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PRODUCTION UPDATE #5: WE'RE PUTTING THE FINISHING TOUCHES ON ALL THE SHOES

I'm happy to let you know today that all the shoes, boots, and sneakers are nearing completion and you'll have them on your feet very soon! Since my last update, our artisans have been working hard to craft each shoe and ensure they're looking great. Here's a quick run-down on what we've been up to: After all the leather was cut and stitched, the upers were wrapped around a mold called a last. The bottom is then 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 some Dean Oxfords at our factory on their lasts: After the shoes...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #4: EDWARD IS THE MAN BEHIND THE JANUARY CAMPAIGN

Right after a campaign ends, all the orders are collected, organized, and sent out to our factory in Bogotá, Colombia. When production begins, one person at the factory is chosen to oversee all the work. This is a job that rotates amongst our most experienced artisans as they're able to do all or most processes at the factory. The person who is overseeing production for the January campaign is Edward. I'd like to tell you a bit about him so you know more about the people who are directly responsible for all the beautiful items from this campaign. Edward is one of the most experienced shoemakers we know. He has an old school approach and is very attached to the traditional way of making shoes. He's the floor manager which is the person overseeing all processes to ensure guidelines are followed and tasks are done on time. He's also the person that receives all the...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #3: THE LEATHER IS BEING PREPARED AND CUT

Hello, I hope you're doing well! This is a quick update on the progress for the January campaign. Things are moving along smoothly and we're very happy with the results so far! As I told you in my last post, we received some amazing leather from our partner tannery in Argentina. To prepare the leather, we start by unrolling each hide to identify any flaws, scratches, thin spots, or other imperfections. After any problem areas have been identified and discarded, our leather workers start marking and cutting the leather by hand. This is always the first, and one of the most important steps to making any product from leather. It's more labor and time intensive, but we believe that cutting leather by hand results in a better looking products with more character. It also allows our artisans to maintain a higher level of detail as they're personally doing the work on each piece of leather,...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #2: WE'RE GETTING THE LEATHER READY

Production on the January 2018 campaign is now underway. It should come as 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...

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PRODUCTION UPDATE #1: WE'RE GETTING STARTED ON THE JANUARY CAMPAIGN!

  Hello, This is the first production update for the January 2018 Beckett Simonon campaign.Before I let you know what's going to be happening, 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 campaign's shoes, boots, 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 Domingo bags and Archer briefcases, will be made by our small team of experienced artisans in Bogotá,...

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