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Thanks for the information everybody.  DWFII, I agree that a philosophy change would be necessary, as so much of the perceived value lies in the brand label.  At least ladies footwear is not quite at the stage of the luxury handbag sector.  Interestingly, while classic menswear companies and men's fashion brands seem to coexist and even sometimes straddle the divide well, there seems to be almost no brands focused on quality and classics for ladies, at least on any large scale.

 

For the record, I think that both Ms Groves and DWFII make very elegant ladies shoes.

 

 

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Absolutely wonderful

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Thanks for the information everybody.  DWFII, I agree that a philosophy change would be necessary, as so much of the perceived value lies in the brand label.  At least ladies footwear is not quite at the stage of the luxury handbag sector.  Interestingly, while classic menswear companies and men's fashion brands seem to coexist and even sometimes straddle the divide well, there seems to be almost no brands focused on quality and classics for ladies, at least on any large scale.

For the record, I think that both Ms Groves and DWFII make very elegant ladies shoes.



Thank you both. blush.gif

Of course...probably obvious but for those who don't know...click on the original photos for a closer look.
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Tuczek catalogue - first couple of images

 

We've been promising to share the our archive Tuczek catalogue with you for some time now. The cover  and a couple of pictures of elastic sided brogues are ready and posted below, we will get the rest to you as soon as we can.

 

 

 

Foster & Son

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GQ 25th anniversary - drinks and chat

 

GQ’s 25th anniversary will be celebrated in Jermyn Street on Thursday 21st November. We at Foster & Son will be holding a drinks reception at 83 Jermyn Street to mark the occasion between 6-8pm. If you’re in London please come in and see us for a drink and a chat.

 

Foster & Son

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Jermyn Street - the sights

 

The Chequers Tavern, Duke Street

 

For those in the know the Chequers, just off Jermyn Street, is a great place for a drink if you’re shopping or working in and around Jermyn Street. I once met a guy who’d been a window dresser for Tommy Nutter in the late 60’s. After work on a Friday, with wife at home, he would try to sneak in to the Chequers for a quick one without being seen by Tommy. He was always spotted, the Chequers is that kind of pub, and our chap would be stuck there till closing time whether he liked it or not, whilst Tommy regaled him with outrageous stories. I asked him, “Why didn’t you drink somewhere else then?” his answer was rather predictable; “we always drank at the Chequers”. It really is that kind of pub.

 

At any time after 6pm you might bump into staff from Lobb, John Bray (a shop that will be badly missed), Church’s, our own Foster & Son or any of the clothing and shoe shops on Jermyn Street. All enjoying a drink; asking after family, gossiping about work or any of the other things that people talk about in pubs. You’ll see what a democratic and diverse place St James’s is.

 

Rumour has it that after Lord “Lucky” Lucan disappeared in 1974 the first place that the police went looking was Foster & Son. We don’t quite know why, or whether or not to be pleased about the notoriety. In any case they should have been asking in the Chequers instead, even if no-one had any information for them, they could at least have had a pint.

 

It’s a small pub, barely room to stand sometimes, but all the better for that, physical proximity was always a feature of city pubs. The beer is very good, the food excellent and not expensive. It has a feel of a local’s pub, which, of course, it is. I don’t know how old it is but suspect George III, maybe 1790’s from the façade.  The walls really do talk and it’s amazing how atmospheric it is, as if generations of clothiers and shoemakers have left an indelible impression on the place.

 

Next time you’re in St James's have a drink in the Chequers and think about the footsteps you’re walking in.

 

 

Foster & Son

post #321 of 1064

Frank,

 

You should have told me before I visited! :)

 

Will plan to visit next time I am in town.  We did manage to find a good local pub on the other side of the river for lunch though.

 

Beau

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Beau,

 

Next time. The Chequers is very much a city pub, when you're in town next let me know!

 

Frank

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Tuczek catalogue - first couple of images

We've been promising to share the our archive Tuczek catalogue with you for some time now. The cover  and a couple of pictures of elastic sided brogues are ready and posted below, we will get the rest to you as soon as we can.







Foster & Son
Would love to see more Tuczek. And if you have any Tuczek shoes, the better. Thank you.
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Would love to see more Tuczek. And if you have any Tuczek shoes, the better. Thank you.

ThinkDerm, we'll post 'em as soon as we can. We've also got an old Maxwell catalogue or two, one of which contains my all time Grail shoe.

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ThinkDerm, we'll post 'em as soon as we can. We've also got an old Maxwell catalogue or two, one of which contains my all time Grail shoe.
Tuczek was ahead of his time, and now many of his talents are lost.
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Tuczek was ahead of his time, and now many of his talents are lost.

ThinkDerm,

 

Interesting points. Sevan Minassian has written a little about Tuczek (see http://www.classicshoesformen.com/shoes/nikolaus-tuczek-rare-historical-slipper-most-important-master-20th-century) and clearly shares your point of view. There are a number of strands that contribute to Tuczek's reputation of which style considerations (particularly the chiselled toe) seem to be most appreciated now. It's a shame that this should be so because - if our bespoke archive is anything to go by - construction and leather quality would seem to be hallmark qualities of the best shoes of the last century.

 

When we have both Tuczek and Maxwell brochures properly scanned we will post them side by side and canvass opinion, it would certainly be great to get your point of view.

 

Best,

 

Foster & Son

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ThinkDerm,

Interesting points. Sevan Minassian has written a little about Tuczek (see http://www.classicshoesformen.com/shoes/nikolaus-tuczek-rare-historical-slipper-most-important-master-20th-century) and clearly shares your point of view. There are a number of strands that contribute to Tuczek's reputation of which style considerations (particularly the chiselled toe) seem to be most appreciated now. It's a shame that this should be so because - if our bespoke archive is anything to go by - construction and leather quality would seem to be hallmark qualities of the best shoes of the last century.

When we have both Tuczek and Maxwell brochures properly scanned we will post them side by side and canvass opinion, it would certainly be great to get your point of view.

Best,

Foster & Son
I think it would also be interesting to know the year in which each catalogue was produced and if available, pictures that show the famed toe box and/or the differences between the various last shapes. Of the few Tuczek shoes I have seen online popping up, some were round or elongated rounded, not all were chiselled, and in the few details visible it could be ascertained a superior construction.
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I think it would also be interesting to now they year in which each catalogue was produced..........

According to Minassian, Tuczek had his premises at 17 Clifford Street between 1938 and 1966.

Judging by the typography of the Tuczek catalogue, I would place it's design at the mid1950s. Listing the exchanges (in this case REGent) as part of the telephone number was stopped in 1966 when all-numerical numbers were introduced..
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According to Minassian, Tuczek had his premises at 17 Clifford Street between 1938 and 1966.

Judging by the typography of the Tuczek catalogue, I would place it's design at the mid1950s. Listing the exchanges (in this case REGent) as part of the telephone number was stopped in 1966 when all-numerical numbers were introduced..

 

Bengal-stripe, that would seem to be about right. I will look up the date (sorry I haven't done that already). Btw I seem to recall that the Postmaster General at the time was none other than Tony Benn, he was accused of wanting to blur class distinctions by making this change (no-one could tell if the number was Bermondsey or Mayfair any more).

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I think it would also be interesting to know the year in which each catalogue was produced and if available, pictures that show the famed toe box and/or the differences between the various last shapes. Of the few Tuczek shoes I have seen online popping up, some were round or elongated rounded, not all were chiselled, and in the few details visible it could be ascertained a superior construction.

 

marcodalondra, it will be one of the objectives to look at precisely that and to see whether the construction was noticeably different. On the subject of toe shapes you're right, Tuczek, Maxwell, Foster and Lobb produced a wide variety and all of them were capable of producing a fine chisel. My point being that if the only issue is style then we may miss what made each of the makers truly different from one another.

 

Foster & Son

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Thanks for the information everybody.  DWFII, I agree that a philosophy change would be necessary, as so much of the perceived value lies in the brand label.  At least ladies footwear is not quite at the stage of the luxury handbag sector.  Interestingly, while classic menswear companies and men's fashion brands seem to coexist and even sometimes straddle the divide well, there seems to be almost no brands focused on quality and classics for ladies, at least on any large scale.

For the record, I think that both Ms Groves and DWFII make very elegant ladies shoes.

Here are some Fosters bespoke ladies shoes made for my wife.

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