28 Dec 2015

The Yule-tide spirit at Glücksburg Strandhotel

As my wife and I were neither invited to Skeldings Hall nor had plans for Monte Carlo we went to our favourite hotel in Schleswig-Holstein, Strandhotel Glücksburg, to commend the Yule-tide Spirit.
Five days of excess living at the adorable 4-star hotel next to Flensburg fiord.
The restaurant though not having any stars yet is mentioned in the Michelin guide; quite deservedly.

Such a stay calls for substantial luggage including several pairs of shoes and boots; tweed suits for the countryside; flannels and worsted suits for the city of Flensburg; and Dinner suit and Evening Tails for evenings. Furthermore a myriad of accessories including umbrella, walking and shooting sticks.

Dining in the restaurant "Felix"

6 Dec 2015

Chukka boots from Carmina Shoemaker; MTO via Skoaktiebolaget

My new Chukka boots from Carmina Shoemaker are made on the sleek Simpson last in a beautiful burnished museum calf; they are part of a group MTO by Swedish Skoaktiebolaget ordered 3½ months ago. The boots are Goodyear welted and of really good quality.

Carmina is made in the Spanish island Mallorca; and from reputation a great shoemaker. The Albaladejo family has been making shoes for almost 150 years and more companies are currently run by family members; José Albaladejo founded Camina in 1997.
The Simpson last is a slightly narrower last which suits my feet perfectly. The burnishing looks great, and the craftmanship in general is really good. The half rubbersole (called "Tomir") is perfect for the boots; suitable for Autumn/Winther and still fits the sleek design (Dainite soles would have looked too crude).
I ordered my boots with corresponding shoe trees from Skoaktiebolaget; a quite appealing design, made in North Hampton.
Carmina does a lot in group Made To Order and you really have the opportunity to get beautiful designs made. I am looking forward to if they soon will open for individual MTO, too.

The sleek, slightly elongated Simpson last