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Friday, 1 June 2012

Hunting, Fishing, Shooting. The Call Of The Wild

This week saw the realisation of months of preparations in the form of an event at the Gieves and Hawkes flagship store at Number 1 Savile Row. It was organised for Amex Centurion platinum card holders with the theme of Hunting, Fishing, Shooting, The Call Of The Wild.

The participating brands were Gieves and Hawkes bespoke who had an active cutting table where one of their expert cutters was on hand to cut patterns and give advice.

carréducker was also there showcasing our new collection of boots and gaitors made in collaboration with tattoo artist extrordinaire Saira Hunjan, the so-called Girl With The Golden Needle. This is just a taster for this because it deserves a whole post to itself. Suffice to say that they both look fantastic.

There were also several pieces from London Taxidermy, including our lovely eagle owl below. Isn't he beautiful? I wanted to take him home, but at £1500 he was a little beyond my budget.

Our space was decked out with new TV monitor showing the making of the tattoo boots (on here soon) and a selection of long boots.

Other participants were The Balvenie, producers of handcrafted single malt whiskies and sponsors of the Balvenie Masters Of Craft awards which Deborah won last year.

Holland and Holland were here with a selection of their guns, rifles and hunting equipment, along with Ruth Anthony, hand engraver who specialises in guns. Her work is incredible, intricate and beautiful

Farlows fly fishing experts were also there along with a smoked salmon specialist and display of flies.
Bill Amberg was showcasing its range of gun cases,hunting bags and accessories. Bentleys transformed their space into a hunting lodge for the night and drinks were provided by Dorsia, a new private members club in South Kensington

Finally there was a collection of hand tinted prints of game birds by Edward Lear from Sotheran's - very desirable!

As you can see, the event was well attended and we were delighted with the turn out. I must say a very big thank you and pat on the back to Deborah who worked her socks off to make this event such a success.

This was the piece de resistance in my eyes. A stuffed polar bear. Look at the size of it! You wouldn't stand a chance.

Love the zebra too. I am really smitten with the taxidermy. Is there a new career beckoning?

And there we are. Another week over. I am flying to Chicago (Waldorf Astoria Monday and Tuesday) on Sunday for trunk shows there and in New York (The Pierre, Thursday and Friday), so wish me luck.

Until next week, happy shoemaking!