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John Lobb

世界最頂級的鞋履製造商

     John Lobb分別自1866年倫敦和1902年巴黎為男士們製作最頂級的鞋履,透過永恆的工藝以及服務持續傳承品牌的精髓。巴黎John Lobb保有著定製製鞋傳統,在逐漸擴展成鞋、皮製品系列的趨勢當中,保留了訂製工藝的核心價值,創辦者John Lobb本人於1829年出生於英格蘭西南部的康沃爾郡,早年即作為一名製鞋學徒前往倫敦。其後,在澳大利亞淘金熱潮時期,為礦工們製作靴子,大受好評。1866年返回到倫敦,在攝政街建立了第一家店鋪,John Lobb迅速地成為當時鞋匠中的翹楚,為貴族以及政商名流提供定製服務。1902年,在巴黎開設了第一家店面,吸引了眾多國際客戶。並於戰後時代蓬勃發展,推出了許多經典款式,如William孟克鞋和Lopez樂福鞋。

     1976年,John Lobb被Hermès集團收購。然而,倫敦定製工坊John Lobb Ltd仍然掌握在家族手中,獨立於聖詹姆斯街9號的廠房。巴黎的定製工坊、By Request服務和成鞋系列,都仍屬Hermès旗下公司的一部分,收購該公司後不久,Hermès就發覺市場對John Lobb成衣男鞋系列的需求。1982年首次推出成鞋系列,並於1990年巴黎展售。1994年John Lobb開設了北安普頓工作坊,至今的品牌成鞋系列即是在此設計和手工製作的,高端的John Lobb定制服務仍可以在巴黎工坊定做。同時,成鞋系列保留了與定製核心的190道工序以及品質。所有鞋子都保留了John Lobb永恆的傳統:卓越品質、精湛工藝、舒適耐用和經典優雅。

     The finely trodden path of John Lobb begins on the Cornish coast of southwest England in 1851. John Lobb, then an aspiring twenty-two-year-old apprentice, travelled on foot to London from the farm his father worked on, carried by a pair of his handmade boots and a sense of adventure. After gaining passage on a ship to Australia as a member of its' crew, Lobb gained acclaim in Sydney for making hollow-heeled boots for gold miners, crafted to harbor contraband. On returning to London in 1863, he was named as the bootmaker to the Prince of Wales, and opened his first shop on Regent Street in 1866.

     John Lobb's son William Hunter Lobb opened the brand's first Paris shop in 1899. It was when the brand moved to its second Rue du Faubourg-St-Honoré location in 1924, that the label caught the eye of not just international clientele, but Hermès too. Then operating as a family-run harness maker, Hermès provided riding equipment for Parisians. John Lobb, its neighbour, provided the footwear.

     In 1973, Richard Avedon was photographed purchasing a pair of shoes in John Lobb's space in Hermès' Rue du Faubourg-St-Honoré store. Marking a new chapter in the brands' close relationship, John Lobb was acquired by Hermès three years later. John Lobb Ltd, remains family-run, and operates from its 9 St James's Street location in London.

     John Lobb's first steps as a shoemaker have spurred a now 151-year global shoemaking footprint; one that boasts bespoke ateliers in London and Paris, a By Request service, and a growing ready-to-wear collection. The brand launched its first ready-to-wear offering in 1982, and its shoes are handmade in Lobb's workshop in Northampton, England.

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