Journal

  1. Gestures, Scene V

    Gestures, Scene V

     

    The final installment of John Lobb’s Gestures Series reveals the meticulous detail involved in the finishing of a made to measure pair of shoes.

    Cream, applied in a painterly manner is liberally worked into the leather. Excess is brushed and the transformation begins to take shape through the rhythmic gestures of an expert hand and the time honoured alternation of water and wax.

    An object of refinement emerges - the embodiment of generations of transmitted gestures, and a celebration of all of those who devote themselves to the cultivation of their craft.

     

  2. INTRODUCING PORTH

    INTRODUCING PORTH

    Porth, a seven eyelet sneaker featuring a raised apron and twin stitch details; taking reference from iconic John Lobb styles offered in the Goodyear welted collection. Porth offers a lightweight, comfortable option for the contemporary man whilst still bearing the hallmarks of ultimate quality and craftsmanship synonymous with John Lobb.

    With its whole cut upper - a John Lobb signifier - a single piece of leather is used to create the body of the sneaker. The wheeling pattern apparent on the leather sole edge highlights an attribute typically seen on the finest traditionally handcrafted shoes. Details ensure ultimate comfort and lightness to the wearer. Fully lined in natural leather with perforations at the front allow for air to pass through and the shoe to breathe.

    The “sacchetto” construction utilised in the crafting of Porth creates the most lightweight and ultra-flexible shoes that adapt to the movement of the feet.

    A new micro rubber sole has been developed consisting of softer areas at pressure points under the heel and front of the foot which, when combined with the cushioning throughout the sneaker, further enhances these qualities. The outsole, with its stitched toe, brings a continuity of styling and durability.

    As loyal customers of the brand have come to expect, only the finest leathers and softest suedes are used in a range of rich colours and unique textures.

    Porth blends considered athletic characteristics with the attention to detail and unrivalled quality inherent across the John Lobb collection.

    Exclusive colours of Maroon Suede and Pebble Grey Grain Calf are offered to online customers. Discover the full colour range here.

  3. JOHN LOBB CELEBRATES ST CRISPIN'S DAY

    JOHN LOBB CELEBRATES ST CRISPIN'S DAY

    Crafted by hand from a single piece of rich museum calf leather, the John Lobb 2017 limited edition shoe, Hayes, highlights the pinnacle of artisanal shoemaking.

    Evolving from the classic double buckle silhouette, a style first pioneered by John Lobb in the 1940’s, it features a whole cut construction with hand sewn details set against fluid lines and an elegant rounded shaped toe.

     

    The characteristic hand sewn apron is secured by utilising a natural bristle to meticulously thread through holes made using a fine awl, taking the artisan over two hours per pair to complete.

    Through the absence of visible stitching elsewhere, the beauty of the hand sewn apron seam is heightened, with buckle straps completely unadorned and a single blind seam used to join the upper together.

     

    The Goodyear welted construction ensures the most lasting and comfortable shoe. Specially crafted Chambord double leather soles boast finely wheeled welts, hand sculpted waists, tapered heels and painted sole bottoms, all combined to ensure the ultimate in elegance and durability.

     

    Discover Hayes

  4. Gestures, Scene IV

    Gestures, Scene IV

     

    Continuing the celebration of unrivalled skills present in the John Lobb atelier, Gestures, Scene IV highlights the choreography and the physicality of the lasting process.

    The finely cut leather upper is wrapped and stretched around the last.
    Hand twisted yarns become the basis of the meticulous and decorative Norwegian stitch - a technique possessed only by a handful of seasoned artisans. The exactitude and painterly precision of the colouring and scoring
    of the sole and heel are witnessed. The raw elemental quality of the process comes to light, through fire and water, in gestures transmitted and honoured through generations.

     

  5. Gestures, Scene III

    Gestures, Scene III

     

    Gestures, Scene III continues to study the relationship between material, tools and the virtuosic skill of the maker.

    From the leather pieces created in Scene II, a ritual of preparation begins, in anticipation of the next stage being brought into focus; the artistry of hand sewing. An elemental quality is brought into light through time honoured skills passed down over generations. Fire and water are utilised alongside specialist hand tools to manipulate the leather, whilst expert technique in intricate hand sewing begins to reveal an object of ultimate refinement.

     

    John Lobb Gesture Scene III
    John Lobb Gesture Scene III
    John Lobb Gesture Scene II
    John Lobb Gesture Scene III
  6. Gestures, Scene II

    Gestures, Scene II

     

    Gestures, Scene II, the second instalment in the ongoing series depicting the intrinsic relationship between a craftsman and his tools, sees the metamorphic process of turning humble materials into objects of ultimate refinement.

    Following on from the creation of the wooden last in Scene I, the craftsman transfers detailed measurements, creating a unique pattern from which flawless leather is cut, which will in turn shape the multi-dimensional form.

     

    John Lobb Gesture Scene II
    John Lobb Gesture Scene II
    John Lobb Gesture Scene II
  7. JOHN LOBB BESPOKE EVENTS

    JOHN LOBB BESPOKE EVENTS

    John Lobb Master Bootmaker Paul Wilson will be touring the US at the following locations. Book your appointment with him to create your very own pair of Bespoke shoes. 

    Madison: June 20 - 21, 2016
    Miami: June 23 - 24, 2016
    South Coast Plaza: June 25 - 26, 2016
    Houston: June 27 - 28, 2016

    For the first time in the US, the Artisans' Series, featuring five distinctive models designed by Artistic Director Paula Gerbase in unison with the John Lobb Bespoke Atelier will be exhibited during these events.

    Click here the learn more

  8. Gestures, Scene I

    Gestures, Scene I

     

    Shining a light on the vital relationship a craftsman has with his tools, the Gestures Series celebrates the individual choreography which surrounds a pair of hand made shoes and the absolute craftsmanship present at the core of the John Lobb atelier.

    Scene I, the first film in the series, sees the Last, hand carved in Hornbeam wood, gently take form.

     

  9. Artisans' Series

    Artisans' Series

    Quality, modernity and mastery of technique define five distinctive hand crafted pieces which form John Lobb Artisans' Series.

    Designed by Artistic Director Paula Gerbase in unison with the John Lobb Bespoke Atelier, the Artisans' Series highlights and celebrates the absolute craftmanship present at the core of the house.

    Meticulous attention to detail is inherent at every stage of the design and making process, from the shaping of the hand carved last, through to the selection of the finest leathers and original fastening options, all encompassed in a capsule collection with lightness and comfort at its core.

    A single bridle stud creates a strap closure seen across two styles, including a low cut jodhpur boot. A hand sculpted, bevelled inside waist is prevalent throughout the collection, giving the styles a fluid silhouette which hugs close to the foot in an elegant reference to sportswear. Leather soles are engraved with a distinctive diamond motif, as functional as they are refined.

    Discover the bespoke service.

  10. In March, enjoy John Lobb made-to-order in the US!

    In March, enjoy John Lobb made-to-order in the US!

    Create your own pair of handmade John Lobbs for the spring/summer season from a selection of existing and archival styles.

    Choose from a wide range of premium leathers, exotic skins, soles and fits, finishing off with your own initials stamped in the insole.

    New York – March 7 to 14 
    Miami – March 14 to 20 
    Houston – March 21 to 27
    South Coast Plaza – March 28 to April 3

    Click here for a step by step guide to our By Request service:

    http://www.johnlobb.com/us/by-request

    Find your nearest store here:

    http://www.johnlobb.com/us/store-locator