Anyone have a pair of the shoes that this story mentions, as follows: "In 1786, the Danish ship Catherina von Flensburg sank off the coast of Cornwall, and its cargo of Russian leather went to the bottom of Plymouth Sound. Two hundred years later, the wreck was found--along with the hides, largely undamaged by two centuries underwater. Connoisseurs went on high alert: Russian leather is famous for its distinctive aroma and durability (due to soakings in flour, yeast, wood liquor, and seal and birch oils), but production of the real thing disappeared with the Tsars. Now, thanks to British cobblers Poulsen Skone, you can own shoes cut from 200-year-old reindeer hide salvaged from a shipwrecked Danish brigantine. Talk about your conversation starter. Cap-toe lace-ups, $1,500, by Poulsen Skone, at Dunhill, New York and Chicago; (800) 776-4053." New and Lingwood used to have the "Poulsen Skone" line, previously made by EG, and more recently, by Grenson. Now New and Lingwood seems to call their top of the line shoes "St. James," but they are still made by Grenson. New and Lingwood has a little more detail in its story about these Russian leather (mostly reindeer) shoes. See: http://www.newandlingwood.com/information.phtml I guess that it will be too much to hope that Bennie's will get some. I understand that both Cleverley and John Lobb of St. James obtained some of these hides too. If anyone has bought any, please post pictures. I understand that Prince Charles got a pair, but he has yet to join the forum.
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9/22/04 at 2:24pm