So I mean one of the things that I've always kind of really enjoyed about you Gary is that you kind of have a very kind of methodical deliberate approach towards Bespoke. I mean it's really kind of what made this book possible. As you said look I want Bespoke shoes. I'm gonna go do a broad survey. You know, I'm gonna meet these guys. Interview them. Look at their work and kind of narrow it down. You then had what? You said five shoes made and then you kind of experienced that. And then you whittled it down even more. And you know now you're gonna left at the people you're making from. I mean from that journey like what advice would you give to someone that's looking to begin in Bespoke? I mean there's so many options out there especially now. You know they're all doing something different. They all have different personalities. I mean how does one you know really go about finding the Bespoke maker that's right for them?
Well one of the things is I really think is understanding what is the shoe maker capable of doing. And that primarily means the shape of their last and how they design their last. And part of that was captured in the book because I compiled all the very various loss that these shoe makers made and put them all into one section where you could easily compare whether a particular proportion is right for you or not. So, the first thing we I would advocate is that firstly understanding how you're fit is. You know how your feet are. So not all last and toe shapes are appropriate for every feet... Then having that innate understanding is important. Having an understanding of how your feet would fit into some of those shapes would be important. And then after that is having the building the right relationship and actually having some investment in time. I think one of the important things to understand is that as an investment in time when you're working with Bespoke shoes.
or Bespoke anything for that matter. So investing in time to understanding you know what they can do, what aesthetics they bring to your ideas, and also giving them the right to make the first shoe the way they want to make it for you. So one of the things I do with Bespoke is... and whether it's tailoring or shoes is that the first garment or shoe is the shoe makers or Bespoke tailors common.
The house style.
The house style. Exactly. They're going to make that how they think best fits me, and once we have that we don't have a basis of comparison to what I liked and what I didn't like and then we start making the tweaks from there.
So it's about it's about you know establishing the baseline of the house style and then evolving from that. You know through the process, the Bespoke process in the relationship. You know not trying to force something on to the tailor or on to a Bespoke shoe maker that inherently is incompatible with their tastes.
Exactly. And I think a lot of a lot of the the more professional and well-known shoemakers will suddenly push back on anything that is outside of what they feel is doesn't represent their aesthetic or their view or their philosophy of the craft. And I think that's what you're also buying into. I think that's a very important element that that often for a more sophisticated bespoke via can appreciate.
So where do you see kind of you know your work going? I mean you get this book. Are you working on any other projects you can share with us or?
We're working on a book called Master Tailors and there we're going out and commissioning Bespoke suits from potentially nine of the most renowned tailors in the world... and effectively going through that same meticulous process of comparing.
Yeah. Wow. And so allowing them to do their house styles.
Correct. So that we do their house styles. They would work on and they would you know demonstrate their craft and how they see fit and what their interpretation of the aesthetic is.
Great! So anyone that's interested in purchasing a copy of Master Shoemakers where can they find it?
So for Master Shoemaker is @master_shoemaker on instagram, and you can follow me personally @gazmin70k.
Okay. Great. Thank you! Hey Gary thank you so much!
Thank you so much! Really enjoy this.
Great seeing you.
Thanks alot, appreciate it!