Barker Black, Take 2

On my last Barker Black report, I mentioned a follow up post if I visited their store in Los Angeles.  Well, I managed to make that happen this past weekend so here it is …

Located on N. Robertson Blvd, it is a pretty little store with foliage, shrubbery and paned windows.  Of course the skull and cross bones of the brand speak volumes about the bad ass merchandise waiting for you inside.  Come on in gentlemen!

As you walk into the front entrance of this 500 sq ft. place, you are greeted with a beautiful wall display with shoes placed on wooden shoe lasts.  Brogues, slip on’s, sneakers, slippers, driving shoes, boots … footwear that is both elegant English but with an attitude.  According to the brand story, Barker Black’s  skull-and-crossbones logo comes from the 17th Century Lancers, once England’s best-dressed regiment, and the inspiration for some of Barker Black’s shoe styles, which range from $495 to $5,500.

A closer look at an old fashioned, textured contrast leather, wing tips for the dandy in you!

Since I own a pair of Barker Black traditional loafers, I was on the look out for something different on this visit.  I was instantly attracted to the slippers that are well crafted and exemplify amazing embroidery (on the velvet variety).  The difficult part?  Having the ability to choose just one … trust me gentlemen … you want them all!

The velvet slippers are hand-embroidered with artistry, appear super luxuriant and the soles are hand-tacked.  Unfortunately my size was not available.   But “Not to worry sir” says Tim Akinmurele, the store manager, an affable, helpful and very customer oriented gentleman … “We can one shipped for you from our store in New York”.  Ok, no problem I think to myself, but I do need to walk out with another pair while I was there in person.  I mean … c’mon look at all these gorgeous shoes!

Tim was more than happy to oblige.  I considered the Death and Glory slippers but passed on them.

I really liked this pair of paisley all skull patterned slippers but once again my size was sold out!

I kept going back to the linen cross bones slippers and decided on purchasing that pair.  Stylish, simple, and well crafted arrogance was going to be on my feet this summer.  The grey / black ones in the middle … they are special.

Tim complemented my good taste and grabbed me a fresh pair from the storeroom.

Here are some more shots of my selection and how I wore them this weekend.

Worn with dark denim, these slippers look great sans socks!

In closing I have to say that Barker Black shoes are definitely special.  They are well designed and crafted, have an edge and the customer service is quite special.  From the email help from Derrick Miller to the great service from Tim, my experience was special.  My BB’s are “BAD TO THE BONE!”  Rock on Barker Black!

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