In 1851 a farmer’s son by the name of John Lobb set foot on what was to become an exceptional journey of accomplishment. Aged 22, Lobb left his home in rural Cornwall and walked to London, carried only by his handmade boots.
The John LobbAutumn|Winter 2015 collection, the first under the artistic direction of Paula Gerbase, celebrates the legacy of Lobb’s heroic walk as the label strides towards the future.
Honouring the rituals of bootmaking, John Lobb’s renowned seamless whole-cut patterns are key, with wraparound lines evoking the horizon of Cornish moorland. There is a focus on contrasting texture and tone, seen in a wraparound seamless back boot as well as a single buckle shoe with a lightly curved strap.
For Autumn|Winter, the functional Combe single buckle, lace up boot with storm welt and double sole is constructed in heavyweight misty calf in tones inspired by the ruby moss found thriving on the edges of Dartmoor.
A further series of two storm welt styles affirms the label’s heritage of movement, function and strength; the solid foundations for a new beginning. The iconic John Lobb double buckle shoe is reimagined with a plain vamp and offered on the October rubber sole. Grove, a new two-eyelet suede boot is presented with tonal French binding around the quarters.
For evening,Gerbase has developed a new, elegant last with an almond shaped toe; the Wells is a whole-cut unlined slip-on shoe with contrasting suede saddle, whilst Ash comes in the form of a lightweight Ghillie in black and deep navy.
Craftsmanship and modernity are at the core of John Lobb. As the label looks ahead, a featherweight, non-welted plimsole has been developed for the new season, offered in contrasting reverse suede and velveteen calf in colours of chalk, moss, russet, slate and dusk; colours drawn from Lobb’s original, solitary trek from farmhand to founder of the world’s finest men’s shoe and bootmakers.
John Lobb (88 Jermyn St, London SW1Y 6JD)