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  1. Custom leather goods from GION

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    September 28, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    GION is an artisanal Hungarian leather goods maker founded by Peter Marton in 1979. I discovered the company while searching …
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  2. Antico Setificio Fiorentino

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    September 25, 2014 by Ville Raivio


  3. How a shoe should break

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    September 24, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Nick Horween (of the Chicago, Illinois Horweens) has kindly explained the basics of shoe break and the factors effecting leather …
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  4. Andy Warhol on mass production and equality

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    September 23, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “What’s great about this country is that America started the tradition where the richest consumers buy essentially the same things …
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  5. Interview with Andrew Livingston

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    September 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    VR: Your age and occupation? AL: I was born in 1962 and I am a fourth generation bespoke Tailor. VR: …
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  6. Stephen Lachter, Savile Row shirtmaker

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    September 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio


  7. Rare Shoes for Men

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    September 21, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Rare Shoes for Men is a German purveyor of rare or rarefied vintage shoes and watches for men. I chanced …
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  8. Interview with Jack Carlson of Rowing Blazers

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    September 19, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    VR: Your age and occupation? JC: I’m 27 years old. I’m an author, an archaeologist, and a member of the …
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  9. Brooks Brothers Centenary

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    September 19, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    Around one hundred years ago, the venerable Brooks Brothers turned one hundred. The company that launched a thousand #1 Sack …
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  10. Their vanity is greater than their misery

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    September 19, 2014 by Ville Raivio

    “‘You’re a gentleman, Chevalley, and I consider it a privilege to have met you; you are right in all you …
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