t comes as no surprise that Paul Andrew knows a thing or two about fabric – his father was an upholsterer at the Queen’s weekend place, Windsor Castle. Andrew has had a few royal appointments of his own, too, and came to prominence when his senior collection for women was recognised by Vogue. Stints with Alexander McQueen, Narciso Rodriguez, Calvin Klein and Donna Karan followed.
His inaugural men’s collection features dress shoes on lug soles, sneakers, and patent evening shoes accented with glazed tejus lizard, with a colour palette of black, midnights, camel and grey, punctuated by bright white and brilliant blue. Fabrics range from rugged buffalo grain leather and textured scotch grain, to Italian silk velvet and high-shine exotics.
It's a debut collection motivated by those who appreciate craftsmanship and quality, but who also interpret classic style rules differently. Jeans with dress shoes, a tux with sneakers; this line will encourage your further experimentation.
The Paul Andrew men's collection is available exclusively in the Middle East at Level Shoes and levelshoes. com Dhs2,420