Saturday, December 15, 2012

Ivy League exhibition

If you missed the Ivy League symposium back in November or the special tours with curator Patricia Mears and Richard Press, you can still virtually walk through the exhibition with them in the video tour. Definitely worth a visit before it closes in early January. The highlights for me were the raccoon coat and the vintage school blazers (for the technically minded, check out the front darts on the blazers).

Friday, December 07, 2012

Florsheim by Duckie Brown SS 2013

I recently attended a spring/summer 2013 preview of Florsheim by Duckie Brown, which are very affordably priced shoes.

Florsheim by Duckie Brown

I met Steve and Dan, the designers behind Duckie Brown, and they shared a bit of their journey in designing for this old mainstay American shoe brand. After being sold a few times, the company was reacquired several years ago by members of the original family that founded the company in 1892.

During their visits to the Florsheim headquarters north of Milwaukee, Steve and Dan naturally perused the company archives for design inspiration. During my visit, they pulled out and showed me a terrific vintage Florsheim 1941-42 shoe catalog that featured everything from boots to brogues. I would love to spend an afternoon in the Florsheim archives one of these days.