New and Lingwood’s new “Stefano Bemer” collection. From their website:
Back in 1983, Stefano Bemer started his adventure as the doyen of artisanal bespoke men’s shoes. During his twenty-nine year career as an accomplished designer and extremely talented shoemaker, he showed connoisseurs and aficionados from all over the world how passion and commitment can lead to the achievement of ambitious goals. Today, his name belongs to the exclusive list of world-renowned, bespoke shoemakers. A craftsman whose fame and reputation will survive well beyond his own tragically short life.
From the Guardian website on his death:
"A man who incarnated the true essence of the Florentine artisan has left us prematurely," the mayor of Florence, Matteo Renzi, said following Bemer’s death late on Friday.
Clients including the actor Andy Garcia, the singer Julio Iglesias and the designer Gianfranco Ferré have visited his small workshop in the San Frediano district of Florence.
One can now buy his RTW shoes from their Jermyn Street shop, or indeed place an order for a bespoke fitting by the Bemer craftsmen during one of their twice-yearly visits. According to Justin - the man behind the Shoe Snob blog - who worked for the master himself, the leathers and the lasts that Bemer still use were all sourced by Stefano himself. Justin also attests to the fantastic quality and points out that the RTW shoes are almost entirely handmade, something one cannot find for that price except for Lobb’s St Crispins.
Belted Cardigan - The Elder Statesman
T-Shirt - J Crew
Trousers - Etro
Shoes - Gucci
New York, New York. 1975. Thelonious Monk performing at the Newport
Jazz Festival (better known as the JVC Jazz Festival since 1984) in New York City.
Peter O’Toole reads Shakespeare’s “Sonnet Eighteen”,with footage from “No Country for Old Men” and music by James Newton Howard.
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