Billecart-Salmon The Duet and Gieves & Hawkes ready to wear

This week we are showcasing the work of a fellow leather craftsman, Mark Tallowin, who shares our love of detail. He visited us last year enthusing about leather work and his vision for handsewn bags. A year on and we were thrilled to be invited to the launch of his most recent collaboration with Billecart-Salmon champagne...which I've named 'The Duet'.

James, provider of delicious champagne and a man with vision

Mr Tallowin revealing the fruits of his labours

The Duet - a hand stitched, bridle leather case for two bottles of champagne

The exquisite 'spine' stitch

And beautifully coloured copper and brass rivets

Continuing the theme of creativity, here is a taster of the new ready-to-wear shoe collection now in store at Gieves & Hawkes to complement Autumn's wool and tweed story. To the fore is a suede Monkstrap and in the vanguard a pebble grain Derby - classic, stylish, with cushioned soles and bespoke details. Nothing to frighten the horses :)

There has been plenty of shoemaking going on this week too, as our October course comes to the end of week 1 and we have shoes aplenty for fittings. Look out for shoemaking news next week and until then, happy shoemaking!