Our new 'Shrine' ankle boot. Signature 158C calf skin lining, vegetable tanned English leather and guntooth check Harris Tweed upper, YKK side zip and leather soles. Half price for next 48 hours only - these are killer, probably one of my favourite products to date. Been road testing these since Berlin and Milan fashion weeks last year - thats a good 13 months of daily solid wear and they are just getting better looking, sole and heel standing up great, everything wearing and working as it should. Hit the shoe to go shopping, your 48 hour discount code is SHRINE.
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our new Manchester stockist.....
John Rogers and his team have been an absolute pleasure to deal with and we are really looking forward to working with them. They are busy gearing up to open their new boutique on Manchesters salubrious King Street, rubbing shoulders with Hermes and Crombie, two of our favourite labels. I'll leave it up to the man at the helm to tell it like it is:
Things men have made with wakened hands, and put soft life into
are awake through years with transferred touch, and go on glowing
for long years.
And for this reason, some old things are lovely
warm still with the life of forgotten men who made them
(Things Men Have Made, D.H. Lawrence. 1929)
That sums it all up really. Lissom & Muster sells things made to last and have a life; things fit for purpose, whose form follows function; products which have evolved through need, rather than through a ceaseless cycle of seasonal design. We source and commission skilfully crafted clothing, footwear and accessories made for, of, from and in Britain (and sometimes from other places geographically and culturally close to home, like Sweden). It’s a rich tradition to draw upon – our fabrics and craft skills evolved out of the necessity to provide products that did a job – often in testing conditions. Whether for riding horses, going to sea or working in the hills – the garments and skills which have evolved, reflect the possibilities that nature, culture and geography provided. Shetland knitwear, waxed cotton, leather boots, tweed – they all were superb technology before they were ‘on trend’. And they were built to give many years of service and to improve with age. Now, we can make things much more quickly and cheaply in various ways, but these garments and skills are every bit as relevant and satisfying today. There’s something more to products made with hand, eye, head and heart combined. And in our view the end product is only ever as worthwhile as its story allows it to be. As Eric Gill said: ‘A thing fit for its purpose is necessarily pleasant to use and also beautiful... if you look after goodness and truth, beauty will take care of itself’.
Lissom & Muster will open a new shop in the heart of Manchester this Autumn. They will sell skilfully crafted boots and shoes made in Northamptonshire; handframe knitwear from Shetland and Wales, British made luggage and leathergoods by Cherchbi; Lavenham jackets from Suffolk; Silk ties from Sudbury; silk pocket squares and scarves from Macclesfield; socks by Corgi; bespoke shirting made in Manchester; Fjallraven outerwear; natural rubber wellies from Sweden and Denmark; Abbeyhorn of Lancashire horn and antlerware; rare breed rugs and throws made in Cornwall; The White Briefs underwear from Sweden; a range of finest shoe and leathercare products; carefully selected, artisanal equestrian and outdoor wear garments and, of course, they’ll stock Jaggy Nettle.
Jaggy Nettle Catwalk show tomorrow evening, April 5th 2011. Venue - The Hammerstein Ballroom, 311 West 34th Street, New York City.
Available to buy via pop up shop till April 10th. Location - 939 Madison Avenue, directly adjacent to the Whitney Museum.