One of my favourite places to shop in London is Burlington Arcade, the jewel in Mayfair’s crown. No matter how many times I visit, it feels like I’m being transported to a golden era of how men used to shop, partly thanks to the shoe shiner which has been in service for 200 years. The arcade is home to prestigious global brands like Vilebrequin and Globe-Trotter, though an eclectic mix of jewellery, watches, swimwear, leather, footwear and cashmere means it retains a quintessentially British feel.
You’ll find a host of prestigious shoe brands here, one notable standout being Baudoin & Lange. Allan Baudoin learnt his craft under master shoemaker Kasim Yldir. Refusing to conform to tradition, he wanted to create something new: a shoe with precise technical qualities that could be worn from morning to midnight. The result was the Sagan loafer, which is arguably the cleanest (and most comfortable) shoe design of the decade.
Shortly after the first prototype was produced back in 2015, Baudoin met Bo van Langeveld, an ex-racing driver who was working in investment banking at the time. Langeveld noticed how, as soon as the working day was done, colleagues would switch their formal shoes for a more comfortable (and less stylish) option. He too wanted a modern shoe that was comfortable, beautiful and handmade, but engineered for modern lifestyles, so the pair joined forces to launch Baudoin & Lange. Its Sagan loafer is fast becoming iconic, and comes in a range of styles and materials. Whether you are looking at a wedding, a weekend away or a summer holiday, it will be the perfect companion.