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First Shoe Polish: George Cleverley Baron de Redé Loafers

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Kirby Allison, the founder of the Hanger Project, polishes his pair of George Cleverley bespoke loafers for the first time. Due to the textured nature of their pigskin, as well as how new they are, these shoes call for a slightly different care routine. These unique burgundy pigskin shoes are some of Kirby’s favorites in his collection, and they certainly make an impact whenever they are worn. Watch our video on our new Deluxe Pig Bristle Brush: https://youtu.be/46dJXHF5fXE _________________________________________________________________ (01:51): Apply Saphir Renovateur (02:29): Apply Saphir Pommadier (02:40): Apply Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish (03:21): Apply Saphir Mirror Gloss (03:28): Polish the welt and edges (04:08): Useful tips and extra thoughts _________________________________________________________________ ***Products featured in this video*** Pig Bristle Shoe Polishing Brush https://www.hangerproject.com/pig-bri... Hanger Project Cotton Chamois https://www.hangerproject.com/cotton-shoeshine-chamois.html Saphir Renovateur https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-... Saphir Pommadier Cream Polish https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-pommadier-cream-shoe-polish.html Saphir Pate de Luxe Wax Polish https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-wax-shoe-polish-50-ml.html Saphir Mirror Gloss https://www.hangerproject.com/saphir-mirror-gloss-wax-polish.html Deluxe Horsehair Buffing Brush https://www.hangerproject.com/deluxe-horsehair-buffing-brush.html _________________________________________________________________ Subscribe to our channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCygk... Read our Blog: https://www.hangerproject.com/blog/ Follow us on Social Media: Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/KAhangerproject Twitter - https://twitter.com/HangerProject Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/hangerproject FAQ’s - https://www.hangerproject.com/customer-service/ _______________________________________________________________ The story of The Hanger Project: https://www.hangerproject.com/about-us/hanger-project-story/
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Dictator Caesar (1 month ago)
I just bought a vintage pair of bespoke half-brogue Oxfords Cleverley's and it's really cool!
Yu Heng Chin (1 month ago)
When you said you buff your shoes at the end of the day, do you buff the toe caps as well? If that is so wouldn't it scratch any smooth mirror shines built?
Arnold Arnoldsson (3 months ago)
Next up: Baron de redy shoes with 18 carat gold plated detailed horsebit hardware? Yay or nay? Anything you would seriously consider? Intresting in my opinion (I know I've mentioned it before.)
Arnold Arnoldsson (3 months ago)
Although the gold hardware would only be added on a black pair!
Arnold Arnoldsson (3 months ago)
TO add that extra bit of flair, that matches the 18carat gold pinky signet ring along with the 18 carat yellow gold daydate rolex ;) Is it untasteful in your opinion?
Kirby Allison (3 months ago)
Arnold Arnoldsson I’m sure Cleverley has accommodated such requests.... but why go for plates when you can just do solid.
Fearn pol (3 months ago)
I’ve watched a few of your videos and the word is like nails on a blackboard, Glasgow is said Glaasgo not glassgow.
Fearn pol (3 months ago)
Hey thanks for the knots I’d never seen them before and the Berluti knot is exquisite and very similar to what they teach kids in school here in Norway.
Kirby Allison (3 months ago)
Thanks, Fearn!
Doc Moriarti (4 months ago)
Hi Kirby, thank you for the great video! I've read recently that the first polishing of a new pair shouldn't be mirror shine. The article lacked of an explanation why a mirror shine is not recommended. Could you please give me your opinion on this subject and perhaps an argument for or against the state of the article? Have a lovely Sunday! Kind regards, Doc
srinivasan natarajan (4 months ago)
14:45 the love in your eyes when you admire the waist really shows your love for the shoes ... Love from India
Jerry Gundecker (9 months ago)
A cowboy boot, sneakers, flip flops, and how about bunny a pair of bespoke bunny slippers?
Gabriel Acosta (9 months ago)
Can we use Saphir Renovateur on Chromexcel?
Kirby Allison (9 months ago)
You can, of course, but the waxes in the Renovateur will change the texture of the leather (waxed vs. oiled). This is the purpose of the Greasy Leather Cream - it does not contain any waxes.
Fredricko Smithson (9 months ago)
How does one remain a gent if one hasn't a pot to piss in ?only I'm on my uppers dear boy.
JP VOGEL (11 months ago)
I like the tie. Could tell me the blade size?
Kirby Allison (11 months ago)
3.5 cm
JP VOGEL (11 months ago)
Again it's de RAYDAY
Panagiotis Skartsilas (1 year ago)
The skin on those shoes look great.
Chris Davis (1 year ago)
Could you do videos like this without background music? As a musician I find it hard to focus on the information. :) It would be great to be able to really hear the polish cloth on the leather, too!
trencher7 (5 months ago)
Love the music.  Something relaxing about it.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Chris Davis We try to turn up the audio to capture the polishing. But without music video would be pretty bland.
frank marti (1 year ago)
love your work l learn something everyday thank you
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
frank marti Thanks! More great videos coming!
Jorge Escobar (1 year ago)
I can't buy Shaphir here on Mexico, I even tried Amazon to no use. Shame.
I was gonna suggest just that. Silver Deer in Polanco is really a fantastic store.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Try Silver Deer in Mexico City.
Dean Christensen (1 year ago)
Two questions, Kirby; have you worn these loafers sockless? And, noticing the manicure on your hands, do you have pedicure as well?
Dean Christensen (1 year ago)
The Hanger Project, as a follow-up to my first question; is it possible for you to show how to wear loafers sockless in a dignified gentleman's manner? Many men figured you just slip them on and that's it, it would be a great help if you were to show how to wear loafers sockless elegantly.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Hi Dean - I have worn thee sockless, but don't that often. No particular reason. Embarrassingly, I don't have manicures or pedicures. I just try to keep things trimmed myself.
Zoran Cosic (1 year ago)
Must be nice being wealthy! I got pair of Walmart special George brand shoes!
gkc booth (3 months ago)
Zoran Cosic The only thing keeping you from becoming wealthy, is yourself . Put in the hard work and you too, can achieve your dreams . Don’t make excuses and don’t give up, fight for what you want in life .
Alexandre Ung (1 year ago)
I am a bit confused about which brushes to have to clean and buff shoes. In my case I own two brushes. One black and another neutral colour. I use the black one to clean and buff my black shoes and the neutral one to clean and buff my colour 8 cordovan shoes. If I ever buy a whiskey or light brown pair of shoes would I have to buy another brush or can I use the same brush that I use for my colour 8? Should I keep cleaning my shoes with the same brush that I use to buff the creams and polishes?
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
You've got the right idea. If you purchased a pair of shoes in light brown, I'd use the brush with the neutral bristles. The general idea is to keep the color families together - dark colors with the black bristle brushes and lighter colors with the neutral bristles.
lullemans72 (1 year ago)
thanks for another informative video there, kirby. one thing i don't quite understand is that you added a first coat of wax, and then applied the mirror gloss, but didn't seem to apply another coat of wax on top of the mirror gloss. i believe in a previous video you did do so in order to protect the mirror gloss layer and let it "solidify" into the shoe.
lullemans72 (1 year ago)
thanks for the reply. i just watched the video again, and at 27:38, it jumps from the mirror gloss straight to the welt and edges, so i think it was indeed left out.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
You might have missed it (or accidentally cut it out). Wax Polish - Mirror Gloss - Wax Polish. This is the general process.
chowychow (1 year ago)
Kirby, Would you be able to direct me to any RTW brands which have pigskin loafers. I really love the material but I dun wish to go bespoke just yet? Thanks
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
I don't think there are any... the closest thing to RTW would be MTO from Saint Crispin.
Win V (1 year ago)
thank you as always
JBarber3d (1 year ago)
I have a question about the video.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
What is it?
barney mn (1 year ago)
Go for the crocs ! 😜
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
I'm really thinking about it... would look incredible.
Sal Panahi (1 year ago)
What is age range for wearing loafers? Some people have negative opinions when younger people (in their 20s) wear them. Are loafers really for older guys or everyone can wear them? Thanks for the videos!
Elle Sea (4 months ago)
Wear what you like. When I sold shoes like Church's I sold full brogues to young guys and old.
James Bryce (1 year ago)
You may not be in old guy range, but you're doing old guy things like shining shoes. I'm in the range, and applaud you Son, you're teaching us old dogs some good new tricks.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
A first shine really makes a big difference.
Sal Panahi (1 year ago)
I like your videos! BTW, Do you believe that you should shine your brand new shoes before wearing them or can you just get by wearing them without the 1st shine?
one needs to get the quality loafers and wear them with confident, I think there is no age limit for a good quality pair of loafers. Youngsters can go with sleek design of penny loafers, old timers can do beefrolls, moccasin loafers; and vice versa, the sky is the limit.
I’m convinced that I want and need a pair of what you show case. Love the color and the style. Should I just go to one of their trunks shows and ask for Kirby Allison loafers in red pig skin? Would they know what I’m talking about?
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Haha. Yeah - they would know what you're talking about. Spent a lot of work on the second pair, so make sure you reference this and have them incorporate those elements into yours. Email George through their website. He'll let you know their trunk show schedule.
JCA (1 year ago)
Hello. Do you think that the Saphir renovateur could be used for conditioning a watch´s crocodile leather strap?
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Julio Aparicio Sure, it absolutely could. Just keep in mind that they’ll be some waxes that could rub off, but not enough to really worry about.
Myrslokstok (1 year ago)
Agree, master class! Thanks!
Brunon Bierżeniuk (1 year ago)
Another intimate and engaging video, Mr. Allison! Thank you. Just like your new Gomez shoes video it is so relaxing to watch. Even though most of the time I know in advance what you're about to say it is only a proof of how familiar I became with your style. Never too much of this kind of talk. It is almost like to hang out with you. You use a very nice brush as well, LOL. Best regards.
Brunon Bierżeniuk (1 year ago)
I do understand. You see, stories are the key. Yours are simply interesting. It is always such a pleasure to hear from you. You are so fine gentleman, Mr. Allison! You do your thing exceptionally well. How about a video on shoe-sock combo and the most elegant trousers to match? Just a thought.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Brunon Bierżeniuk Thank you! I try to trim these down, but it’s difficult. But I like the format, and it gives me a little more time to share stories about the shoes and their journey.
arzeboj (1 year ago)
What’s your opinion on designer sneakers becoming popular as an alternative to dress shoes?
Elle Sea (4 months ago)
If your first pair of shoes was a pair of Nike sneakers, you may continue that way.
BibbityBop (1 year ago)
Not Kirby, but please no
jellevlaeminck (1 year ago)
I didn't know you could shine your heels and edges with Mirror Gloss. Thanks for the tip.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
jellevlaeminck It’s actually really great to use!
Daniel J. (1 year ago)
Hello! Is that a suit with standard or wide lapels?
Daniel J. (1 year ago)
Thank you!
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Edilarin Standard. I do not wear anything with exaggerated wide lapels. They may be in fashion now, but you can rest assured you’ll be left standing with jackets that look dated in 10 years. Lapel should balance the silhouette without being narrow or wide.
Sergio Garcia (1 year ago)
I do not mean to be imposing, but since you’re a Texan like I am, would you consider one video talking about the cowboy boot?
ianmedium (1 year ago)
Yes, I would like this too. I am a Brit but I have a thing for well made cowboy boots!
Robert Crump (1 year ago)
my 2018 is already made
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
Sergio Garcia ...forthcoming!!
ianmedium (1 year ago)
Oh, I would love for you to do a video on your wristwatches. I collect vintage watches. I notice you have a lovely two tone datejust and have seen a nice looking gold watch but am not sure what that is.
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
ianmedium Great idea for a video!
ianmedium (1 year ago)
Kirby, this is my favourite of all your shoes, the colour and grain are outstanding! Deep brown croc would look incredible. They style I think also lends itself to a deep green. I love these first polishing videos. I hope you and your family have a wonderful 2018, best regards, Ian.
ianmedium (1 year ago)
The Hanger Project I saw a pair of dark green croc shoes here in Vienna a while ago in a loafer style, they were dark enough that you would have to look twice to see they were green but they looked stunning, much better than I would have imagined they would look. A nice tobacco suede and actually a burgundy suede and the brown croc which would really give the shoe an Art Deco look to it would be wonderful. So glad you like the idea of watches. Nearly all mine are vintage but I have a couple of newer ones including a Grand Seiko which I love. Mine is the SBGR061, it has a gorgeous cream dial, if you have not seen them in the flesh I encourage you to have a look, the case and dial work are in the Patek category but for Omega prices!
Kirby Allison (1 year ago)
ianmedium Not sure about green, but DEFINITELY a dark brown croc.... It might have to be my next pair. I could have 10 pairs of this shoe. I think a pair in suede would look great also.

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