Exclusive Limited Edition “Cannes” Soft Loafer by Corthay Paris for PG

Hugo JACOMET

Exclusive Limited Edition “Cannes” Soft Loafer by Corthay Paris for PG

Gentlemen,

Today, in the middle of summer, we have the pleasure to launch our 10th exclusive limited edition campaign.

This month marks one year of working hard to give you the chance to buy sartorial wonders of the highest quality from iconic (or lesser known) ateliers, in strictly limited quantities at fair prices : Marol for shirts, Norman Vilalta for handmade shoes, Omega for high end gloves, Calabrese for the first lightweight 12-fold tie ever made, Simonnot-Godard for the most beautiful handkerchiefs and pocket squares in the world, Mario Bemer for exclusive spectator shoes and Cinabre Paris for atelier-made boutonnières and signature bow ties.

Today, we have the privilege to partner with a shoe making atelier which has been close to our hearts since the beginning of Parisian Gentleman : Maison Corthay.

If you’ve followed us for a while, you are probably aware of the strong link of respect and friendship we have with Pierre Corthay, whom I consider to be among the most gifted shoemakers of his generation and also one of the pioneers of the sartorial revolution we’ve witnessed since the beginning of this century.

For those of you unaware, the mid-length documentary The Beauty of the Gesture, which we produced together with Corthay in 2011, has been re-published in the French section of our YouTube channel. Viewing this special production will allow those of you unfamiliar with this unmissable French shoemaker to understand the major influence of Pierre Corthay on the contemporary men’s shoe market in France, and around the world.

You can (re)watch “The Beauty of the Gesture” below :

 

Very few shoemakers in the world have created a truly emblematic model of a men’s shoe which most every shoe connoisseur in the world can identify on-the-spot, despite that model having been copied dozens of times (without being able to challenge the original model).

Berluti can claim the above status with its iconic Warhol loafer and Alessandro one-cut. John Lobb Paris can also make the claim with its famous “William” double buckle monk strap, as well as Edward Green with its great Inverness Oxford, Crockett and Jones with its Pembroke Derby Brogue and  J.M. Weston with its worldwide famous 180 penny loafer. Corthay is undeniably a member of this elite league with its mythical double eyelet derby – the Arca – with its never-seen-before geometrical tongue. The Arca remains today, after more than two decades, a reference model whom every shoe lover should possess in his collection.

Since 2010, under the impulsion of Xavier de Royère and his team, Maison Corthay has stabilized its planetary progression (with a presence in many major capital cities around the world and with many company-owned boutiques). Corthay has also managed the tour de force by relocating its manufacture in the small French town of Beaupréau en Mauges (a region once famous for its traditional shoemaking know-how) and continued to develop all around the world, season after season, with shoes of strong personality and originality, which embodies the DNA of Corthay.

I’ve been dreaming of partnering with Pierre on a Corthay model for PG, and since a few years, Pierre has tried to draw my attention towards a more casual model he recently re-designed in order to stay in tune (if not ahead) of the “air du temps”. Pierre knew my personal taste, in terms of shoes, to be conservative and also knew that I’ve never been very attracted to casual shoes. But he and Xavier insisted to pique my interest on the subject–particularly with the Corthay soft horse bit loafer called the “CANNES”. Today this is the model we eventually are going to discuss and offer to PG readers. (Please click  the images below to enlarge).

Saying that I’ve never been a personal fan of loafers is the ultimate understatement. Indeed I’ve always had the feeling that when trying these kind of shoes, whether in box calf (as with penny loafers ), or in suede (as with soft loafers or driving shoes), I felt these items didn’t match my personality nor my silhouette. In fact, I had the strange impression that loafers had the power to make me appear shorter, since I’m 5’10 and loved the inch or so a beautiful pair of Oxfords like the Corthay Vendôme added to my height.

A PERSONNAL REVOLUTION

I eventually accepted, with Pierre, to try the CANNES soft loafer with a bespoke off-white linen double breasted suit, then with a pair of selvedge jeans. I must confess that for the first time in my sartorial life, I did not have the feeling, in these loafers, to look like a high school teacher (I have nothing against high school teachers except perhaps mathematics teachers, who traumatized my poetic mind).

Experiencing these loafers has been almost a shock, because this model not only brought something new and fresh to my style, but it also made me experience – probably for the first time – what actual comfort means in an pair of elegant shoes. Since this day in June, which we immortalized with photos by PG’s historical photographer, Andy Julia, I’ve worn my two pairs of CANNES horse bit loafers (alternatively) practically every day: that’s what we can call a true personal revolution !

The difference between the CANNES and other soft loafers I had the opportunity to try, is easy to explain. The CANNES is a model designed, conceived and refined by an actual shoemaker who drew his initial inspiration from his own bespoke model : the Massaï, which you can admire below in the form of the original sketch Pierre kindly exhumed for us from his archives.

If you’re lucky enough to acquire with this limited edition a pair of CANNES from Corthay, you’ll quickly understand (and even physically feel) the enormous difference between a “simple soft loafer” like the ones you can find everywhere on the market (mostly clones made with low quality suede) and a soft loafer designed by a true bespoke shoemaker : the level of comfort is from another world, but not at the expense of style and elegance.

Generic soft loafers (even from so called “famous” brands) often become after a few weeks of wear, formless and, more importantly, soulless. This is not the case with the CANNES. Why ? Simply because despite its form of weightless-comfort (particularly when worn without socks when warm outside), the CANNES is first and foremost a real shoe with a definitive design and sophisticated details which reflect a global look and feel of a high-end elegant and original shoe.

A SUMMIT OF VERSATILTY

What I find truly exceptional with the CANNES model is its extreme versatility : its pattern falls somewhere between a soft resort loafer and a structured box calf penny loafer which can be used for business occasions.

So far, I’ve worn the CANNES with several bespoke suits–a double-breasted linen suit by Dalcuore and a single breasted tropical wool by Nunzio Pirozzi – with a lot of success. I also tried the shoes with a nice pair of selvedge jeans and with a wonderful pair of bespoke tropical wool trousers by Pino Peluso, with the same aesthetic success.

Thus I can personally testify that this soft loafer is particularly versatile and will allow you to be perfectly at your ease whatever the occasion, from very casual to more formal. Beware though, wearing the CANNES loafer can quickly become addictive from April to September or longer (depending on where you live on the planet).

TECHNICAL FEATURES

The CANNES soft loafer is a Horse Bit Loafer.

It is of course, a Blake constructed shoe for maximum flexibility, comfort and lightness.

The last is originally inspired by the Massaï bespoke last and by the Bel Air last, but it has been meticulously modified by Pierre Corthay to ensure maximum comfort and easy wearability.

The leather is a suede of premium quality that we have the privilege to offer you in three colors for this exclusive limited edition. The lining is in natural box calf leather.

The vamp features discrete and undyed edges in order to reinforce the casual spirit of the model.

The inside sole is made of memory foam covered by calf leather for maximum comfort.

The sole is made of a very resistant black rubber to ensure extreme solidity and durability of the model (another very strong plus of the CANNES, in my opinion).

The metal bits are in brass with a palladium finish (of one micron).

All in all we are speaking of a high-end shoe which, despite its light and causal aspect, has been crafted according to the rules of shoemaking with high quality material and sophisticated details.

SIZING CHART

To make sure you identify the correct size of your own pair of CANNES, please find below a sizing chart comparing UK, USA and European sizes with the Cannes Loafer size.. (Please click to enlarge).

THE THREE PG EXCLUSIVE LIMITED EDITIONS

We thus have the extreme pleasure to offer you the opportunity to acquire the CANNES Horse Bit loafer by Corthay in three colors: dark brown, natural beaver (light brown) and “Wine Leaf” (a special handmade patina).

Each PG exclusive limited edition will be delivered with a very special bonus : an art print in A5 format of the original sketch of the model, signed and numbered by Pierre Corthay (as you can see below) :

MODEL 1 : DARK BROWN

The CANNES loafer is, in this color and without hesitation, a “must-have” which should complement any type of ensemble, whatever the color, most any type of trousers (chic or more casual) and which will be able to be worn with or without socks (or with invisible socks) depending on the occasions or your mood.

This Model 1 is offered to you for 850 euros (shipment not included) and will be delivered to your door between 2 to 5 days upon receipt of your order, accompanied by the numbered art printed sketch by Pierre Corthay.

This exclusive edition is strictly limited to 15 pairs in this color.

To place your order, please send an e-mail to the dedicated e-mail address : specialeditions@corthay.com

Please clearly indicate :

  • The color you want (in this case Model 1, Dark Brown)
  • Your size
  • Your address, in order for Maison Corthay to calculate the shipment fees

Then, you’ll be contacted directly by Maison Corthay (by e-mail) in order to organize your payment and shipment.

MODEL 2 : NATURAL BEAVER (LIGHT BROWN)

Model 2 is a lighter shade of brown that will perfectly complement any pair of jeans, chinos, white linen trousers or tropical wool light color linen suits.

This Model 2 is offered to you for 850 euros (shipment not included) and will be delivered to your door between 2 and 5 days upon receipt of your order, accompanied by the numbered art printed sketch by Pierre Corthay.

This exclusive edition is strictly limited to 15 pairs in this color.

To place your order, please send an e-mail to the dedicated e-mail address : specialeditions@corthay.com

Please clearly indicate :

  • The color you want (in this case Model 2, Light Brown)
  • Your size
  • Your address in order for Maison Corthay to calculate the shipment fees

Then, you’ll be contacted directly by Maison Corthay (by e-mail) in order to organize your payment and shipment.

MODEL 3 : WINE LEAF

This third model, by far my personal favorite, is in fact a natural beaver light brown that has been hand-painted in order to obtain this very original and distinctive “Wine Leaf” patina.

This version, with a stronger personality, will effortlessly complement many kinds of outfits from the most casual to the most elegant.

This Model 3 is offered to you for 850 euros (shipment not included) and will be delivered to your door between 2 and 5 days upon receipt of your order, accompanied by the numbered art printed sketch by Pierre Corthay.

This exclusive edition is strictly limited to 15 pairs in this color.

To place your order, please send an e-mail to the dedicated e-mail address : specialeditions@corthay.com

Please clearly indicate :

  • The color you want (in this case Model 3, Wine Leaf)
  • Your size
  • Your address in order for Maison Corthay to calculate the shipment fees

Then, you’ll be contacted directly by Maison Corthay (by e-mail) in order to organize your payment and shipment.

IMPORTANT : if you are already on vacation, it’s possible for Maison Corthay to send your pair of CANNES directly to your vacation address or to reserve your pair (upon payment) for future shipment to your door after the holidays.

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We hope you’ll appreciate this new PG limited edition and that you’ll place your order as soon as possible as, given the limited quantities, we will probably not be able to satisfy everyone.

Thank you, once again for your confidence and loyalty.

Cheers, Hugo & Sonya