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September 21, 2016

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Samples- where the inspiration starts

  Dear All, Hope you are having a great week. Many of you may or may not know how long it takes to come up with the model that you see in each Ready to wear collection. It is a long process from an idea that Justin has sketched on a piece of paper to the finished article available to buy online or in store. When I worked on Savile Row and Jermyn St in previous jobs, being part of Management I got to see alot of how the design teams came up with garments ready for a collection which […]

April 12, 2016

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The Saddle Brogue Returns!

The Phinney model was one of my first designs, blending the idea of a full brogue and a saddle shoe to create what I like to call ‘The Saddle Brogue.’ When I first launched them during my first ever collection there seemed to be a love/hate thing with them. Whoever bought them absolutely loved them and always asked me to bring them back but I think that many people weren’t quite ready for that design at the time as they looked like a common brogue but weren’t and being in a city where people often shy away from being different […]

March 7, 2016

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Canvas is Coming!

I have a prediction that you will start to see more canvas in footwear, coming soon. May not be in this year, but definitely for next year if not 2016. Everything goes back on itself and canvas was once a material often used in footwear. But you don’t see if as often anymore, not outside of fashion. But it is a good, hard wearing material. I have seen Converse Chuck Taylors last 10 years worn nearly every day. Of course, they look like hell but the canvas has upheld. So why not use it more? It is more casual than […]

November 25, 2015

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Burgundy Options

Just because it is A/W doesn’t mean that you can’t break out your shades of burgundy footwear. On the contrary, so long as it is not snowing there is no reason you can’t wear burgundy. Obviously you will gravitate towards black on heavy rain days but on those lovely crisp yet sunny days that are not uncommon in most of the world, it is more reasonable to break out something colorful as if it was Spring. And nothing is better than a good burgundy shoe. So if you have yet to add one to your wardrobe, you just might want […]

October 26, 2015

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Two Tones: The Next Generation

I remember watching futuristic films showing what the world would be like in 2015. It had flying cars and all of the futuristic works. But what do we really have? For me it still feels like the late 90’s but with better clothing and bigger phones. So I like to think, “hey, at least people are wearing two toned shoes and things of color” where as before it was a sea of black and brown. And to me that is the future: Two toned shoes!!! And it’s happening. It’s not a theory. I see it all of the time now, […]

July 10, 2015

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2nd Round of Dandy Shoe Care Patina x J.FitzPatrick

I thought that you all might enjoy seeing the next round of patinas that came in from our collaboration with Dandy Shoe Care. I always enjoy seeing what people ask for and how it comes out. Some cool stuff definitely going on here. I particularly like the one featured at the top and directly below. There are still some sizes left so don’t miss on this if you are at all interested: http://www.jfitzpatrickfootwear.com/products/j-fitzpatrick-x-dandy-shoe-care-blog-exclusive#.VZ_EYvlVhBe Have a great weekend! Justin, “The Shoe Snob”

June 13, 2015

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J.FitzPatrick Shoes in NYC!!

So I am here at Leffot today, trying to keep cool from this dreadful humidity that is making me sweat. This is the last day of our trunk show so if you are in or around the West Village today come stop by, say hi and check out the shoes!! And remember that we are now accepting MTO orders and the upcharge is only £75 for non EU residents. 

June 4, 2015

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First Round of Patinas Done by J.FitzPatrick x Dandy Shoe Care

  The first 5 of the patina orders have been completed and I thought that I would show those of you that might not have been able to picture the possibilities of the patinas achievable on the Greenwood model. There are some very beautiful ones here and expect to see more pictures of them soon. This is the first round of them and the angles that I have been provided by Alexander. As always he has done an amazing job and I am excited for all of you that have ordered to get your shoes. They are currently en route […]

February 27, 2015

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My Time in Milan

In the hopes of always trying new things and getting better products to make my shoes with, I went to Milan for the bi-annual Lineapelle leather fair and am currently still here. As luck would have it, I came down with a cold the day before leaving and still havent shaken it off. Travelling while ill definitely takes the fun out of it, but at least it’s just a cold and not a fever! Like Pitti, what I love about coming to Milan is that I have several friends here that are in the industry of whom I always enjoy […]