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Gaziano & Girling Trunk Show

You are cordially invited to join us Wednesday October 12th from 11am–7pm when Dean Girling presents Gaziano & Girling’s latest Ready to Wear and Bespoke collections along with their new and highly regarded Deco Range.

Dean Girling is recognized in the trade as an artist and craftsman of exceptional skill. As such, he is widely considered to be a craftsman’s craftsman.

These shoes are sophisticated, and stylish in colors that are rich and versatile, Gaziano & Girling’s mission is to create a bespoke aesthetic in a ready to wear shoe.

In his review for Permanent Style menswear journalist and footwear enthusiast Simon Crompton wrote.

“Tony and Dean’s shoes are not hard to like. Their joint passion for the design and construction of fine men’s shoes has produced some startling models and spurred an entire industry. But it’s really on a personal level that they inspire, which explains the lasting popularity of their shoes. Owning a pair of these shoes is one thing, having one made for you quite another.”

Deco Range








Deco Black Shoetrees






Pierre Corthay Trunk Show

You are cordially invited to join us Thursday June 2nd from 11am-7pm when Pierre Corthay presents Corthay’s latest Ready to Wear and Bespoke collections.

Pierre Corthay is arguably France’s most talented bespoke shoemaker he was awarded the honor of “Master of Art” by the government of France and creates shoes that are simply genius. The Master of Art designation of France, while not widely known in the States, is not bestowed lightly. In short, it means that the individual or firm is a cultural icon.

Pierre will be here to discuss Made to Order shoes and accept your Bespoke and Ready to Wear orders.

Trunk shows are a fantastic opportunity to see shoe samples first hand and ask questions directly to the manufacturer. Pierre will be happy to answer your footwear questions, and we will be happy to offer suggestions, and guidance.

The event is open to all; however we ask that you please contact us to schedule an appointment, this will help us to better serve you. We have already received a great deal of interest in this show we hope to see you there.



Leffot, is hosting the very first New York Trunk Show for London bespoke shoemakers, carréducker, on Saturday 9 May from 12-6 p.m.

The Carré and Ducker of carréducker – Deborah and James respectively – have an excellent shoemaking pedigree and an expertise and passion for their craft that is unsurpassed. Originally apprenticed to a master shoemaker for John Lobb Ltd., London, for the past ten years they have honed their skills and craftsmanship serving a coterie of private clients from Australia to LA. Self-confessed guardians of the handsewn shoemaking trade, the duo are also bringing their prestigious shoemaking school to New York – a rare opportunity where, over three weeks – with blood, sweat and tears – students hand craft a pair of shoes.
Like many successful design teams, carréducker perfectly complement one another. Deborah has a design and marketing background – she is a QEST* scholar with a first class Hons degree in fashion design and is a visiting lecturer at the University of the Arts London – and James has honed his expertise and craftsmanship in Barcelona and as a maker for John Lobb Ltd. It is this unique combination which, according to their customers, delivers an unparalleled attention to detail and gives their shoes a unique style; blending artisan skills with design expertise.

The carréducker Trunk Show is an exciting event for New York shoe connoisseurs, as Leffot owner, Steven Taffel explains, “This trunk show will not only give our customers a taste of an exciting new talent, but with shoemaking master classes being held throughout the day, an insight into the rarefied world of the craftsmen responsible for the shoes that they are so passionate about.”

“This event fits so well with our ethos. We believe that men are just as passionate about their shoes as women, but for them it is not just the fit and look of a pair of shoes, but the very creation of them that sets their hearts pounding. That’s why we carry only shoemaker brands, rather than designer brands, to offer West Village men an eclectic mix of the very best luxury men’s shoes around right on their doorstep.”


Steven Taffel, Leffot, 10 Christopher Street, New York, NY 10014 Tel: 212 989 4577 email:

Deborah & James, carréducker, London Tel: (00 44 (0)20 7813 0093

Editor’s notes:
* QEST – The Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) in London, England was established in 1990 to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Royal Warrant Holders Association and the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother. It makes awards ranging from £1,000 to £15,000 to British craftsmen and women of all ages to help them further their careers.

carréducker design shoes for discerning, style-savvy gentlemen – bespoke by appointment, bespoke essentials, limited edition and Winkers slippers – as well as a selection of exquisite accessories. They are based in Bloomsbury, London, England.

The G&G Trunk Show & Bespoke Shoes

I would like to thank everyone that attended the Gaziano & Girling trunk show for making it a huge success. There were some great looking new RTW styles, which I’ve posted before.

I would also like to thank Tony & Dean for spending the day with us I truly do appreciate their time spent here.

Now for a treat for those that weren’t here I would like to offer a view of the Bespoke* styles that were simply beautiful.

*All bespoke shoes must be ordered directly through Gaziano & Girling

The G&G Trunk Show Is Under Way

Tony Gaziano is here today and not only has he has brought samples of their RTW and bespoke shoes (always works of art) but he has also brought seven new MTO models with him.

They are from L to R: Nice, Chester, St James, Burlington, Westminster, Woburn, Kensington

Dean Girling will be joining us later this afternoon as he is arriving into New York today before starting his west coast trip.

I encourage you to stop by if you are in the NY area today the shoes look fantastic.

Gaziano & Girling Spring 2009 Trunk Show

We are pleased to inform you that Tony Gaziano will be presenting the G&G made-to-order and bespoke collections at Leffot on April 21st from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

Our past show with Dean Girling was quite a fun event for the true lover of fine footwear, and we anticipate this show to be equally as enjoyable.

The event is open to anyone, however we do ask that you please contact Leffot to schedule an appointment if you plan on attending. This will help us better serve you.

In case you haven’t been to a trunk show before it works like this. G&G will have “Sample” single shoes of which you can then choose the leather, color, last, soles and perhaps a few minor changes i.e. adding a medallion to a plain toe shoe for instance. Trunk shows provide an excellent opportunity to view many styles in hand as opposed to looking at them on line or in a catalog.

Once you decide on a particular pair a deposit is taken and the shoes go into production. The balance is paid when the shoes arrive. It’s very straightforward.

We have already begun to receive a great deal of interest in this show. You can contact me for an appointment at: or by phone at 212-989-4577.

We hope to see you there.