If you are like me, buying gifts for yourself or your other half is no easy task. I have everything, I never need anything, but nonetheless, a well thought out gift is always appreciated. When giving gifts to guys, luxe basics is the way to go, nothing too statement making, nothing too basic either (leave the socks and undies to his mother), you need to find a happy inbetween. Books, shoes, sunglasses and other accessories are great options and you can find amazing things that aren’t too harsh on the wallet too. Most of the above items are below $200, with only 2 items crossing over that mark, not bad right!
You may thank me later.
I first got to know the 4 guys from 4 Eyes about 2 years ago when I attended New Zealand Fashion Week. Even then they struck me as extremely stylish, especially when you see the 4 of them walking down the street together.
I’ve always loved craftsmen/women of all kind, bakers, tailors, jewellers, but I’ve never met a shoemaker before and I don’t mean a cobbler, I mean someone who makes shoes from scratch! Bespoke is an understatement when talking about Andrew, he designs and makes a collection of unique shoes and boots every year and on top of that you can get a pair of shoes made to order too.
Andrew recently moved his boutique and workshop to the gorgeous Strand Arcade and stepping in, the first thing you notice is the smell of leather, if you like the smell (I do) then you’ll love visiting the space. The small workshop is fully functioning, pots of glue, industrial sewing machine and all manners of tools I don’t recognise are strewn about. You won’t really appreciate what Andrew does til you see him in action, if you are too shy to wander in, you can always catch a glimpse through the big windows while you are shopping in the Strand.
See below the jump for a photo slideshow tour of Andrew’s Sydney workshop and boutique.