Friday, October 30, 2009

JOHN LOBB 2009 LIMITED EDITION SHOE DEBUTS





















BLANCPAIN BOUTIQUE

781 MADISON AVENUE (Between 66/67th Streets), NYC

October 29th 2009

Words, Images Judith Ecochard


The handsome wood paneled boutique for haute horologists BLANCPAIN…was jam packed last night- with a well attired crowd of watch enthusiasts--- who of course ---arrived punctually.

The finest of timepieces played host for another luxury accessories collection -John Lobb ---that included a fascinating demonstration on the construction MO that composes the dapper Limited Edition 2009 shoe--- by Paul Wilson, John Lobb’s bespoke shoemaker.

We had met the talented and steady handed über cobbler at last season’s Fall 2009 editorial preview…so we knew we were going to get an education on just what makes the John Lobb 2009 Limited Edition so special.

“The upper is made from one piece of leather, with one seam!” Wilson pointed out.
He showed us (via a rubber prototype) just how the leather is cut, folded akin to fine art of origami, with the soles and all leather linings laboriously hand attached, and then eye catching contrast hand stitches sewn in… finished with a hand ‘polished to perfection’ glow.




























And we are sure we skipped a few crucial steps…in what is really couture for the feet.

























Available in three shades of black (with hints of brown, burgundy, navy), this RTW masterpiece is a classic addition to any man’s wardrobe.

INFO: JOHN LOBB

BLANCPAIN