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Q&A: Saphir Products

We frequently receive emails from customers excited about getting started with our Saphir Shoe Polish. Below are some questions from a recent customer that are typical of the questions we receive from first-time customers.

1. I have brand new calfskin shoes and I’ve noticed some sites recommend waterproofing before doing anything else. Do you recommend this and if so, would that be the Invulver product?

The Saphir Shoe Polishes are very efficient at waterproofing because of the high concentration of waxes (much more than normal shoe polishes). But for maximum waterproofing, the Saphir Super Invulner is a fantastic product and can be used on almost everything (suede, calfskin, textile).

2. How do I determine what shade of brown I need?

To determine the color shoe polish you need, use the color swatch image in the product slideshow. Pick the closest match that is not too dark.

3. It appears that you recommend a black wax over a black cream but a neutral wax over a brown cream. Is that correct?

In our Saphir Shoeshine Starter Kit, we recommend a black wax because most men enjoy a high-gloss polish on black shoes. We recommend a neutral wax as the second of the two waxes because it can be used to add a high-gloss polish to any color of shoes. The cream polishes are brown because they contain the highest concentration of pigment, which helps best restore the finish of brown shoes. For more information, read our Wax vs. Cream Shoe Polish Guide.

4. What is the ideal kit including brushes, etc for one pair of shoes? I’m looking for a starter kit I can build on.

Our Saphir Shoeshine Starter Kit is by far our most popular shoeshine kit. However, if you’re looking for something smaller, I would recommend starting with Shoe Polishing Brush Set and then whatever cream polishes you need + Saphir Renovateur.

5. Do you offer a military or noob discount?

We offer free shipping on all shoecare orders over $75!!

Hope this helps. Don’t forget to reference our extensive shoecare guides.

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CEDES Milan Workshop Visit

CEDES Milan

Those who have been following my Special Projects Series understands my appreciation of CEDES. Based in Milan, CEDES is the latest incarnation of a family legacy that has been producing some of the most fantastic handcrafted accessory items known to the world. CEDES and their products represent Italian craftsmanship at the highest level and their objects border sculpture.

I am a big proponent of surrounding oneself with thoughtfully-crafted items of quality. The more we interact with a certain object, the more I think one should invest in something thoughtful. For those of us who enjoy a certain aesthetic appreciation, the objects of daily use are an often-missed opportunity to interact with art and embellish our lifestyles. A Waterman pen, silvertip badger brush, high-quality shaving cream, linen bed sheets. These are the types of items that over the course of a decade, one spends an incredible amount of time with. Why not make these interactions fantastic.

CEDES has been crafting natural objects of unmatched beauty, such as horn, bamboo, wood, tusks, stag, mother of pearl, into everyday yet original and absolutely unique objects. Mauro Lorenzi and his craftsmen are masters, capable of leveraging both traditional craftsmanship and new technology to create incredible, one-of-a-kind objects.

A caviar serving set created from Australian mother of pearl. My personal favorite material, Springbok.

I have actually been trying to carry their line since I started my business. However, like most great things, the opportunity eluded me. Then one day this January, I received an email from Francesco Maglia, of the renowned umbrella company, introducing me to Mauro Lorenzi of CEDES. It was fantastic. I jumped at the opportunity to offer these products to Hanger Project customers and quickly organized a “Special Project” to do so.

On my last trip to Italy, organizing an opportunity to visit the CEDES workshop was at the top of my list and the first thing that I did while in Milan.

Upon first entering CEDES offices, the first thing that I was struck by was how small it in fact is. Serving as both a showroom, office, and workshop, it is remarkably small. However, after learning more about their production methods, it makes total sense: since all of their products are handmade, only a very few machines are actually required for their production.

A cigar desk set crafted from Zebu horn set next to it’s raw material in various stages. Mauro Lorenzi and his most senior craftsman, who has been working with him for 15 years. As you can see, the workshop is quite small, yet this is where everything is produced.

Mauro has a passion for natural material. But more importantly than his passion is his respect of their natural characteristics (more on this later) and creativity. At his core, Mauro is an innovator, an artist, as evidenced by his capacity to imagine, design, and then produce such incredible pieces.

Mauro sources his raw materials from all over the world. A few of the materials commonly used in production are leather, crocodile, mother of pearl, Makassar ebony, rosewood, stag antlers, tusks, horns, and bamboo. The materials are then precisely cut to construct the basic shape of the object being produced.

Raw material is stored in wooden bins ready for use in making a wide array of items. Here CEDE’s senior craftsman is sanding a piece of antler to make a round cigar desk set.

The piece then has to be constructed. Because of the natural variation of the raw material, each piece is hand-selected and then formed. There is no scale here. To make 10 of a certain item takes 10 times as long as it does one piece. It is true, bespoke craftsmanship.

Each panel required to construct this cigar desk set is hand-traced and formed. Here you can see the final product.

But only through such attention to detail can truly remarkable pieces be created.

Another absolutely fantastic example of the level of craftsmanship at CEDES is what they are able to do to water buffalo horn. The below piece is going to become a completely one-off cigar ash tray for a customer. The piece will be designed to hang off of the table. The amount of work that it takes to craft what is a very unattractive raw material into something one would proudly display in their house is incredible. All of this must be done while still respecting and maintaining the natural beauty of the natural object. Copper is then hammered to create the ash tray while maintaining a texture consistent with the object. The work is incredible.

For Mauro, respecting the natural beauty of the raw material is essential to do so requires patience, precision, and artistry. Below is an example of African Springbok. The one on the right shows Springbok that was polished in Africa; the one on the left polished in the CEDES workshop. This is a great illustration of the care that is taken in the workshop to respect and maintain the natural beauty of the material they are using. Here, special care is taken to not over polish, which would erase the natural veins of the horn. The Springbok on the right, polished in Africa, is completely devoid of any natural character. The true beauty of the material is removed. It might as well be a plastic object.

The Springbok on the left was polished in the CEDES workshop, while the one on the right was polished in Africa. The difference is pronounced. A Mach3 Springbok razor next to the piece polished in Africa.

The people at CEDES are master craftsman and represent the best of what Italy has to offer. Their pieces are one-of-a-kind and take painstaking time and energy to create. They are true luxury objects and exactly the type of products I get excited about being able to offer Hanger Project customers. I invite you to browse our catalog of products from CEDES. We stock as many of these items as possible, but their entire catalog is available by special order. And, of course, anything is possible. If you have an idea for a product that you would like to commission, please do not hesitate to contact me directly.

 

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Q&A: Will Saphir Reno’Mat Remove my Shoes’ Antiquing?

Hello Kirby,

Maybe this is question is not new to you but I couldn’t find any topic on the blog. I would like to strip back old polish layers from my Edward Green and start a pure Saphir care. Would Saphir Reno’mat remove also the antique finishing? If so, which product would you recommend? And for moisturizing after having used Reno’mat, I know Dubbin work well but there is the trade off of losing the chance to create a high gloss finish, which I like on the cap toe. Would in this case Renovateur be enough to moisture and protect the leather after having used Reno’mat?

Thank you very much in advance for your advice.

Thank you for the email. If your shoes came antiqued from Edward Green, then the Saphir Reno’Mat will not affect the patina. However, if the shoes were antiqued using polishes instead of dyes, as shown in our How to Antique Shoes tutorial, then the Reno’Mat would remove the antiquing. However, manufacturers usually use permanent leather dye to antique. I suspect this is the case, so you should not worry.

For re-nourishing the leather after you use the Reno’Mat, I would actually recommend the Saphir Renovateur. You could use the Dubbin, but you would want to be careful to just use it on the vamp — not the toe box — because it will impact your ability to generate a really high-gloss shine. It is a great product and something that we recommend using once or twice a year, but only sparingly.

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Q&A: Which Method Should I Use to Polish My Shoes Regularly?

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Q:I just purchased the Saphir Shoeshine Starter Kit and I also order a few other shoe care products. Of course, I’m in love with my new products. Question, Do you use the basic shoeshine method for everyday maintenance? Also, I read that the Presidential shine is something you do maybe twice a year but what about the intermediate? I know the Saphir Leather Cleaning Soap is mild enough to use regularly but I ‘m not sure when you should use this process. I am guessing that depending on how in depth you want to get will ultimately determine which method you decide to use, Intermediate or Advanced. Please let me know your thoughts. Thank you!

A:Thank you for your email! Yes, the Presidential Shoeshine is something you would do once or twice a year. For more normal maintenance, I would use primarily the Saphir Renovateur and Cream/Wax polishes. Use the Leather Cleaning Soap when shoes appear dirty. If all you are trying to do is renew the polish, then this is unnecessary.

For more information about these different methods check out Getting Started with Saphir Guide.

 

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Q&A: How Often Should I Polish My Shoes?

A customer recently asked the following question:

Hi Kirby –

I do have a question on how often should you shine shoes if they are not scuffed or dirty? Is there such a thing as polishing shoes to much?

Thanks,
Sheriff Joe

We receive this question quite often. The most important thing to consider is that you want to keep the leather properly hydrated. If the shoes do not require polishing because they are not scuffed and still have a good patina, then I would at a minimum use some of the Saphir Renovateur once every three to four months just to maintain leather hydration. This will keep the leather soft, supple, and prevent drying, which leads to cracking.

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Special Project IV: My Grandmother’s Crystal Pattern

I have my maternal grandmother to thank for my appreciation of many finer things. She understood the importance of objects in creating occasion. From my earliest memories, she always set her table with her Waterford Crystal, Herrend China, and sterling silver flatware. She knew that these objects helped create occasion – helping to differentiate Thanksgiving, Easter, and Christmas Dinner from other, ordinary dinners.

The crystal pattern my wife and I registered for was the same pattern of my grandmother – Waterford Colleen Short Stem. No longer in production, it was difficult to source. We try to use it as often as we can. And because of it’s history, it has even more significance when we do use it than if it were some random pattern.

To me, I take this as an illustration that when you invest in quality, its value can persist for generations.

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Welcome to Our New Blog

Kirby AllisonWelcome to Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project Blog!

Well overdue, I now look forward to
sharing with you my interests with you on a more regular basis. I founded Kirby
Allison’s Hanger Project almost four years ago out of frustration with the lack
of wooden hangers that actually protected and extended the life of my
bespoke suits. Over the years and, most often, at the request of customers, we
have slowly grown into providing a greater array of garment car accessories.

In addition to our full collection of
wooden hangers for both men and women, we carry a full collection of
shoe care
products
and other garment care items.

I invite you to engage with me as I journey through the world of luxury
garment care — if you have questions, please send them to me through our
“Contact Us” section or by posting a comment.

Cheers,

Kirby Allison
Founder
Kirby Allison’s Hanger Project