The John Lobb presentation at London Collections: Men was a unique display which recreated the natural journey experienced by founder John Lobb, focusing on motion and experience of a singular solitary walk. In 1851, aged just 22, Lobb left is hometown of rural Cornwall and walked to London; carried only by his handmade boots.
As we entered the Old Sessions House, we were greeted by a series of experiences; a sandy staircase with dry ice really gave you a sense of John Lobb’s accomplishment. Soon after, we entered the main display area. The collection was beautifully presented using natural textured plinths; echoing the Cornish moorland. This was surrounded by a series of screens displaying rural landscapes and rocky pools.
Lobbs’s Autumn Winter collection is the first under artistic direction of Paula Gerbase. The collection has been beautifully put together as always, honoring the rituals of bootmaking. There is a strong focus on contrasting texture and tone seen in a seamless back boot as well as a single buckle boot with a lightly curved strap. The iconic John Lobb double buckle shoe has been reimagined with a plain vamp and offered on the October rubber sole. This season has also sees the development of a featherweight, non-welted plimsole seen in a variety of colours ranging from chalk, moss, russet and dusk.
We recommend Grove, a new two-eyelet suede boot presented with French binding around the quarters.
Photography by Style writer Rashpal_Amrit