July 2009

I’d like to take a minute to thank Steven Taffel and his family at Leffot in NYC for hosting me for a day last week.  It was a great day for me and a real pleasure to work with Steven and his clients in the shop.  Thanks to all who came for a very nice day – and thank you Steven!


Ron Rider

ps – Steven has an outstanding selection of shoes and boots from numerous manufacturers….I was particularly impressed with Corthay and his Edward Green selections.

Received a box of specials yesterday which included a couple of new patterns which turned out great.  Here is the first Balmoral Medallion Boot for a client who has graciously agreed to let me show this week in NYC before delivering to him.

Bal Medallion in #6 Shell Cordovan on 41 Last

Bal Medallion in #6 Shell Cordovan on 41 Last

Thanks TM!

Question – how important to you are shoe/boot boxes?

We decided in the beginning to use plain white recycled cardboard boxes for the packaging, but the boxes, after shipping International, usually don’t show so well.  Corners break easily and the paper is not real strong.  I thought it was a good idea, but I do wish we had a better presentation for the brand.  Looking now for quotes for our custom box design, but I am curious if clients really do care about the packaging your boots are packed in.



I am very excited to invite all to Leffot in NYC for a Trunk Show July 23rd from 12-7pm.  I will be showing the Riderboot stock boots as well as new samples and even the extensive archive of classic (and some not so classic!) boot patterns from the factory’s archives.  Clients will have the opportunity to select from a wide range of patterns and choose the leather, color, sole, trim and details to make a special, individual boot.  I will have a wide range of Shell Cordovan, various French and Italian calfskins and Stead suede swatches to peruse.  Finally, boots already stocked will be available either in the shop or can be sent from our base in Richmond upon request.

For any advanced requests, please feel free to email me and I will reply asap. 

I look forward to seeing all available at Leffot!

Thanks – Ron

I will be in New York City at the Warwick Hotel (http://www.warwickhotelny.com/) working with clients from July 17th to July 20th.  I will be wearing a few different hats, so I encourage anyone interesting in meeting with me to send a note and we can exchange cell#’s, etc.  My suite will be set up with RiderBoot as well as Martegani shoes…current as well as make-up samples.  Obviously, I will provide custom fittings, take single pair special orders, show the new patterns I am expecting to stock for Fall, etc.  More info to come.  Please send me a note if you are interested in seeing more of Rider Boot Co.!