Tell us about yourself!
I am a long time artist, wood, and leather worker. I have spent my life learning several crafts out of personal interest. I have recently launched, along with my wife, Danielle, our band of handcrafted footwear, an almost lost art form that i have the utmost respect for. And one that I did not expect to be as challenging and as fulfilling to me, both mechanically and artistically. I truly love making footwear by hand. We have a fundamental focus on quality, functionality, and comfort in our footwear, coupled with artistic, aesthetic design.
What is the story behind your work?
The Premiere Oxford was created out of my desire to make a shoe by hand that works The Premiere Oxford was created out of my desire to make a shoe by hand that works well in causal and formal wear at a price that isn't out of the reach of ordinary working folks. I spent a year designing and re-designing it. I went through several books and learned many new techniques in order to to keep the labor at a minimum without sacrificing quality, which would translate into savings for clients. Not only is the design unique, yet classic, the construction techniques are as well.
The Lady Boot was a long time in the making. I wanted something unique, yet would still fit into the Standard Handmade style. What we have is a unique, oxford style ankle boot, in which ladies can pick their hand-stitching color.
What is the most influential book you have ever read?
I would have to say "Shop Class as Soulcraft, " by Matthew B. Crawford, but honorable mention belongs to "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance," by Robert M. Pirsig, and anything by Hemingway.