The other day, our friend Justin FitzPatrick featured a pair of bespoke brogues that belong to our owner, Steven Taffel, on his blog. Read what he had to say:
A full brogue has a lot of hole punching on it. And it’s interesting to think that a model adopted from a shoe that used to let water go through, found in the marshlands of Scotland has become such a staple piece in dress footwear. And yet its funny that people will be afraid to wear a navy blue shoe yet will wear a shoe that has holes everywhere. Collective societal thinking is an interesting thing. But now you add even more brogueing on the facing of the shoe, make it burgundy and boom, you have the mother of all brogues as it just takes it that one step further yet adds the twist of a u-cap that really takes it to the top level. And while it is a lot of brogueing on one shoe, no one can deny its beauty. Now the question is are we going to see Mr. Steven Taffel, the proud owner of them (and shop Leffot), wearing them on his Instagram account??
Suede isn’t as delicate as you may have heard. In fact it’s quite resilient and easy to clean. We recommend Saphir’s Omni’nettoyant, which works like a shampoo for suede, working into a lather and cleaning deep into the nap. It’s strong enough to clean thoroughly but gentle enough not to damage the leather. It’s important to care for your shoes, and suede is no exception.
We’re excited to announce that we’ll be hosting a trunk show with Optimo hat company on October 14 and 15. Graham Thompson, owner, will be here for two days to take custom orders. We’ll also have stock on hand to purchase. Whether you’re new to hats or you’ve worn them for sixty years, you’ll be certain to find something special.
Optimo hats are without question some of the finest available. Using traditional hat-making techniques and felts made of all wild furs, their hats match the quality of the great hatters of fifty years ago. They work with their mills to create exclusive felts in new colors each year, as well as special blends like true silverbelly and melusine.
One particularly special aspect of Optimo’s hats is the sizing. In addition to traditional sizes, they offer three sizes between each size, as well as four different oval shapes for heads of different proportions. The combination of these two variables means that Optimo hats have an exceptional fit.
A wide variety of styles and swatches are available. Feel free to peruse the Optimo website for an idea of what they’ve made in the past. Anything is possible, so if you don’t see the perfect hat, it can always be made specially for you.
This trunk show is by appointment only. To make an appointment, or for more information, send us an email at email@example.com, or give us a call at (212) 989-4577.
A wise old gambler once said, “You gotta know when to hold ‘em, know when to fold ‘em.” Sage advice, no doubt, and exactly what our Fold wallets are all about.
These svelte sheaths are about as low tech as you can get: just a single piece of Horween shell cordovan, three folds, and voila — your cash is snugly secured in horse ass leather for safekeeping. Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.
This is the quintessential Corthay shoe: simple, sleek, and painstakingly detailed. The Arca is surprisingly versatile while remaining highly distinctive. Pair with with anything from a casual look to a suit and you will look sharper than ever.
Our summer sale is in full swing. You can find Quoddy moccasins and Borsalino hats for 50% off, plus a selection of Pantherella mid-calf socks. We’ve also added our selection of classic Church’s shoes to the sale at 30% off, as well as Edward Green’s iconic Westminster in black and brown calfskin. Shop our sale online or in our store at 10 Christopher Street.