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George Glasgow

The comfort of legendary relationships with George Glasgow

When we had the privilege to sit down and speak with George Glasgow, we discovered George Cleverley’s success wasn’t just about making the shoe fit, but rather paying attention to the details of comfortable relationships.

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When we had the privilege to sit down and speak  with George Glasgow, we discovered George  Cleverley’s success wasn’t just about making the  shoe fit, but rather paying attention to the details  of comfortable relationships.

Lesson learned from the legendary George  Cleverley…

I would have to say that the most important thing I learned  from George is that quality and attention to details should  always be our primary focus. We try our best to make the  finest shoes by hand and work very hard to achieve what the  customer is looking for in a shoe.

Kralle Brown Alligator Casuals
Kralle Brown Alligator Casuals

Unique bond between a shoemaker and his  client…

To me, comfort should be the most important factor! Our  focus is to make the best possible looking shoes that your  measurements allow us to make. Once we take a client’s  measurements we can then recommend styles and what might  work better for a specific customer. However, it is ultimately  up to the customer to tell us what he or she is looking for. And it  is up to us to make what the customer requires. Ours is always  an on-going relationship and we love to build relationships  with our clients, as the bespoke world is very personal.

Traditions that have kept the George Cleverley  brand going strong…

We have shared memories with many clients all over the  world. I can say we often get fathers and sons coming into the  shop together which is always a lot of fun. There are many  stories that we share with our customers.

George Glasgow Jr & Veronique Glasgow on a yacht in Cannes
George Glasgow Jr & Veronique Glasgow on a yacht in Cannes

Our latest collection…

We have done a beautiful new collection  for Kingsman by George Cleverley  which is sold online via Mrporter.com.  This is now in season seven and doing  very well. We also released several new  antique calf colours which are amazing  and have been selling very well! Each  one in a spring/summer finish and all  gorgeous, finished by hand.

Growing the brand over time…

We are inspired by the total organic  way. We have never advertised or  promoted the brand. Our business is by  word of mouth that comes from making  exceptional shoes. We have many high  profile clients which has helped a lot as  well. This year marked our 60th year  anniversary and we have grown at a  healthy and steady pace over the years  which is important. Our focus is on  quality and keeping our existing clients  happy, not about increasing sales.

Working with Daniel Day  Lewis on the set of the movie Phantom Thread…

This was a spectacular experience  and incredible. Daniel Day Lewis is  a personal friend of mine, so I was  honoured to be included in such a  wonderful film. One of the most  amazing experiences in my life.

Hotel Le Sirenuse, Italy
Hotel Le Sirenuse, Italy

My exotic holiday destinations…

Either Nevis at St. Kitts, the Maldives or Harbour Island.

My favourite hotels…

Sandy Lane Hotel in Barbados because it is simply luxury at the highest levels. The staff, services, climate & water are true paradise for a vacation.

The Ritz Carlton in Tokyo is the most amazing hotel for views, service and is one of the best city hotels in the world.

Hotel Le Sirenuse is a dream come true in Italy! Nestled among the patchwork of pastel-hued buildings that line the vertiginous coastal village of Positano, this boutique hotel boasts – unsurprisingly – splendid views from  every which way. Whether you’re relaxing in your room, decked out with the exquisite ceramic tiles for which the area is famous, lounging by the cliff-edge pool or feasting in the leafy La Sponda restaurant, sweeping panoramas of the UNESCO-recognised Amalfi Coast never let you forget you’re in Italy’s chicest seaside spot.

Soho House White City House Roof top pool
Soho House White City House Roof top pool

My favourite city …

London! It’s got everything for everyone, except year round sun. I think London has grown into the hub of the world.

My travel must-haves…

iPhone, my briefcase & a good pair of shoes! It’s important to have a routine and items which make your lifestyle easy when you travel. I pack very well after a lot of experience.◼

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© This article was first published in Aug-Sept 2018 edition of World Travel Magazine.

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