The Loake family have been making shoes for over 130 years, with the first Loake factory opening in 1880 in Northamptonshire where many of the premium grade welted shoes are still made. As the brand has continued to grow so has their customer base and design process, Loake now produce a range of shoes outside of the UK using a variety of constructions in order to meet the demand of shoes for all occasions.
Loake originally started back in 1880 in an outbuilding at Thomas Loake’s house at 62 King Street, accompanied by his two brothers, John and William. By 1894 the three brothers had moved the company into a 20,000 sq ft factory which in their time was considered one of the most advanced shoe factories in the England. Becoming well known for their sturdy footwear, Loake’s contribution to the First World War effort included the manufacturing of boots for the Britsh and Russian army and again during the Second World War for Naval and RAF officers. Perhaps one of Loake’s most stand out points was being granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen in 2007.
The brand prides themselves in sourcing only the very best quality materials for their shoes. Each pair takes eight weeks to make; The process uses 200 different operations, 75 shoe parts and 130 highly skilled crafts people. This combined with their premium grade Goodyear welt process ensures Loake remains a truly authentic British brand.
Watch this amazing short clip on the Loake’s craftsmenship to get a better idea of what goes into each pair of Loake shoes:
Englishman Jason Denham established DENHAM in the city of Amsterdam in the Netherlands. Having already established his reputation in the European market as a consummate “jeanmaker” known for mixing denim modernism with workwear tradition, he resolved that the jeans category needed an injection of something fresh, new and undeniably mouth-watering. Assembling a small like-minded team of international designers, Denham set-up operations in Amsterdam in 2008.
The Chapar team were invited to a DENHAM workshop at their Shoreditch warehouse store which also provides space for their UK wholesale office. Exposed brickwork and a collection of hanging scissors creates an industrial back drop for the jeans on display. Being based in London the brand is able to re-connect themselves and take inspiration from Britain’s strong custom-tailoring heritage. The Chapar stylists were able to learn about the collection as well as the history of the brand, providing the stylists with a deeper understanding of the brand’s philospohy.
Many of the jeans are made from re-cut vintage materials, which gives its homage to tradition. Whilst placing a fresh twist on the designs, they are very careful not to over work the fabrics as they believe many denim products are over done. By following their work mantra of worship tradition, destroy convention they try and take their designs further, producing quality pieces that continually break norms.
One of DENHAMS most impressive design processes is Virgin to Vintage. To create the perfect wash the team will have someone wear a pair of raw ‘virgin’ jeans for a number of years- providing a real example of that ‘worn’ look everyone is so desperately after. The jeans are then handed to the design team so they can recreate the wear pattern on a newly designed pair. As well as focusing on wash, fit and durability, the DENHAM design team finish off their designs with incredible attention to detail. Their chain stitch scissor emblem on each pair of jeans contains exactly 691 stitches.
The DENHAM designers are experienced enough to work with a confidence and discipline that ensures a constant focus on quality, workmanship and execution. Yet they pride themselves in being young and naïve enough to experiment with new processes. For them, as stated above their London shop door, the truth is in the details, and these details soon became their brand signatures throughout the collections. Perhaps DENHAM’s most iconic detailing is the 7 point pocket. If a line is drawn around a hand, seven points are generated, this concept ended up replacing the traditional 5 point pocket. This became symbolic of the hand of the worker for whom work-wear jeans was originally created as well as the hand of the creators of DENHAM jeans, a solid mark of DENHAM’s commitment to quality workmanship. To get your hands on a pair of DENHAMs contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
RAINS is one of our newest brands that we’re currently representing here at The Chapar. Inspired, formed and influenced by their surroundings, the Danish brand feel excited to move new ways but they insist they will always stay true to their roots. At RAINS they always remember their strong heritage in classic and functional Scandinavian rainwear.
“We constantly develop and improve the paractical specifications of the jacket. An ongoing mission that we endeavor to bring into all elements of both our products and our invitation to explore outdoor moments alongside with keeping our classic, modern and innovative look. We are pleased to work with this as our main mission, and we hope our products motivates people to venture outside the door and enjoy life no matter how the weather is.”
The jackets are made with a durable lightweight fabric with heat sealed seams making it 100% waterproof. The jacket is so thin that it can easily be stowed away, yet still elegantly compliments your existing outfit. With this in mind we think RAINS makes a perfect addition to your festival look this Spring/ Summer. We all know the feeling of getting home soaking wet after a festival because we never found that perfect raincoat to go with our look. Simple, stylish and functional.
Below are two festival looks chosen by our stylists, if you would like one of our stylists to send you a few outfits or simply want to try a RAINS jacket- get in touch today!
The Lodge on Upper Richmond road in Putney is about to launch its new restaurant and bar – Hide and Seed. Head Chef Ricardo Soares has created a menu inspired by his Portuguese heritage; expect to see a menu full of game and fresh fish as well as vegetables from the hotel’s very own farm! 28th March, Putney.
Designed along the lines of a private club, but without the need for membership,
One Kensington offers an exciting and stylish space in which to dine and socialise. The menu of international dishes has been created by executive chef Massimiliano Blasone, previously of Nikita Malibu and Apsleys at The Lanesborough. One Kensington will officially open its doors on Friday 14th March 2014. To celebrate, the venue will be holding a special soft launch preview on Thursday 13th March whereby customers will receive a 50% discount off food, at both lunch and dinner. The reservations system has gone live this week! 14th March, Kensington.
A new lively all-day dining hangout in Fulham – authentic British, seasonal food in a charming setting. Working around a ‘farm to table’ ethos , head chef Alastair Pritchard has created a changing seasonal menu that will serve up informal brunch dishes before being transformed to a cosy candle lit dinner venue at night. With dishes including hash browns and hot smoked salmon with horseradish and a special focus on steak in the evening this is bound to become the new hot spot in Sw6. 10th March, Fulham.
Whether you prefer it dirty or dry, Sipsmith are partnering with Kettner’s elegant bar team to open London’s ultimate ode to the Martini- curating 100 classic Martini recipes in the perfect sipping environment of Kettner’s beautiful oak-panelled private Apartment. The pop-up is open from March 26 to April 12; entry costs £12, with the price including one martini. Each booking has a time limit of 90 minutes. Tickets are now available. March 26th, Soho.
West Hampstead is soon to welcome a new smokehouse restaurant and bar thanks to the brains behind Michelin-starred Pied à Terre and L’Autre Pied, David Moore. The restaurant will serve British meat that has been slow smoked on American smokers for up to 12 hours, resulting in super-tender beef and pork, coupled with cocktails and craft beers. March 15th, West Hampstead.
To make sure you look your best here is our Stylist’s choice for an evening out in the city.
Chinos by Dockers, Blazer by Hackett, Shirt by Hartford, Pocket Square by Hackett, Loafers by Tommy Hilfiger; All available at The Chapar- Just speak to one of our Stylists!