Monthly Archives: July 2012

  • Introducing the Vintage Venetian by Rancourt & Co.

    This one was a long time in the making. About three years ago a friend brought a pair of venetian moccasin loafers to our attention - had had purchased them at an antique shop and they quickly became his favorite pair of shoes. We were hooked, we had to replicate these shoes, they were the perfect representation of our heritage.

    In the mid 1900's many craftspeople in Maine would create moccasin uppers in their home workshops for sale to friends and family - these moccasins were made from simple hand tools and/or simple machinery that was available to them. They would often use a branding device to etch the size on the outside of the plug.

    We began by re-creating the original vintage venetian in unlined Horween Brown Chromexcel leather with a single buffed leather outsole and heel for superior flexibility. These have been sold at Brooks Brothers for over a year now under the moniker "American Loafer." The next step was to update this vintage venetian by offering it in brighter colors and with leather lining. These new venetian loafers are just as comfortable as the original but with a slightly more refined look. Contact us if you have any questions.

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