All of us have certain people in our lives who seem to keep popping up over and over again, no matter where you go, who you’re with, or what you’re doing. George Glasgow, Jr. is one of those people for me. He’s the proprietor of London’s George Cleverley, arguably the finest maker of bespoke shoes in the world. Name me a famous or important person from the last 75 years or so and I almost guarantee you they had a pair or two of Cleverley’s in their closet. At least.
George and I first met close to a decade ago when I was writing about classic menswear, and through a mix of mutual friends, overlapping businesses, and a shared love of watches we’ve stayed in touch the whole time. One of the earliest HODINKEE product collaborations was even a limited edition set of watch straps made by Cleverley out of some insanely rare Russian reindeer leather from the 18th century. But that’s a story for another time.
Right now George is on one of his bi-annual tours of the United States to fit customers for shoes, and during a free afternoon in New York I was able to get him into the studio along with our own Cara Barrett to talk about why he has a deep affection for Patek Philippe, the craziest shoe requests he’s ever gotten, and that time that Daniel Day Lewis asked his dad to be in an award-winning movie over lunch. Yeah, this is a wild one.
We hope you enjoy Episode 41 of HODINKEE Radio.
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