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PRODUCTION UPDATE #5: WE'RE CLOSE TO FINISHING UP

Production is moving forward very nicely for the December campaign and I'm happy to tell you that the wait is nearly over! If you ordered dress shoes, boots, or bags, production is now in its final stages (all sneakers are finished and have been sent out). In my last post, I told you that your shoes were being lasted and readied to get their soles and heels. Most shoes have had their soles stitched on and are moving on to getting their heel stacks attached and nailed. As you may know, there are many different ways to attach the soles to the uppers. Low quality shoes are usually cemented (glued together) and may even feature faux stitching to make it look like they were stitched. This is a sign of a shoe that isn't made well and where the manufacturer has put production costs and speed ahead of quality. All our shoes are stitched using the...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #4: ALL THE ITEMS ARE COMING TOGETHER

I'm happy to let you know that production is continuing to move forward on all the items from the December 2017 campaign. For the shoes, this means the uppers have been stitched and lasted. Below is a photo of some of the Dean Oxford uppers from this campaign after stitching: After the stitching process, the leather uppers are wrapped around a foot shaped mold called a last. The bottom is tacked to the mold and the leather is heated. After they have cooled down, the leather will retain its shape. Mass-produced shoes normally stay on the last for just a few hours whereas we keep them on for a couple days. This takes more time but makes a big difference in the structural integrity of the shoe, as well as comfort over time. Here are couple Oxfords shoes at the factory on the last: The next step is to remove...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #3: A BIT ABOUT STEPHANIE, THE PERSON OVERSEEING THE DECEMBER CAMPAIGN

When one of our monthly campaigns comes to an end, each of the orders are collected, organized, and sent out to our factory in Bogotá, Colombia. When production is set to begin, one person at the factory takes on the role of overseeing all the work. This is a job that rotates amongst our most experienced artisans as they're skilled in all or most processes at the factory. The person who is overseeing production for the December campaign is Stephanie. I'd like to tell you a bit about her so you know more about the people who are directly responsible for making the items you'll soon be enjoying. Stephanie generally works in the finishing room which is where every product goes to make sure it looks perfect. When the finished items come to her, she helps to make sure all shoes are properly laced, shined, and packed up. Previously, she worked in the sewing station but likes her current position...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #2: THE LEATHER IS READY

Production on the December 2017 campaign is now underway. It should be no surprise that, for us, the most important material needed is leather. That's why each item from the campaign will be handcrafted from beautiful full grain leather from Argentina (with the exception of the Alba sneakers, which will be made from full grain leather from an Italian tannery). When choosing our leather, the only acceptable level of quality is full grain calfskin.Full grain means that the outermost layer of the skin is left with the original pores intact. No artificial correction such as buffing or sanding is used. Most importantly, no synthetic layers are applied to cover up imperfections or poorly-tanned hides.When leather is categorized as full grain leather, it means that it preserves the natural layer containing the higher pore density where fibers are tighter and more flexible. This means the leather has more structural stability than lower-quality corrected leathers, resulting in products that...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #1: WE'RE GETTING TO WORK

Hello, This is the first production update for the December 2017 campaign.Before I let you know what we're going to be doing, I want to thank you for joining the campaign and our community of people who appreciate great style and craftsmanship! It really means a lot to us.As production moves forward for all the items in the campaign (shoes, sneakers, and bags), I’ll be keeping you updated here on this blog. Whenever I have something to tell you about the production process for your item(s), I’ll send you a quick email letting you know.We’ve now collected all the orders and sent them to the factories to start production. For the Alba sneakers, this is a partner factory in Portugal with a long history of making spectacular leather sneakers. The dress shoes and boots, as well as the Dalton satchels and Domingo bags, will be made by our small team of experienced artisans in Bogotá, Colombia.We’re...

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