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Grenson Trunk Show at Peggs & son.

GRENSON TRUNK SHOW AT PEGGS & SON.

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Grenson Trunk Show at Peggs & son.

Many thanks to all those who came down to our Grenson Trunk Show event last week, it made for a fun and memorable night. On show were the latest selection of Grenson styles and owner Tim Little was on hand to offer his expertise on the range. If you haven’t had the chance yet, be sure to read our interview with Tim in our previous blog post. For those who couldn’t make it down on the evening, here are some images courtesy of James Hole.

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Thanks to Tim, Laura, Jen, Sarah and Joe from Grenson for making it happen. You can shop our selection of Grenson shoes over on the website by clicking here…

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

When it comes to the grand old tradition of English shoe making, few can compare to Grenson. With a long and illustrious history dating back 150 years, they certainly know their way around a last or two. But rather being stuck in the past, obsessing over heritage and reminiscing about bygone eras, they are a progressive company who are always looking to innovate with both material and design. One of the main reasons for this is the passion and enthusiasm of Grenson’s owner, Tim Little. Ahead of our hosting of the Grenson Trunk Show this week (you can RSVP here by the way), we thought it a great opportunity to sit down with the man to discuss footwear, fashion and the future…

 

Peggs: What attracted you to Grenson to begin with?

Tim: I knew Grenson from when I was I my 20s, they were always a classic brand with a bit of an edge. I was asked to join the business but I was worried that it would encroach on my own business, however 10 minutes in the factory and I was hooked.

How important is it to move forward with design whilst still staying true to the company’s heritage?

This is the balance that is at the heart of what we do. Without our heritage we are nothing, but without innovation design and relevance we would slowly die. The job is to mix the two with the right amount of each. Sometimes we get it wrong!

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

Collaboration with companies like New Balance are really interesting, do you plan to do any more of these in the future?

Yes, we do. We love collabs when they make sense. They need to add something. New Balance was wonderful because we made each shoe partly in our factory and partly in theirs. It was a celebration of English shoemaking between a Northampton shoemaker and a sneaker brand. It was hard to do but it was so much more than just sharing logos. With collabs you have to keep them quiet until launch so I can’t say much but watch this space!

How important is it to you to retain production in the UK?

Our factory is our heart; it is vital to the authenticity of the brand. It’s very hard these days to manage a factory as the labour isn’t available but it’s worth the hassle. We have been making shoes continuously for 150 years and that is not going to change.

What makes a great shoe?

For me it’s the combination of quality and design. Both are subjective but the consumer will tell us when we get something wrong. Design-wise I love simplicity, I always have. Simplicity is way harder than complicated design because it bare, you focus on every detail. Some people think design is about being different at all costs. Add as many things to the shoe as you can and people will say it’s original. I don’t buy that, I spend time on shape, proportion and lines. My favourite shoe is a wholecut which has no seams at all.

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

What’s your day to day like?

Random. I’m a bit all over the place. I tend to do things as they feel right not plan ahead. It’s also a combination of design, manufacturing, wholesale and retail, so every day is different.

What is the most rewarding aspect of your job?

Seeing our shoes being made and seeing them being worn.

What is the most challenging aspect of your job?

The same as everyone; the lack of time. I always think if I had 20% more time everything would be OK. It wouldn’t of course, I’d just be 20% more tired.

What is your vision for Grenson in the future?

Keep it simple. Make good shoes. Work with great retailers. Hire good people. The rest is out of my hands.

TIM LITTLE FROM GRENSON INTERVIEW

Many thanks to Tim and Laura from Grenson for helping to put this interview together. To take a look at our Grenson collection in full, please head to the website by clicking here…

What-to-pack

SUMMER HOLIDAY: ARTIST RESIDENCE HOTEL

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There’s no summer holiday quite like a British holiday. With the grey skies and cold months all but a distant memory, it’s finally that time of year to crack out the shorts and sandals, drink copious amounts of cold beer and burn some food on the barbecue. Fear not, here in store we have all the clothing you need to accompany these activities.

Over on our Inspirations page we’ve created our holiday planning guides, where you will find our curated selection of packing essentials for all types of vacations. Whether you’re planning a short city break, a heavy festival weekend or a family trip to the beach, we have it all covered. You will find a fine selection of essentials, from the luxury luggage of Globe-Trotter to the quality sunglasses from Sun Buddies.

We always think that to make the most of your holiday, you want the clothing you bring to be both comfortable and versatile. Our featured selection includes tried and tested pieces from Norse Projects, A.P.C., Our Legacy, Sunspel, Officine Generale and Universal Works. Keeping it simple with grooming products, we’ve delved into our range from the likes of Baxter of California, Marvis, Laboratory Perfume and Barbasol.

To get us in the mood, we headed over to the Artist Residence, a small, boutique hotel located just off the seafront in the historic Regency Square. With sea views and an eclectic aesthetic, it is the perfect place to stay for a weekend away here in Brighton. See below for our experience when we headed there earlier this month.

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Shop the full selection of our holiday planning guide over on our website now…

BLACK OUT

If there is one colour we’re ‘feeling’ more than any other at Peggs & son this Autumn, it has to be black.

Black may be synonymous with death but more importantly it marches to the beat of classic elegance, rock’n’roll rebellion and an understated sophistication that other colours simply can’t compete with. What other colour could be so readily associated with both Parisian chic and British punk? Black isn’t afraid of anything or anyone and therefore no matter your sartorial preferences it is a must for your new wardrobe.

This season we have some great brands all producing amazing ranges in black:

Matthew Miller and Swedish brand Common are two new names we are proud to present this season. Creating cutting edge logo / vinyl sweats, tapered trousers and bombers jackets, these are two of our favourite new brands to arrive in store for the forthcoming season.

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Grenson, Bass Weejuns and Dr Martens have been producing exceptional footwear since the days of our grandfather’s youth. This season sees little reason to break with tradition and they all continue with classic footwear that can be worn in the modern age. Whether you’re looking for brogues or tassle loafers, a night at the restaurant or out on the tiles, we have a great range of shoes from some of the worlds most prestigious cobblers. And if you do want to play it more contemporary, it doesn’t get any better than the Gourmet X Black Scale collab sneaks.

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If you’re looking for a good pair of black trousers or jeans we know we can sort you out. From the wonderfully tapered trousers from Belgium outfitters Bellerose or our new favourites, Common, through to Edwin or Nudie jeans, we have some of the sharpest cuts in town.

This season there is little doubt, black is most certainly back. Bomber jackets or sweats, trousers or Sunspel tees and polo shirts, loafers, brogues or boots, black really is the perfect colour to compliment your Autumnal wardrobe.

WELCOME TO AW13 AT PEGGS & SON.

Autumn/Winter 2013 at Peggs & son.

Welcome to Autumn/Winter 2013 at Peggs & son.

The new season is upon us and it’s shaping up to be something a little bit special. Alongside more familiar labels such as Our Legacy and APC, we will be bringing new brands to our eclectic selection. From technical outerwear to traditionally made English workwear, we have it covered. Nowhere else will you find the futuristic fabrics of Arc’teryx Veilance sat alongside the stunning replica jackets of Eastman.

Our first drop of products has already landed and we have new collections from YMC, Folk, Our Legacy, APC, Woolrich, Grenson, Oliver Spencer, Obey, Bellerose, LVC and many more in store and online. New labels are arriving daily from designers all over the world. So, if you like clean, modern styles from Scandinavia, rugged clothing from America, attention to detail from Japan or craftsmanship from England, we’re sure that we have something in store you will love.

Head on over to our online store to check the latest collection.

GRENSON SHOES

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Drip, drip, drip…

For once that’s not the sound of the weather; it’s the noise of new stock trickling into the shop. Bit by bit, garment by garment, our rails are filling up with new and exciting products. One brand that has more than tweaked our interest here at Peggs & son is Grenson. Their new collection is robust and rugged but still retains that unmistakable British style that Grenson have become synonymous with. Fortunately the shoes and boots look more than tough enough to withstand the few drips that the autumn weather will no doubt bring.

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The main change from the previous season is replacing the smooth leather sole with a sturdy commando version. Although this increases the weight of the shoe slightly, it also adds grip and protection from the elements. The sole is also made from genuine Goodyear welt that is hand stitched to the upper. The advantage of this is not only the famous levels of durability but should the sole wear down, it can also be replaced easily by an experienced cobbler. No need to buy a brand new shoe.

Grenson Hadley

Perhaps our favourite new piece from the Grenson collection is the amazing Hadley. The robustness of this boot is obvious and the Hadley was designed and built for the great outdoors. The upper is made using tough scotch grained leather and when paired with the rubber commando sole the Hadley can take anything the British weather can throw at it. With eight eyelets for the laces, this boot is a wonderful example of English manufacturing.

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Shop the rest of the collection, as well as all new stock over at the online store. Alternatively why not pop into the shop to see the amazing Grenson shoes in the flesh.

These Walking Boots

Here at Peggs & son we like to think that what we do not only involves a love for fashion but a love for the craftsmanship, history and integrity of our brands…and it doesn’t come much better than both Grenson and Red Wing who have been making boots for over 200 years collectively.

Once the preserve of the military, factory and manual workers, the boot – while still retaining its working class roots – has made the leap into fashion, becoming a staple of the male wardrobe.

Team up the Grenson brogue boot with a sharp suit on your walk to the office, bust out the Red Wing Moc Toe on those Sunday strolls or slip on the Chukka for a casual day out.

Grenson Shoes SS12

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Again this season, we see Grenson footwear in store at Peggs & son. We return to this bootmaker each season because simply put, there is no other to choose from when it comes  to buying classic, hand crafted and affordable footwear. This season we have chosen three styles from the extensive collection. These include the Tom, James and Sid. All of which are available online from the Peggs & son online store.

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Tom | The Semi Brogue is a very British shoe. Made for the city but worn today almost anywhere, Tom is soft and unlined, but just as at home in the Bank Managers office as in the bar.

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James | Classic preppy, suede penny loafer unlined for softness.

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Sid | commonly known as a Royal Brogue, but used to be called a Galosh Brogue in Northamptonshire and is also known as a Long Wing in the USA.  All good names and all meaning that this is a classic wing tip except that the wing runs the length of the shoe to the back strap instead of dipping down into the welt like its more common brother.  Made from calf grain with a double sole and split welt, this shoe has become an instant Grenson classic.

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