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    Mr. Hare’s SS16 Players to Watch

    By Mr. Hare

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    The Mr. Hare SS16 Collection is called

    The Peoples Democratic Republic Of The Future !! (#TPDROTF)

    Despite being heinously misrepresented and executed throughout history, the idea of a Peoples Democratic Republic is surely a noble one that values the free choice of the individual and relies on the collective Tolerance of the people to accept difference and do right by it. In a nutshell.

    What would a Peoples Democratic Republic of The Future look like?

    Well if you found all the people on the planet who were happy with their lot right now, felt safe and wanted for nothing, and looked at their environment I guess it would look like that. I believe that in that sample group the majority would not be Rich, would not be White, would not be Male. So it already sounds better.

    In 2016, Mr. Hare already lives in the Peoples Democratic Republic of The Future. I make beautiful shoes for a living and I enjoy the weekends with my friends and family and I promote positivity at every possible opportunity.

    That’s the title explained, now lets get to the shoes.

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    This is the Andreas.

    The Andreas is an elegant asymmetric double monk strap. The first Mr. Hare Double Monkstrap on the Miles last. If you have enjoyed the Miles, Bird, Blakey, Poitier or even the ‘Trane boot, then this is the Double Monk for you. Andreas is available in Black Calf, Brown Calf, Brown Suede and Blue Suede. Notice how all the metalwork sits high up on the shoe, I did that because the Bird looked like an E-type Jag from the side, because of its elegant lines and I swore I wasn’t going to make another clunky Double Monkstrap until it looked that good.

    The big benefit of a double monkstrap is that it operates like Derby and allows a larger proportioned foot access to a slimmer shoe silhouette, so anyone who ever wanted a Bird, but just couldn’t get their foot in there, KAPOW !! it’s ya birthday !!

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    Penet is back !!

    You will have noticed in the opening shot of this post, a new razor sharp loafer that didn’t exist before.

    Well it did exist as a style because it is the Penet (pronounced Pené, does that help? It probably doesn’t if you cant read French so try P’nay or Pennai or even Pen, eh? if you are from New Zealand), only this time it is executed in handsome soft all black calf. It still comes in the original Calf/Suede combos of Blue or Brown or Black, that the original SlayGun* Penet came in, but now there is an all leather version so you can look that slick in the office too.

    *Is what it says.

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    The Sidibe.

    Minister for Photography in the People Democratic Republic of The Future would without a doubt be Mr. Malick Sidibé of Studio Malik in Bamako, Mali. From one tiny studio he documented and transformed the perception of an entire continent, if not already but in the future when everyone is familiar with his work. A simple, sharp, honest portrayal of exactly what you see. I could similarly be describing his work or these shoes I made in his name. The Sidibé is a four hole, wholecut on the iconic Mr. Hare Orwell last. The last that brought you Orwell, King Tubby, Genet and Penet. Connoisseurs will know those are some of Mr. Hares most Rock n Roll and Swashbuckling styles of the past, so that’s some serious downplay on a seriously outrageous last. I guess what I am trying to say is that they don’t have to hear you straight away to feel you.

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    The Penny Wilde.

    Not only did I refine and bring back the Wilde I made this very handsome penny loafer version for less flagrant occasions. I always new that the Tassel vs Penny beef was as heated as Montagues vs Capulets, and when I had to choose a flag I naturally went Tassel, but since then I have become acquainted with many fine and worthy Penny folk, and I have to say we both love loafers, so…

    The Penny Wilde comes in a Calf and Suede combo because the suede vamp is much lighter and more comfortable in the summer months and the texture difference is everything. You can have Penny Wildes in Black/Black, Brown/Brown and Blue/Blue but if you really want to absolutely Loaf out, you have to go for the Blue/Whites, pictured above. That’s warrior level Loafing.

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    The BUX.

    Now if you are specifically looking for some high summer formal shoe game, The traditional Buck shoe is a tried and tested classic. It consists usually of a suede or nubuck upper, usually constructed as a snub nose derby and can have either a clay red or white rubber or foam sole. Now a Mr. Hare Buck doesn’t even share the same name let alone features. The BUX, (check #ibuxwiththat on instagram) is an entirely different vintage.

    Instead of any old pig suede, the BUX is made from cashmere suede because I have standards.

    The BUX sole is made from the very lightest EVA microfoam which is as light as a feather, and that weight loss enables me to add leather inserts to the sole for stabilisation and structure without you even noticing a weight difference.

    The BUX is also lined with a pigment dyed calf leather which is almost the same as skin to skin, so going sockless is almost as good as sex.*

    Besides the Red, White and Blue cashmere suede versions there is also a handsome black calf version, for goths in hot countries.

    *Measurement was against the sex I have, so in many cases it could feasibly be considered better than sex.

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    BB.

    Last but not least, for today anyway, I would like you to stand back or sit down while I introduce to you the BB.

    It must be said that these shoes alone will not suddenly get you invited to all the best parties VIP. You will not suddenly get shout outs from artists in their Grammy speeches. You won’t instantly have your own page on Getty Images. You won’t automatically look as stylish as Young Americans’ era Bowie. Those pretty young girls in the club won’t suddenly have anything interesting to say and Your instagram will not suddenly ‘blow up’ (actually, that last one might happen).

    But with these shoes and just a little belief, what I have described could be you.

    BELIEVE.

    10.02.2016

    Heart of Jacques-ness !!

    By Mr. Hare

    On a recent trade mission to NYC I was compelled to make the journey east, over the Brooklyn bridge in search of the mysterious Mr. Jacques Elliot, Purveyor of post punk neck ties and the beating heart of the post modernisto five boroughs sartoro storm that is the Jacques movement. I had it on good authority that he was shacked up in Clinton Hill where he had assimilated with the natives but had ‘bigger and better plans son’. I rode the C out to Washington Ave, then trekked for an eternity past BIGGIES house on St. James Place, I penetrated deeper and deeper into the heart Jacques nest.

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    I always went my own road and on my own legs where I had a mind to go. Today I had a mind to find Elliot Ar0now, CEO of Jacques, correspondant for Esquire and GQ on occasion and proprietor of the seminal self published ‘Our Story’ Zine. We had met before in a dive in Manhattan on another occasion where he was surrounded by the movers and shakers of the time, but here, in the great demoralization of the land he had kept up his appearance. That’s backbone.

    Nothing could prepare me for what I found. The horror. The Horror !!

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        What follows is a loose transcript of our dialogue…

    In 140 characters break down Jacques Elliot’s entire steez?

    A state of mind that you can wear—like a punk rock Ralph Lauren.

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    Tarantino decides to make Jacques the movie. Who plays you and who plays your girlfriend?

    A young Dustin Hoffman circa the Graduate + Cher circa ’78.

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    It’s the Jacques birthday party and its going to be the biggest. Which three bands do you book and what order do they play?

    Ohhh this is a fun one. I think we get the Specials to open, followed by Roxy Music and then, for the hardcore (and very wasted) the Bad Brains, with guest vocals from Kathleen Hanna and Kate Bush.

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    Don Trumps stylist calls up and his looking for some Jacques steel to bolster his campaign. He will pay for ties. What is your response.

    Crime pays but toupees don’t. No thanks.

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    I’m flying to LA for good times. My plane is forced to land in NY because of some bullshit. I am in town just for the night. Whats our Jacques tip tonight?

    I’m a classic man so I say we roll down to the East Village for a nosh at Lil’ Frankies, head over to James Murphy’s new wine bar in Brooklyn for some #rare sips and end the night in Queens at some random diner. The first tuna melt is on me.

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    What’s your favourite all time rap lyric and why?

    Ghostface! Catch the blast of a hype verse….because when that’s the first line, you know the rest is going to be bananas.

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    Who is the most Jacques guy alive?

    Jacques lives inside all of us. Some classic Jacques men include Bryan Ferry circa 72, Russell Simmons circa ’85, Leonard Cohen circa ’68 and Fab Five Freddy always.

    The Following Jacques Elliot ties are available to purchase for cash from Mr. Hare’s Christmas Emporium.

    Put a little pep in your Daddio’s Holiday step.

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    16.12.2015

    Mr. Hare and Mr Gilles Peterson !!

    By Mr. Hare

    After the first stupid good Mr. Hare Christmas mixtape from Mr. Goodman was followed up by the premium efforts of my boys, BlackMale Beats last year, I wasn’t sure that level of awesomeness could be maintained. That is until Mr. Gilles Peterson said “Yes”.

    The purpose of the Mr. Hare Christmas Mixtape is to give you a suitable suite of wonderful tunes that will please your family over Christmas dinner and the most particular Headz alike.

    Mr. Peterson is a turntable hero of mine and possibly one of the greatest musical ambassadors on the planet. I am confident that Mr Goodman and the Black Male Beats crew will attest to that. So it gives me great, great, great pleasure to ‘drop’, I believe is still the correct term, this Christmas Mixtape.

    TRACKLIST

    junun – julus
    ali new biye – hanna mekonnen
    don rendell – black marigolds
    jean claude petit – schoulthologie
    tony newton – spread a little goodness
    trio mocoto –
    mark murphy – 2 kites
    michael franks – down in brazil
    frank sinatra – aqua de beber
    thai psych – unknown
    john coltrane – pursuance
    prince – expert lover
    rapso – star warz rapso
    genetic – land is talking
    rahni harris – syncopated love
    debra laws – very special
    sylvain krief – israel suite

    Happy Christmas from Mr. Hare and Mr. Peterson !!

    A Mr. Hare Christmas by Mr. Gilles Peterson by Mrhare on Mixcloud

    14.12.2015

    Mr. Hare’s FRIEZE in Blue and other ponderings

    By Mr. Hare

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    29.10.2015

    Brutal Childhood

    By SelinaMakin

    Like it or not, it is hard not to be influenced by that which was born and grew around you. Like the piers of your school days, the art, politics, fashions, music, architecture and designs of your time, shape the person you become, positively or negatively.

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    Interestingly, I recently read that the Natiional Trust are organising a tour of London’s Brutalist architectural sites. Brutalism was a solidly 70s agenda that was intended to ushered in the idea of community and utility and strength. By forming huge public buildings from highly maliable concrete, the architects of the day believed that new communial utopias could be formed that would show a new way to live. In some cases like the Barbican, much of the Southbank and Trellick Tower, that dream was realised.

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    Where it failed was when that logic was cheaply and with ill design, executed in the doomed housing estates such as Stockwell Park Estate, Alexandra Road in Camden, Park Hill in Sheffield and on to Southwyck House in Brixtons Coldharbour Lane.

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    I spent all of my childhood in and around council estates in South London and although I am proud of the place I came from and the people I grew up with I don’t praise the architectural experimentation that forced that way of life and environment on those people. Through the rose tinted glasses of gentrification, every corner of London looks idylic now. ‘Right to buy’ has certainly fixed all the windows, coralled the graffiti and washed away the smell of piss.

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    Despite the sadness and sense of dark forboding doom 70s brutalism instilled in me at the time, I know look back at it with awe, and praise the bravery and high ideals of the early protagonists. Having grown a deep appreciation of modernism, I can now appreciate the challenges that the brutalists set themselves. And even as a human being who is most happy in a natural environment, out in the elements, thrilling the senses, I can see the beauty in a building that goes against most of what I believe.

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    Brutal Utopias: A celebration of 60s architecture

    08.09.2015