Emmanuel Farre has spent the past ten years hand-dyeing shoes. He began by practicing on tiny war figurines as a kid and later transferred his skills to shoes. Self-taught, the French patina master now has a new venture. He plans to move from his current set-up in Loding to a shop in Yorkville Village, Toronto. … Continue reading Interview with Emmanuel Farre, Patina Artisan
London was the first trip I'd ventured alone--the trip itself was a shock to my family and relatives, who have implacable fears about solo excusions. Mexico, Canada, and Taiwan were the only other countries I had been to, and I didn't know what to expect in London. I arrived at Gatwick airport, and after deciding … Continue reading My Shoe Journey (Part 3): Europe Trip – London & Paris
If you haven't read part 1, here it is I applied to twenty-five school districts to teach. They were almost all in Northern California, because I wanted to see what it was like living there. Before graduating the teaching program, I applied to Salinas Union High School District in May and received an offer. Between … Continue reading My Shoe Journey (Part 2): Summer Job Searching
Photo: Last-makers use guillotines to carve wooden bespoke lasts; photo credit: V&A Museum ____________________________________________________________________________________________ This is a difficult question to answer, since there are so many levels and variations. Bespoke shoemaking is a lengthy process that entails 60-80+ hours of work. First, a shoemaker takes your measurements; then a wooden last is made, either by … Continue reading What Is “Bespoke”?