This Is Glamorous | Shop Update: New Additions & Favourites Restocked
Friday 21st October, 2016
by TIG Studio
Often referred to as the versatile shoe every woman should have in her closet, THE LOAFER is the chicest shoe of the moment, while remaining a true classic that will always stand the test of time. This Autumn, Belgrave Crescent is introducing this classic shoe to our line-up, with TASSEL and PENNY loafer styles, as well as suede for him.
What makes this collection special is that each shoe is still made entirely by hand, sewn with two needles and an awl in the traditional fashion, bringing the same luxurious quality that you have come to expect.
The history of the Penny Loafer is a bit muddled these days, but legend has it that in the 1930’s, Norwegian fisherman were wearing moccasin-style slippers for comfort. The country also began exporting them to the rest of Europe. Americans visiting Europe at the time would bring them home, but it wasn’t until Esquire magazine featured them that these leisure slip-ons became known to the masses in the United States.
After the Esquire article, the Spaulding company began producing similarly styled shoes, and a few years later, the Penny Loafer was born. Looking to add his own stamp to the popular loafer, John Bass began producing loafers he called “Weejuns”, (a corruption of “Norwegian”) hat had a strap across the top of the shoe for style purposes. This strap had a split design, and it wasn’t long before people began placing pennies inside the strap for decoration. It is also thought that school children at the time kept pennies in their loafers for emergency phone calls home at pay phones, which were ubiquitous at the time and cost only a penny per call.
And so, that is the story of how a stylistic embellishment that had once been particular to the Bass Weejun shoe became synonymous with an entire fashion. A fashion that is still very much a part of modern style today.
Our penny loafer is a faithful incarnation of the classic, but with the added luxury of each shoe still being carefully sewn by hand in the traditional manner.
The Las Salinas Suede Clutch in Ibiza Sunset is made of the softest, most beautiful suede we could find. Perfect for romantic summer days and sidewalk cafés, throw in the necessities — lipstick, credit cards, phone and keys, or more if you like, and carry as a tote. Solid brass rings set off the soft pink suede to perfection for the chicest and prettiest combination ever . . .