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    Don’t stop wearing you loafers and get your sock game on


    No matter the temperature, the Stig 3 season is not over yet. In fact, why not use your loafers all year around? When the temperature drops, get your sock game on and cover your ankles in block colours, textures, prints, you name it. Now, matching socks to your outfit scare a lot of men, but fear not, we have made a comprehensive guide on how to choose your socks to go with your loafers.


    The Stig 3 Loafer

    The Stig 3 is a loafer that works equally well with a suit and a dinner party as to a pair jeans on the weekend. The shoe is made of vegetable tanned leather with a double leather brim on the sole for effect and a durable rubber sole to endure rainy days. Choose between a classic Black, a sophisticated dark blue Blue, a sleek Brown or why not a Bottle Green to add some colour to your outfits.






    1. Block Colours and Textures

    If you are unsure about sock pairing; stick to plain colours, block colours and dress socks. When wearing a suit, or suit trousers, a general rule to stick to is to keep the colour of your socks matching to the trousers and choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers you’re wearing. Why not try a colourful pair of socks to your suit and match with the tie or pocket square!

    Textures are also a great way to play the sock game; a textured pair of socks is a sophisticated choice that ads that little extra to an outfit. Textures works well for anyone, whether you consider yourself classic or daring. Try a pair of Black Stig 3 with light grey suit trousers and pair of textured grey socks in a slightly darker shade, as in the picture bellow.




    2. Full-On Prints and Patterns

    Keep the rest of your outfit simple when going for full-on patterned socks. Again, try to match the base colour of the printed socks to your trousers. Or, why not co-ordinate your patterned socks with a pocket square when wearing a suit. If you are interested in going for patterned socks, but you do not know where to start, polka dots, stripes, and argyle are classic patterns that always works. If you feel slightly bolder, try a pair of colourful patterned pair of socks to light grey suit trousers!


    Full on prints:



    Fine Prints:


    A Few General Rules (although rules are made to be broken by the brave)
    • Match your socks with your suit trousers when wearing a suit
    • Choose a pair of socks that are either a shade darker or lighter than the trousers you’re wearing
    • Colourful socks with suits are acceptable to important work meetings and black tie events if you are confident enough to pull it off!
    • When opting for a pattered pair of socks, try to match the base colour with your trousers.
    • Plain white socks and suits are a NO!


    Last But Not Least


    A few good tips to a good sock game, that are hopefully useful when picking a pair of socks for your Stig 3. Don’t forget that the rules should be seen as guidelines, or rules to be broken!



  2. Our Leather

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    The Leather Industry & Sustainability

    It is hard to miss that we are mentioning our leather at any given opportunity; it is because the leather we are using is more environmentally friendly, which is really important to us. In fact, it is what we are all about – do what we can to make things a little bit better all the time. We continuously try to improve the ways we work and as we grow to become more and more sustainable. And we chose to start with the leather.

    You may ask yourself what makes it more environmentally friendly than other leather, so we would like to tell you more about the leather industry and the leather that we have chosen to work with.

    Leather is one of man’s oldest and most useful discoveries, and it is a wonderful material.
    Although, the leather industry today is known to be extremely toxic, due to the modern and standardized chrome dying technique invented in the 19th century. It is a highly damaging process, both to the environment and to us.

    That does not mean that leather industry could not be sustainable; Leather goods, per see, are sturdy products, and even with persistent use, they could last over a hundred years. There are also sustainable dying methods that can be applied to reduce the impact on the environment.

    So what makes it extremely toxic and why are brands still using it?

    As Mesh Chhibber (co-founder of Peau de Chagrin) wrote in his article for Business of Fashion “Well over three-quarters of the tanneries represented at any trade fair use the process of chrome tanning to turn animal hides into the leather that is used by high street, contemporary and luxury brands alike. Chrome tanning, a nineteenth-century invention, is an efficient, quick and inexpensive method that has obvious appeal to brands.”

    Although chrome tanning may be cheap for brands it comes at a price for the environment. Just like all heavy metals, Chrome is very toxic and the effluents highly damaging. The chromium salts used are harmful for both humanity and to the environment. Chromium VI, for instance, is a common waste product from the industry that has been found in the food industries water supplies in both developed and developing countries.

    What is the more sustainable option then?

    There is a more sustainable way to produce leather, it is called vegetable tanning and uses tanning acids from oak bark. It is a more time-consuming process and is more expensive, but it is far less damaging to the environment. There are a few tanneries around the world that work with vegetable tanning, such as Tärnsjö in Sweden, Tempesti in Italy and Carvalhos in Portugal. It is not only the fashion industry that works with vegetable tanned leather; the furniture and the car industries are clients as well. At Stig Percy, we have chosen to work with Carvalho’s Oak tanned leather range and with Tempesti in Tuscany.


    Carvalhos define their Oak tanned leather through two ecological guidelines: the production process and the product itself. The production process reduces the environmental impact to a minimum. It reduces water consumption and chemical charge in the effluent and its recycling, as well as the re-use of solid wastes as fertilizers, using natural dying of the leather at room temperatures and the reduction of volatile compounds emissions.
    To achieve the fully ecological product, it starts with fresh hides of Iberian origin that are then conserved by cold storage, without any other preserving agents. Then followed by a chrome and metal free tannage (wet-white), along with the use of metal-free dyestuffs and water-based finishes.


    Tempesti is Tuscany based tannery working solely with vegetable tanning for the past 70 years. All of their products match the specifications of the CONSORZIO VERA PELLE ITALIANA CONCIATA AL VEGETALE – or Consortium for Real Italian Vegetable-Tanned Leather, of which it is a founding member.

    They ensure that their vegetable-tanned leather productive cycle is strictly monitored to ensure a low impact on the environment:

    • No animal is killed for its skin. On the contrary, the raw hides used by their tanneries are the discarded by-products of the food industry producing meat for human consumption.
    • Being tanned with natural tannins, a vegetable-tanned leather object can be easily disposed of at the end of its life, thanks to its chemical-biological characteristics.
    • Their tanneries have made huge investments in depuration systems and waste recycling that make them work in full respect of man and the environment.
    • Many of the substances used during the tanning process are recovered, recycled and reused in different fields. Hair removed from raw hides is transformed into agricultural fertilizer; sludge produced by the depuration plants is reused in the construction field to make bricks.
    • Vegetable-tanned leather, recognizable from its trademark, does not contain any toxic substance such as azo-dyes, nickel, PCP or chrome VI

    How should I take care of my shoes then?

    Furthermore, due to the more gentle processes, the average length of life of vegetable tanned leather is considerably higher than that of chrome-tanned leather. It also is still a living material, not killed by the chrome used, and has a lot of personality. Another reason to why we value our leather and we would suggest you take care of your vegetable tanned shoes and treat them with non-toxic shoe care.

    We have written a ‘how to’ guide to teach you a quick and simple way to keep your shoes in good condition, with suggestions on non-toxic shoe care products, it does not have to be that complicated!

    Check out our shoes!