The Royal Warrant, Part III: The most holy place of bespoke shoe world
October 27, 2015
By Christian Frosch. Christine Fröhlich contributed research and support
There are three uncontested dogmas in gentleman’s fashion. James Bond was, is and will be the role model for classic man’s fashion for many years to come. Armani and elegance are a synonym. And John Lobb is the most famous shoemaker on earth. Men’s Individual Fashion was there.
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The Royal Warrant, Part 2
September 1, 2015
The Royal Warrant, Part 1:
The Royal approval
July 11, 2015
Article about the „Royal Warrant“, the official Royal sign of recognition for proven suppliers to the court in the United Kingdom.
May 6, 2015
Shoe polish belongs to the basics of shoe care. Years ago, a dear friend, who knew my passion for shoes, presented me a shoe polish from a trip to London. He bought it from John Lobb, the grand master of shoe care. I even kept the plastic bag like a relic.
I took the polish tin to my working travels abroad and use it with excitement. It was an excellent polish to give basic moisten care to my shoes and if necessary colour them. I realize while treating a decent pair of shoes with it, that the special shining polish works even better with this shoe polish as basic treatment layer. The uncontested great features of the polish have a literally dark side. The shoe polish colours extremely and I strongly recommend an old t-shirt or apron for protection reasons.
It is the best polish I know. I recommend it for basic care of decent leather shoes. After four years of thrifty use with my best shoes, the tin is slowly getting empty. It was always obvious to me that I had to go to the source. At my visit at the John Lobb workshop in 9 St. James Street, London I purchased another two. Nowadays I own, however, more shoes.
The shoe polish can be ordered in different colours online at John Lobb London for around 13 £/tin or at the store in London.
April 13, 2015
Today was another special day in lovely England. Apart from the splendid weather, I was invited to an interview at the Royal Warrant Holders Association in London. The Royal Warrant Holders Association is the association of companies which got granted the Royal Warrant. The Royal Warrant is the official royal appreciation of ongoing trade between the Royal Households and a company.
The Association liaises closely with the Royal Households. The venue very close to Buckingham Palace demanded a very formal dress. My beard had to disappear in the morning, it got too long and my beard trimmer is in Germany. So I enjoyed a fine British wet shaving.
My new shoes from Northampton got introduced appropriately to the world and the visit to the Royal Warrant Holders Association was exciting.
The article about the Royal Warrant and the interview with Secretary Peck will be published in a while at www.mensindividualfashion.com.
April 2, 2015
In Sheffield today a special Easter service took place. I left bed at sunrise to place myself in front of the cathedral. For several hours I defended my place against other photographers, allowed children to stand in front and observed how a lady from the British military service carefully examined her colleagues garments. The British Crown did not tolerate slipped garments, let alone lousy shoes (and they are so right!).
Someone changed the flag of the diocese Sheffield against one with lions and a harp, which has been looking like that since Queen Victoria. For the next hour the "Royal Standard" flattered over Sheffield cathedral meaning it hosted Queen Elisabeth II. British people are very polite, but I also learned politeness has borders in the question who takes the best picture. Whether her Royal Majesty's costume colour is a hint of a new born boy in the Royal family we will see soon.
April 1, 2015
Men’s Individual Fashion visits Great Britain, home country of classic men’s fashion. In the next two weeks we will write about British fashion and visit manufacturers.
The flight is a little bumpy, the temperature is British. As I waited for my suitcase, the hall seems to be occupied by Burberry, well known for the trench coat. The predominant colour of men’s dress today is grey and dark green, although the sun shone brightly.
I didn’t sleep enough and combined in the morning my old trench coat (more about it soon) with a hoodie. I thought this was a bold step, but in cosmopolitan London, you find every style. You see colourful sports shoes with classic garments, as well as tweed and cord. There are a lot of classic dressed gentlemen with decent shoes, a main focus of the England series.
The madame from India selling me coffee and a muffin in the city centre, loved the leather zarf. So do I. I have to get used that a little touch in the underground is reason to an exchange of extensive courtesy.