KINGSMAN by George Cleverley
We are extremely pleased to announce KINGSMAN by George Cleverley. A new brand for the modern gentleman, available exclusively on MR PORTER in January 2015. Kingsman: The Secret Service isn't just a movie that reinvigorates the spy genre; it also injects new life into the classic British gentleman's wardrobe. MR PORTER has worked in concert with director Matthew Vaughn, costume designer Arianne Phillips, and a dream team of British heritage brands to create a new menswear label that refreshes that wardrobe. George Glasgow, Jr. is proud to have worked with MR PORTER's Buying Director, Toby Bateman, from the start to create an exclusive range of shoes which are worn exclusively in the movie. Kingsman: The Secret Service opens in cinemas worldwide from 29 January 2015.
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About the movie: Based on the Mark Millar and David Gibbons' graphic novel and directed by Matthew Vaughn (Kick-Ass; X-Men: First Class), Kingsman: The Secret Service tells the story of a super-secret spy organisation that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training programme - just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. The all-star cast includes Colin Firth, Mark Strong and Samuel L Jackson.
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For this November edition of the Bespoke Shoe of The Month I am glad to present to you in exclusivity a brand new bespoke style created by our Workshop Manager, Teemu Leppanen.
A combination of two leathers, pigskin and suede, as well as a combination of two styles, tassel loafers and casual loafers, for the best result. The distinctively high tongue surely helps in enhancing the sharpness of the chisel toe and the substantial character of the shoe.
The toe cap and back counters are two pieces of leather sawn to one another totally by hand. No machines will be able to reproduce such a fine piece of work, even the vintage hand activated one present in our workshop. The success in this stitching technique doesn't only lay in the sewing skills of the Closer but also in its ability to create its own sewing thread, which here will have to be a three cords hand waxed linen thread.
Also you will notice that the back counters were created without seams at the back so the the stitching work can be smoothly done from one side of the heel to the other.
Beautiful pair of double monk shoes made for a client and friend in Australia. Based on a new double monk style developped recently by our bespoke workshop this shoe perfectly illustrate how one can dress casually while remaining sharp and elegant. The shoe is made from our antique whiskey calf a leather with strong character and depth showing to the others around that the wearer has something unique on his feet. A great addition are the antique brass buckles which here almost look like they were created specially for this shoe as the combination work so well. For those of you not keen on brass antique buckles please be reassured that our bespoke workshop offer more than fifteen different buckle finishes.
A most appealing aspect of bespoke shoes is how they reflect their owners through personalised design. A key factor can be finding a unique material to create them with.
As seen in previous shoe of the week posts, there are now more speciality leathers available in the quality required for mens bespoke. From Stingray with a ground-down finish adding a new dimension to this established material, to the grained Horween cordovan (not widely available) which can also be used in new colours.
This example shows how a unique colour- the No.2 ruby, can be tanned upon request, to have something totally individual. The pictures show how perfectly the colour and style match forming a beautiful and distinctive shoe.
The new green grained Horween cordovan we recently acquired would make an amazing country shoe or could be teamed up with white calf for a unique corespondent style.
For 2015 we are also working on a new antique blue to sit with our range of antique whiskey, bourbon and bordeaux, maybe in the spirit of things it will make a nod to a good blue gin.......
This style of casuals is very traditional and has already appeared on Club Cleverley but we thought the use of an anthracite grey crocodile hide for the making of this shoe was a great combination. Here can be seen how important the role of the Cutter is in the overall quality and look of the shoes. If you pay close attention you will see how the pattern on the sides of the shoes was cut to perfectly match with the upper front of the shoe called the apron. The later is a demonstration of the high level of skills of the Closer who's the craftsman responsible for stitching every pieces of the shoe together (see close up picture).
You might have recognised the leather, the now famously known 1786 Russian hide, this unique leather found into the wreck of the Metta Catharina after more than 200 years of rest at the bottom of the sea. The hide express its very own character through its unique pattern and shade while the master shoemaker left the mark of his high skilled handwork through the raised hand-sewn facings and back counters that no machine would be able to equal.
Our Made To Order service on our Anthony Cleverley range allow our clients to have their favourite Anthony Cleverley style crafted in the leather & colour of their choice while adding some twist on the design like the addition of a brogue design for example. The pictures of this article present you with two styles made specially for a client in Miami.
For those of you with a particular affection toward exotic hides we always offer a selection of Alligator hides (see link below).
First introduction in Club Cleverley of the Nubuck finish alligator hide. Following a unique process each alligator skins are specially treated to obtain a "nubuck"finish. Not only the look becomes more subtle and soft but also the feel and the wear of the hide. This bespoke pair of elastic sided shoes can compete with no shame against any other suede shoes in terms of comfort and softness while imposing a much stronger character.