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Over the past half century, when one of the great British actors trod the boards or a politician strode through the corridors of power, or a rock star strutted across the stage, there was a pretty good chance he would be wearing bespoke shoes from George Cleverley.
Everyone from Sir Lawrence Olivier, Daniel Day-Lewis, Jason Statham, Mickey Rourke, to Winston Churchill, Tom Wolfe, Bryan Ferry, Charlie Watts, and Elton John. All have stepped lightly down Old Bond Street and into the Royal Arcade to the George Cleverley shop.
The original owner, the eponymous George Cleverley, was still making shoes well after he'd turned 90. The business is now run by another George, the gregarious George Glasgow. He was kind enough to give The Department of Style a guided tour.
The Department of Style is a field guide to the timeless, the adventurous, and the enthusiastic. We celebrate craft. We explore tradition. We find the creative imaginations that take classic forms and make them their own.
It is about understanding that in life, doing something right takes time, and skill, and effort. But therein lies the joy. Finding people who still do those things that way and telling their stories is the original Departmental mandate.
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