16Jul

Back at ‘er…

Back at ‘er…

Most times, when I’m out of the shop for a while, I get back to Toronto and it’s like no time has passed.  Even though the time away is always jam packed and feels like much longer than it is, normally I get back to work and it’s like I’ve just been away for a […]


08Jul

On the Road, part II

On the Road, part II

It’s a cool and rainy London morning.  I’m glad I have a nice cup of coffee next to me and no particular place to go – for the next couple hours, at least. I’m not shy to admit that there are certain things in life that I do very well and conversely, other things that […]


23May

On the Road

On the Road

I love being on trains.  It’s an amazingly civilized way to travel.  I love sitting, looking out the window, watching the world pass. One of the perks of this gig is that every once in a while, a bit of travel is involved.  I’ve been in Belgium this week, spending time with some amazing colleagues. […]


21Apr

The Creative Process

The Creative Process

The creative process is like a drug.  There is a high that naturally comes with bringing something into fruition that has never been done before.  I find that there’s a total rush that comes when a project turns out better than you imagined.  And a great feeling of anticipation when something you’ve invested so much […]


08Apr

A Pre-History of Jitterbug Boy

A Pre-History of Jitterbug Boy

I’m occasionally asked why I called my company Jitterbug Boy.  Anyone who’s a fan of early Tom Waits music will know that it’s the name of a song off Small Change.  The reason I decided to use this moniker as my shoemaking alias is a bit more involved. It goes back 10 years ago, which […]


18Mar

Tradition and innovation

Tradition and innovation

A couple weeks ago, a friend connected me with an online shoemaker’s forum.  After spending so many years very much feeling on my own as a shoemaker (other than my fantastic crew and a few colleagues I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years, of course…but that’s different), it’s been really fascinating and […]


06Mar

Do not call me a cobbler

Do not call me a cobbler

I often get asked what I call myself, professionally speaking. I will usually call myself a shoemaker, which I don’t think is completely accurate (technically yes, I do make shoes for a living, but….).  The job entails so much more.  Shoe designer never sits right either, as often I am not the one to actually […]


30Jan

Eiko Ishioka

Eiko Ishioka

Last week, the film and theatre worlds lost an incredibly talented and unique designer – Eiko Ishioka. I first became aware of Eiko when I was a teenager.  I remember going to see Bram Stoker’s Dracula in the cinema.  I thought the costumes were amazing – unlike anything I’d ever seen.  Looking back, I think […]


31Dec

New Year’s Eve

New Year’s Eve

It’s New Year’s Eve and – like the majority of folks out there – I’m spending a little time reflecting on the year that has passed.  Thinking back, 2011 was a really good year. At the start of the year, my goal was to find a better work / life balance than I have achieved […]


26Oct

Fitting day

Fitting day

I love fittings.  It gets me out of the shop.  I get to wear nice shoes.  I get to put a face to Jitterbug Boy.  Of all the shoes we make, I only get to fit maybe 2% of them in person, which is always a frustration, but is parr for the course when you’re […]