We visited the bright and spacious studio of figurative artist, Dan Whiteson, in Tottenham, London. His paintings have been exhibited nationwide in both solo and group shows. Several of his works are held in private collections across the world.  When he’s not painting, Whiteson teaches a weekly (and often packed to the gills) drawing course that continues to grow in popularity and attract eager students from all over London. Below, Dan shares his inspiration, future projects, and how a crazy party in a tiny tent in Finland turned out to be one of his favourite meals of all time.  What...
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Opinions abound when the J SHOES team gathers in Baltimore for a seasonal line review. One thing we can all agree on at the end of a long day discussing colours, sole construction and grades of leather etc, is that we are ready for some thirst quenching margaritas and scrumptious tacos at Bar Clavel. The Sinaloan style Taqueria and Mezcaleria is owned by Baltimore based Restauranteur and Poet, Lane Harlan. Lane also opened Baltimore’s first amaro bar, W.C. Harlan. Both have been praised in national publications including The Washington Post, The Baltimore Sun, New York Magazine, Thrillist, and Eater. In 2015, In 2015, Thrillist named W.C. Harlan in "25...
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A longtime friend of J SHOES, Ben August gives us a peek into his life as a writer, world traveler, and family man. An East Coast native with an intense wanderlust, August has lived and worked in various locals, building his career and family. During his time in Los Angeles, he worked as a casting director on Fear Factor and as a story producer on Don't Forget the Lyrics. After several years of sunny west coast living, he packed up and moved to the Far East to teach English as a Second Language. In his time in Vietnam, he met his sweetheart who would eventually become his wife and wrote...
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International globetrotter and Airbnb policy maker, Natasha Mytton-Mills, gives us some insight into how she stays busy, balanced and ever so chic. Can you tell us a little about yourself and your career so far – how get into international public policy?  Travel and culture has been a running theme in my life. I grew up between the UK and Singapore, got a job in Bangkok when I was 19 and am constantly planning the next place to explore. My career was naturally formed by my interests, I was always told to choose a subject at school and a job...
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You may have noticed some distinct illustrative motifs making their mark on our campaign imagery in the past few seasons. These are all thanks to the polymath creative that is Matt Canning. Working mostly as a graphic designer for web agency, Intelligent Penguin, Matt has also built a reputation as an illustrator with some impressive graphic novel and children’s book projects underway. Somehow in his spare time, Matt has also been lead singer in bands for over twenty years. His current project ‘The Diamond Age’ plays regular London gigs and with a strong cult following.       Autumn '16 Illustrations...
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First things first. Welcome to the J Journal! Two thousand sixteen marks our twentieth year in the footwear industry. To celebrate, we have launched a brand new website and blog to boot. The J Journal blog will be a space for exploration into the world of J SHOES and the people who wear and create them. We thought it fitting, that for our very first post, we would share an interview with our new head designer and creative director, Katie Ridges.     Tell us about how you got started in footwear design. I started my journey at Cordwainers college...
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