Now that it's February, we're finishing up all the items from the November campaign to send out to you. Before I get to the shipping details, I want to let you know about the progress we've made and what's left to be done.
Since my last update, our artisans have been working away at assembling all the shoes, jackets, and bags. Here is the progress so far:
Dress shoes and boots
As I told you in a previous post, we were working on cutting and stitching the leather uppers for all the shoes and boots. After the uppers were stitched, they were heated and put into a foot-shaped mold called a last to give them their shape. A low quality pair of shoes will stay on the last for a couple hours, at most. This allows the factory to save money by making more shoes in less time but it also means a weaker upper with less structure. This is one of the significant differences between low quality leather shoes and a high quality pair. We always ensure our shoes stay on the last for a couple days to give them extra strength and a better shape.
If you’ve ever had shoes that felt and looked like they lost their shape over time, they likely didn't have enough time on the last.
After lasting, the soles are stitched to the uppers and the heel stacks are nailed on. This is the process we're currently working on now. Here are a couple videos from our workshop showing this process:
All shoes will be shipping on time and you'll receive them in mid February. As soon as they're sent out from our warehouse in Miami, you'll receive a tracking number via email or Messenger letting you know exactly when they'll arrive.
Many of the processes above are the same for the Alba sneakers. However, the soles require a different process. Rather than being Blake stitched, a side stitch method is used to attach the rubber soles. This results in a sneaker that is much more durable, will last longer, and is more comfortable than sneakers that are simply cemented (often with fake stitching).
We're in the process of finishing this process up and will be done very soon. Once they're finished, they will also get a round of quality control before being sent out.
All sneakers will be shipping soon and you'll receive your tracking number by the middle of this month at the latest.
Gaston messenger bags and Franco jackets
Stitching is continuing on all the Gaston bags and Franco jackets. Because both items are made from large pieces of leather, cutting and stitching can be a complicated process.
However, our artisans are doing a great job and most of the leather has now been stitched. The next step is to stitch the linings and hardware such as zippers and rivets.
If you ordered the Franco jacket with a pair of shoes, the two will likely ship separately as we're on track to ship them a little later than the shoes.
As always, if you have any questions or would like additional information, just leave a comment below or send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll be happy to help out.