Shoes April, 4 2014

Casely-Hayford & J.M Weston Meet for London via Paris Footwear Collection

Traditional French shoemaker J.M Weston, founded in 1891, combine their old-school skills with a contemporary outlook via London-based label Casely-Hayford. Weston’s creative director Michel Perry, and one half of the Father/Son duo, Charlie Casely-Hayford, came up with a collaboration plan over dinner, both seeking to “breathe life into their designs and to embrace the winds of style change while respecting traditional know-how.” 1930s styles from the archives were chosen, a time when British fashion found popularity among its Parisian neighbours, the pair concentrate on the idea of the aristocracy at play, looking to hunting in particular as sporting reference. Prince of Wales check, metal panels, triple soles and quilted calfskin can be found across traditional loafers and derbys using either Goodyear or Norwegian welt. An outstanding collection with just the right balance of old and new, see it all in our gallery and the film below.