I’ll be using to produce my new Fall/Winter ’12’13 Read to Wear Shoe Collection. We are finishing the samples, taking care of all the last details, doing last minute adjustments and also trying some new things.
I haven’t learnt so much in so little time in a long long time. I was accompanied by non other that the Factory Owner. A Gentleman with 70 years experience in the shoe building business, I kid you not. Watching him work was inspirational. We can’t know everything about everything, Never! And today I got a lesson in humility from a Man that was building my shoes like they were their own. Yes! He was building my shoes. Adjusting the molds, cutting the leather, taking it in place, re adjusting it, measuring, all you can think of to produce an amazing result…
Here are some pics of the process in no particular order. We were doing almost 20 pairs at the same time… Enjoy and Share…
Just a little minor adjustment to the size of the loafer’s front.
Hand cutting the hide.
Doing the little serrated edge.
A Desert Boot in the making.
Will you just admire these two perfectly parallel stitching lines.
Holding a test Moccasin to the last, by hand obviously.
… and stretching it…
A few color samples.
The Cordovan hides. Brandy and Grey.
Black and Prugna … How cool are these! Vegetable tanned Cordovan, is a thing to love! lol … If you like this kind of things! AHAHAHAH….