Friday, 24 May 2013

Gucci Loafers

Here goes, talking about one of my favourite subjects, shoes. A few weeks ago I was wandering around Manhattan, idly looking in the shop windows and as I passed J. Press, the renowned preppy outfitters I noticed in their display a pair of shoes distinctly similar to the Gucci loafer. A shoe so famous, it deserves the status of National Treasure. Back in the 80’s it seemed that all our customers wore nothing but Gucci loafers, with pinstripe suits, corduroy trousers or a pair of old Levi's. Much as I liked the shoe I never found them to be comfortable, perhaps this pair in J. Press would fit. I discovered they were made by Alden, the most reputable shoemakers in America and whose shoes fitted me perfectly. Seeing that tassel loafers have become popular again I have the feeling that the Gucci loafer will also enjoy a renaissance. There is something glamorous about this shoe that makes one think of all things horsey. Of course they fitted so I had no excuse but to buy them and somehow they seemed so much cheaper in dollars. A few days later I was having my haircut in our Sloane St shop and I suddenly noticed that Michael our Barber was wearing a pair of tan suede Gucci loafers. He said that he had owned them for years and just dug them out of the wardrobe, gave them a good brushing and felt like wearing them again. In future when I am thinking about trends I need look no further than Michael because he really does seem to have his finger on the pulse.

Jeremy Hackett

Friday, 10 May 2013

Take a Vantage

Last weekend, when the sun finally deigned to come out, I had seen Aston Martin's everywhere with their hoods down. That's not to say they are common it's just that I noticed them more.

Beforehand I seemed only to hear them, as there is no mistake when you hear that tremendous throbbing, a noise so thrilling it makes your hair stand up. I wonder if anyone has considered it as a ring tone for their mobile. I have always liked convertibles and once owned a Citroen 2CV which was like sitting in a deck chair with wheels, with a lawn mower for an engine and an umbrella for a roof, but it was a fun car that was reliable and took me to Paris and back on several occasions when I was running second hand clothes to the Flea Market there.

Unlike the MG RV8 that I bought on a whim back in the early 90s, because it was so beautiful and British. It constantly overheated due to its 4 liter Range Rover engine and the canvas roof was forever leaking. I got rid of it pretty quickly and have not owned a soft top since. But these last few sunny days have been tempting me to reconsider, perhaps it's a mid life crisis although I'm getting a bit old for that or it's that sense of freedom with the wind blowing through my hair ( what's left of it).

I don't know if you have spotted the competition we are running to win an Aston Martin Vantage Roadster, I certainly have, as I tried to enter myself until it was pointed out to me that I wasn't allowed, I even thought about changing my name to Heremy Jackett, a name one of our Spanish PR girls endearingly insisted on calling me.  The winner is able to choose the colour of both the exterior and interior. Now if I had been able to enter I would have created a vintage Vantage, cream paintwork, red leather interior and whitewall tyres reminiscent of 1950s sport cars, dream on! The competition runs until the end of May all the details are on the Hackett website. As I can't take part, but you can, so my advice would be to take a Vantage!

Jeremy Hackett