Journal / Leffot

Hiro Yanagimachi Trunk Show, May 13 and 14

You are cordially invited to join us on May 13 and 14 for Hiro Yanagimachi’s first North American trunk show. He will be taking orders for made-to-order and made-to-measure. A variety of samples will be on hand, as well as fitting shoes so you can determine your size.

Hiro offers a line with machine-stitched soles, as well as a fully handmade line. You’ll be able to create a shoe from over 45 models and 50 leathers. Fit and pattern modifications are also available. For more information about his offerings, as well as pricing, see this post on his website.

Since 1999, Hiro has been making hand-welted bespoke shoes in the English tradition. Trained at the London Cordwainers College, he learned the techniques and culture of bespoke shoemaking at places such as John Lobb.

In 2012 he began offering a made-to-order line, and until recently has focused on making shoes for local customers in Japan. This trunk show will be the first time he’s offered his MTO and MTM program to the North American market.

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Saint Crispin’s 535 Oxford

Once again Saint Crispin’s takes a classic style and makes it their own. The sweeping lines of the 535 Oxford give it an elegance to match the Russian Reindeer calf from which it’s made. This is a classic shoe, but it’s far from boring.

Classic Last, RUS 075, Wood Pegged Soles

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Kreis x Leffot Bleecker Belt now available in black shell cordovan

Our popular Kreis x Leffot Bleecker Belt is now available in black shell cordovan. It’s made of three pieces of shell for the perfect match to your longwings or plain toe bluchers.

We’ve also received a restock of the belt in color 8. There aren’t many shell belts around these days, and Kreis makes them as good as they get.

Bleecker Belt, Black or Color 8 Shell Cordovan, 35mm Wide, Brushed Nickel Buckle

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Saint Crispin’s Trunk Show, April 25 and 26

You are cordially invited to join us for a trunk show with Saint Crispin’s on April 25 and 26 from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Mr. Phillip Car, Managing Director of Saint Crispin’s, will be here to present the collection.

Founded in 1992, Saint Crispin’s is recognized as a leader in design and craftsmanship of fine European footwear. As such, they work only with very fine selected partners around the world.

Headquartered in Austria and made in Romania, all Saint Crispin’s shoes are handcrafted by a small team of artisans, craftsmen and women. Their shoes are quite possibly as close to a bespoke fit as you will find in a ready to wear shoe. And while that may sound like a big statement, in our opinion these shoes are top flight all the way.

The attention to detail is evident in all aspects of the shoes, not least of which is the fit. Saint Crispin’s designs their shoes with human engineering in mind. The heels are canted, which is the outside of the heel is slightly lower than the inside, as is the top line under the ankles, thus cradling the natural resting position of your foot.

The same attention to design goes into the styling of the shoes as well. Saint Crispin’s shoes are some of the most unique shoes produced, full of individualism and character.

The company’s business model is based on custom shoe orders, as such you will be offered a wide variety of models, leathers and fits including individualized lasts. Your shoes will be delivered to you in approximately 8-10 weeks.

We encourage you to take advantage of this special opportunity to meet Phillip Car and check out his extraordinary collection of shoes.

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Bespoke Brogues by Dimitri Gomez

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??

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Thomas Riemer unlined gloves for spring

Thomas Riemer gloves are handmade and handcrafted in the Riemer workshop in Vienna, where they’ve been making gloves since 1845. They are the oldest glovemaker in Vienna, and use only the finest skins, hand-selecting each with meticulous care for the finest quality and construction.

Peccary is a wild boar leather that provides exceptional quality. It is valued for its extreme softness while also being very tough, which means that these unlined gloves will keep you warm for years to come.

Available in Black, Cognac, Dark Brown, Kiesel, and Mais Peccary

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