Black Unicorn is a full grain moosehide leather produced by one of England's oldest and most respected tanneries. Earlier in the year we sourced a limited run of this unique leather and produced two distinct boots to highlight the versatility of the material. Click through for the full feature and shop the collection here.
This weekend we will be hosting our first ever physical sample sale in New York City. We've shipped over 400 pairs of boots from our factory in Victoria to Manhattan's Lower East Side, including trade show samples, cosmetic seconds, overstock and a few one-off experiments. Boots will be priced from $200 to $600 (USD) and available in sizes 3 to13. We are expecting a great turnout so be sure to arrive early on Friday to avoid disappointment. Capacity will be limited and entry will be on a first-come, first-served basis. All sales final. Credit card payment only.
We are excited and proud to introduce the first offerings from our Goodyear welt program. Welted boots and shoes will continue to release on our webshop and at participating retailers this Fall season. We will continue to offer both Stitchdown and Naildown boots, making our factory one of the only facilities in the world that can execute these three manufacturing methods under one roof. Click through for the rest of the story.
Earlier this year we experimented with some natural indigo dye and its effect on various leathers. In addition to dyeing raw materials, we also submerged an entire finished Service Boot in the vat of indigo. The original boot was made from Horween's Natural Essex which is a full-grain, undyed, vegetable tanned leather . After multiple dips the upper leather, insole, and midsole fully absorbed the indigo and were left a rich, uniform blue. The brass eyelets and white nylon sole stitch remained unchanged. While the concept is not entirely ready for production yet, we will continue to explore what effects can be acchieved with Indigo and other natural dyes. Click through for more photos of the process.
A few months ago, when clearing out a storage room at the factory, we came across an old wooden last in an Infant Size 7. We thought it would interesting to see if we could adapt our materials and production methods to such a small scale so we set out on making a single pair of Service Boots. Despite the tiny size we used as many of our usual materials as possible including brass nails, #2 eyelets, and full weight upper and insole leather. We managed to preserve the stitch pattern, bellows tongue and overall proportions of the adult size Service Boot. Unfortunately, we have no plans to begin producing children's footwear, but this sample can be seen on display at VMC in Zurich. Click through for more photos.