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Barron & Co.By Barron & Co.
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Barron & Co.By Barron & Co.
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AU$ 12,035
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21
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About

What do you get when you mix fans of B-rate cinema, a James Bond Marathon, an urge to help your fellow man, a Tax Accountant and a Taxation Office employee? If you guessed a boring lunch, you'd only be partially correct. 

In addition to smalltalk over overpriced coffees and smashed avocado (as is millennial tradition), the idea for a company was born. 

A company that used our specific areas of expertise was briefly discussed, but apparently the market for tax returns has already been cornered, so we went with Plan B: sweet leather shoes.

So many options - Golly!
So many options - Golly!

This left us with our love of B-rate movies and espionage films on the whole. 

A discussion of how we'd make terrible spies eventually lead to the creation of the Barron & Co. espionage for rookies playbook. 

Unfortunately, without the resources of MI6 or the CIA, we couldn't afford to kit our prospective agents out with pens that shoot poison darts or cars that could turn into hover crafts or anything like that, but we could do one thing. 

Give one guarantee. That success from the ankles down was assured. 

At Barron & Co. we believe that you should always dress for the job you want and not the job you have. 

While we're not very good at making the rest of the outfit, we do have the shoes down pat. 

What are people saying about Barron & Co?

We got a limited run of shoes to test on our friends and family, this is what they had to say:

 

 

 

What is Blake Stitching?

Extremely popular in the world of Italian shoes, Blake Stitching refers to the method in which the leather sole is affixed to the rest of a leather shoe. 

Blake Stitching, as the name suggests, involves the sole being stitched on to the rest of the shoe. 

This means that removing the sole for repair or replacement is much easier and is far superior to glued on (or "cemented") soles, which have no real method of replacing a sole without damaging the shoe. 

At Barron & Co. we offer Punto Russo in addition to regular Blake Stitching which uses vibrant red stitching to make the sole of the shoe look as amazing as the rest of it. 

Additionally, we also offer hidden stitching, which helps with waterproofing.


The Range:

At Barron & Co. , we understand that every man is different and so are their tastes. To that end, we’re making available a variety of shoes that we consider to be integral to a man's success in business, espionage and affairs of the heart or wallet. 

From dominating the corporate sphere in your shiny black Double Monks, to sipping gin and juice at the bar and fondly remembering Dre in your slate grey Milanese Drivers, to beating a ninja to death with his own spine in your burnished brown Wholecuts, we have you covered.   

The shoes we offer, and their specifications are as follows:  

 Business Shoes

Inspired by the man who best portrayed Bond. Ever. Period. The Brosnan Oxford is a traditional lace-up cap toe dress shoe made of smooth calfskin leather and featuring a leather sole with a non-marking rubber heel cap. 

The Brosnan (and all Barron & Co. shoes) uses Blake stitching in its construction for enhanced durability. 

The Brosnan is primarily a business shoe, and is best suited for office or other corporate work as well good old fashioned espionage (which may or may not be just outright murder).

 

 

Inspired by the singular badass of the same name; a man who can survive extended periods of time while full of synthetic Chinese neurotoxins or constantly needing to jump start his heart. 

The Statham is a traditional lace-up cap toe dress shoe made of smooth calfskin leather and featuring a leather sole with a non-marking rubber heel cap. 

The Statham, like all Barron & Co. shoes, uses a Blake Stitch construction to ensure superior durability. 

The Statham, like The Brosnan can be used for work in an office or other corporate setting, but it’s intricate broguing allow it be dressed up and worn on formal occasions, like court hearings against illegal,international syndicates or weddings.

  

 

Inspired by the man who is the solid fourth Bond actor. Ever. 

The Craig Wholecut sports an imposing, sleek aesthetic, reminiscent of an ancient apex predator, or a large, high calibre gun or an apex gun that shoots predators at you. 

The Craig is the perfect accompaniment to high stakes poker games with questionable inheritances on the line. 

Like all Barron & Co. shoes, The Craig sports a leather sole and is constructed using Blake Stitching to ensure durability and give you a head start on any ancient, gun-totting apex predators you may encounter.  

 

 

Inspired by the world's third best Bond actor and UNICEF humanitarian, The Moore is a Brogued Derby, perfect for fancy parties at mansions that are precariously perched on the edge of seaside cliffs or night-time romps on the grounds of a castle in the Baltics. 

The Moore is made using the finest in Italian leathers, like all Barron & Co. shoes and sports the same Blake Stitch construction and leather sole. 

The Moore is the perfect accompaniment to no consequence 1960s style day drinking, poolside parties and needlessly complex cocktails that are mostly fruit juice anyway.  

 

 

Inspired by one of the greatest entertainers of all time, The Chan Double Monk is also named after the only man on this list to have played a monk. 

The Chan is a Double Monk, so named for the notable absence of laces on the shoe; instead The Chan and all Double Monks sport a latch and buckle, making them one of the easiest dress shoes to put on and take off, because laces are super difficult. 

The Chan is ideal for spontaneous martial battles with surprisingly large numbers of organised criminals that are trying to take over your uncle’s small, but profitable business. 

Featuring a Blake Stitch leather sole and a hardy but comfortable construction, The Chan is perfect for fighting crime and doing your own stunts.  

 

 

The shoe inshpired by the shecond besht Bond actor of all time, The Connery is a Wingtip Brogue, a type of ornately decorated shoe with a distinctly shaped toe cap. 

The Connery is a beautiful, supremely comfortable and unique shoe that turns heads as much as Scottish chest hair and woos women or as much as un-ironically slurred 's' sounds. 

The Connery is perfect for work, functions and espionage that requires the seduction of high profile and conveniently gorgeous women who may or may not be Cold War Era KGB agents. 

To facilitate said seduction-based espionage tactics, The Connery Wingtip sports a sturdy Blake Stitch Construction, making it especially durable. 

The shoe also sports a leather sole, and a rubber heel cap. Perfecshion.  

 

 

 Casual Shoes

Inspired by an ungodly number of remade heist movies, a love of pod based coffee and a desire for longer working lunches, The Clooney is a sophisticated yet simple and stylish Gommino driver. 

Featuring elegant exposed stitching, premium Italian leather and a comfortable pebbled rubber sole, The Clooney is excellent for long comfortable drives through the countryside while avoiding incompetent, but sexy Interpol agents as you inevitably get away with, and retire on the heist money. 

Bonus points for wearing these during awkward flirtations at a pod coffee emporium.

 

 

Inspired by ironic cravats, poor British oral hygiene, an unrelenting hatred of carnies and the free love of the 60s, The Myers is a Penny Loafer, a type of semi-formal laceless shoe perfect for relaxing by the seaside with a beverage in one hand and a cigar in the other. 

Built with comfort in mind, The Myers is the ultimate shoe for some well (or not so well) earned R&R, hopefully at some sort of seaside resort that has those little umbrellas that they put in their drinks. 

Like it’s more formal counterparts in the collection, The Myers is built using Blake Stitching for enhanced durability, and features a leather sole and non-marking rubber heel cap for increased traction and stability. 

Keep away from hockey masks.

 

 

The shoe inspired by the finest purveyor of Savile Row suits, clandestine operations for Queen & Crown and English Etiquette to chavs. 

The Firth Penny Driver is a variation of the driving shoe that looks so sharp we thought deserved its own place on the list. 

Although at first glance you might think that The Firth is made by combining a Milanese Driver and a Penny Loafer in a Large Hadron Collider, the shoe is actually just made by artisan cobblers in Italy. 

You win some, you lose some I guess. The shoe, like The Clooney features exposed stitching, premium Italian leather and a comfortable pebbled rubber sole, making it perfect for driving and lying about the car you drive. 

Bonus points if you have access to an umbrella that also doubles as a small jet plane and a machine gun.

 

 

Inspired by the most successful chav in the world other than Brick Top from Snatch. 

The Egerton combines the sleek streetwear aesthetic with the amazing materials and workmanship that go into all Barron & Co. shoes. 

The Egerton features exposed stitching, suede side patches and an all leather interior. 

Additionally it sports a complete rubber sole for unparalleled traction, comfort and durability. 

The Egerton lends itself supremely well to poorly thought out but well documented parkour attempts and aggressive but well meaning political discussions.

 

 

 Boots?

That's up to you

 

 

Q&A

Who are you guys and why should we give you money?

We’re two real humans from Australia, Justin and Vasili who have a love of corny spy films and sharp dress shoes. 

We’re making shoes that are stylish, durable, comfortable and above all affordable.

We're not really cartoon characters. Probably.
We're not really cartoon characters. Probably.

What made you decide to make shoes?

Honestly, most of it was a desire to escape the mind-numbing boredom of working in a cubicle. 

Some of it was also a desire to escape the mind-numbing boredom that was working with other people who worked in cubicles. 

Barron & Co. began as a discussion about doing something we were both passionate about during our downtime from work. 

Justin could build websites and Vasili could string a sentence together, and both loved dress shoes. So here we are.

But why spies?

Because spies are awesome. One day we’ll have the technology to make shoe phones a reality.

How did you settle on the Fermi region of Italy for your manufacturing?

Equal parts research, luck and coincidence. We had put some feelers out regarding finding someone to work with us in Fermi, or more specifically 

Montegranaro which is famous the world over as the shoe making capital of Italy, and as luck would have it the first person to reply to us ended up being the best fit for Barron & Co.

What was that about donating shoes?

We’re working with a number of charities and will be working with them in providing a pair of shoes to the needy for each pair of shoes you purchase through the Kickstarter and the website.

Basically, we want to give back and help everyone put their best foot forward.

Okay, but why spies?

Just let us have this. Please?

Do you have plans for a women’s line?

We do! Stay tuned!

The Anatomy of a Dress Shoe:

 

 

 

 

Production Process:

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The materials we use:

We use 100% vegetable tanned Italian leather in all our shoes. We do this because vegetable tanned leathers are recognised as superior to chrome tanned leathers and have superior durability, flexibility and longevity. Italian vegetable tanned leathers are among the finest in the world and are synonymous with quality and style.

Business Model

We're running our business as a wholesale importer/exporter, this means that by cutting out the middleman, we're able to deliver shoes to you, the customer much cheaper and much faster. This method of business means that we rely much more heavily on customer satisfaction than companies that sell retail and make use of middlemen to move their product. Our reliance on the goodwill of our end customers for our continued survival means that all shoes we create and distribute are always going to be of the highest quality and that every care will be taken to ensure the happiness and comfort of our customers.

Logistics

We're going to be using a combination of road, sea and air freight to ensure our shoes arrive in the most timely manner possible. Road freight will be used as as a way to move the products from our Montegranaro factory to the port of Civita Vecchia, where the shoes will be loaded on to a cargo boat and sent to the port of Hong Kong where it will be transported to our fulfilment center in Admiralty. From there the shoes are packaged and sent to you, the customer via air freight.

Commitment to Quality

Our commitment to quality and customer satisfaction is our number one concern. To this end, we have partnered with a well established and well trusted fulfilment agency to ensure that everything gets to you quickly and efficiently and in pristine condition. Additionally, we will be flying out to both Italy where the shoes are made and Hong Kong to the fulfillment centre and personally overseeing the process to ensure that nothing slips through the cracks.

Sizing Guide

Accessories

We also offer belts for and additional $80 AUD that will colour match with your shoes.

 

For our shoe care kits, we've partnered with the good people at BootBlack to offer our backers Saphir, who are renowned the world over for their top grade leather care products. 

These kits are available for an extra $80 AUD on top of your order - which is significantly cheaper than the kits retail for normally.

Delivery Timeline

Once the campaign is funded, we expect that it will take 2-3 weeks for us to send the survey and receive back the style, colour, and size surveys from all backers. 

This is of course dependant on the speed at which we receive our surveys back, with an earlier return of surveys resulting in a quicker transition to production and by extension shipping.

Production typically takes 8 weeks, and shipping approximately 3 weeks.

By the middle of February 2018, or sooner, we expect to be shipping to you from our dedicated fulfilment centre in Hong Kong.

Charity Elements

To find out more about the charitable work we do and the organisations we've partnered with, please follow this link.

Stretch Goals

 

 

Risks and challenges

One of the biggest risks that go with opening any business, is it failing in its infancy. To minimize risk to ourselves, and more importantly our customers and backers, we have implemented the most stringent quality control procedures. All initial quality control will be carried out personally by Justin and myself.

Another concern, and one specific to the footwear industry, is one of not only quality, but that of comfort and style. To that end, we have collaborated with an experienced shoemaker in Italy with more than 30 years of experience in creating shoes, allowing us to ensure our shoes are the height of fashion, while remaining comfortable without sacrificing quality.

One of, if not, THE reason we chose to move forward using Kickstarter, was because of the safety net it provides our potential customers and backers. The way we see it, Kickstarter itself is an excellent risk minimization tool, and we hope that we will be able to continue to use and work with Kickstarter well into the future, with many more campaigns to come.

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    Premium Hand-tooled shoes with the luxury monogramming and customization offered in the corporate package. Made with the finest leathers by the most skilled artisans, these shoes are not only about comfort and style, but also about making a statement. And that statement is: These shoes make me better than you.

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