Ep. 29 - Steven Taffel, Leffot, about the classic shoe scene in the US
Shoegazing Podcast
by Jesper Ingevaldsson
4M ago
For this episode, number 29, I visited the well-renowned shoe store Leffot in New York and talked to the founder and owner Steven Taffel. When the world entered the digital era, Leffot was one of the first influential multi-brand stores specialising in classic, mainly welted, men's shoes, and it has had a big impact both on its customer base and on other stores around the world that have been inspired by it. With Steven's long background in the business we went deep on the classic shoe industry in the US and how it has evolved and look to evolve going forward, but we also of course talked abou ..read more
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Ep. 28 - William Efe Laborde, about connecting historic shoemaking with the present
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
6M ago
In this episode, aim is to connect historic shoemaking with the present, and we do this together with William Efe Laborde. An independent bespoke shoemaker based in London, who has a huge interest in old shoes, tools and leathers which he both brings in to his own shoemaking, and as a side business he also refurbish and sell old vintage tools. Given that classic shoes in general use old traditional construction methods, of course a lot is similar in how shoes are made now compared to 100 years ago or so. But also a lot has changed. We talk about what was better back then than now, and also the ..read more
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Ep. 27 - Q&A Special nr. 2 with Daniel Wegan, Catella Shoemaker
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
9M ago
This is the second Q&A Special with Daniel Wegan, the first one was really popular, so we thought we'd do another round. For those who don't know, Daniel Wegan is a Swede who since many years live in the UK in Kettering, Northampton. He used to work for the bespoke department of Gaziano & Girling, but a few years ago he left to start his own brand Catella. Worth mentioning as well is that he won the World Championships of Shoemaking in 2019. We go through a bunch of topics in this episode, for example we talk about the differences between working at a bigger firm and running his own br ..read more
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Ep. 26 - Anders Sundström, Paul Brunngård, about the ingredients in shoe care products
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
1y ago
In this episode we will go all in on the nitty gritty of shoe care. We do this together with Anders Sundström, who has developed the new premium shoe care range Paul Brunngård, for the Swedish company with the same name. Paul Brunngård is the largest shoe care company in Scandinavia, but previously focus has been on more basic shoe care products and eco-friendly stuff. Now they wanted to develop their own range of premium products, a task given to the shoe care expert Anders Sundström. We will talk a bit about Anders background and his work with developing the nicely designed Paul Brunngård sh ..read more
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Ep. 21 - Emil Rahmana Putra, Winson / Midas, about the Indonesian boot and shoemaking scene
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
2y ago
In this episode we put the spotlight on the thriving boot and shoemaking scene in Indonesia, we do this together with Emil Rahmana Putra. He is the founder of the two brands Winson and Midas Bootmaker, where the first now is making the finest fully handmade dress shoes in the country, a true premium product of absolute top quality, while Midas focus on more affordable still excellent handmade Ready to Wear and Made to Order workwear boots. The company I work for, Skolyx, has been collaborating with Emil on a range of Ready to Wear Midas boots, and in recent years there are many around the worl ..read more
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Ep. 19 - Jacques Kress, Tanneries Haas, about calf leather tanning
Shoegazing Podcast
by Jesper Ingevaldsson
2y ago
For this episode I once again was able to sit down with the interviewee in person. A couple of weeks ago I travelled to Germany and France, and one of the stops was Tanneries Haas, one of the leading calf leather tanneries in Europe. Here I met Jacques Kress, Export manager and responsible for all the Tanneries Haas' clients from the shoe industry, who has a background as European agent for Allen Edmonds. In this conversation with Jacques we'll get to know the background of the famous tannery, we go through the process of chrome tanning and the rather special way they work with their customers ..read more
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Ep. 18 - André Simha, about collecting shoes
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson, Andre Simha
2y ago
In this episode we are meeting a proper shoe collector - André Simha, from Geneva, Switzerland. Known to many as andrel42 on Instagram, where he shows off his seriously impressive shoe collection, with around 300 pairs of welted shoes from literally all over the world. For over four decades he's had a big interest in classic shoes, and owns everything from the most famous brands down to very obscure new makers very few have heard of. We talk about what it is that drives him to continue to buy new shoes, discuss practical things like storage and shoe care, gets his experience of various shoemak ..read more
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Ep. 17 - Nicholas Templeman, about the experience ordering bespoke shoes
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
2y ago
This time we're going to go in-depth on the experience of ordering bespoke shoes, this from a bespoke shoemakers viewpoint. Nicholas Templeman is an independent bespoke maker based in London, England, who left his job at the legendary workshop of John Lobb to set up his own brand. He has a reputation of being very service-minded, going that extra length to make both the process and the final products something special for the clients. We talked a lot on the customer experience topic, but also about for example his journey into shoemaking, about pros and cons with traditional British ways of do ..read more
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Ep. 16 - Rezső Kuti, Vass Shoes, about handmade shoes from Hungary
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
3y ago
In this episode I talk with Rezső Kuti of the Hungarian brand Vass Shoes, certainly the most famous shoe brand of the country, who've been making hand welted fully handmade shoes since the 1970's. Rezső worked as Sales Manager for the company for about a decade and built up its internationally successful MTO programme, he then spent a couple of years as Factory Manager for Heinrich Dinkelacker's Budapest factory and started the brand Passus Shoes, before re-joining Vass as Sales Consultant about 1,5 years ago. We of course talk a lot about Vass, about the reasons for the brand's fame around th ..read more
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Ep. 15 - Leon Fan, Medallion Shoes, about succeeding in China
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by Jesper Ingevaldsson
3y ago
In this episode we meet Leon Fan, who together with Kevin Li founded the famous shoe store Medallion Shoes, now with two huge brick and mortar stores in Beijing and Shanghai in China. They have sort of become the Chinese equivalent to the Isetan Men's shoe department in Tokyo, Japan, in the way it's not only setting a big mark on the huge domestic market, but also internationally. This also goes for the brand of fully handmade Ready to Wear, Made to Order and bespoke shoes Acme Shoemaker, where Leon Fan also is a co-founder. We of course talked a lot about Medallion Shoes and how they have wor ..read more
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