A classic full brogue style constructed with elastic gussets at the sides and the imitation lacing, two iconic features of George Cleverley, made from chocolate nubuck alligatore hides.
We are extremely proud to announce that GEORGE CLEVERLEY is now available at SELFRIDGES in London. Selfridges was founded by Harry Gordon Selfridge and opened on March 15th, 1909. The flagship store on London’s Oxford Street is the second largest shop in the UK. Cleverley will have over 22 styles available in varies colours, making our offering the largest of any British shoe brand.
Please feel free to stop by and view the collection in person.
George Cleverley's Chairman, Mr. George Glasgow Snr & 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 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.
Congratulations to all of the academy awards winners and special thank you to the delightful host, Mr. Graydon Carter.
Until next year.....
For this month we are proud to present you with this beautiful single monk shoe featuring a Cleverley imitation wing cap design hand punched on the single piece of leather forming the forepart of the shoe. This allows for the shoe to bear a classic full brogue look while being much lighter on the foot (no superposition of leather) and to the eyes. Then in order to make the shoe more discreet the client specially requested for the buckle to be fully wrapped in leather. The buckle then disappear in this beautiful landscape of antique calf.
We will start the Bespoke Shoe of The Month 2016 series with this classic pair of 3-Tie derby shoe made from Kudu hide. Kudu is a massive and elegant antelope from South Africa renewed for its long & spiral horns, which can grow as long as 72inches. There are two subspecies of Kudu: the greater kudu (Tragelaphus strepsiceros) and the lesser kudu (Tragelaphus imberbis), both have stripes and spots on the body with a chevron of white hair between the eyes.
Kudu hide is appreciated for its particular pattern. Each hides also feature multiple scars caused by the rustic bush habitat of these antelope types giving an even more unique charactere to its leather. We particularly like the use of the Kudu hide on this very classic 3-tie derby style bringing a casual twist to a rather formal shoe.
A svelte, decoratively laced moccasin, one of the most elegant models purveyed by Britain’s finest bespoke shoemaker, GJ Cleverley, is named the De Redé. The shoe is thus dubbed in honour of the subject we address herein — a gifted investor, decorator and host named Baron Alexis De Redé.
The most prolific, voracious consumer of Cleverleys’ wares ever, De Redé is said to have commissioned roughly 500 pairs from the shoemaker over the course of his life. “There was never really a moment when there wasn’t at least one pair being made for him in the shop,” Cleverleys chief George Glasgow once told me, as I admired one of several pairs of De Redé’s shoes that remain in the shoemaker’s possession. Of course, it isn’t merely De Redé’s passion for fine British footwear that wins his position here. This remarkable individual possessed myriad rakish qualities. Not least, extravagant, exquisite taste.
Born into a prosperous Swiss banking family, De Redé attended elite école Le Rosey, where his classmates included Prince Rainier of Monaco and the future Shah of Persia. His mother had died when he was aged nine, and hitting financial dire straits, his father committed suicide in 1939, leaving De Redé and his siblings in drastically reduced circumstances, with a relatively meager life insurance allowance to live on.
Seeking new opportunities, the dashingly handsome 18-year-old De Redé decamped for New York, where he caught the eye of a vastly wealthy Chilean guano tycoon, Arturo Lopez-Wilshaw. There began a relationship that would continue until Lopez’s death in 1962, De Redé residing in an unconventional, if terribly civilized ménage with the tycoon and his wife at a series of stunning properties across Europe, most notably a grand apartment at the Hotel Lambert on Ile St Louis, which De Redé transformed into a lavish, elegant venue for entertaining the Parisian haute monde at dinners and balls that remain the stuff of legend. (With the help of great friends Marie-Helene and Baron Guy de Rothschild, De Redé would eventually take over the Lambert in its entirety, and would be appointed Commandeur des Arts et Lettres in recognition of its restoration.)
Bequeathed half Lopez’s fortune, which he had already displayed a knack for managing, De Redé proved equally as astute an investor as he was a decorator and host, parlaying his inheritance into a sum that would keep him comfortably ensconced in the lap of luxury — and handsomely shod in Cleverley footwear — until his death in 2004.
When a man visits George Cleverley for a pair of custom-made shoes, the first step is the last. The measurements of his feet are taken, and two models are carved out of wood to form a sort of three-dimensional blueprint for his shoes. When the shoes are complete, these wooden models – known as lasts – are archived for future use in a room above the workshop in London’s Royal Arcade. This last room is a peculiar place; cramped, dark and heady with the scent of cedarwood and leather. Everywhere you look, wooden replicas of the feet of customers past and present dangle from the walls like strange fruit. Each pair is carefully labelled, and as you push deeper into the room you might bump into one of the brand’s illustrious roll-call of former clients.
The reputation of Mr George Cleverley as a shoemaker to the great and the good is well documented. Having learnt his craft at the renowned Mayfair shoemaker Tuczek of Clifford Street, Mr Cleverley opened his own business in 1958, working until his death in 1991. Many a star of stage and screen has passed through these doors over the past half a century, not to mention politicians and even royalty. If you were so inclined, you could probably find the footprints of many of the same men in the cement outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood. But this room is no museum, and its contents are treated with little veneration. As Mr George Glasgow, 64, the managing director of George Cleverley puts it, “These are practical objects. They’re made to serve a purpose.” In reality, though, the practical purpose of many of these lasts expired a long time ago – often along with the customers themselves. Mr Glasgow admits that many of them even pre-date him, and he joined the company in the 1970s.
With space in central London at a premium, many of the older, disused lasts are currently being shipped out of the city. With no archival process to speak of, they face the likely prospect of slipping into obscurity or being lost altogether. According to Mr Glasgow, the lasts of men such as Sir Winston Churchill have already been placed in storage. With that in mind, we thought it might be an excellent time to have a look around and see what we could find. We’re not sentimental at MR PORTER; we just like a good story. As luck would have it, Mr Glasgow has a few of those up his sleeve.
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Medium grey suede pair of chukka boots made for a client in Los Angeles. The chukka boots has always been well appreciated by our clients as it offers a wide range of possibilities in terms of wear from smart attire to more casual look.