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I was in sore need of a new watchband recently, which is one of the reasons that I was glad to see Nick Gabarro. I should say more glad than usual, we like Nick, and try not to appear too self-serving when possible… Metal bracelets on watches, while arguably dressier for some, have never been a preference of mine. They can be clunky, noisy, and potentially destructive to cuffs and keyboards alike.
The last post featured a picture of some old longwings that generated a fair amount of questions regarding patina, polishing, and the general care of Shell Cordovan. Maybe I should say re-generated, as we do get a fair amount of inquiries on the subject. In response, this will be the first in (at least) a three part series addressing these topics (and we’ll get on to something other than just shoes in the future – so if shoes aren’t your thing don’t give up on us).
Someone had recently asked if there was “a way to make shoes patina faster?
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.