We are delighted to see our good friend, Mr. Jason Statham, looking incredibly sharp in his upcoming summer blockbuster "Spy". Throughout the film, Mr. Statham can be seen wearing a range of shoes by Cleverley including our "Oliver" model seen in special preview images from our friends at FOX.
The latest "Spy" trailer can be seen HERE
We at George Cleverley highly recommend seeing this film which is scheduled for release worldwide on June 9th, 2015.
This month we are proud to show you this unique pair of hand stitched derby shoes made from the exclusive green hatch grain cordovan hide made exclusively for us by Horween.
As I was going through our archives in search of some inspirations for a new design to introduce into our Ready To Wear collection, I put my hands on an old note written by George Cleverley himself in which he was explaining in details to his clients how to care for their bespoke shoes. His advises were word for word as stated below:
The Care of Your Shoes
This care involves mainly the manner in which shoes should be cleaned. If the correct method is used, then it will not only almost double the life of the shoes but will ensure that they look their best until literally worn out.
1. The leather should be thoroughly cleaned of dust or mud before any polish is applied. A slightly dam sponge or rag is best for this purpose.
2. Two types of polish should always be used - the wax polish which comes in a tin and the cream polish which comes in a jar.
3. NEVER apply either of the polishes with a brush. Always use a rag.
4. First apply the wax polish but not very much. Dab the rag onto the wax polish in the tin and work it gently into the leather with a circular motion. Don't use any pressure; only a light touch. Work one shoe all over with the wax polish and then do the same with the other shoe. Don't polish it off
5. Next, apply to the shoes the cream polish. Again, use only a small amount and work well in, in the same way as you've applied the wax polish.
6. Next, take a soft polishing brush and brush the shoes all over.
7. Finally, finish off the shoes with a soft polishing rag 0 we use a piece of old pyjama material which is not too fluffy.
Here are few hints on the care of the shoes:
1. Always put the trees in your shoes when you take them off and if possible, leave them in until your next wish to wear them.
2. When the soles are wet, lay the shoes on their sides to dry. But don't dry them near a heater or a fire, only a normal atmosphere.
3. If shoes have been cleaned incorrectly by having the polish but on with a brush, they will be covered with "dead" polish. This should be removed by using BENZENE.
N.B: Never use anything else for this purpose. Petrol, Methylated spirit, etc., will only ruin the leather. Benzene is a solvent. Put a little on some rag and gently rub it all over the shoes until all the "dead" polish has been removed. Don't use any pressure, simply smooth it over. Then allow the leather to dry out for a few hours before applying polish again in the correct way.
With the change of the clock this month we all can enjoy brighter morning and evening advising us that summer is on its way. Therefore we thought that it wasn't too early to start thinking about a suitable pair of shoes for the warmer days. After inspection of our bespoke workshop we found this beauty made from a very nice shade of medium brown suede. A beautiful derby shoe with rounded corners at the quarters to be in perfect coherence with the short wing hand rolled wing caps. With such a pair in one's wardrobe it is a great reason to be looking forward to the summer days.
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Many thanks to our friend and Cleverley client (since the 1960's), Mr. Michael Chow, for the kind words he has to say on his Cleverley shoe collection. CNN takes a look into Michel Chow's "humble home".
See video HERE
We at George Cleverley highly recommend visiting one Mr. Chow's fine restaurants which can be located HERE
We wanted to close this month of February with a classic butterfly style revisited by our Workshop Manager, Teemu Pekka Leppanen, who created what can be described as an imitation butterfly loafer. While a butterfly loafer has two layers of leather superposing each other to create the butterfly design, here the design is created out of one single band. Also the body of the shoe is maintained has one single piece of leather almost like a whole cut slip on. This shoe is embracing the George Cleverley ideal that handmade shoes can be elegant and also light .
The aficionados of bespoke will also appreciate the personalisation of the shoes with the initials of the wearing engraved on the wooden shoe trees but also hand nailed under the waist of the shoes. Another ideal of Cleverley which is expressing uniqueness and exclusivity but discreetly.
Also the black pigskin, which was one of Anthony Cleverley's favourite hide, provide with its patern an interesting charactere to the overal style.
George Cleverley's CEO, Mr. George Glasgow Jr, was in Los Angeles last weekend to attend the legendary Vanity Fair Oscars Party. This year the event was held in Beverly Hills at the Wallis Annenberg Center at a brand-new custom-designed space connected to City Hall. Vanity Fair's editor, Mr. Graydon Carter - a man who needs no other introduction hosted his guests in the most fabulous manner.
There were several pairs of Cleverley shoes worn on the evening by well dress gentleman which included: Mr. Graydon Carter, Mr. Jason Statham, Mr. Brett Ratner to name a few……
Congratulations to all of the academy awards winners and special thank you to the delightful host, Mr. Graydon Carter.
Until next year.....
George Glasgow Jr