Let us introduce you to Duke + Dexter, a premium British label that produces loafers for the discerning gentleman.

Let’s face it: men – especially desk-bound men – don’t always get to have that much fun with fashion. Which is why it is particularly wonderful when an exciting, refreshing or unusual maker of menswear crops up. So let us introduce you to Duke + Dexter, a premium British label that produces loafers for the discerning gentleman.

Duke + Dexter specialises in a playful take on the traditional men’s loafer. Designed in London and handmade in England, Duke + Dexter shoes come in a range of colours, textures and prints – anyone for a leopard print, an embroidered skull motif or a dapper tassle, for example? Or, for something totally unique, you can take advantage of their bespoke service using the clever online tool or by booking an appointment in-store.

Archie Hewlett launched the company 2014, aged 19. He had spotted a gap in the market for modern, luxurious, affordable loafers. Since then, the brand has gone from strength to strength – Duke + Dexter even took home a Drapers’ Footwear Award this year.

Hewlett says: “I feel our contemporary take on a traditional product resonates well with our consumers, as they tend to trust our opinion and style, which sets us aside. We only specialise in one thing because we know we do it well, in turn building an organic loyalty, formed by those who appreciate our founding values.”

The loafers have been spotted on the likes of Eddie Redmayne (who was wearing them when he accepted his Oscar for The Theory of Everything), Justin Timberlake and Tinie Tempah. They are stocked in shops as snazzy as Liberty, Fenwick, Selfridges and Harrods.

Head to Duke + Dexter’s beautiful Covent Garden flagship store – and enjoy a free cup of coffee while you peruse the shoes. Or, check out their stunning website – whose sharp, stylised photography wouldn’t be out of place in the glossiest of fashion magazines.

Like any powerful modern brand, Duke + Dexter has a big presence on Instagram – they’ve even got a hashtag: #inmydds. It seems, increasingly, that anyone who’s anyone has a pair of Duke + Dexters. It’s time to join the crew.

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October 2017