An Evening with Gaziano and Girling
Tony Gaziano and Dean Girling were in town on Friday to meet with clients (existing and potential) over the weekend and nosh with The Rake over Laphroaig single malt whiskey and canapes at the Four Seasons hotel. The pair of bespoke shoemakers, in concert with Kevin Seah Bespoke hosted the rakish affair with over 40 people in attendance over the course of one stylish evening.
Founded in 2006, Gaziano & Girling is a bespoke shoe company founded in by the duo of Tony and Dean. At their first ever trunk show in Singapore, whilst fondling a pair of croc skin oxfords and absentmindedly swirling Laphroaig 10 years in the other, I got to speak to one half of the pair. Tony Gaziano himself was an alumnus of Cleverley and Edward Green and since the founding of his namesake workshop, it has become one of the most classic yet innovative shoemakers in England.
Both bespoke men’s shoes and Made to Order footwear made by Gaziano and Girling are surprisingly versatile. In fact, we wouldn’t be remiss if we were to categorically state that with their designs, there is indeed something for everyone. For example, classic English shoes are updated with modern touches like a shaped waist in the last, these are some of the few elegant details that manages to attract both the old school gent and sartorially adventurous upstart.
Completely handmade by five craftsmen, bespoke shoes are an invitation for Rakes to express their personality through his idealised shoe- shape, type of leather and even details like contrast stitching are not off limits. Unless you are blessed with extremely average foot proportions, chances are, most ready to wear shoes would either pinch the foot or compresses the toes, with a beech wood last sculpted in proportion to an individual’s foot, the end result is perfect fit and comfort.
Fewer then 100 pairs are made every year and now, Gaziano and Girling bespoke shoes are in Singapore exclusively at Kevin Seah Bespoke.
Editor’s Note: Simon Crompton wrote an excellent 5 part review of a handmade pair of Gaziano and Girling bespoke shoes from the cutting and lasting of the leather to the stitching of the welt and sole. Start your journey [here]