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George Glasgow Jr. from Cleverley Interview

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To all those who might be interested.....

Interview: http://the-shoe-snob.blogspot.com/20...cleverley.html

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As I promised, I will be providing interviews once a month (consider this the one for February) from people in the shoe industry, both known and unknown, who make a considerable impact on what comes out as well as shape the trends, ideas, and styles we see today. For this month, as you may have noticed from the title, I have George Glasgow Jr., who is the son of the owner (and heir to throne) of historical shoe firm, George Cleverley. Enjoy!

1. What is your role with Cleverley?

I am the Creative Director at George Cleverley but I have several roles. When I am in London I spend time with our last maker and am leaning the last-making process. I also measure clients. I have been traveling with my father on U.S.A. visits since I was 13 years old, so most of the clients have become friends. I also deign new styles, which I speak with clients about and get their feedback on.

Unfortunately, most of my time is spent traveling, so it is a slow process. I design our new styles and cover the U.S.A. & Asia markets by holding trunk shows. I'm off to Asia in 3 weeks for about 3 weeks to visit Tokyo, Singapore, Seoul & Beijing to hold Cleverley trunk shows. Additionally, I visit customers who are unable to meet with us on our regular trunk shows.


Other questions:

1. What's the most exciting thing about being at the top of a niche, bespoke/RTW shoe company?
2. Being that you are the son of Mr. Glasgow Sr., you were relatively pre-destined to be in the shoe trade but did you ever want to do/to be something else?
3. Can you describe the most unique shoe that a client has ever ordered for bespoke?
4. What's you favorite model out of all of the shoes that Cleverly makes?
5. Can you describe the creative process for RTW? design--factory--sample--adjustments--final product?
6. Assuming that you are heir to the throne, where would you like to see the company in 15-20 years?
7. Other shoemakers/companies that you admire?
8. Being apart of the trade since you were 13, how many pairs of shoes have you made/acquired for yourself? --Through Cleverly
9. What's the scariest shoe trend that you see today?
10. What advice can you offer to aspiring shoemakers/shoe designers?
post #2 of 12
Nice one!!!
post #3 of 12
nice job, who's next?
post #4 of 12
Hi Justin

Have just seen the interview on your blog. It must be nice to have been around the craft and good shoes since childhood.

What surprised me was how many different locations (London, Kent, Cornwall) Cleverly seems to have even though they are not producing their RTW-shoes themselves.

Did you happen to also talk about this separation of bespoke and RTW? Would be interesting to know how a bespoke house deals with manufacturers that produce for them.

Cheers
Reto
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post
nice job, who's next?

Not sure....think that I might do someone who is behind the scenes but affects the shoe industry nonetheless. I pretty much just wing-it as I go. George Glasgow Jr. just happened to email me one day telling me that he appreciated my blog and for mentioning Cleverley and I asked him if he would be keen on doing an interview and he said sure. Not all of my interviews though will be from Bespoke shoemakers, I really want to get an array of shoe industry individuals.

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Originally Posted by retozimmermann View Post
Hi Justin

Have just seen the interview on your blog. It must be nice to have been around the craft and good shoes since childhood.

What surprised me was how many different locations (London, Kent, Cornwall) Cleverly seems to have even though they are not producing their RTW-shoes themselves.

Did you happen to also talk about this separation of bespoke and RTW? Would be interesting to know how a bespoke house deals with manufacturers that produce for them.

Cheers
Reto

Hey Reto,

It was actually over the email interview but I will meet George Jr and the whole Cleverley team in May to see the workshop and possibly do a nice post, something along the lines of Permanent Style type. So maybe then I can ask about that, because I am interested myself. For my interviews, I try to ask personal questions. Most interviews heavily focus on the product/service that the individual provides and rarely gets to know the individual himself. But I will talk about that just for you in May, when I actually meet them and discuss with Mr. Glasgow Sr.

All the best,

Justin
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Originally Posted by Handmadeshoes View Post
Not sure....think that I might do someone who is behind the scenes but affects the shoe industry nonetheless. I pretty much just wing-it as I go. George Glasgow Jr. just happened to email me one day telling me that he appreciated my blog and for mentioning Cleverley and I asked him if he would be keen on doing an interview and he said sure. Not all of my interviews though will be from Bespoke shoemakers, I really want to get an array of shoe industry individuals.

Justin

nice, i think generally most would be interested in bespoke makers but also designers from RTW brands too i tihnk would be cool, find out their creactive process

perhaps you could do a tour of Mr Portnoy's museum of fine shoes hahaha
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post
nice, i think generally most would be interested in bespoke makers but also designers from RTW brands too i tihnk would be cool, find out their creactive process

perhaps you could do a tour of Mr Portnoy's museum of fine shoes hahaha

Did not quite get the bottom joke? Is that SF insider stuff?

Yea, I will try and get some designers to interview. I too, am very interested in the whole process. The only thing that I have been finding though is that it seems that many people outsource their designing. I would love to know and meet the person who designs EG. I also want to talk to Tony Gaziano more about the whole process but it's hard to get free time from him since he is so busy.

-Justin
post #8 of 12
This is a great idea. thanks
post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Handmadeshoes View Post
Did not quite get the bottom joke? Is that SF insider stuff?

Yea, I will try and get some designers to interview. I too, am very interested in the whole process. The only thing that I have been finding though is that it seems that many people outsource their designing. I would love to know and meet the person who designs EG. I also want to talk to Tony Gaziano more about the whole process but it's hard to get free time from him since he is so busy.

-Justin

search shoe damage posts and you will see aportnoys collection

if i remember some of the newer design from EG are design from a guy that can from JLP i forget his name but before that it was Tony that came up with EG's newer designs

if you want to find time to pick Tony brains, then best times are always when ordering bespoke shoes at trunk shows haha
post #10 of 12
Jr.'s comments provide subtle insight into how they feel about G&G and the new Deco line
post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by luk-cha View Post
search shoe damage posts and you will see aportnoys collection

if i remember some of the newer design from EG are design from a guy that can from JLP i forget his name but before that it was Tony that came up with EG's newer designs

if you want to find time to pick Tony brains, then best times are always when ordering bespoke shoes at trunk shows haha

lol, yea that makes sense! He will be happy to listen so long as I am handing over some money. But in reality, Tony is a great guy, I know that he is tremendously busy and he has been extremely helpful in my path within the shoe industry.

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Jr.'s comments provide subtle insight into how they feel about G&G and the new Deco line

I could see where you would think that but I am not so sure that he was referring to them, have you seen the pointy shoes here in England by company's like Ted Baker, Kurt Geiger, Jeffrey West etc. Maybe you are right, but I am not sure...
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Originally Posted by Michael Ay329 View Post
Jr.'s comments provide subtle insight into how they feel about G&G and the new Deco line

the anthony cleverley last that i have seen in person is also quite narrow and pointy, so i think you are reading in too much
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