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Article: The Handmade Eduardo Especial

The Handmade Eduardo Especial

We are pleased to introduce you to the newest masterpiece to our handmade 1202 Heritage Collection family, the fully handmade Eduardo Wholecut Derby, what we call the “Eduardo Especial”.

What makes the Eduardo Especial so “special” you may ask? If you are familiar with Wholecuts, most designs are made from an oxford pattern since it is easier to create a design with no overlapping pattern pieces, except for the tongue which is sewn below the facings.

To create this rare gem, we carefully engineered an asymmetric pattern that incorporates the overlapping facings of a derby, a feat which is extremely difficult to achieve from a single flat 2D pattern piece.

The seam of the Eduardo Especial is tucked away at the inner heel with the leather pattern extends forward towards elonagated toebox, over the beautifully curved vamp, up across the outer quarter of the shoe, and around the heel.

The pattern of the vamp is cut in a unique triangular curve that create the one eyelet facings that overlaps the vamp.

The beautifully hand-lasted shoe features a sexy double-beveled waist (fiddleback) that is carefully carved by hand, a pitched heel with a tight seat and seamless curve from heel collar to the floor and a gorgeous cognac handmade patina whose subtle differences in shades of color make them even more special.

If you are unfamiliar with the 1202 Heritage Collection, we introduced this rare fully handmade line in 2018 with our friend Hugo Jacomet of The Parisian Gentleman. Our objective was to offer a handmade line of shoes that give our customers the opportunity to experience the fit, beauty, and elegance of a fully handmade shoe, without the time and commitment to full bespoke.

Since then, the collection has become a hand-made product line that offered excellent value to the shoe aficionados who are "in-the-know". Since our shoemakers have a limited capacity outside of handmade shoemaking for our bespoke clients and the hand-finishing for our ready-made line, we kept and still keep this line under-the-radar.

Each handmade pair from this limited collection is hand-lastedhand-welted and outsole stitched by hand in either our workshop in Barcelona or by our teammate Kenjiro Kawashima who is now based in Seoul, Korea after working with us in Barcelona for 3 years. Kenjiro is the 3rd place winner of the 2022 Shoemaking World Championship.

The Eduardo Especial is not like any average dress shoe. The streamlined silhouette, elongated vamp, slimly carved waist, glove-like fit and elegant design lines will leave a lasting impression.

For this limited launch, we have allocated space for 6 pairs within our bespoke workload. Once we’ve reached this limit we will not accept more orders until our team has additional capacity.

The Eduardo Especial from the 1202 Heritage Collection is now available to order and each fully handmade pair will be delivered to you in approximately 7 to 8 months.

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