Tuesday, 2 November 2010
Truly overwhelmed by the responses from everyone who suggested names for the new Jaguar. I loved all of the suggestions and the explanations, and I must thank everyone who took the time to come up with ideas. The following four stood out: Lady, Petronella, Noir and Nera so I'll keep you posted with what I go for. I can't believe no one came up with 'Shaguar' from Austin Powers though - very disappointed with everyone's sophisticated humour. ;)
This week is back to fashion related topics. Firstly from my Style Guide - the most comments and compliments have been about making men more aware of how important shoes are, not just obviously to compliment and finish off any outfit or look, but about how important men's shoes are to women also. One lady thanked me for making men more aware, after the last three dates she'd been on had all turned up in battered, dirty trainers or shoes and she had felt a little insulted that these men didn't seem to have made an effort. Other welcomed comments have come from stylists at Esquire and GQ which is always lovely to hear!
People may point out that buying new shoes or having a large shoes collection is rather expensive, and I agree. However, not only am I a believer in good shoes, but also in shiny shoes and preserving your current shoes or rejuvenating an old pair is a quick, simple and cheap solution. My little luxury and secret (not for long!), is a guy called Romi Topi.
Romi runs a shoes shine service in Burlington Arcade in Mayfair, London. Shoe shine services are everywhere in America, but a rarity in the UK and yet sitting there in Burlington Arcade (which happens to be one of my favourite small parts of London), surrounded by the vintage watches, jewellery and luggage shops, watching the world go by and shooting the breeze with Romi is a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of the City - you almost feel like you were back in London a century ago - and at Christmas time, it's just that little bit more special. Romi charges £3.50 for a regular shine and £7 for a really special shine. For an old pair of shoes that need a bit of TLC, it's a bargain.