Rum Runners – Tucker Hughes

Always a fan of handmade goods (especially when they look as good as these do), we stumbled across these Rum Runners by &Sons & Tucker Hughes, and had to post them up. We managed to have a couple words with the man himself, check out what he had to say, below;

CK – Could you tell us a little about yourself?

TH – I am a designer living in New York City with my girlfriend, fashion designer Olivia ONeill, and a bunny named Varg Vikernes. I recently graduated from the Independent Design Program at Parsons New School for Design. I handmake capsule collections of footwear that fuse traditional craftsmanship with innovative design concepts. This summer I am working on a collection of dress shoes handmade from leather couches I find on the New York streets. I began designing shoes under the mentorship of D’Wayne Edwards, Creative Director of Jordan, at the Nike/Pensole Program and am currently interning in the Footwear Department at Rag&Bone under Lauren Bucquet and Tull Price, founder of Feit and Royal Elastics.

CK – What inspired this design?

TH – I was researching the history of American footwear production and discovered that back in the 1920’s and 30’s a large percentage of footwear was produced in prison workshops. I contacted several of these prisons to find out about the criminal craftsmen making these shoes and a few month later I stumbled across a shoe pattern sketched by a moonshiner named Achilles Slough back in 1926. I decided to bring his rough sketch to life using historically accurate materials and traditional construction techniques. This project was less about showcasing designs skills and more about honoring the history of the craftsmen before me. This shoe is definitely a missing link in footwear history, it would have been revolutionary at the time and I’m glad it finally gets to see the light of day.

CK – Are you planning on mass producing this shoe? 

TH – &Sons handmakes every shoe to order and we just opened an etsy shop! (http://www.etsy.com/shop/andSONS) We are looking to set up a pop-up shop soon and make these shoes in a storefront factory, maybe in replica prison uniforms, maybe not. If anyone wants to become an apprentice or has a cheap storefront in New York, hit me up! (tucker.hughes@gmail.com)