Have you ever wondered why your shoes look scruffy and the guy next to you has
had his same pair of brogues looking as good as new for the past 5 years? Leather is a skin and, just like your own skin, it needs protection and special treatment to stand the test of time. It is much easier to look after your footwear than most people think.
Here are some simple tips on shoe care.
-Use shoe trees inside your shoes at the end of the dayís wear. Make sure they are unpolished cedar and are a snug fit. The shoe will dry out over night and return to its normal state, hardening over the form of the shoe tree. This will keep the shoe in perfect shape.
-When wet, stuff your shoes with newspaper to absorb water. Before they are completely dry, put your shoe trees back inside so the shoes return to shape.
-If you get mud on your shoes, wait for it to dry and brush it off in one piece rather than spread it around your shoe. Leather has tiny pores which will fill up with anything that fits like mud or shoe polish. The shine of a shoe is polish filling the pores and making a smoother surface.
-Spray your suede shoes with water protectant to help them dodge the rain. Brush with a suede brush before and after you spray to avoid any irregularity and also brush regularly to maintain the pile. If you get water marks, as counter-intuitive as it sounds, wash with a suede shampoo then leave to dry as instructed above.
-Give your shoes a rest for a minimum of 24 hours. You canít wear the same pair
day after day because the perspiration from your feet is absorbed by the
leather and causes it to soften throughout the dayís wear. Not giving your
footwear ample time to completely dry out will make the upper leather warp and
fall out of shape.
-Salt from your perspiration will dry out the leather eventually. Youíll need
to polish and condition the leather to keep it supple. Polish will return oils
and moisture to the leather, protecting it from the elements as well as keeping
it looking great.
-Put a half-sole of rubber on the
bottom. A cobbler can do this for $40-$50 and it will significantly slow down
the wear on the sole. Not to mention giving you valuable grip to help you avoid and embarrasing improptu landing on your backside in the rain.
Along with the above tips, simple
things like using a shoe horn to prevent the heel of the shoe softening and replacing tatty laces will work wonders on the look of your shoes.
Doing the above should give your footwear extra years of life and keep them looking their best.
Working Style are hiring for full-time retail positions across the company. We have stores in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Working Style celebrates all things heritage and hand made. We value quality craftsmanship and understated luxury without the pretension. Customer service success is imperative and we go beyond the normal call of duty to deliver outstanding finished products and customer experiences.
New full time positions do not come up often, our staff tend to stay around. This is something extremely atypical of the retail industry and means consitency for our clients and means that you will learn about tailoring and made-to-measure suiting from the most experienced outfitters in the country. If you have what it takes, come be a part of our team.
Essential personal qualities include a high degree of empathy, intelligence, detail-orientation and a good sense of humour
-Are you passionate about delivering outstanding customer service?
-Have you got a true interest in clothing and fashion?
-Do you thrive when meeting new people and make friends easily? -Have you got excellent verbal and written communication skills? -Are you presentable and clean cut?
-Do you have prior fashion or retail industry experience?
-Can you work closely with others in a team environment?
-Are you self motivated?
-Do you have flawless organisation skills?
-Are you good with money, numbers and measurements?
Additional competencies and skills that may help send you to the front of the queue could include those in areas such as leadership, IT, sales and fluency in Mandarin, Cantonese or other languages. Also valuable is retail experience with suiting, tailoring, bespoke or made-to-measure garments.
Successful applicantswill have a world-class wardrobe, be rewarded handsomely for their hard work and can have opportunities to extend themselves or move to various areas of the business such as management, product design, marketing or finance.
Wellington's visual effects wizard Dan Barrett was on the red carpet earlier this week. Dan and his colleagues' outstanding work, bringing Caesar and friends to life on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, landed them a nomination for Best Visual Effects.
Congratulations to Dan for the nomination, an amazing film and looking so damn good in our peak lapel dinner suit.
Our pick for Best Dressed goes to Chris Pratt for how well the wide shawl lapels suit his newly acquired physique and how impeccably the garments fit. Take notes if you are an athletic build.
2. John Legend - Winner of Best Original Song for Glory from the film Selma. Note how the matte black velvet lapel cloth makes the rest of the suit look much lighter.
3. Chris Pine shows us how double-breasted suits don't have to be boxy or shapeless in this double breasted dinner suit that fits like a glove. In the opposite effect to John Legend's suit, the shine from the lapels make the cloth on the body of the jacket look darker.
4.Eddie Redmayne - The Theory of Everything star won Best Actor and wore a striking french blue dinner suit. How to dress if you are slim.
5. Adam Levine wearing this simple shawl lapel dinner suit. Why is he there? Because he looks this good.
What is not to like about 8 men on ponies battling it out for your entertainment?
There is still time to get your outfit sorted. We can get you looking your best with our new range and in house tailors.
-Dress in light weight, natural fibre clothing to ward off the heat. -Keep your look simple. Focus on an elegant sunglasses, shoes and belt for your accessories. Sunglasses are a must - a classic tortoishell wayfarer is our pick. Always opt for a brown leather for any casual lawn function involving stomping on a few divots at half time. -No tie, go open collar shirt or polo shirt (of course). -Instead of a suit, we recommend tailored separates for your main items- a tailored casual look that Working Style has championed for many years.
It is the year of the goat. Fortuitus timing indeed as our new Autumn/Winter season collection has started arriving today and is full of Cashmere, coming from the Cashmere Goat.
Acknowleding the origin, hours and journey of your goods is extremely important when looking at a price tag, always remind yourself of the effort that goes in to producing your clothing.
It starts with a blade of grass struggling towards the dim sunlight on the freezing steppes of inner Mongolia. Winter passes and the goat's coat is hand combed in the spring time. Unlike sheep's wool, only a small fraction of the coat is combed out - the valuable ultra-smooth winter cashmere fibre mainly from the underside of the animal. When each farmer has enough fibre it is bundled, washed and exported to a fabric mill in Europe or the UK who have been designing patterns and colours well in advance. The raw fibre is spun into a workable yarn and dyed to suit the cloth it will eventually be woven in to. A fine flannel cashmere cloth is the finished product for the mill, but that isn't where it ends. The cloth is just one piece to a larger puzzle. Designers spend many hours creating the style and look of the garment and tailors then typically take a number of weeks to finish a jacket to the required standard due to the hands-on nature of the work. Pattern making, internal canvas, shoulder pad construction, lining and finishing details are some of the fiddly processes the tailors tackle during this time. Most entry-level vehicles take just a matter of hours in a factory production line to put together.
One example of our cashmere in store is pictured below. Our 100% Cashmere sportscoat (JDN01 - $2190). Extremely compelling at that price, it comes in Navy or Tan and is the most comfortable jacket you will ever own.
We happened across these images of the legendary Jeremy McPike, Manager of the famous Roundhead recording studios, currently in Los Angeles for the Grammy Awards and wearing our black shawl lapel dinner suit.
We love seeing our customers wearing our gear in the office, on screen, on the sidewalk or all over the world. It is always satisfying when we recieve wedding photos seeing our finshed product fulfilling its duty for the occasion. Always great to see a gleaming groom wearing his tailor made suit next to his happy new spouse and his squad of groomsmen wearing Working Syle suits. Equally satisfying is seeing the snaps of our clients wearing our black tie attire how it should be worn - on the red carpet or at an after party next to a house-priced sportscar.
Le Diner en Blanc dinner returns to Auckland for another year on February 21. Last year's event was right on the waterfront, against a backdrop of the spectacular Auckland skyline. The 2015 location is under close guarded secrecy unless you are a registered member. Dress in white and have some laughs with your friends.
The whole country is currently enjoying perfect weather. New Zealand can truly have the whole four seasons within a day, often going from hot to cold and drought to monsoon within hours so it is comforting to know that if you do get caught out in the inevitable surprise mid summer rain storm, there is a merino suiting cloth to keep you dry.
At Working Style, we have our hands on a brand new collection of Dormeuil Aquaplan, a light weight rain resistant cloth made with super 130ís Merino wool that is treated with a special nano surface finish to fend off rain (or even the odd red wine spillage)
The nano treatment also gives the fabric astounding resistance to staining and a smooth finish. Its high tech qualities mean it can be worn in all weather conditions, as any liquid will easily roll over the cloth's surface.
We have our birthday list sorted and it is a pretty short list. The next generation Mercedes-Benz CLS-Class has arrived in NZ and they are a perfect fusion of elegance, efficiency, practicality and performance.
Our favourite feature is the new Multibeam LED headlamps. They provide one of the most creative, effective solutions to a problem that people, previously, simply put up with. Other manufacturers use LED's in their headlights, we've all been blinded by one by now. The new Mercedes-Benz models are different in an extremely clever way. The headlights actively avoid dazzling other drivers by detecting the other vehicle's movement, moving individual sections of the headlights and then adjusting the light distribution to other parts of the road. They even anticipate bends and corners in the road and direct the beams in the road ahead rather than directly in front of the car. But all of that is best explained in video.