Can't tell if this is going to be amazing or terrible as a tie. Only one way to find out!
Andreas and I at the Drake's factory, ogling old fabrics, mmm
Slightly surreal and totally great to meet @vrgen my elevator selfie buddie. If only we had another elevator to selfie ourselves in, haha!
Great first day at the Drop93 pop up, met so many cool people, thanks so much for dropper by and shopping with us!
Spent the last two days setting up @drop93hk at the Permanent Style Pop Up on Savile Row! Got a great collection of pre owned bespoke and ready to wear as well as some samples and new old stock. Come check it out, open tomorrow from 11AM!
Back in London...
Justin Chang of Ascot Chang. Justin and I met at a party in 2011 and we immediately started talking about single monks. I had an idea for a collaborative product with Ascot Chang that was "the shirt maker's polo". It was meant to be a polo that only a shirt maker could produce, in our case it was a cross between a short sleeve polo shirt with additional details: a turn up on the cuff and an interesting button down one piece collar. This was followed by a spread collar polo that is now a mainstay of the store. The original one piece collar design was recently reissued in a slightly different guise, keeping the button down collar shape but converting it into a traditional collar with collarband.
Sasamoto-san, sales director of Ring Jacket, at our seven year anniversary party last night. We first met him in early 2010 when we were applying for a wholesale account with Ring Jacket. We showed up in our best duds, plead our case for The Armoury, which did not yet physically exist, and fortunately, Sasamoto-san and Fukushima-san liked our plan and green lit our order, granting us part of the foundation of The Armoury. Thanks Ring Jacket, Fukushima-san and Sasamoto-san!
The three Armoury Shoes styles: Pedder captoe, Gloucester wingtip and Wyndham semi brogue. Available in store, on line and also last day at the Permanent Style Pop Up on Savile Row!
The Armoury 7th Anniversary Dinner at Beet!
BriftH polishing workshop in progress!
The Armoury Shoes' Gloucester, full brogue in burgundy, with a darkening and mirror shine job by BriftH. The left shoe in the foreground is the leather's natural colour, the right shoe is a dressier, blacker finish put on by Hasegawa-san. We're accepting polish jobs today and tomorrow and The Armoury Landmark!
Mirror shine on the right shoe, courtesy of Hasegawa-san
New video in progress, The Armoury x BriftH guide to caring for your shoes! Hasegawa-san is accepting shoes for polishing Friday and Saturday at our Landmark Central shop.
The Armoury's London Pop Up on Savile Row with Permanent Style is now underway! Manned by Rich from our NY branch, we've brought a selection of all our best collaboration and private label products! Check it out, open today till Sunday from 11-7
Seeya Korea, learnt a lot, hope I get to come back again soon!