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Designers Jung Suh and Benyam Assefa, graduates of the Parsons School of Design, build on their intentional backgrounds (respectively from South Korea and Ethiopia), creating traditional sneakers with modern twists. Their debut styles feature an array of looks, from mid-tops in hairy Portuguese suede to Italian leather tennis shoes with asymmetrical lacings.
Each shoe features the brand’s “II VIII VIII” logo hand stitched on the spine of the heel.
We for one, love this collection and can’t wait to get our hands on a pair or two!
Following on from our handmade series of blog posts today we bring you something completely new. It’s not everyday luxury shoemaker FEIT break the boundaries of the hand made footwear sector. This time, they give us the new Bio Trainer 1, 100% hand-sewn from vegetable-died leather featuring a buffalo leather support for breathability and heat absorption.
After a lengthy design process we developed our own 100% natural latex rubber sole made out of the milk of Hevea Brasiliensis (rubber tree).
The milk, harvested by hand in France, is poured into steel molds immersed in warm water. After one hour the sole is transferred into a cold water bath. Cold water immersion lasts up to 24 hours and helps to keep the pores open while the material cures.
The soles are then placed into a hot air dryer which is lined with hundreds of wooden shelves like that of a bakery. After 24 hours of drying, the soles are re-immersed into cold water for one week until they are trimmed and inspected for imperfections.
This two week journey results in a light and naturally flexible sole that contains no plastic.
While not for the gym, or an aggressive jog this shoe will keep you comfortable and cool.
We have to say this is one we’d definitely like to add to our footwear collection.
Early on a saturday morning in February I leave the holiday cottage we have rented in the charming village of Marhamchurch in Bude Cornwall and set out on the 5 minute drive to Rose Choules studio for my One to One Moccasin making course.
Like most people I started thinking about what I wanted to change in my life on the 1st january. Having worked in the footwear industry for the last 14 years as a footwear designer and having thought about getting more hands on again I decided to search for a footwear making course to re-awaken my footwear making skills.
After a rather disappointing search that only really highlighted courses in London or in the North of England, I was finally rewarded by stumbling on an article about a moccasin making atelier based not so far away in sunny Cornwall.
After contacting Rose and arranging a one to one course in late february My wife and I decided it would be a good break for all of us (me, my wife & our two dogs, Tilly & Monty). My wife is a coastal artist so we decided to book a week’s break in Cornwall and get creative together.
I have to say it’s been some years since I have embarked on any study especially on a one to one basis, but those fears where quickly put aside after meeting rose. Having working in the industry herself for some time we quickly found common ground and the conversation flowed.
Rose has worked within the footwear industry for the last ten years. She has trained with the ‘lastmakers’ at the historic John Lobb of St James’ Street, established the design direction of cult shoe brand pointer, and Rose was enlisted to design a custom line for Karen Walker’s S/S 2010 runway show in New York.
Her debut as ‘Rose Choules Moccasin Atelier’ was at a pop-up shop in Selfridges in November 2011. She was the winner of the 2011 ‘Footwear Friends Designer Award’
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