I can’t help it – I get excited about new products I’m working on, and I want to share them with you!
There are cool things in the works. I have dreams of not just introducing new historical shoes, but more accessories to go with them – namely buckles and stockings.
Firstly, we’re working on a new buckle. This one has taken so freaking long, it’s ridiculous, but it’s a difficult design and we’ve had to find a new manufacturer to make them. There is (hopefully) just one more iteration to go before this one will be perfecto.
|“Valois” buckle – easier said than done.|
It seems logical to also create a simple round or square brass buckle for the middling and lower classes, camp followers, and less extravagant types. Which would you prefer, round/oval or square?
Next in development for accessories is a line of silk clocked stockings. Here is a preview from the factory, but I’m still waiting for the samples to arrive – maybe today! – so I can test them for stretch, wearability, sizing, etc.
These are 98% silk, 2% lycra/stretch material. I know you purist won’t be happy about the lycra, but it’s there to keep these silk beauties from bagging out around the knees, ankles, and at the top of the knee.
We’ll be having a pre-order for stockings, to help fund the run, near Fall, so watch here or on Facebook for news of that event.
Also, many of you have asked about “Tavistock,” the button-up Victorian/Edwardian boot. Tavistock is currently in development, and we’re hoping to see the first sample here shortly. We’ve got these lovelies planned for pre-order in September, and delivery by the end of November, in time for the Christmas shopping season.
Why can’t I give definitive answers for when new things will be coming out? Well, because often times things crop up in the development process that delay us. For instance, having to switch factories for the buckles, or make multiple revisions and re-sample designs, or having to raise funding for sampling – all of these (and more) push back hopeful release dates. It’s one of the joys of being a microscopically small business!
If you have questions, shoot me an e-mail ([email protected]) or leave a comment below.