2014 EXOTIC ACCESSORIES LINE by Pierre Balesi
5th April 2014
2014 EXOTIC ACCESSORIES LINE

We are very pleased to introduce you to our 2014 Exotic Accessories Line now available in our London store. Each items are individually crafted by hand from the most exquisite leathers.We also offer a Made To Order service allowing our clients to acquire a product perfectly fitted to their indivudal needs with a wide selection of exotic leathers and colours.

For more information please feel free to contact me directly at pierre@gjcleverley.co.uk.

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BESPOKE SHOE OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2014 by Teemu Pekka Leppanen
3rd April 2014
BESPOKE SHOE OF THE MONTH - MARCH 2014

The now classic "Churchill" model takes it's name from the first customer it was created for.

His idea of a shoe and it's fit was very similar to that of George Cleverleys. George loved making elastic sided shoes for the comfort they offer without losing any of their sharpness in the style stakes.
George would always look for the shoes to have a  glove like fit. The  shoes ought to be felt all around your  feet, but at the same time they should not be uncomfortable. A close fit is the key to it. The close fit will give you a very elegant silhouette to the shoes without losing out on the comfort. Mainly because the last is based on your feet and their measurements and imitating the contours of your feet. This will allow the shoes to be very close, but not too close to your feet.

This model was made in Antique Bordeaux Calf, which subtly will brings out a different shade of brown and black once observed in different lighting circumstances. A special leather we developed for more casual models of shoes. And in my mind this combination complements style and the material in a unique way.

Please note in the more detailed observation, how beautifully the leather will highlight the punching on its upper.
Therefore this model is a great way to showcase sublime material supremacy with outstanding craftsmanship.
The ultimate shoe for extreme comfort with better shod look.

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ANGELENO MAGAZINE by George Glasgow Jr
27th March 2014
ANGELENO MAGAZINE

Many thanks to Angeleno in Los Angeles for the April, 2014 feature "Men of Style" on George Glasgow Jr.

Tags: Press
BESPOKE SHOE OF THE MONTH - FEB 14 by Teemu Pekka Leppanen
6th March 2014
BESPOKE SHOE OF THE MONTH - FEB 14

This boot was an interesting project. The boot itself started from a customer, that requested a smart whole-cut walking boot for use in urban environment. But true to the tradition the construction and the materials of the boot are based on the very boot, that Edmund Hillary climbed The Mount Everest. Luckily I was able to liaise with the esteemed company, that built the said boots.
The construction of the boot is traditional Austro-Hungarian Goyser stitched method, that on its own right will guarantee double waterproofing for the soles. Teamed up with a nice heavy piece of best quality baby calf. And the lining of the boots in natural baby calf and interlined with natural felt material to give the quarters their rigidity. All of the above will ensure a great boot ,that is as comfortable to wear as it's able cope with most terrain, that you throw at it.

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Tags: BSTM, Boots
WORKSHOP SECRET - SKYVING OFF by Benjamin Hunt
18th February 2014
WORKSHOP SECRET - SKYVING OFF

One of the first things for a shoemaker's apprentice to master is skiving. It's one of the staple skills used across all parts of the process, from last making through to closing and finishing. Skiving is the technique of thinning down the leather, making it easier to work and reducing bulk by allowing two pieces of leather to sit on top of each other, flush - vital if you're constructing a shoe from so many different components.

With factory made, 'bench-made' shoes the leather is skived using machines, but for our handmade bespoke shoes this is done as it was hundreds, if not thousands, of years ago, using no more than a deft hand, a sharp knife and a piece of marble or glass. Mastering this takes some time, it's a delicate balance of holding the knife at the right angle and applying just the right amount of pressure - too much and you'll slice through the face of the leather - in the early days of an apprenticeship there's a lot more slicing than skiving!

At Cleverley's we use many different types of leather, tanned in many different ways and you have to develop an understanding of each one: Kidskins, often used for lining shoes, are very light and flexible, which can play havoc under your knife as it dances about under the blade. Box calf is heavier and puts up a bit of a fight. Russian leather - a dream - the knife glides right through it  - there's more than one reason why the 18th century leatherworkers considered it to be the finest in the land!

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Tags: WS, Skyving
BESPOKE SHOES OF THE MONTH - JAN 14 by George Glasgow Jr
31st January 2014
BESPOKE SHOES OF THE MONTH - JAN 14

 Direct from our London workshop is this unique double monk strap shoe made in tan alligator.  Made for our stylish friend in Texas, this special shoe has received our new "blackening" technique by our very own Mr. Adam Law.  This process is achieved entirely by hand with several layers of polish being applied over a 3 / 4 week period.  This unique finish is something which is possible only when applied by hand and gives a beautiful patina which shall age superbly.  Both the before and after photos have been taken on our workbench to give you full appreciation of the craftsmanship.

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HEAVY WEIGHT SHOE TREES by Adam Law
22nd January 2014
HEAVY WEIGHT SHOE TREES

I'm sure I don't need to remind you how wonderful shoe trees are and how their use will keep your shoes in excellent condition. However recently I've been asked by several customers what the bespoke trees are made of and how are they so lightweight? Well, the wood in question is Obeche, a hard fibrous tree from the palm family. Found in Africa this impressive tree stands tall and lean with a high crown. With an impressive strength to weight ratio, this light wood is great to shape up into the bespoke lasted trees, perfect for each individual pair. You'll also notice a hole through the shoe tree, this acts to reduce weight even further and also to circulate airflow. All in all designed to keep your Cleverley's in perfect condition. Obeche is also used to make gun butts and guitars- Fender of Japan have even produced limited edition guitars with this special wood, so it's truly punching above its weight.

BESPOKE SHOES OF THE WEEK XL by Teemu Pekka Leppanen
27th December 2013
BESPOKE SHOES OF THE WEEK XL

I hope you all had a great Christmas and are really looking forward to the New Year!
And I think what a better way to look into  The New Year than to feature one of the stars of the current year.
The Russian Hides popularity was unprecedented in the year 2013, in small leather goods as in shoes. And also we saw many a new inventive designs that you came up with.
But just for this feature I'd like to champion one of the original styles of the Russian hide. I've always been a big fan of  giving the material a chance to speak for itself. Keeping the design relatively plain and classic gives more focus for the material to be the centre of attention.
On this particular model one can see all the beautiful variations of shades and the colour on the skin, from lovely light honey colour to the darker depths of brown colours. Also the beautiful variation in hand printed cross hatching is in clear view on this model.
I know this model will be a very special pair for its owner. He will look after this model particularly well and in return it will only look better with age with all the wear and patina on it. Happy New Year To You All Into The New Year 2014!

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