Category Archives: Visits

Back to Bologna

Next week we’ll be headed back to Bologna to attend Lineapelle.  We go over every October to show what we’ve been working on over the past year.  We’ll be in Hall 22, at our agents booth (Brizzi Agenzie).

In the past we’ve been able to catch up with customers and friends alike.  This year, we will sadly miss seeing our friend, the artisan, Stefano Bemer, who passed away earlier this year.

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Stefano B.

Back in October, before we visited Lineapelle, we were able to make a quick stopover in Florence.  We walked.  A lot.

For at least part of the day, we actually knew where we were going, and that was to visit the shops owned and operated by Stefano Bemer.

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Through the Lens

Photos by David Oppenheimer

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Made in Maine

We recently visited Rancourt and Company in Lewiston – I snapped a few photos to show just how much skill and time it takes to make great handsewn shoes.

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Alden Shoe Shop | 344 Madison Avenue

On a recent trip to New York City, I made sure to leave enough time to stop by the Alden Shoe Store on Madison Avenue (@44th street).  I get so used to seeing the raw material on a daily basis that it’s really great to see a room full of finished product from time to time.  With burgundy, the loafer, and hand-sewn deck shoes enjoying a revival, the store on Madison is a viable option for choices of all three.  They also had a nice stock of some of the browns and lighter colors – whiskey, cigar, and ravello.

Alden Shoe Shop

The Alden Shoe Shop of New York

A few of the choices available in whiskey shell cordovan.

A few of the choices available in whiskey shell cordovan.

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Ada, Ohio – Where Footballs are Born

We recently made a trip out to Wilson Sporting Goods’ football factory in Ada, Ohio.  It’s a great facility run by some equally great people.  The facility and the crafters there are quite unassuming in my approximation, but you can’t argue with their product.  Their sewing and lacing are pretty much unbeatable.  I snapped a few photos while I was there, here are some highlights…

Blue sky, white roof, and the red, white and blue.

Blue sky, white roof, and the red, white and blue.

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