Francesco Maglia Umbrellas

From a glance, Francesco Maglia displays impressive quality and values as a family-run umbrella business. Francesco Maglia is the sixth generation owner and artisan. Preceding him was his father Giorgio, who taught Francesco everything about umbrellas and passed down the company. I never visited their workshop in Milan. Unfortunately I won’t any time soon, with … Continue reading Francesco Maglia Umbrellas

Meeting the Cutter: Sian from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury

If you can, meet your bespoke cutter. You’d really relish the connection bespoke offers. Plus, the cutter can really assess your body, instead of picturing you through photos or descriptions. In my last Whitcomb & Shaftesbury post, I discussed meeting Mahesh and Bob. Mahesh measured me, while Bob (the coat maker) gave his professional input … Continue reading Meeting the Cutter: Sian from Whitcomb & Shaftesbury

Aubercy

Another Parisian gem is Aubercy, founded by André and Renée Aubercy in 1935, focusing on high-quality shoes. (I'll leave the company's history to their website) . Aubercy is one of my favorite shoe brands. Aubercy's house style is distinctly French, as their shoes have an elongated vamp and tapered toe-box, but they are more classic … Continue reading Aubercy

Differences Between MTM and Bespoke Shoes

For those ready to consider footwear beyond made-to-order (MTO) and ready-to-wear shoes (RTW) , made-to-measure (MTM) and bespoke shoes are the next step. The major difference between made-to-measure and bespoke shoes is that MTM shoes are created from a base last. That last is not made from scratch. It was not created to suit your … Continue reading Differences Between MTM and Bespoke Shoes