We find true beauty in classic, simply designed men’s dress shoes and have always truly admired the craftsmen responsible for bringing these products to life. Last year, while shopping in the West Village, it became visibly apparent that the shoes we so admired were no longer attainable. At that particular moment, we decided to found Jack Erwin as an ode to heritage and craft at yesterday’s prices.
What simply started as a business plan to sell products we love at fair prices has turned into an exhilarating and inspiring journey. We’re overjoyed to have come this far and grateful for having had the opportunity to work with so many liked-minded people with such diverse backgrounds and skill-sets.
Along our journey, a little town in Northern Portugal became our temporary home. In this town, we spent many meaningful hours correcting samples, understanding process, discussing hardware, touring tanneries, and really getting to know the owners of our 3rd Generation factory. During our visit, we approved final designs and confirmed our first production run; however, the real take-away was an acknowledgment that we had actually become a part of the global community of craftsman and entrepreneurs that we had always so admired.
As we prepare to present our first collection, we’re extremely excited to be representing a group of Portuguese makers we’ve worked so closely with and we’re happy to know that our successes, however great, will positively impact the businesses and lives of these people we grew to respect.