Last year we were invited to an international gala by our friend and colleague Mr. Petr Bystron.  Petr is a fellow menswear enthusiast and the Austrian proprietor of the Franz Baron haberdashery.  More on that later.  We have been conversing with Petr for some time over the years and he was kind enough to extend an invitation to the Czech Republic Philharmonic Orchestra New Year's Gala at the Rudolinum in Prague.  This event happens to be one of the biggest on the Czech calendar and is attended by a list of dignitaries, public officials, and celebrities.  Sadly, we were unable to attend due to a death in the family.

Petr and his work at Franz Baron have been so heralded over the years that the Czech Republic saw fit to give Petr the privilege of designing the footwear for the entire Czech orchestra.  An honor indeed.  Although we missed out on the festivities Petr was kind enough to pass on his original sketches and a few looks at his final creation.  The shoe itself is a 3 eyelet patent leather derby in a sparkling eggplant purple with a slightly elongated boxed toe and stacked heel.

Franz Baron has been in the business for over 140 years.  Its foundation was built on footwear and its reputation spread throughout Prague, Krakow, Bratislava, Budapest and eventually Vienna.  Today, Franz Baron offers both footwear and accessories for the refined gentleman.  Footwear collections range from classic to contemporary and include suede and calf leather, derbies, monks (single and double), Chelsea and chukka boots.  The George boot had the dubious honor of being worn by Mr. James Bond himself in the latest Skyfall thriller.  Aside from shoes Franz Baron offers belts, weekenders, shoe trees and fine gauge socks.  We'll be reviewing some of Petr 's products in the coming weeks.  Until then take a look at his work.

Rudolfinum Concert Hall and Gallery
Rudolfinum Concert Hall and Gallery