Posts Tagged "handmade shoes"

February 1, 2010

Blackarm Begins


I recently had the pleasure of attending the Blackarm Bespoke launch party held at the Labour Love Gallery in Durham. Blackarm Bespoke, if you remember, is the custom footwear brand started by good friend of OK Great, Kieran Ionescu. The party also featured a presentation from the good people of Raleigh Denim, Victor & Sarah. Raleigh Denim had been a strong supporter of Kieran from the outset, so it was nice to see everyone together celebrating the launch. John Pelphrey, owner of Labour Love, spent all day prior to the party building a custom presentation wall for his guests. Super-friggin-nice-guy.

See more pictures from the launch & read about Raleigh Denim + Blackarm Bespoke after the jump.

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November 11, 2009

Blackarm Bespoke


I am pleased to introduce local designer Kieran Ionescu. I met Kieran a couple of years ago right before he moved to Hungary to apprentice under a master shoe maker. How cool is that!? He’s back in Durham now and he’s started a custom footwear business called Blackarm Bespoke. “Shoes are bench made, one pair at a time, by hand, using traditional methods. Commissions are taken on a first-come, first-serve basis.” A lot of thoughtful care goes into each pair of shoes which is completely evident in the final product.

To celebrate the new business, Kieran is teaming up with our friends from Raleigh Denim for a special launch party. The event will be held at Labour Love Gallery in Durham on Saturday, December 5th at 6pm. Be there, fools!


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