We are really excited about the trip. Chicago, where he is at the moment, is a new City for us but we already have two clients to see for fittings and many more new bespoke tailoring customers to meet and to introduce to the wonderful world of bespoke shoes. Timing was everything getting ready for the trip and we are really fortunate to have some very good suppliers...trees turned up, our new rubber sole samples arrived and, sighs of relief all around, the boxes of bespoke sample shoes arrived safely in Chicago just ahead of James.
So he is set and raring to go. Wish us luck! And if you have any bespoke fans in the wonderful City that is Chicago please tell them about this wonderful opportunity. Top to toe bespoke in one appointment - it doesn't get much better than that if you're a busy gentleman!
Whilst we've been getting ready for the trip we have also been preparing for our living windows event in late October. As I am, sure many of you know Tuesday, 25 October is St Crispin and St Hugh's Day - both patron saints of shoemakers (French and English respectively). St Crispin is the more commonly known.
The day is more commonly given over to revelry so we thought that it would be fun to bring some theatre to Gieves' windows. James and I shall be taking it in turns from 25 - 27th October actually making in the shop window on Vigo street. We want to attract as much of a crowd as possible so please tell your friends! We will be in the window at 10.30, 12.30 and 3.30pm. And when we are not in situ there's a short film on the telly that tells the story. But if you can, come by when we're live to say hi!
We are also getting our Christmas gift packaging together so lady customers visiting Gieves have an easy decision when it comes to treating the man in their life...whether he is 'the man who has everything', the 'man impossible to buy for' or the 'man who is worth it'! Our lovely Promises are now packed in beautiful new boxes, ribbon tied with soft grey tissue paper...perfect for the main event or a stocking filler!
Finally to the Mayfair collection...here's a quick snapshot of the new range...classic, understated, conservative and with the finest bespoke waists and detailing. We designed the collection to appeal to new customers who want something that will easily compliment their personal style and lifestyle. What do you think?
Well until next week - when I'll show you the preparation for a rubber soled bespoke shoe, happy shoemaking!