Had a look into the Ralph Lauren store in London and met Gary in the shoe department. Gary is one of two hand-stitch (skin-stitch) experts at Edward Green and was giving a demonstration about the Art of hand-stitched vamps. He has been working for the company some 18 years and has stitched in that time thousands of Dover vamps. Without a doubt, he must be the world champion in this particular field. Furthermore, demonstrations have taken him all round the world to Europe, America and Japan. Yes, he was the guy, a few months back, sitting in the shop window of Kos in New York; stitching happily. Of course in Japan, where every apron-fronted shoe is a "Dover", he is known as the Dover-Man. He happily answered yours truly all sort of questions about shoemaking in general and Edward Green in particular.