Here’s a YouTube clip of an interview with John Lobb, the great-grandson of the founder of bespoke London shoemaker John Lobb. In addition to giving a quick history of his great-grandfather, he mentions that his two sons are also still involved in the craftmanship of the family business (and extols the virtues of elephant leather among other things). The business continues in part because the shoemaker continues to find people naturally interested in the craft of shoemaking – making and shaping shoes by hand.
On the other side of the world, the Japanese have also taken to the craft of shoemaking. You might remember my previous entry on artisanal excellence in Japan. Take a look at this LondonLounge thread on Otsuka’s RTW, MTM and bespoke offering. For enthusiasts of the vintage look, the MTM button boots look like a winner.